Spray the confetti y’all. Today I’m celebrating female entrepreneurs and you don’t want to miss it. Not only are female entrepreneurs being BOSS online but they are also pushing the limits faster than Lady Gaga changes hairstyles.
I’m sure you’ve heard the usual ladies like Marie Forleo, Ali Brown, Amy Porterfield, Kris Karr and Danielle Laporte….this isn’t that list. I love those women – but I’m always on the look out for fresh perspectives and new inspiring stories.
So let’s give these 10 female entrepreneurs some love:
Rich Girl Business, created by Danielle Murrell.
Danielle links together savvy female entrepreneurs to create a community of women who are taking the online business world by storm. By helping women with marketing, social media and branding, Danielle helps women attract wealth and success with their online biz. According to Danielle, 75% of women owned businesses make less than $50,000 per year — a fact she wants to change. Lifting women up so they can ditch the struggle is her end game. Can I get a hell yes!?
Amenakin — YouTube extraordinaire
Amenakin (also known as Amena in the offline world) first built a name for herself giving fashion tips, reviews and vlogging about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. She also shared her perspective on Islam and opened up about her experience as a 21st-century Muslim woman. After building her base audience on Youtube, she was able to start her own business called Pearl Daisy — where she designed and sold Hijabs, scarves and accessories online. Amenakin went on to co-found Ardere, an e-commerce based makeup company. Not only is she unstoppable, but she seamlessly enters into discussions on religion and the female experience in a way that truly speaks to her audience. If only there were a better word than incredible to describe this female entrepreneur.
Regina at ByReginaTV.
Ahh a fellow infopreneur. I’m not going to say I have a soft spot for infopreneurs… more like… a loving bond linking us forever together for the rest of life. That’s a bit less dramatic right? Ok not only is Regina an infopreneur herself but she is also an infopreneur sidekick. Ie, an infoproneur’s dream. Whether you’re a blogger, freelancer, teacher, you name it – Regina’s goal is to help you build genuine connections, make a difference, and create a boomin’ business. Need I say more? If you’re in the infopreneur realm, then get your booty over to her site right now. It’ll save you time, money and a whole lotta hassle.
Virginia Phillips and the Academy of Entrepreneurial Excellence.
After a car accident left Virginia permanently disabled, she refused to let her circumstances stop her from creating her dreams. Virginia became an author/speaker/coach and while she was at it she also founded the Academy of Entrepreneurial Excellence. Her Academy’s purpose is to guide people from the first steps of an idea into complete business success. With business experts serving as mentors to members of the Academy, her students get connection, experience and the guidance they need to profit from their passions. I’m in love with what Virginia does and the level of excellence she brings to the online business world and to the world of female entrepreneurs.
Amanda from her very own Amanada Bella
Amanda had me at “Make Money Your Honey”. At a time in age when far too many female entrepreneurs shy away from money and battle feelings of unworthiness when it comes to making big incomes, having someone like Amanda on the block is an easy yes for me. Me and you both have read all those money mindset blogs and posts — uh huh that’s right mindset is key. But getting your mindset right is one step. Then you actually have to go out and make the money. So whether or not you wanna hop on the personal coaching train with Amanda, you might at least be interested in her Amazon best-selling book Make Money Your Honey: A Spirited Entrepreneur’s Guide to Having a Love Affair with Work and Money. So go on girl, have that love affair and don’t feel bad about it!
Discover Your Power – created by Lizeth Santamaria
Lizeth Santamaria was diagnosed with Lupus in 2006 (a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body). Her journey began as an entrepreneur when she became a Lupus Advocate and began encouraging others to transform their lifestyles. Her entrepreneurial skills have soared since then and she now offers a variety of online and in-person services. From career and leadership coaching to lupus and wellness coaching, Lizeth’s mission is to help her client’s step into their power and watch their lives transform. Lizeth decided to use her struggles to inspire others and I am in awe of her clarity of vision. Keep rockin’ Lizeth (not that she needs me to say that since clearly she is going strong)!
Grace Ciao – Fashion Designer and Artist
Talk about using social media to pay the bills. Some deem Grace the “ultimate accidental social media entrepreneur,” and I wouldn’t disagree. Sometimes things happen for a reason and you just need to run with it. So as a nod to going with the flow, I present to you Grace Ciao. She had a passion for design and one day she received a dying flower. Instead of chuckin er’ in the trash-eroo (like any non-design person would do) Grace decided to create a fashion illustration out of the flower and post that sucka on Instagram. Well, you guessed it, the post went viral and boom-shakalaka, Grace is now earning a full time living as an illustrator because she took that opportunity and went with it! Instagram is her platform and she is totally rocking it. So go with the flow my friends, and don’t be afraid to put your work out there — sometimes a split second decision makes all the difference!
Grammar Girl, otherwise known as Mignon Fogarty.
Mignon’s passion is grammar and she is dang good at it. Passionate and good enough that she created a whole podcast about it. I know I should be on the top of her list for grammar bootcamp but… full disclosure I just send her tips to my assistant :). I’m all emoji’s and !!!!! over here ;). We all know writing and grammar are skills we need to keep up — especially considering how often we type words into our phones hoping we get it close enough for autocorrect to kick-in. Don’t pretend you don’t do it too…I see you. So let’s cut to the chase. Mignon found a niche we all clearly need (well except those few of you who are reading this and have impeccable grammar — in which case you’ve probably already torn apart this entire blog post — ha!) and she filled the gap with a useful tool/podcast known as Grammar Girl. So hop on the grammar bandwagon and thank Mignon for helping us all sound a bit more professional in our lives.
Angel investors — no not sweet angels who deposit money into our bank accounts when we spent too much on our last vaycay…(bad joke…I know…just pretend to laugh…). If that did happen though, I wouldn’t complain. But anyway who I’m talking about today is Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors. These investors want to change the face of angel investing and create capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. According to Pipeline Angels, in 2015 25% of U.S angel investors were women and only 5% were minorities. Pipeline Angel’s purpose is to change that. They have a bootcamp for new investors and a pitch summit for startups looking for funding. Since launching in 2011, the women of Pipeline Angels have invested over 4 millions dollars in 40 + companies. Pretty good right? No this is wildly superb!! Let’s give them a round applause.
Leah Kalamakis – Freelance to Freedom
A designer/developer dynamo and lucky for me, a close friend. Not only does Leah do brilliant design and code work for entrepreneurs, but she also has her Freelance to Freedom project which is ah-MAZ-ing. She helps you feel confident in your business and get past your fears through her online community and resource guides — designed to help you grow your freelance biz. Yeah, Leah is risk taker inspiration. She quit her corporate job to serve full-of-life entrepreneurs who are also following their unconventional dreams and she shows us that it’s totally worth it. So let’s give a wild unconventional dance for Leah as she twirls to her own tunes.