Women are Hustling in New Hampshire

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Stephanie Kohler, graphic designer for Great Brook Media, Stacey Nachajski owner of Great Brook Media and Siobhan Bogle of Maine Tinker Photography pose for a photo during an event they put on together last month.

Maybe it’s because I’m building a (woman-owned) business myself, and therefore I’m hyper aware of it, but it seems that women in New Hampshire are hustling. Almost every woman I talk to lately either has her own business, has a side hustle, or has an idea that she’d love to get off the ground.

They have full or part-time jobs, they’re raising children, and they have a dream of something more. Whether it’s building an income through multi-level marketing, striking out on their own in their niche, or fine-tuning a skill that they’ve discovered people will pay for. They’re working nights and weekends to turn it into a business.  

I love hearing that the woman that works at the hardware store is also a fitness coach. Or that the receptionist for a local medical center goes home and pieces quilts together every night to sell on Easy. There are ladies who teach paint and sip nights, who have a fashion truck that they drive all over the state, or who are starting a private practice for family counseling.  

I guess it’s not really a new phenomenon, but a season of life. My mom did it when my brothers and I were little. Until I was in the 2nd grade, she stayed home with us and worked on the side. First, she sewed for a friend’s home based business, then she started her own business making dolls. All of this allowed her to bring in a little bit of income, while staying home with kids.  

The beauty of it though, in 2016, is the amount of resources available to us now with the internet. My mom didn’t have a platform like Etsy to sell her dolls on. She didn’t have an online community keeping her accountable and acting as a sounding board for her ideas. She also didn’t have 600 Facebook friends to share photos of her dolls so that people across the country knew she existed. And, anything you want to know, you can educate yourself on, get that certification and make it happen. It’s so exciting!  

The best part about all this is that women are supporting each other in their adventures. Online communities, like the Rising Tide Society, which promotes “community over competition,” allow people to come together with common interests and connect both locally, and across the world.  

I absolutely love the sentiment of “community over competition.” It’s also a popular hashtag on Instagram, and it’s a symbol of standing together, instead of tearing each other down. I’m seeing it online, and I’m fortunate to have found this alive and well in the Granite State.

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