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4 Online Resources for Women

Discover the power of joining the growing community of female entrepreneurs

Women have a long history of forming collective organizations intended to improve society—from waging political campaigns to founding the PTA. Women are social creatures who have always prioritized collaborating with and supporting one another while leveraging that power to build stronger communities.

Of course, the camaraderie women have always depended upon has adapted over the decades. In the 1960s, for example, women bonded over their newfound independence gained during the Second World War with entrepreneurial endeavors like selling Tupperware or Avon. We met regularly, supporting one other’s businesses and helping each other climb up that proverbial ladder.

The Online Movement

Today, we still have that same philosophy, but our culture’s hectic pace and 24-7 mentality makes it difficult to carve out quality time for the traditional in-person gatherings of yesteryear. So we’ve developed a work-around: online communities.

This evolution has allowed women to find like-minded soul sisters around the world—in every niche imaginable—to brainstorm with, commiserate with, build businesses with and bond with. We now have access to women outside of our neighborhoods, and are being exposed to a global society full of possibilities.

Women need these supportive relationships to thrive, because being an entrepreneur is a tough road requiring endless determination, motivation, and collaboration. The rewards of owning a successful company are second-to-none—but it’s so much harder if you try to do it all by yourself.

It’s Time to Get Involved

I’m guessing you have a list of things you want to achieve in your business and personal life, and thankfully, there are numerous resources and communities available to help you. I’ve compiled a list of the top four online resources for female entrepreneurs that are bound to lead you on your path toward financial freedom:

Chic CEO: Does the idea of entrepreneurship entice you, but you have no idea where to begin? Start with Chic CEO, a resource for women who either don’t know how to implement their ideas or are too afraid to take the plunge. The site offers business knowledge that’s easy to understand and implement, and you’ll find other women who are willing to share their advice and experiences simply because someone else did the same for them. From how to find your big idea and how to get a patent to how write a business plan and how to find funding, this site is a wealth of information.

Girls Who Code: In 1995, 37% of computer scientists were women. Today, it’s only 24%. Tech jobs are among the fastest-growing in the country, yet girls are being left behind. This online, non-accredited school was founded with the goal of closing the gender gap in the technology field and is building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the country. If you have a daughter in middle or high school, can you think of a better path to introduce her to? She’ll be able to run her own empire someday. The website offers summer programs, lessons, clubs, and networking opportunities. Of course, it’s never too early to start learning how to code if you are enthralled by technology and looking for a new career path.

The BOSS Network: BOSS™ stands for “Bringing Out Successful Sisters,” and it’s an online community of professional and entrepreneurial women who support each other through conversation, online and event-based networking. The BOSS Network aims to provide growth through professional development, resources, marketing and promotional opportunities to its members. The organization is becoming a resource for companies seeking female influencers as their target market and was recently named by Forbes as one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurial Websites for Women.

Home-Based Working Moms: This online community is geared toward entrepreneurial women who juggle the task of managing a home and a business. The founder launched HBWM shortly after the birth of her first child, realizing there was a strong need for support, information and networking among parents who were working at home. Her site allows parents to share ideas, network and support one another and provides the tools necessary to start a home business.

There are dozens of other groups out there, covering every niche under the sun. So if one of these doesn’t align with your interests or situation, an online search is sure to reveal the right group for you. When women support each other, incredible things happen.

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