With job satisfaction at an all-time low, it's no wonder so many people are seeking alternatives -- including starting a business.
In the last few years, there's been a huge uptick in women-owned businesses. For many different reasons, more and more women are getting in the driver's seat and in the process, they're also paving the way for other women.
If you're a woman and thinking about starting a business yourself, your timing couldn't be better.
Below, six successful founders discuss why now is a great time for women to start a business:
1. The alternative is too risky.
Starting a company undoubtedly comes with a certain level of risk. However, it also provides a sense of control that you can no longer get in a corporate setting. As companies reduce benefits and place limitations on how far women can grow within the organization, entrepreneurship offers the opposite. Starting a company gives women (and men) more choice, more flexibility and more opportunity. - Jules Taggart, Jules Taggart Marketing Strategy
2. Because 79 cents on the dollar just isn't good enough.
In the modern day, it can be tempting for us to think that the hard work of ensuring equality is over. The truth is, it's just beginning. Despite the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, women still make 79 cents on the dollar on average (or less if you're a woman of color). One surefire way to be certain you're paid fairly? Become your own boss. - Melissa Roberts, Free State Strategy Group LLC
3. Raising capital is becoming easier for women entrepreneurs.
Research has shown that women-led companies perform better than companies with no women in leadership positions. Investors are beginning to catch up to this research. More women-focused investment groups have been forming, such as the Pipeline Angels, Golden Seeds and Astia. I've personally found that there are more and more investors who want to support women-led companies! - Lisa Curtis, Kuli Kuli
4. More leading women exist to challenge preconceptions, and social attitudes are changing.
The business world is starting to shed long-held negative notions about women, and it shows. While certain industries still have a long way to go, personalities such as Irene Rosenfeld, Indra Nooyi and Sheryl Sandberg are paving the way for female entrepreneurs. We're more aware of sexism when it shows its face as well, and more willing to take action to challenge it. - Steven Buchwald, Buchwald & Associates
5. Barriers to entry have never been easier to overcome.
I've always said now a good time for women or anyone to open a business: the barriers of entry to do business have never been easier to overcome. Technology has lowered startup costs, women have access to women-only funding options and can more easily leverage social capital. - Steven Newlon, SYN3RGY Creative Group
Women now have the opportunity, more than ever, to work from any location at almost any hour, and can still be competitive running a company. Additionally, technology allows women to have greater access to other women, who are the primary decision makers in household spending. Women can use technology to help each other and create sustainable businesses at the same time. - Aimee Kandrac, WhatFriendsDo