Friday Favorites: Women-Owned Small Businesses

I have shared before how strongly I feel about supporting women entrepreneurs and women-owned small businesses.  I believe in lifting women up no matter what career path they have chosen.  Whether it is a woman who owns her own small business, a woman struggling to get her ideas off the ground, a SAHM who runs a little side business from her home to keep her sanity, a teacher who has to supplement her income as a direct sales representative, or the many other ways that women choose to earn money to support their families, I believe in supporting them and lifting them up.  Women helping women is one of my motto’s and part of why I chose to even start this blog. I think it is so important as women that we band together and look out for one another.  That is why I have decided that I am going to feature some women-owned small businesses and direct sales representatives that I love once a month starting in July.  I am lucky enough to already know some incredible women who own their own small business and are trying to do what they can to ease the financial burden of their families, and I want to spotlight them here.

I am not here to debate with you over direct sales, how they operate, or if they are pyramid schemes.  I know many people on both sides of the argument who have very strong feelings about these things, but that is not what this is about. Many women get into direct sales to have some other identity besides being a mom or wife or because they simply love the product and want to share it with everyone they know. Yes, I will agree that some women get in over their heads and end up losing money instead of earning it.  I will also agree, on the other hand, that some women end up being incredibly successful and are able to truly make an impact on their lives. Most women fall somewhere in the middle of all of it. No matter where you fall on the spectrum of direct sales, I admire any woman that is willing to step outside of her comfort zone to attempt to do something to help her family or to build herself up.  That is what I support 100%. I personally have been involved in two direct sales companies that couldn’t be more opposite from each other, but I learned things about myself, including strengths and weaknesses, from both of them. They also both gave me an outlet and something to focus on at times when I really needed it.  I personally believe in direct sales.  I believe it is the way of the future and how we are going to consume things in the years to come.

I also want to support other women-owned small businesses that aren’t just direct sales, and plan to feature some of those as well.  Again, I admire any woman who goes out on her own and tries to do something that she is passionate about and to fulfill her dreams.  Opening your own business is scary and a huge undertaking.  Trust me, I know!  I have actually done this as well with two of my friends.  It wasn’t easy and did not take off like we had hoped, but it was certainly a big learning experience and one I would never regret.  My hat is off to those of you that have taken that big step as well.  Women are incredible human beings and are making huge strides in business all over the place.  I want to celebrate that.  

If you or someone that you know owns a small business (brick and mortar, online, or direct sales) and would like to be featured here, I would love to connect with you.  Please send me an email to anchoredpiecebypiece@gmail.com, comment below, or message me on social media, and we can connect.  I want to support you.  Helping women is what I am all about.

Anchored,