Being an entrepreneur is hard. And not just in a “pull a few all-nighters” kind of way, it’s more the “jump off a cliff and build an airplane for yourself as you’re falling” kind of way. But don’t let that deter you! If you have a great idea and are willing to put in the work to make it grow, entrepreneurship is for you. But, like with everything, it never hurts to have a little bit of help. If you’re a female entrepreneur, here are some great resources for you.
Plum Alley Investments
The exclusive world of investment (which usually leaves women by the wayside) is exclusive no more. Founded by Deborah Jackson and Andrea Turner Moffitt, Plum Alley is a community where it allows its members to invest in promising young businesses – all fronted and led by women. Plum Alley’s focus on diversity is a large part of their business model, as they mainly focus on the diversity of the entrepreneurial team and the innovation behind the idea. Plum Alley knows that women bring a unique and crucial perspective to entrepreneurship, so if you’re looking for some funding – Plum Alley is for you.
What better way to embrace your #girlboss than by attending Boss School? Hello Fearless is The School for Female Entrepreneurs, and their goal is to help you become the best you can be. Their online course, officially called “Boss School”, takes 90 days and has been perfected by Kauffman FastTrac. Boss School isn’t just about the business, it’s also about fostering your skills as a soon-to-be CEO so Hello Fearless, someday, will mean saying hello to you!
Women Who Startup Radio
Looking for something new to listen to on your morning drive? Women Who Startup is a weekly podcast available on iTunes and Stitcher that tells the stories of women who start their own businesses. Whether they’re coders, entrepreneurs, or founders – Women Who Startup is ready to empower you with their next episode. Since the show started airing, the women behind the podcast have also started hosting events, workshops, and even have a Slack channel where you can build a new professional network and become involved in a female-oriented community.
She Owns It
A digital lifestyle and entrepreneurship focused blog, She Owns It is a great resource for a budding entrepreneur – but not just because of its content. She Owns It also welcomes guest bloggers, meaning that you can become a part of the She Owns It by directly participating in it and you’ll simultaneously get some free marketing for you and your business. It’s a win-win for you and for your readership, who get to benefit from your ideas!
Any community that has the tagline “We believe women are awesome” is one you’re going to want to rely on. Ellevate is part networking community, part investment opportunity, and part school – Ellevate’s webinars, articles, podcasts, and videos are a great resource for anyone who is looking for help finding their direction. Ellevate has a number of corporate partners, including Fidelity, IBM, and more global companies, so you’re not just making smaller, more personal connections – you’re potentially making global ones as well.