In this article, I share with you 4 inspiring stories of female entrepreneurs. As a female entrepreneur myself, I know what goes into creating a successful business so I wanted to provide tips from real women who are crushing it! These women entrepreneurs will provide their own inspiring story as well as share tips so you too can succeed so let’s get started!
Wonder Woman isn’t the only woman who is fearlessly taking on the world and winning! Female entrepreneurs are a force to be reckoned with. They’ve committed to creating a better life for themselves and their family despite being knocked down.
Personal tragedy isn’t anything new, it’s just part of life. For some people, crisis holds them back.
In today’s blog post, I share interviews and inspiring stories with female entrepreneurs that I personally know who are not allowing hardship and adversity to hold them down. Rather, they are achieving a level of success that inspires me!
The breed of female entrepreneurs today are resilient and coming out on top! Their stories are spell-binding and will captivate your heart and inspire you to take action! For all women everywhere, I hope these stories of female entrepreneurs are inspiring to you as they are for me.
Not long ago, everywhere you looked, you would see successful businesses and books owned by men. It makes most women feel as though there isn’t a place for them in business.
Entrepreneurship is not just for men and it’s not just for those of wealth either. These inspiring stories of female entrepreneurs will lift you and empower you because they show how struggle doesn’t have to be the final destination.
Let’s get started so sit back and prepare to be astounded and empowered.
#1 Inspiring Female Entrepreneur Success Stories: She Shares Her Love With the World
Meet Anna Challacombe of BlissCloud.
Anna is doing it all! She’s a single mom to 3 kids, two of which are even twins! She’s definitely has her hands full, but stays true to her values. She invests a great deal of energy in making sure her kids get the best education possible while spending quality time with them.
While building her ECO yoga mat business, she felt a pull to do more. She expanded her business by offering health coaching as well as running women’s day retreats.
While starting her life over after her marriage ended was not how she planned to do it, she managed to create a life for herself that she is proud of!
Anna says her biggest challenge is fitting everything in. Because she was homeschooling the kids in the beginning, she made time to work in the evenings to make it all work. And work it did! Running her business and taking care of the kids alone has been a lonely struggle but it didn’t stop her!
Her advice to women starting out is, “Start before you think you’re ready and join a mastermind group or women circle for support and inspiration.”
#2 Inspiring Female Entrepreneur Stories: She knows exactly what she wants – and dares to chase after it!
Hear the touching story from Victoria Chisholm of VJ Social Media…
Sometimes, our greatest inspiration and biggest life changes can come from a place of tragedy. This was the case for Victoria. For 7 years, she has been an intuitive social media manager and coach for spiritual female entrepreneurs.
As entrepreneurs, we’re often told to find our niche, being as specific as possible. Victoria has done an amazing job of finding her ideal client, and she knows exactly how to attract those kinds of people to her.
What inspired you to start your business?
“My daughter, and knowing I was going to be raising her as a single mom.” As a mother myself, I could understand that. My own decision to be self-employed from home had the same basis. What she said next, however, was something I never expected.
“The final push I needed to start working independently full-time was being bullied into resigning from my day job, just after one month of being back off my Maternity leave by my boss.”
More and more, we’re seeing an awakening to the “safe job” myth. Victoria’s story is just one more example of how the safest job you can have is one that you’ve created yourself… regardless of your loyalty to a company.
“I saw it coming, but I was just so shocked at the time that a woman who is a mother herself could have done that to me. My little one was only 9 months old at the time.”
Victoria explained to me that she’d started her business while she was still on welfare. That wasn’t the plan initially.
“I wrote out a list of everything I desired and needed from a new job to fit around the way I wanted to raise my child, and just pay the bills. I quickly realized that there was no job out there for me that would fit all my needs.” Finally, she took the leap of faith and left her old job on January 27th, 2016.
While growing your business, what was your biggest challenge?
“In the beginning, it was the sheer lack of support and funds. No babysitters , no family support, no nursery, no childcare, and not even a website for the first 3 months… But even just the starting point of an income coming in was enough to give me hope.”
What piece of advice do you have for a female entrepreneurs?
“Set your boundaries right from the start, and stay firm behind them. You can’t neglect your self care. When we get stressed out, this tends to be the first thing to go for all of us.”
Victoria recommends that you set a 30 minute block of ‘me time’ every work day. “Just focus on you and do something that relaxes you. It’s a great way to help keep you sane.”
For her, it’s a 30 minute salt bath in the evenings once her little girl has gone to bed. “It helps me flip the switch in my mind from mom mode to business woman mode again.”
#3 Inspiring Female Entrepreneur: Meet Danielle Elizabeth – a Woman Entrepreneur succeeding despite her constantly changing circumstances.
When did your business begin and what’s the story behind it?
“I have been in the fitness and coaching industry since 2007. I first became interested in personal finance in 2015, when I studied and completed a few securities licenses. I soon ended up connecting to Beauty and the Bull, where I am now the VP of the Wealth Leader Network, Money Club Leader ad Dedicated Coach. I officially established my LLC early in 2017.”
Danielle was a personal trainer first. Building up clientele was a challenge while her husband was in the army. They moved often. In 2014, she had her second son. Immediately afterward, she sought out how to bring her passion and knowledge to the online space. “I tried on my own, but quickly saw I needed to learn a lot to create, launch and run a successful online business.”
What made you want to be an entrepreneur?
“I’ve always wanted the freedom of being an entrepreneur. Both for my personal creativity and personality, but also because I am a mom. I could never put myself in a regular 9-5 job where I need to ask for permission to take my child to the doctor, or whatever they may need.”
She explains that her oldest son has a physical disability, which happens to require more frequent medical appointments.
“I also want to learn, master and teach my boys that they have the power to create their lives. They can be their own boss if they so choose. It’s not for everyone, but it certainly is for a lot of us!” A woman after my own heart.
What tragedies have you overcome along the way?
Danielle is separated from her husband and is Co-parenting with their two boys, ages 4 and 8. “While building my business, the biggest tragedy I have been experiencing is the loss of my marriage. I have been simultaneously trying to create and launch my own business while trying to keep the peace and work things out.”
What has been the most difficult part of building your business?
“Aside from juggling marriage issues, my biggest challenge has been getting really clear on what exactly I want to offer. I struggle with sticking to one thing. I have lots of ideas, so I can get stuck in brainstorming – which gets you nowhere if you don’t put action to your ideas!”
Analysis paralysis is something I can completely relate to. Discovering my ideal audience and how exactly I wanted to help them was one of my own longest sticking points.
If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring woman entrepreneur, what would it be?
“Let yourself get really clear on who you are, what you are meant to do and who you are called to serve. Know that there are people out there who need what you have and are waiting to connect with you and experience what you can offer them!”
#4 Inspiring Female Entrepreneur Story: She’s crushing it in her online business and is making young entrepreneurs along the way!
Monique Cassis runs an organic skincare line with products for professional use. She isn’t the only entrepreneur in the family, however. 2 of her 3 kids also run their own businesses.
What inspired you to start your business?
First, Monique began her journey as a ‘Functional Holistic Practitioner’ who ran labs to help people suffering with autoimmune illnesses. She aided them in their day-to-day life, including stress management, food, and eliminating toxins.
At the time, finding safe and nontoxic skincare to recommend her clients was difficult. She saw a need and decided to fill the niche herself.
“Having a previous background in skincare, I was aware of the toxins and how they affect our hormones and health. Even today, there are organic skincare companies that will have some organic ingredients but still use parabens, phthalates, synthetic colors, and other harmful additives. We developed our line with an international cosmetic chemist sourcing worldwide using only the cleanest ingredients.”
What hardships have you faced while building your business?
Monique shares her story of being in an abusive marriage with 3 young children, which she felt trapped in by fear. “I was too afraid to leave for fear he would harm our children and me. He always told me no man would ever love me, and that I would never amount to anything.”
Still, Monique found the inner strength not only to persevere – but to grow and thrive. “Being that I had an amazing childhood and my dad always taught me how powerful our minds are, I KNEW one day I (with my kids) would be out of this situation.” After 14 long years, she finally freed herself.
“I sold my kids’ clothes and others antiques on eBay to make money to feed our kids and to save to move out, because I KNEW we were getting a better life.” Monique chose to be resourceful, instead of accepting her circumstances as fate. Resourcefulness would not only benefit her as a human being, but it would also help lead to the success of her business.
“Because of my former’s drug habit, he had not worked in about 3+ years. There was no child support he could pay when we left. He was arrested and we were given an emergency restraining order. We went on welfare, which included food stamps, cash aid and medical insurance.”
With consistency and dedication, her situation started to take a dramatic turn for the better. “I dropped each aid as I started to get an income. After I left him, I enrolled in Nursing School. I became certified as a personal trainer, Holistic Health Coach, FDN Practitioner (running labs and addressing illness), Certified Aromatherapist, as well as many other courses.”
Just one year after leaving her ex, she met an amazing man while training Karate, and they’ve been together for 10 years. “It is literally a romance anyone would dream of.”
What have you struggled with the most in building your business?
For Monique, she says she struggled with learning social media marketing the most. “When you have a product that YOU know is amazing, you need to learn how to teach and educate others what you know so they trust you.”
Copywriting is a tricky thing to learn. It’s no good if you have faith in your product, but don’t know all the right strategies to get everyone else believing in it, too.
First, they have to believe in the person selling it – and that takes time. People are more cautious to give their information than ever, and are keenly aware of dirty tricks or fake credibility.
What piece of advice do you have for woman dreaming of having a business?
“Mindset is crucial. Know where you want to be in your business, and be thankful in advance. Know you can do anything you want to do and that a failure at one task teaches you more than what you think for success down the road.”
Monique knows that mindset goes deeper than just believing in your ability, though. It’s also about setting clear goals. “I told myself I wanted to make $30,000 a month, and I did. I told myself I wanted a convertible BMW and I earned it. I told myself I wanted to move to the beach and we did within 3 months. Believe you can have it, live like you have it and always be grateful.”