Go-to platforms for growing your network, biz skills, and confidence.
– KEYS SOULCARE
Being an entrepreneur is hard work and heart work, requiring both the courage to leap and the strength to keep learning on the fly. While each of our journeys is unique, getting a heads up from those who have been there — and are invested in seeing us succeed, too — pays off every time. Here are six platforms that every entrepreneur should know to grow their business (and their business mindset) with intention and smarts.
Bird Means Business
Ashley “Bird” Williams is a self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur” who went from Wall Street to holistic business consultant. Williams’ podcast Bird Means Business is a brilliant mix of business tips, inspirational interviews with other entrepreneurs, and relatable notes on mompreneurship. Williams shares her experiences to encourage you to “take flight” and make your business dreams a reality.
Don’t miss out on Office Hours with Kelsey Mulvey, a weekly newsletter about being your own boss. The freelance journalist (and one of our very own editors) is like a biz-savvy friend who always gives the best advice. Regular installments touch on the many facets of making it as an entrepreneur, from handling taxes as a freelancer and dealing with difficult clients to good, old-fashioned self-care for self-starters.
Go Wrk Girls
Go Wrk Girls is a team of strategists working to elevate female-founded businesses through engaging content and branding. This group of resourceful, straight-shooters skip the small talk and delve right in, providing work, life, and creativity-sparking resources, a marketing term glossary (read: instant confidence boost), and encouragement to pay it forward for others, too.
Six Degrees Society
This female-founded and centered community is “reinventing what it means to network.” Unlike traditional networking groups, Six Degrees Society focuses on helping women at all stages of their careers and lives. Digital and member events — which run the gamut from indie film sneak peeks to events on thwarting burnout — leave attendees feeling more in-tune with themselves and their work-life visions than ever before.
While it can be liberating to work for yourself, it can also be difficult to know all your rights, understand the rules, and find the inspiration necessary to keep moving forward. Freelancers, lean in: you’re driving the economy! Freelancer’s Union — a goldmine hub of resources, community, and advocacy tools to support anyone and everyone’s entrepreneurial journey — is making sure the world knows it. From contract templates to its own healthcare plan and free wellness events, Freelancer’s Union’s holistic, informed approach to “striking out on one’s own” makes the leap feel anything but lonely. (And, before we forget to mention, membership is free.)
Across industries, gender equity (and the lack thereof) impacts lives across the globe. The Riveter works toward a mission of “a world in which equity of opportunity is a reality, not merely a promise” — and is doing work to provide access, education, and support to women in the workplace. Find the latest news, community contributions, and research across their platforms. Sold on this mission? Consider taking The Riveter Pledge to join their (free) membership.
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