What it’s like to be a Female Solopreneur

As a female entrepreneur, there will be times when you feel lonely. When my friends start talking about the Shark Tank show, I like to explain my analogy of how many good ‘ole sharks there are out there just waiting to bring down a good female entrepreneur.  Let me explain… Sometimes I feel like I'm on this little boat in the middle of the ocean and I'm all alone with sharks swimming around me and I dream of making to the nearest island for safety. I call this a bad day in my life as a solo female entrepreneur. This might be a day when I have some 70 year old man who claims he's been in business all his life tell me that my idea for a organic hygiene company just won't work.  Who could possible want to buy that, right?

We've all had those bad days and if you a single parent female entrepreneur it's just even harder. It's like who do you talk to at the end of the day? The kids aren't interested because they got their own things going on. Family might be tired of listening.  Most of my female friends are also self-employed so they are just as busy and when we can squeeze in an hour for lunch there's just not enough time to discuss the good…the bad…and the ugly of each of our businesses.

There are good days and lots of them and thank goodness for that, and those days get you through the bad ones.  Being a solo female entrepreneur means you will live through feast AND famine, you will be told NO a lot, you will be looked at like “have you lost your mind?” It's frustrating, and at the end of the day you think to yourself….odds are that tomorrow will be a much better day!

Anyone else want to comment on what it's like to be a female solopreneur?

5 COMMENTS

  1. So very true! For so many women entrepreneurship is an extension of ones old skills but not their former career. The former co-workers and colleagues are still valuable but can’t relate in the same way any more if they are still working for a larger organization. I give you solopreneurs so much credit for going it alone; I tried something by myself before Meridith and I Project Eve and frankly one of the major factors that made me want to stall out was the isolation of doing it completely on my own. It is also part of the reason we started Eve so women entrepreneurs (who more often than men start as solopreneurs) didn’t need to feel so isolated and alone. So that even if it is 1am or 5am and you wouldn’t dare call someone you can go online and know that there is a whole community of women who share in similar days of struggle and triumph. Tammie thank you so much for your contribution!

  2. I completely understand what you’re saying. I spent the better part of two decades in a male-dominated career field, which forced me to form a thicker skin against the dismissive attitude often directed towards self-starting women.  The “feast or famine” syndrome brings its own share of emotional baggage into the juggling act, and maintaining personal relationships outside of the business is also a challenge.

    I’m working on a “personal plan” to address some of these issues in my own life; I figured that if we can write plans for our businesses, why not give it a go for keeping the other side of our life in balance? I’ll get back to you on how that works out. 

  3. I liked just reading the phrase, “there will be times when you feel lonely.” It’s hard for people to be open about difficult emotions that come up; reading that made me feel less lonely! So thank you.

  4. Yeah, you have to be pretty relentless.  I am constantly encouraging myself, but always on the look out for ‘get it’ people — those who  have like mindsets.