The Particular Struggles Of Female Small Business Owners

October 25, 2019  |  
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a female business owner

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To say “Hats off” to women who own small businesses just doesn’t even begin to show the amount of respect I have for them. I have several close friends, including my sister, who own small businesses. My sister owns a restaurant and is the chef there, so she deals with the unique struggles of being in a particularly male-dominated industry. But I know and love several incredible women who own small businesses and no catch-up with them is void of the ridiculous and frustrating stories about the struggles and obstacles they face. As if it isn’t tough enough being a small business owner at all, being a female one brings it up to a challenge level of 12 out of 10. Many of the workplace issues that come up for women are amplified when that woman owns the business.


People ask to speak to the owner

Nobody has ever assumed my sister is the owner of her restaurant. In fact, they’ve assumed one of her male cashiers is the owner many times, and they have asked him to ask her (who they thought was a server) to get them something.

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