As the landscape of entrepreneurship continues to expand and evolve, the role of a business coach has emerged as an invaluable asset for female entrepreneurs. But coaching alone is only part of what female entrepreneurs need to grow, find success, and avoid burnout.
Have you ever unraveled a piece of rope into individual threads? If so, you know that each of those strands are fragile and easily broken. But, when coiled together, the rope becomes immensely useful. It is flexible and strong enough to tow a car, assist a climber up the face of a rock, or support a child on a swing.
While a business coach is a game changer for many female entrepreneurs, combining that relationship with ongoing skill development and connection to a vibrant, like-minded community is like a strong coil of individual threads that come together to ensure maximum optimization for you and your business.
Let’s look at the power of this “trifecta” for female entrepreneurs and how the Society of Women Business Owners (SOWBO) brings the three together for its members.
In the realm of entrepreneurship, the journey often feels lonely and a lot of advice is “one-size-fits-all.” But a business coach offers a personalized approach. In 1:1 sessions, a business coach gets to know you, your business, your goals, your dreams, and your obstacles.
Another challenge for entrepreneurs is the tendency to become entrenched in their day-to-day operations, cutting off their view of the bigger picture. A business coach brings an invaluable outside perspective. They offer fresh insights, challenge established notions, and identify blind spots that might otherwise keep you from moving forward.
Through tailored strategies and focused attention, a business coach can guide, support, and challenge you. Whether you are just starting your entrepreneurial journey or have been in business for a long time, a good business coach stands shoulder-to-shoulder with you, helping you to do the thing you have been called to do to make the world a better place.
And, because of this personal relationship, a business coach will be empathetic to your struggles and setbacks; she will also share in your wins.
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The Society of Women Business Owners believes in the power of personalized coaching. Going beyond the one-size-fits-all approach, SOWBO’s coaching covers not just business but your life, relationships, health, and finances, all while staying true to your values and purpose.
Our membership program includes quarterly one-on-one coaching sessions and unlimited Voxer access as well as group coaching sessions and monthly business boosters.
Beyond personalized support, female entrepreneurs must prioritize sharpening their business skills, staying up-to-date on technology, and applying best general business and industry specific practices. But, it can be challenging to wade through books, articles, courses or to review the latest technology while running a business.
This is another area where a business coach can strengthen and support female entrepreneurs. By offering regular group training sessions, inviting in experts, and providing a library of resources and business tools, a business coach does the vetting and brings the best, most useful professional and personal development to the female entrepreneurs she supports.
Recent training sessions for SOWBO members highlight this power aspect of coaching:
You can see from these examples the depth and breadth of the training a business coach can provide. A business coach brings you hours of research, years of practical experience, and a network of experts to bolster your knowledge and scale your business.
The power of collective wisdom cannot be overstated. Group training sessions orchestrated by a skilled business coach create spaces for collaboration, idea exchange, and mutual support.
Beyond 1:1 coaching and training sessions, community and connection are vital for female entrepreneurs. A community of like-minded women can be transformative, offering friendship and insights from diverse perspectives, enhancing both personal and professional growth.
There’s immense wisdom in learning from someone who’s been where you are now. You’ll be amazed at the insights they can offer. Their guidance will often provide just the clarity and direction you need.
That being the case, you want a coach who can help you build a community that serves as a business network and also as a safe space for you to be yourself and find friendship.
One way to do that is through social media platforms. An active Facebook group or Instagram account can deliver information, spark lively discussions, provide answers to questions about your business, and allow people to promote their products and services.
Another avenue for building community is through in-person or virtual social meet-ups. Hosted by a business coach, these socials and networking events are a great way to take a break from the day-to-day grind of work and connect with others.
Finally, longer, in-person events, like retreats and masterminds, are a way to find fresh ideas, renewed energy, and a rekindled passion for business! Facilitated by a business coach, these events give you a break from everyday responsibilities and in exchange for time to focus on your business and yourself as an entrepreneur in a unique setting.
SOWBO attracts the most loving, kind, and generous women entrepreneurs around the country. At our events, you’ll find yourself immersed in positive energy and spending time with the most welcoming friends ever—all in a beautiful, inspiring location!
Here is a sample of the kind of in-person events we offer at SOWBO:
#1 New Year Planning Retreat
Our annual January business planning retreat brings like-minded, high-achieving women from all over the US together. Our wholesome and unique approach helps you to map out the vision for your next 12-months. You leave with an action plan for your business and life.
#2 CEO Power Week
Five growth-motivated women business owners gather in person for a powerful 5-day CEO intensive with the purpose of having distraction-free focus on their business while also receiving outside perspective on current challenges and strategic plans. We offer these getaways quarterly!
#3 Make that Money, Honey!
This hyper-focused in person workshop is strategically placed on our calendar to help purpose driven women learn the skills necessary to level up their income. All education and activities are centered around small business sales and marketing. This experience is beautiful, fun, and game-changing!
Ultimately, community can provide female entrepreneurs a place where questions find answers, ideas are sparked, and connections are forged. Don’t hesitate to ask for help within your communities; you’ll be amazed by the invaluable insights and support you’ll receive.
At SOWBO, we value each of these so much that we have built our member community around them. Combining 1:1 coaching, group training sessions, online socials, and in-person events helps us to serve and connect the women who make up the SOWBO membership professionally and personally. We value each whole person, and we are serious about building a trusted community.
The SOWBO community is one of high standards, respect, integrity, and marked as “safe” by everyone who joins. We do not allow the “mean girl” environment nor do we honor cliquish mentality. Those who join our community make a pledge to:
If you would like to join this dynamic group of women from anywhere in the world and see what a business coach and our rich SOWBO community can do for you as a female entrepreneur, reach out today! We would love to hear from you and get to know you.