Shepreneurship: Women’s Journey from Job to Entrepreneurship

Sep 9, 2023

How women can navigate through transitions

Picture this: You’re staring out the window at your desk, daydreaming about the business idea brewing for months. The comfort of your full-time job has served you well, but a burning desire for something more beckons. The entrepreneurial spirit is whispering in your ear, and you’re ready to answer the call.

The decision to leave a stable full-time job and dive into entrepreneurship is monumental especially for women. Women transitioning from jobs to entrepreneurship face unique challenges, including limited access to capital, gender stereotypes, work-life balance pressures, and biases in networking and markets.

Let’s look into the emotional and practical aspects of what a woman goes through when she wants to quit her full-time job to embark on the entrepreneurial path.

Challenges faced while making the transition:

The Decision-Making Process: From Dream to Reality

Leaving behind a stable pay-cheque can be an intimidating prospect. Women often grapple with the decision for an extended period. They keep thinking, “Is this the right time?” or “Can I do this?”

“You must take leap when your business idea begins to occupy more space in your mind than your daily tasks.”

Financial Concerns: Navigating the Risky Waters

Finances are a significant factor in the decision-making process. Women tend to worry about supporting themselves financially and get into a spiral of planning, saving, and postponing the decision. These are valid concerns but sometimes are one of the most significant barriers to cross.

The Juggling Act: Balancing Dreams and Responsibilities

Many women juggle multiple roles, including caregiving and household responsibilities. Transitioning to entrepreneurship can disrupt this balance, requiring careful planning and support. To add to this, entrepreneurship requires long hours and stress.

Fear of Failure: Fuel for Success

The fear of failure is a universal concern for entrepreneurs, but women may feel additional pressure as they fear judgment or self-doubt more acutely.

According to a report by SCORE, only 20% of startups are founded by women. Does this mean many women want to start their business but decide not to?

Overcoming Gender Disparities: Shattering the Glass Ceilings

Entrepreneurship can expose women to gender bias and discrimination. It’s essential to be prepared to confront and overcome these challenges. This often doesn’t get discussed. A study by Babson College found that women entrepreneurs receive only 2.3% of venture capital funding.

“Don’t wait for a seat at the table; create your own table.”

What can you do to make this transition a less daunting experience?

Transitioning from a full-time job to entrepreneurship is an exhilarating journey filled with challenges, triumphs, and endless opportunities. Turn your dreams into reality and embrace the struggles by following a systematic approach that will facilitate your transition into entrepreneurship.

Business Planning

Crafting a business plan is not just a formality; it’s a fundamental step in the entrepreneurial journey. It serves as a roadmap, a decision-making tool, a communication device, and a strategic framework that guides your business toward success.

Financial Planning

Create a safety net and explore funding options that align with your goals. Financial planning before quitting a full-time job is like building a solid foundation for your entrepreneurial journey. It provides the stability and resources needed to weather the challenges and uncertainties of starting your own business, increasing your chances of long-term success.

Skill Development

Skill development is an ongoing process for entrepreneurs. It’s not only about acquiring new skills but also about refining and enhancing existing ones. Invest in yourself through continuous learning and personal growth. Before starting a business, women (like any aspiring entrepreneur) should consider acquiring general and industry-specific skills.


Connect with fellow women entrepreneurs, mentors, and industry experts for support and guidance.

Get Coached during the transition process

It can be your secret weapon on this journey. Coaching offers valuable support, guidance, and resources that can empower budding entrepreneurs to navigate the complexities of entrepreneurship more successfully. It’s an investment in personal and business growth that can yield significant returns in enhanced skills, confidence, and long-term success. A dedicated coach can provide personalized guidance, boost your confidence, keep you accountable, and connect you to invaluable networks and resources.

To benefit from coaching provided by Youniq Minds, you can consider reaching out to us to explore the available coaching programs. Your unique journey awaits—embrace it, own it, and inspire future generations of women entrepreneurs. Don’t let doubts or fears hold you back. Your dreams are worth pursuing

Naiyya Saggi, co-founder of The Good Glamm Group and CEO of The Good Community, highlights the significance of coaching in the entrepreneurial journey. Tune in to her inspiring talk and discover its impact.

Written by Jyotsna Dobriyal

Jyotsna K Dobriyal is a Leadership Coach and People Services Advisor. As a coach, she works with professionals committed to their development and growth. She helps them discover their authentic strategies to develop confident personal brands and lead at higher levels. Her knowledge, sensitivity, and passion for helping professionals find their voice, explore their confidence and activate their higher potential gives you a strategic partner on your career-life path.

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