Live More, Work Less Feature #13: The Struggles of being a Female Entrepreneur {20 women share their story!}

Live More, Work Less Feature #13: The Struggles of being a Female Entrepreneur {20 women share their story!}

This blog post is a part of The Live More, Work Less Blog Series where we're featuring real entrepreneurs at all stages of business that are actively pursuing the creation of a business that aligns with, and supports their ideal lifestyle, rather than working against it! REAL Entrepreneurs. REAL Stories. REAL Life. 

Our hope is that this series inspires you, motivates you, and encourages you to re-examine your own definition of business + life success! You can explore the full index of featured entrepreneurs in this series HERE.

I’m a pretty optimistic person, and generally getting out into the great outdoors and stepping away from the computer screen will do wonders to get me out of a “funk.”

But on other days those mindset gremlins rear their ugly heads and I find them super hard to shake.

I start thinking ...

  • There are so many others out there offering the same services/products/program … why should anyone listen to me … why should I bother sharing my work?
  • Who am I to teach this? I’m don’t have an MBA. I haven’t been published in Entrepreneur. Am I a fraud?
  • Is it worth it? I’m taking time away from my kids, my family, myself when I work on my business. Am I being selfish?
  • I don’t have a jet-setting, high-fashion “Instagram-worthy” life. Does anyone care to know the real me?

Can you relate?

I thought so! :)

And let me tell you … there are THOUSANDS of other female entrepreneurs out there that relate too .. JUST LIKE YOU.

Don’t believe me?

I’ve been publishing the #LiveMoreWorkLess blog series over the last couple of months, with a purpose to inspire you, motivate you, and encourage you to re-examine your own definition of business + life success through the sharing of real life entrepreneur stories.

One of the questions I asked the contributors was What do you find as the biggest struggle in your ongoing quest to build a LIVE MORE WORK LESS business and lifestyle?

And your openness … your realness … your willingness to share your biggest internal struggles … BLEW ME AWAY!

You told me things like …

“The biggest struggle is always within myself. I hear from all sides that it's not going to work out, that I should focus on getting a 'real' job, and those comments seed doubt that can be difficult to shake.”

You told me ...

“Sometimes I get stuck in that comparison game, looking at my mentors or other female entrepreneurs and feeling like I will never get "there!" I try to stay positive and get out of the "are we there yet mindset."

Ladies, I’m telling you. The struggle is sooooooo real!

And you’re absolutely not alone in the way that you feel.

In today’s BRAND NEW featured blog post in the Live More Work Less blog series, I’m sharing 20 female entrepreneurs' answers to the question regarding what their biggest struggle is as they work towards creating a Life More Work Less business + lifestyle.

Live More, Work Less Feature #12: Jenni Waldrop

Live More, Work Less Feature #12: Jenni Waldrop

This blog post is a part of The Live More, Work Less Blog Series where we're featuring real entrepreneurs at all stages of business that are actively pursuing the creation of a business that aligns with, and supports their ideal lifestyle, rather than working against it! REAL Entrepreneurs. REAL Stories. REAL Life. 

Our hope is that this series inspires you, motivates you, and encourages you to re-examine your own definition of business + life success! You can explore the full index of featured entrepreneurs in this series HERE.

1. WHO ARE YOU? TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOURSELF ...

Jenni Waldrop, I'm currently living in Manchester, UK...but I'm a digital nomad with about three addresses right now. I'm the "Etsy Sith Lord" behind the Fuzzy and Birch blog.

2. WHAT DO YOU DO? TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS.

I teach people how to turn their crafts into full-time income, primarily through Etsy. I'm a blogger first, Etsy seller second (I switched to suit my lifestyle when I started moving around) and a budding YouTubber third 😊

Live More, Work Less Feature #11: Kyla Roma

Live More, Work Less Feature #11: Kyla Roma

This blog post is a part of The Live More, Work Less Blog Series where we're featuring real entrepreneurs at all stages of business that are actively pursuing the creation of a business that aligns with, and supports their ideal lifestyle, rather than working against it! REAL Entrepreneurs. REAL Stories. REAL Life. 

Our hope is that this series inspires you, motivates you, and encourages you to re-examine your own definition of business + life success! You can explore the full index of featured entrepreneurs in this series HERE.

1. WHO ARE YOU? TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOURSELF ...

Kyla Roma Winnipeg, MB Canada Launch & marketing strategist My husband and I work together in my business and work from home with our son Devlin, born in 2017.

2. WHAT DO YOU DO? TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS.

I've been full-time self-employed since 2009 (aka 100 years in Internet time.) As a business coach and strategist, I help bosses launch successfully and create "YES!" moments for their ideal customers. My clients pour their time and energy into their work, and my job is to help make sure that work loves them back.

Live More, Work Less Feature #10: Tepsii

Live More, Work Less Feature #10: Tepsii

This blog post is a part of The Live More, Work Less Blog Series where we're featuring real entrepreneurs at all stages of business that are actively pursuing the creation of a business that aligns with, and supports their ideal lifestyle, rather than working against it! REAL Entrepreneurs. REAL Stories. REAL Life. 

Our hope is that this series inspires you, motivates you, and encourages you to re-examine your own definition of business + life success! You can explore the full index of featured entrepreneurs in this series HERE.

 

1. WHO ARE YOU? TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOURSELF ...

My name is Tepsii, I live in Pretoria South Africa where I'm raising 3 young girls with my husband, Sean. I'm a copywriting teacher/expert and also an online business coach for soulful entrepreneurs.

2. WHAT DO YOU DO? TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS.

I've been running my business since March 2015 and I quit my day job in May 2015. I've never looked back since, and I really enjoy working to help people discover and make money while doing what they love most.

Live More, Work Less Feature #9: 10 Strategic Ways to Align your Business + Life as a Female Entrepreneur

Live More, Work Less Feature #9: 10 Strategic Ways to Align your Business + Life as a Female Entrepreneur

This blog post is a part of The Live More, Work Less Blog Series where we're featuring real entrepreneurs at all stages of business that are actively pursuing the creation of a business that aligns with, and supports their ideal lifestyle, rather than working against it! REAL Entrepreneurs. REAL Stories. REAL Life. 

Our hope is that this series inspires you, motivates you, and encourages you to re-examine your own definition of business + life success! You can explore the full index of featured entrepreneurs in this series HERE.

QUESTION: What are some steps you've taken in your business to intentionally make it more aligned with the way you desire to live your life?

15 female entrepreneurs in all walks of life and in multiple different business niches are sharing with us their answer to this question!  

Pursuing a business truly aligned with your ideal lifestyle isn't a "paint by numbers" step-by-step process.  There will be set -backs, and there will be days when you feel like giving up ..

It takes work.

It takes guts.

And it takes intentionally making decisions every single day about what is the right choice for YOU. 

(even when it's not popular or easy)

We're not on a journey to some idyllic work-life balance (that I've yet to see actually happen!), and we're certainly not sugar coating the journey!

What we are doing is actively saying YES to ourselves, YES to a business that lights us up, and YES to having the ability to HAVE IT ALL. 

We hope that these 15 entrepreneurial women's answers to this question and the 10 strategies they are pursuing are an inspiration to you as well!

Live More, Work Less Feature #8: Jessi Honard + Marie Parks

Live More, Work Less Feature #8: Jessi Honard + Marie Parks

This blog post is a part of The Live More, Work Less Blog Series where we're featuring real entrepreneurs at all stages of business that are actively pursuing the creation of a business that aligns with, and supports their ideal lifestyle, rather than working against it! REAL Entrepreneurs. REAL Stories. REAL Life. 

Our hope is that this series inspires you, motivates you, and encourages you to re-examine your own definition of business + life success! You can explore the full index of featured entrepreneurs in this series HERE.

 

1. WHO ARE YOU? TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOURSELF ...

Marie: Hi, I'm Marie Parks, co-founder of North Star Messaging + Strategy. I live in Tijeras, NM with my husband, Josh, and two dogs.

Jessi: I'm Jessi Honard, and I'm a copywriter and messaging strategist. Currently, I live in Los Angeles with my girlfriend and two pups.

2. WHAT DO YOU DO? TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS.

Marie: My business partner, Jessi Honard, and I started our business in 2010 as a side hustle. In 2013, it became my full-time life, and Jessi joined me full-time in 2015. Not sure we could ever go back!

Jessi: I'm one half of North Star Messaging + Strategy, a copywriting and consulting firm that helps biz owners put their words to work. We're all about personality-driven copy -- from websites to email sequences -- that allows entrepreneurs to stay true to themselves while growing their business. It's been a wild, amazing, fulfilling ride, and we just celebrated our seventh anniversary this past July. I've been full-time with North Star since 2015.

 

Live More, Work Less Feature #7: Jessica Walman

Live More, Work Less Feature #7: Jessica Walman

This blog post is a part of The Live More, Work Less Blog Series where we're featuring real entrepreneurs at all stages of business that are actively pursuing the creation of a business that aligns with, and supports their ideal lifestyle, rather than working against it! REAL Entrepreneurs. REAL Stories. REAL Life. 

Our hope is that this series inspires you, motivates you, and encourages you to re-examine your own definition of business + life success! You can explore the full index of featured entrepreneurs in this series HERE.

 

1. WHO ARE YOU? TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOURSELF ...

Jessica Walman, Phoenix, Arizona, Married, 2 kiddos (ages 6 & 8), Facebook ad & sales funnel strategist.

2. WHAT DO YOU DO? TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS.

I've been running my Facebook ads management business for 2 years, and the majority of people I work with are launching online programs or digital products. I do this full-time.

Live More, Work Less Feature #6: AMANDA GOLDMAN-PETRI

Live More, Work Less Feature #6: AMANDA GOLDMAN-PETRI

This blog post is a part of The Live More, Work Less Blog Series where we're featuring real entrepreneurs at all stages of business that are actively pursuing the creation of a business that aligns with, and supports their ideal lifestyle, rather than working against it! REAL Entrepreneurs. REAL Stories. REAL Life. 

Our hope is that this series inspires you, motivates you, and encourages you to re-examine your own definition of business + life success! You can explore the full index of featured entrepreneurs in this series HERE.

1. WHO ARE YOU? TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOURSELF ...

My name is Amanda Goldman-Petri, but all my friends and my community members call me "AGP". I am the founder of Market Like A Nerd, where we geek out about business and marketing strategies that maximize your profits while minimizing your efforts. I am extremely Anti-Hustle and adamantly promote a Work Smarter, Not Harder approach to marketing.

2. WHAT DO YOU DO? TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS.

I started out as an entrepreneur at the age of 21. My first business wasn't super successful, because while I built a lot of buzz for myself, I didn't know how to turn it into cash. I therefore opened up a 2nd business, a Virtual Assistant Agency, and hired a business coach. Within 4 months, I had generated my first $10K month at the age of 22. Suddenly, I became known as the go-to VA for Coaches and Mara Glazer, of the GKIC family, approached me about being her business partner. We teamed up and within 4 months our business had made $150K, and I was 23.