Christian Women Entrepreneurs
Updated by Edna Davidsen ∴ Saturday, March 25, 2017
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Christian Women Entrepreneurs are essential. The more I study them, the more I appreciate what they do, and I’m glad being one myself.
We need Christian entrepreneurs like Miranda. She’s 29 and plans a Christian online business with her boyfriend. Here’s how she described the entrepreneurial process October 2015: "My name is Miranda, and I am currently in the process of starting up a business with my boyfriend. It will be a Christian online video streaming platform called Eternity on Demand. It's been around four months since we started working on the business and during this time I feel God is guiding us.” Because, as she says: “I don't think it would have been possible for us to find a software company owned and operated by two devout Christians without His help. With any business, it is important for those you work with to understand the vision and mission of the company.” Miranda was lucky to cooperate with the two Christian software developers. They were passionate about her business idea. “Currently we are faced with a few challenges, but if it's God's will, we will figure something out,” Miranda says. She came to Christianforum.com to gain support and encouragement.
Greater than Normal Financial Risks
Google defines an entrepreneur as: “a person who organises and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks.” Here’s a question: Is it possible to be an online entrepreneur without taking on greater than normal financial risks? I would say: YES, often. Let’s take Miranda’s example above. Her business idea was a Christian online streaming platform. In Miranda’s example, I expect she’ll need to take on greater than normal financial risk to get into business. Miranda and the boyfriend, would need funding to build the platform and launch it. Another example:
Website Affiliate Marketing
Perhaps you’re a woman willing to learn how to write blog posts. You can learn it. A blog is a great place to recommend affiliate products, you know will help the readers. It’s easier to set up a website today than it was five years ago. Read some how-to-do-it article’s, and you’re on the way. Again, a free activity. But it takes time. It costs $5-10 to buy a website. When it’s online, the owner pays $10-15 per month, like when you rent a room at a hotel. We talk about less than $100 to be in business. Serving Christians online with a low-cost business has significant growth potential. You need to develop skills reading people. Know what problems they have so that you can provide solutions. The advantage using affiliate marketing products when you offer solutions is, you don’t need a stock. You show people where to find products that’ll solve their problems. People appreciate it. You get paid.
Miranda got support from her boyfriend. It’s good. But you can also do it, even if you work without other family members. As you gather experience, you learn to cooperate with influencers. In People with Positive Perspective I wrote about eight people who trusted God. They could have given up and said: “It’s impossible!” but they continued what they felt God wanted them to do. Running a Christian online business is a long-term activity. A reason why so few Christian women go into online business, could be a lack of patience. I understand it because the first period until the audience is there is tough. But the long hours without being paid are worth it. Your self-esteem grows as you see people support and appreciate what you do.
Who Can Do It?
Can every Christian woman become an entrepreneur? First, listen to God. What does He want you to do? Second, ask for help. Pat Flynn’s book Will it Fly? was helpful, when I began. It took me through a process. I learned about entrepreneurship and what products to recommend on my blog.
Mission and Vision
As Miranda said in the quote before, it’s important for those you work with to understand the vision and mission of the company. When you have formulated your company's mission and vision, it’s easier to go into online entrepreneurship. You’ll learn how to formulate the mission and your company’s vision in Pat Flynn’s book. OurChristianbook.com’s mission statement is: “To present inspiring information about Christian books and Christians in business. I serve Christian readers with ideas and stories from other valuable bloggers, authors as well as people in social forums. This way, I help Christian bloggers and authors getting their ideas in front of readers. And I help readers by structuring the topics so that they can draw their own conclusions.” I keep working on OurChristianBook.com’s vision, by asking: “What will OurChristianBook.com look like five years from now, if it’s God's will I continue to run it?” It’s a good question, It gives perspective.
Jenny Rush, a Christian entrepreneur at Enabled4success.com has this mission statement: “My mission is to share the love of God as I: teach, inspire, encourage, comfort and empower others.” Jenny’s story is touching. She became disabled in 1992. She had a supportive husband and son. Becoming disabled changed her life, but like the eight People with Positive Perspective listened to God, so did Jenny. She writes about how frustrated she was being unable to work as she had done before. When her husband came home at night saying his usual, “So, what did you do today?” She felt guilty. Her husband wanted to know how she was feeling, but she became upset and felt like a failure. She began to write a list what she accomplished through the day, thinking it would help her answering her husband’s questions. What’s amazed me by her story, was that the list gave her a boost. She felt like a contributor instead of a failure. And that’s how it is. Her business began as a list. Today, she has a great website worth a visit.
Miranda and Jenny are just two examples of Christian entrepreneurs. I relate to Jenny’s description about being a contributor. When we publish content, we know helps our readers, we feel we contribute to the Christian community. Even if it takes time to build an audience, it’s worth consider the perspective of an online business. As I stated earlier, it’s possible, to begin with less than $100, and if we are patient the business has the potential to let us spend more time with family, kids, and volunteer in churches than a 9-5 job does. I hope you have the courage to take the leap of faith if you feel God want’s you to go into online business. See: About Edna Davidsen See: A review of Gary Comer’s Soul Whisperer: Why the Church Must Change the Way It Views Evangelism.