Female Entrepreneurs

177 responses

Where are you in your entrepreneurial journey?

177 out of 177 answered

1
Have launched my business
32% / 57 resp.
2
Have been trading for 1-3 years
21% / 38 resp.
3
Am just about to launch
18% / 32 resp.
4
Have an idea but haven’t started
15% / 27 resp.
5
Have been trading for 4+ years
13% / 23 resp.

If you don't mind me asking, how old are you?

175 out of 177 answered

1
31-40
46% / 82 resp.
2
41-50
24% / 42 resp.
3
25-30
17% / 30 resp.
4
51-60
9% / 16 resp.
5
19-24
2% / 5 resp.
6
18 or younger
0% / 0 resp.
7
61+
0% / 0 resp.

Do you have children?

176 out of 177 answered

1
No, I don't have children
50% / 88 resp.
2
Yes, I do
50% / 88 resp.
3
I would prefer not to say
0% / 0 resp.

Why did/do you want to want to start a business?

177 out of 177 answered

1
I wanted to find or create work that is more fulfilling
61% / 109 resp.
2
I wanted to be my own boss
54% / 97 resp.
3
I wanted to create my own success
54% / 97 resp.
4
I wanted to work my own hours
53% / 94 resp.
5
I wanted to create my own wealth
45% / 80 resp.
6
So that I could achieve work-life balance
43% / 77 resp.
7
I wanted flexibility to fit around my family
39% / 70 resp.
8
I saw an opportunity
35% / 63 resp.
9
I hated my job
17% / 31 resp.
10
Other
9% / 17 resp.

What have been the main challenges or pain points while setting up your business?

177 out of 177 answered

1
Trying to do too everything yourself
59% / 105 resp.
2
Having enough money to set up/grow
57% / 101 resp.
3
Self-Confidence/Self belief
52% / 92 resp.
4
Coping with fear of failure
46% / 83 resp.
5
Marketing your business/ yourself
45% / 80 resp.
6
Balancing business and family life
32% / 57 resp.
7
Scaling your business
25% / 45 resp.
8
A lack of digital knowledge
19% / 35 resp.
9
Finding/retaining the right people in the business
15% / 27 resp.
10
Not being taken seriously
13% / 24 resp.
11
Finding the right co-founder/business partner
13% / 23 resp.
12
Finding the right idea for the business
12% / 22 resp.
13
A lack of financial knowledge
0% / 0 resp.
14
Other
5% / 10 resp.

As a female entrepreneur, what worries you most?

177 out of 177 answered

1
Maintaining a positive cash flow
52% / 93 resp.
2
Trying to do too everything yourself
45% / 80 resp.
3
Winning new customers
45% / 80 resp.
4
Marketing your business/ yourself
40% / 71 resp.
5
Remaining optimistic through hard times
40% / 71 resp.
6
Balancing business and family life
26% / 47 resp.
7
Not having the ability/ skills to make it a success
26% / 46 resp.
8
Getting access to funding
25% / 45 resp.
9
Not having a support network
23% / 42 resp.
10
Not being taken seriously
22% / 39 resp.
11
Retaining current customers
14% / 26 resp.
12
Other
5% / 9 resp.

When you have questions or challenges with your business, where do you look for help and information?

177 out of 177 answered

1
Online forums
66% / 118 resp.
2
Female Business Networks
62% / 110 resp.
3
Mentors
50% / 89 resp.
4
Paid Experts/ Consultants
20% / 37 resp.
5
Government Small business resources
15% / 27 resp.
6
Other
15% / 27 resp.

Thinking about you and your business, which of the following are important to you?

177 out of 177 answered

1
Doing work that I enjoy
84% / 149 resp.
2
Having flexibility to do what I want
66% / 117 resp.
3
Having opportunities to collaborate with like minded people
64% / 114 resp.
4
Being able to work from any location
62% / 110 resp.
5
Making sure I look after myself and feel healthy
57% / 101 resp.
6
Being able to mix work & pleasure in my day
54% / 97 resp.
7
Having an opportunity to give back through my work
49% / 87 resp.
8
Working with people that I admire
46% / 83 resp.
9
Being part of a supportive community
44% / 79 resp.
10
Managing my stress connected with work
0% / 0 resp.

We're planning on doing some more research into the lives of female entrepreneurs. If you are interested in being involved please answer yes.

172 out of 177 answered

1
Yes
91% / 158 resp.
2
No
8% / 14 resp.