I was having lunch with a friend a few months ago and pitching her a business idea I have. It was an app that my 9 year old daughter and I came up with. This particular friend is a SEASONED entrepreneur. She has a jewelry company that is sold all over the country and has been mentioned on the Today Show, she’s owned a local boutique, and she is now in the process of running an event space. SHE DOES IT ALL!
I kind of felt small even telling her my idea, but I was looking for advice. I said to her, “It’s not like this is going to be a big business or anything, just something small.” She responded to me dead serious: “Tiffany, did you just side-hustle yourself?”
And just like that, I was taking a dose of my own medicine.
At The Biz Foundry, we run programs and workshops and meetups and lunches. Tons of events to help entrepreneurs become successful, to rise to the next level, and to make the proper connections. All the time, I preach to women in particular that they are, indeed, entrepreneurs! I try to get them to feel comfortable with that title, yet often I see a bit of… almost embarrassment from those women who aren’t fully committed to their business (side hustlers).
According to the 2017 census, women-owned businesses have been on the rise. A recent statistic says that 40% of businesses are owned and run by women. So, why does it sometimes feel uncomfortable to wear the badge of entrepreneurship proudly? Sometimes it can be scary to stand tall and proud and announce to the world, “I started/own/run this”. Others may feel that since it isn’t their main focus, they don’t want to put the official entrepreneurship stamp on it.
For me, I think that I don’t want to put myself in the same category as my friend - the “real-entrepreneur” who does this with grace, grit and hustle. I would be horrified if she thought that I put myself into her status.
But ya know what… who cares? As Rachel Hollis (author of Girl, Stop Apologizing) would say, “Other people’s opinion of you is none of your business.” Stop worrying about people’s judgement. And stop judging yourself.