As many of you know, I recently moved to New Zealand for a year. I moved for personal reasons, in order to spend a year with my family travelling and experiencing a whole new part of the world. But I also moved professionally in that I’ll be working while on this year abroad, just from a vastly different time zone than my U.S. counterparts.
To date, I have had such a small population of women business owners that I have had the privilege to work and learn from: mostly women in the United States. And while I have done workshops with women business owners from Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt, this has only happened a handful of times. And it hasn’t been enough to tell me what I have always wanted to know.
I’M HOPING THAT I’LL BE ABLE TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION FOR MYSELF THIS YEAR.
I have always wanted to know how similar women business owners are globally to one another. Do we struggle with the same challenges? Are there the same concerns around confidence and access to capital? Do we start businesses for the same reasons and grow them in the same way? And does what makes women entrepreneurs different from men entrepreneurs in the United States (namely the size of the businesses they launch and the kinds of businesses they launch) remain the same in another country?
I’m lucky in that I have already found myself a shared office space and have begun to meet business owners here. And while I won’t be offering any services to anyone in New Zealand, I am curious to learn as much as I can about these women business owners.
I am on a quest to understand what women business owners need globally. And I suspect I will confirm what I already believe I know: That what we need is one another. Not just community but support and role models and access to other women business owners.
I can’t wait to find out if that is indeed true in New Zealand.