As a business support network, it seems only right that on International Women’s Day we celebrate women in business.
As female entrepreneurs, we all have one thing in common, and that’s the realisation that being a successful woman means setting your own rules. Many of us have come from a corporate background, racking up the hours on behalf of another, but instead of choosing that life, we decided to step out of our comfort zone and become the boss.
“If you’re too comfortable, it’s time to move on. Terrified of what’s next? You’re on the right track.”
Taken from an interview with Susan Fales-Hill, an American television producer, author, screenwriter and an advocate for the arts and education.
As we move forward on our journey, we all learn that nothing runs smoothly all of the time. There are bumps in the road, setbacks, and self-doubt, but as women, we have the inbuilt tenacity for success. We know we can’t excel every minute of every day, but we do understand that failures are lessons and act as stepping stones to our achievements. We embrace our to-do lists even though we’re fully aware that we’ll never tick everything off. It’s a learning curve to accept that we can’t be everything to everyone, but it can be liberating to let go of the jobs we loathe, or collaborate with other women and share the load.
What do you love most about being a woman in business?
We asked the Socially Shared members group that question. Chris Ramsbottom (Amethyst Centre) likes that she is not beholden to a male boss. Phaedra Elson (Pipistrelle Art) loves the freedom to set her own hours and pace. Geraldine Jones (Every Word Counts) likes being able to fit her freelance work around her family. Nicolette Williams (Nanna, Nanny and Nursery Nurse Agency) loves that she can make such a difference in women’s lives. She’s not constrained by working for a large company and doesn’t need to ask permission or apologise for spending time with her family.
Elsewhere on social media other women in business mentioned the camaraderie of group sessions and workshops, as well as the incredible support from being a part of female organisations. They also championed the fight to be treated as equals to our male counterparts.
Collaboration, networking, and meeting like-minded ladies within a safe environment is the ideal way to maintain your success and focus. Whether you work on your own, or as part of a micro team, you’ll understand that the support you receive from fellow women in business is a valuable resource. Friendships within networking groups help us stay passionate about our careers and the reason why we started on this path in the first place.
We searched for inspirational female UK entrepreneurs to help us celebrate and here are a few that you may relate to:
Probably one of the best known UK women in business has to be Karren Brady, a powerful lady who has been one of Lord Sugar’s most trusted advisors on the Apprentice. She also embraced life in the male dominated field of football.
The founders of Mumsnet, a website for parents by parents, Justine Roberts and Carrie Longton are another huge inspiration for women in business. They have created a site attracting thousands of online influencers who share their knowledge and advice.
Take a moment to think about your own business. Try writing your own bio for the Top 100 Most Influential UK Entrepreneurs and imagine how it would feel to be an influencer in your industry.
Celebrate the fact that you are successful women in business, and shout about your achievements from the rooftops.
Join the Socially Shared team at one of our networks and find the support, focus, and friendships you need to celebrate in style.