Somewhere in the search for equality, feminism and breaking into the Old Boys Club, a stigma started to hang around traditionally female-operated businesses and industries. It’s time to put a stop to that, especially if you’re a woman who happens to have a passion for female-rich businesses. Just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you need to pursue a degree in the STEM field, become the next Editor in Chief of GQ Magazine, or make it your job solely to burst through glass ceilings. There’s nothing wrong with loving what you love.
Take the experts at Craft Clouds who say they’re “committed to providing consumers nationwide with high quality, beautiful crafting supplies. Whether you’re using them to make something exquisite for yourself, a loved one, or want to use it to beautify a special occasion, we have what you need for a price you want.” Sure, crafting might fall largely into the “woman-run industries” but when you’re doing it right and love it, that’s all that matters.
Here are a few more businesses and industries usually run by women that are still thriving:
Thankfully more men have broken into this field in recent years, but operating a florist is no easy task. According to Perishable News, Valentine’s Day is one of many recession-proof holidays, and birthdays, anniversaries and other special events all call for flowers. Not only do women have a strong knack for floral arrangements, this is also an in-demand industry that’s not going anywhere. Now that’s smart business.
Say what you will about teachers, such as it being the most underpaid and important job of all, but teaching was predominantly a female field for years. Experts like those at The Huffington Post predict schools would be better if teachers were paid more, but it’s an uphill battle. However, in many cases it’s a job with a pension, and those are hard to come by these days. Like florists, more and more men are also entering the field.
There are countless types of nurses just like there are many types of doctors. However, in certain specialties and with certain training, nurses can make just as much (or even more) as some full-time physicians. However, they often have a little more control over their schedule, don’t have to carry their own malpractice insurance (a huge money saver) and can complete school quicker. They also have more contact with patients, which is why many go into the field.
4. Flight attendants
This was the classic way to see the world on someone else’s dime, and it still works. Of course, it’s also a very hectic job and can be difficult for anyone with a family. However, flight attendants who move up the ranks and gain seniority can often cherry pick their routes and earn a quite substantial living. As an added bonus, for nomadic types who don’t want to settle down, you can save big bucks on not having a sprawling home to care for (living out of a suitcase suits some people just fine).
This isn’t necessarily a female-dominated field, but some genres such as romance, children’s books and poetry have more than their fair share of female writers. However, writing is an innate talent and calling, usually not a career choice. If that’s your gift, find a way to make a living at it, such as writing SEO-rich content for corporations by day and crafting your manuscript at night.
Except in very rare instances, such as modeling, your gender or sex doesn’t really matter. Follow your heart and you’ll end up in the right place.
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