Advice for Women Entrepreneurs

The 8th of March is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the achievements of all women across the globe. This year, we’re sharing our advice for women entrepreneurs and ambitious early-career women looking to suceed in business.

The theme for IWD 2023 is ‘Embrace Equity’. This recognises that providing equal opportunities is no longer enough and more focus should be placed on the needs of specific groups in order to reach an equal outcome. What works for one does not work for all.

This year, the spotlight is also on women in tech and aims to highlight the lack of inclusion in this industry.


Advice for Women Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

The UK has made progress in recent years, with more women starting their own businesses than ever before and an increased focus on supporting working mums.

But there’s still a lot more we can do if we want to see true parity between men and women in the workplace.

Women currently hold nearly half of the jobs in the country, but they own only 11% of small businesses.

Our very own founder, Hayley Grange is part of this 11%, and we’re proud to currently have an all-women team at Twenty2.

She says, “My advice to any woman wanting to start their own business is to simply start. If you’ve been thinking about going freelance or setting up a team, there’s no better time than the present to start working towards your goal. The journey will be long and success takes time, but don’t be disheartened if you find it hard in the beginning. Use those people around you who support and champion what you are doing. I found my network of family and friends vital in bringing success and pushing through the challenges.  Remember that there will be highs and lows, but it’ll be so worth it in the end.”


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Here are 5 tips for early-career women who are looking to succeed in business:

  1. Don’t be afraid to reach out – it’s okay if you don’t know someone personally! You can make friends by reaching out to people on social media, or even just sending them an email or letter introducing yourself and what you do. Offer your services as well – you may be able to help each other out.
  2. Look for mentors – if there are no female role models at your company, seek them out elsewhere. You might try asking around among other women who have been successful where they got their start or even looking up videos from conferences where they spoke about their experiences.
  3. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.
  4. Surround yourself with people who can help and support you on your journey towards success. Make sure those people know how much they mean to you (and vice versa). We’ve found that being kind to others makes us feel happier and helps us be more productive at work.
  5. SELF CARE. Work can be stressful and you can lose yourself in it! Mindfulness is great to unwind and calm down after a busy day. Take time to remember where you came from, your purpose and remind yourself that you’re on track.


And remember to REST!


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