Entrepreneurship is close to the hearts of the team members at GrasshoppHer. The team members are all working towards building GrasshoppHer along with individual initiatives outside of GrasshoppHer. We want to share what we have learned in our experiences with entrepreneurship, specifically women entrepreneurship.
1) You are going to fail.
The first idea is not going to work; the first prototype is not going to perfect; your first team is not going to work well together. And that’s okay! We can be taught what will work and what won’t, but we never truly learn until it happens. ⠀
2) Some people are not going to believe in you.
But, if you don’t believe in yourself, then no one is going to believe in you. To get people to use or invest in your product or service, you have to show them that you believe in it, and that you have a passion behind it.⠀
3) Have a reason why you are doing what you are doing.
The reason why you are creating a product/service can’t be “because I want to work for myself” or “because I want to make money”. There has to be a passionate reason behind wanting to create something that can help you sell it to people and investors. Oftentimes, people do not purchase the “what”, they purchase the “why”.
4) It’s okay to not know what you’re doing.
It is easy to get caught up in other people’s accomplishments. Recognize Impostor Syndrome! Instead of saying, “why was I given this opportunity when there are so many people that can do it better,” start saying, “I have this amazing opportunity in front of me, and I am going to use it to the fullest.”⠀
5) It will be harder as a woman entrepreneur.
It will be harder to get funding and to get people to believe in your company. While I absolutely hate to say this, it is true. However, that is all the more reason to prove everyone wrong!
With all of this in mind, you can do it! With the resources GrasshoppHer has to offer, you can be even closer to success!