Most women business owners are on their own as they create, grow and run their companies – but by finding expert and community business growth support, they can accelerate their business growth process and shorten their learning curves, reaching their greatest potential more easily in less time.
Research by a trusted authority on female entrepreneurs shows there are five distinct types of women in business. Each type of business owner has a unique approach to running a business and therefore each one has a unique combination of social media management needs. This article describes three of those types and outlines various ways each of them can seek that support effectively.
Jane Dough is an entrepreneur who enjoys running her business and generally, she makes a nice living. She is comfortable and determined in buying and selling, which may be why she’s five times more likely than the average female business owner to hit the million dollar mark. Jane Dough is clear in her priorities and may be intentionally and actively growing an asset-based or legacy business. It is estimated that 18% of women entrepreneurs fall in the category of Jane Dough.
With her fast pace and quick-growth style, Jane Dough will welcome expertise and will devour it eagerly. She will be a serial consumer of information as she acquires expert guidance so she can quickly and easily implement new strategies in her business for maximum potential. From marketing and social media to hiring and team development, Jane Dough’s entrepreneurial style will allow her to find the right mentor, until she is moving towards her business goals at a breakneck pace.
Merry Jane is building a part-time or “flexible time” business that gives her a creative outlet (whether she’s an ad agency consultant or she makes beautiful artwork) which she can manage within specific constraints around her schedule. She may have a day-job, or need to be fully present for family or other pursuits. Representing about 19% of women in business, she realizes she could make more money by working longer hours, but she’s happy with the tradeoff she has made because her business gives her tremendous freedom to work how and when she wants, around her other commitments.
Thanks to Merry Jane’s myriad roles and responsibilities, systems are key. Therefore, she will benefit most from experts or support people who can help her increase her efficiency using systems that tie to her business and require very little time from her. Also, Merry Jane would benefit from a mentor or expert who is well-connected to other resources in the community so that she can quickly identify solutions to her needs, and then connect with them so her needs are met just as quickly.