19 Millennial Women On Becoming Entrepreneurs
Ivanna Diaz

Money is a feminist issue — and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 Millennial women, more than 50 percent of people said they never discuss personal finances with friends, even though 28 percent reported feeling stressed out about money every single day. Bustle's Get Money series gets real about what Millennial women are doing with their money, and why — because managing your finances should feel empowering, not intimidating.

You may know and hear about more and more Millennial women who have become entrepreneurs. While some Millennials are all about the side hustle, some are about turning that side hustle into their full-time job — or starting a new company altogether. I spoke to 19 Millennial women who became entrepreneurs. Even if you don't think it seems possible, they're proof that it is.

"Success isn't an accident — you have to make it happen on purpose," Carrie Green, founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association and international bestselling author of She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur, tells Bustle. "Success is not reserved for a special few. Anyone can be successful in their life and business if they get really clear and intentional on what they want to achieve. If you have a dream to start your own business, get started and don't let anyone tell you that you can't make it. As long as you have clarity around your mission and you stay consistent with it, you will grow. You can't *not* grow. Keep moving forward."  

Exactly, right?! Plus, many of the female entrepreneurs I talked to started their companies based on a side hustle. "Exploring passions is a benefit of a side job, like fulfilling a love of photography by shooting kids' parties on weekends," Beth Kobliner, author of the New York Times bestsellers Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties and Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not), tells Bustle. "Who knows? A part-time or freelance gig could produce not just some extra cash, but a whole new chapter in your life."

Yep, you never know when you'll like your #SideHustle so much that it'll become your ~main hustle~. Or perhaps you'll start your own company based on what you'd been doing at your full-time job. Without further ado, here are 19 Millennial women who became entrepreneurs. While some made their side hustle their full time hustle, others became entrepreneurs in different ways.

1Jess Ekstrom, 25, Headbands Of Hope

Jess Ekstrom

2Gina Hooks, 29, Salient Social

Gina Hooks

3Maggie Germano, 29, Financial Coach For Women

Maggie Germano

4Morgan Canclini-Mitchell, 29, two|pr

5Karina Ramos, 23, The Voyage Society

Karina Ramos

6Nicole Bandklayder, 32, The Cookie Cups

Nicole Bandklayder

7Kristin Berry, 29, Miss Design Berry

Kristin Berry

8Jessica Atkins, 31, Stylebook

Jessica Atkins

9Ivanna Diaz, 25, Avon

Ivanna Diaz

10Erika Wasser, 29, Glam&Go

Erika Wasser

11Tennile Cooper, 31, She Is Epic

Tennile Cooper

12Kelsey Cole, 28, Multivitamin Media

Kelsey Cole

13Maleeka Hollaway, 27, The Official Maleeka Group (OMG)

Maleeka Hollaway

14Kathrin Zenkina, 24, Manifestation Babe

Kathrin Zenkina

15Onyekachi Amadi, 25, PlusLivin

16Jamie Rose Maniscalco, 26, Rose Relations LLC

Jamie Rose Maniscalco

17Laura Nielsen, 28, Traveling Vineyard

Laura Nielsen

18Dawn Roberts, 28, Dawn Roberts Consulting

Dawn Roberts

19Samantha Salmon, 30, Health Coach

Samantha Salmon

Impressed? I know I am. "My advice for entrepreneurs, especially female entrepreneurs, is to take a critical look at cubicle life," Kari DePhillips, fellow Millennial and CEO of The Content Factory, a fully remote PR and content marketing firm, tells Bustle. "If you don't want that for yourself, why would you want that for your employees? It's easier than ever to ditch the office entirely, and there are a lot of benefits besides just the time advantage. You'll save a ton of overhead, which you can pass on to your clients to make yourself more competitive in the market."

OK, the above women definitely gave me #GirlBoss goals, and perhaps they'll do the same for you.

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