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5 Female Entrepreneurs To Inspire You

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At times during your business growth journey, when you feel drained and void of motivation, it is important to boost yourself and your mindset by seeking out some inspiration. One of the ways to do this is to look at some role models in your field.

It hasn’t always been men that have succeeded in running big product based businesses; women have risen over the years and challenged gender stereotypes.  They have gone on to show that female entrepreneurs can also be extremely successful... and that is both exciting and inspiring! 

Although even now, there tends to be only 1/3 of women that are leading the way, they are certainly not lacking in skills, passion and determination... and we LOVE that.  Here are five female entrepreneurs to help inspire you on those days when you need it.


1. Vera Wang

Most people have heard of this amazing designer from fashion to home ware. But what is so inspirational about her?

Vera Wang defies the whole planned-out, ‘linear line’ in life. We can all too often presume that entrepreneurs must be young people embarking on their dream career... but know this...Vera Wang didn’t launch her designer brand until she was 40 years old, when she designed her own wedding dress.

After working at Vogue she was able to then use her contacts to help launch and scale her own fashion label, which as we know has become a phenomenal success. Her company has just continued expanding over the years. She has proven that age is only a number and that it is never too late to follow your dreams.


2. Sara Blakely

For me, one of the true inspirations for both female entrepreneurship and product innovation.

Initially, Sara Blakely had next to no money to invest into her Spanx business. She overcame years of rejection when finally Oprah Winfrey mentioned her brand and her product based business took off like a rocket ship.

What makes Sara Blakely so inspirational, is her sheer grit and determination -  that she never gave up despite all of the rejections that she faced. You never know when that one break through will happen - it could be right round the corner, so don’t give up!  


3. Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston is one of my favourite British print designers. In 1993, she decided to open up her own store and showcase her British vintage inspired designs and products. Although initially, nothing really took off, the brand soon went from strength to strength and proved itself as a unique and quirky store that's truly loved by many. 

Whilst fortunes haven't been so kind to the Cath Kidson brand with Venture capital intervention, new ownership and multiple physical store closures in more recent years (having gone from 60 shops around the UK to just one flagship store – on London’s Piccadilly), the successful restructuring and reshaping of the brand footprint has meant that Cath Kidston continues to be a household name. 

Now with a continued online presence and a focus on being a digital-first business, they are back (!) and their ecommerce strategy is taking centre stage, with global ecommerce growth their goal.

The founder herself is a truly inspirational woman who followed her passion for designing and has always stuck to her brands values, never compromising the feel of the brand.


4. Anita Roddick 

Anita Roddick was the founder of The Body Shop. She was a brilliant entrepreneur, making The Body Shop as popular as it is today, but something else makes her incredibly inspirational....She was truly ahead of her time as one of the first female entrepreneurs to inspire me and many others to follow our business dreams with her admirable ethics and how she made her business decisions with eco, sustainable and cruelty free product values first and foremost.

She showed us that, as a woman, you could do business on your own terms... and make a success of it. 

The Body Shop was one the first commercial cosmetic outlets globally to ban animal testing and also to promote Fair Trade with Third World Countries. She helped create a movement, an educational dialogue and open the eyes of many consumers through her product based business. Anita Roddick took a lot of risks and really pushed for her values, morals and ethics to make The Body Shop what it is today. 


5. Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of The Huffington Post. The Huffington Post Media Group has become one of the largest in the World, so by being the editor in chief, you can imagine that Arianna Huffington has her hands full!

The success of the group is all down to her hard work and determination. By making The Huffington Post as huge as it is, she also created hundreds of jobs and opportunities for others.

She is a fantastic role model for what is possible if you dream big enough - and as if this wasn’t an incredible achievement enough, she is also a New York Times Bestseller. She is truly inspiring for other women entrepreneurs out there and make sure you get a chance to watch her insightful TedTalk on "How To Succeed? Get More Sleep". 


Make It Happen In Your Business

So next time you need some inspiration to fuel your business growth plans, look these 5 incredible female entrepreneurs up. Let their stories of success boost your motivation and turn those self doubts into self worth mantras.


Next Steps:

  • If you are struggling to feel motivated about your business, pause, take a step back and remind yourself why you are doing all of this. Why are you building your business?  And are you building the business you really want?
  • Self doubt on the entrepreneurial journey is very normal. In fact, I would go as far as to say if you don't experience self doubt at some point, that is unheard of... because no matter who you are, we ALL question whether we can do it.  Just know that even the people who have achieved wild success with their product based business had low points.  The important thing is that they powered on.  They didn't quit.  They kept evolving and kept going! 
  • If you would like to talk to a professional female business coach about where you are with your business right now and how you can plan to turnaround your sales performance and go for growth, then book a free discovery call with me.  We will talk about the challenges you face and how I can help you grow your business faster than you are doing so now. 


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