- 1 Women in Business – You’ve come a long way, baby!
- 2 Women in Business
- 3 Funding for Women-Owned Small Business
- 4 Contracting Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Business
- 5 Your a female CEO?
- 6 How did you get into this field?
- 7 Stronger, wiser and happier
- 8 Encourage entrepreneurs
- 9 Mentors and partners
- 10 Turn a challenge into a solution
Women in Business – You’ve come a long way, baby!
Traditionally, women are pleasers. In business, sometimes we need to rock the boat to let people know that they can’t walk on you because you are a woman business owner. When you do rock the boat, however, you make waves. Women in business have struggled to get fair pay… and often it does not work out. Sometimes, women are paid quite a bit less than their male counterparts. How do women in business handle the inequities?
Women in Business
I have been in IT for almost twenty years. And, I am a woman. Sometimes, I have been on the receiving end of sexism. And unfortunately, it has not gotten any easier. Women in business is more common place than it was when I was in college. When I studied Computer Science, I was in a group of 15 men and I was the only women. Women in business are more prevalent today (thank goodness).
Funding for Women-Owned Small Business
Contracting Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Business
Your a female CEO?
The IT field is especially sensitive to equality for women. I come from an era where women needed to fight for equality. And to this day, there are still those few that want to discount our rates. I won’t do it. And I lose business because of it. Do your homework. Analyze your industry and determine what a fair price is for your service, then stand strong. Some people, when they find out the company is female owned, will either a) want a big discount or b) discontinue doing business with you.
How did you get into this field?
And then there are the “good ‘ol boys” who assume you need to explain yourself to them. “How did you get into this field?” they ask. “I studied hard. I worked hard and I worked many years to get where I am today”, I say. It wasn’t luck. It wasn’t “good timing”. The harder I work, the luckier I get.
Stronger, wiser and happier
My experience with sexism has made me stronger. My experience with inequality has made me a better leader. And for that, I am grateful.
I have been so fortunate to work with incredibly talented people. The people who are trend setters, passionate about their work and eager to help others. These are the people that I work with. These are the people to whom I owe gratitude and who I admire.
GreenHostIt is a brand that encourages women (and men) to define what being strong means. Own your errors. All companies make them once in a while, but what differentiates you from the others is how you take responsibility for your actions. Then, act as if the word “can’t” does not exist.
Mentors and partners
The highlights of my career are the times when I see female entrepreneurs conquer their fears, engage their industry and succeed. While our growth has been a highlight, planning for the growth and managing it appropriately is a challenge. I am, however, fortunate enough to have had some amazing mentors along the way. Our partnerships with top firms have made our web hosting firm one that I am proud of. I am proud of the fact that we are honest and straightforward with clients.
Turn a challenge into a solution
At times, there are some few (men) who do not like a women to tell them (for example) “you need to setup 2-step authentication on your Gmail”. Some men feel threatened when an intelligent woman gives them advise. It’s times like this that the challenging situation is turned into a solution. We provide honest, knowledgeable suggestions and make good on our promises. With each event, we see our client entrepreneurs achieve greatness. And with each event, we continue to expand internationally.