EntrepreneuHERs: Women in Business

Women entrepreneurs in business face more challenges when it comes to starting their own business world than male entrepreneurs. Women tends to start business at half the rate than men do. Women bring unique abilities to entrepreneurship, and take a different approach when it comes to taking risks. Mentors are important, but fewer exist for women and the lack of mentors in entrepreneurship then there are only fewer women-owned business to start with. On average, women start their business only half as much capital as men, when it comes to funding. Women entrepreneurs face perceptual bias as invisible barriers based on their gender. Plans supported by women are less strong than men.Women see the world through different lens, and do things differently. According to Global Entrepreneurship Monitor there are 126m women operating business and other established ones.

This documentary presents three quick interviews with different women entrepreneurs who share their experiences in starting-up their businesses in various fields. It shows the challenges, their motivations, the support they have received and their accomplishments, which are the results of their perseverance in a mostly male-dominated world.

Photo by Michelle Balingit (@seymichelle)

Photo by Michelle Balingit (@seymichelle)

The first businesswoman is a general manager in the wholesale industry with 17 years of experience. She was a leader in politics and wanted to be a leader in business as well, so she self-taught herself everything she needed to be able to reach the position she has. After everything she learned, her advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to have dedication and commitment in what they want to become in their lives. She also wishes for women to be treated equally as men

Photo by Michelle Balingit (@seymichelle)

Photo by Michelle Balingit (@seymichelle)

The second interviewee is a resourceful fashion blogger that wanted to be able to put things together, despite the deeper scrutiny by men in her industry, which at the same time increasingly respect the work of other entrepreneurial women. She self-doubted herself constantly so she began using that as motivation to reach her objectives, also with the help and support from her significant other, her family and friends. This young woman believes that the right time to do anything is right now for those who want to succeed.

Photo by Michelle Balingit (@seymichelle)

Photo by Michelle Balingit (@seymichelle)

The third and final entrepreneur is a former educator now turned into the founder of a co-working space for creatives. She believes in people, just like those that supported her from the beginning believed in her, and provides them with a space where “things can happen”. She is a visionary that never abandoned her dreams, despite the obstacles she has encountered, and feels that everything has been amazing for her, so she suggests future businesswomen should know themselves well before pursuing anything big.

Watch the documentary below.