PODCAST: Making the entrepreneurial leap when life is hard, my journey thus far (Ep 33)

making the leap when life is hard

Can all women have their cake and eat it too? Is the mumpreneurial dream only for middle-class, suburban housewives or the recently made redundant? Can any woman, in any circumstance start a business and follow her own path? I explore these questions in this solo show and share my own personal journey towards creating a business that will free me from the work-like-a-slave train and welfare. If you feel like your circumstances are holding you back from creating your path, today’s episode might give you some perspective and hopefully encourage you to go for it no matter what is going on in your life!

About the Podcast

Your Brilliant Un-Career Podcast Show
Welcome to Your Brilliant Un-Career, the podcast show.

If you’ve thought about or recently made the leap into entrepreneurship, but you’re finding the journey overwhelming, I want to help you land on two feet and gracefully overcome the challenges that stand in your way. You can do it. You are doing it… as am I. We are in this together! Through the stories my guests and I share on Your Brilliant Un-Career, the Podcast, I aim to help you shift from stuck to inspired, from dreamer to doer. This podcast is proudly brought to you by my bestselling book: Your Brilliant Un-Career: Women, Entrepreneurship, and Making the Leap, out now on Amazon. http://bit.ly/uncareerp (Paperback version) http://bit.ly/uncareer (Kindle version), and Shift Club, creating marketing that moves… your business, your community and the world!

About Cas

Cas McCullough is the host of Your Brilliant Un-Career and Brilliant Content Ideas podcasts and author of Your Brilliant Un-Career: Women, Entrepreneurship, and Making the Leap. She’s a solo parent and homeschooling mum to three boys, two of which are on the Autism spectrum plus the founder of Brisbane-based content marketing consultancy Brilliant Content.

Takeaways from Episode 33

  • Can all women have their cake and eat it too or is it just suburban housewives and the recently made redundant who get to choose?
  • It’s hard to break free of the “work to survive” world if you are on the poverty line, especially if you have been on it your entire life.
  • If you’re a single mother trying to work your way off welfare it’s bloody hard! The welfare system doesn’t encourage entrepreneurship or accommodate the necessary reinvestment in your business to grow it into something bigger and better.
  • If you want to get off welfare without working like a slave and never seeing your kids, it’s not necessarily easy but it is possible.
  • There is so much free, valuable information on the internet these days that this should no longer be a barrier for any woman who is determined to educate herself and gain skills so she can follow her dreams.
  • Not everyone wants to gain skills or do something else but some will and those women deserve to know that they have another option.
  • It is easier for a wealthy woman to leave an abusive situation than it would be if she had no money, no house and was surrounded by generational poverty.
  • I was recently told by a major domestic violence charity that about 5 percent of the women who call domestic violence services for help, get through.
  • The barriers to business ownership are definitely real for women who are trying to escape violence, drugs, health problems and generational poverty. That said, I know some amazing women with severe disabilities who run businesses rather than rely solely on welfare.
  • Even in a country as abundant as Australia, statistically women still do it tougher than men when it comes to employment and career progression.
  • Women find it harder to get out of generational poverty than men and they are victims of abuse more often than men. Aboriginal women fare the worst. Their maternal and infant mortality and morbidity statistics are abysmal in comparison to white women and that is a national disgrace.
  • Studies have shown when women are cared for and educated their children are more likely to survive and thrive.
  • Charities and governments in developing countries are seeing the link between micro-entrepreneurship and women’s and children’s wellbeing.
  • If women in truly impoverished and war torn countries can see entrepreneurship as an option, why can’t we encourage women to dream here at home?
  • Why do women believe the lie that they have no choices other than to sacrifice family for career or career for family?
  • Why do women in poverty believe they have no choice but to be a slave to a low-paying job or be on welfare? Why is it so wrong to inspire women to want more for themselves and their loved ones?
  • I appreciate and respect anyone who gets off their ass and works hard, but what if they could own the cleaning company rather than work for someone else’s cleaning company?
  • Shouldn’t we at least plant a seed for and encourage women to open up to new possibilities that will give them financial freedom and help them off the welfare or work-like-a-slave train?
  • Globally, entrepreneurship is beginning to create a wave of social change creating more opportunities for women regardless of socio-economic status. My hope is that as more women see this choice as accessible, corporates and governments will work harder to help women integrate work and life.
  • We need the third option (entrepreneurship) because as technology changes and admin jobs go offshore, more women are going to find it harder to find jobs.
  • Let’s support all women to dream, and let’s plant seeds of possibility.

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Download the 33 bonus resources on the Your Brilliant Un-career websiteChapter 1 of Your Brilliant Un-Career talks about finding your purpose. I have done a terrific interview with Y Network founder and author Shar Moore on this topic that I want you to have. Access this interview for free here, along with 32 other business building podcast interviews, templates, worksheets and motivational affirmations.