Did you know women account for over a third (34%) of all business operators in Australia? That’s an increase of over 46% in the past 20 years.

Our pre-launch research found more than 71%  of respondents to our survey said they were self employed, in a business partnership or were a sole trader/incorporated business.

That’s a lot of women doing it for themselves.

It’s amazing to read of the change in the ever growing number of women owned business operations in Australia. And we think there’s a whole lot more of you dreaming about it.

Females in Food supports women making it, baking it, taking it or shaking it and everyone in between. We know it can be really hard work trying to build a business, yours or someone else’s. At Females in Food we want you to get noticed for all the right reasons. Whatever that means for you.

67% of you told us in our pre-launch survey that you want to grow your business.

The 19th century Grand Dame of Champagne, Madame Clicquot, inspired us this week. Madame Clicquot was widowed at 27 when she took over the champagne business from her husband. Majella Turner, one of the lawyers on our IP webinar this week, told us of the madame’s riddling rack invention developed to reduce the sediment after secondary fermentation. Majella told us that story as an example of innovating and how to protect your inventions. We think Madame Clicquot is brilliant for many other reasons too – internationalising the champagne market and the highly recognisable brand she created. For more details about Madame Clicquot, take a look at this link. Clearly her achievements had an impact and thankfully her significance as a successful businesswoman, who was well ahead of her time, are still acknowledged today by the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award. This year a healthy food entrepreneur took out the honours. For further inspiration, read more here.

Whether you’re a solopreneur, an entrepreneur, a business leader or a wannabepreneur we believe in empowering women to follow their passion.

But when you work alone, or with a small team, how do you get the balance you need to grow just like Madame Clicquot did back in the 19th century?

Here’s 5 tips to get you started.

  1. Ask for help
  2. Take it all in your stride
  3. Take calculated risks
  4. Be open to opportunities from unexpected places and
  5. Back yourself.

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