Gentle But Strong: Perfect Business Ideas for the Classic Lady

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Society often thinks homemaking and childcare are the only places for nurturing women. Little did they know, such women can be capable business leaders, too.

After all, girl bosses aren’t necessarily the rough and boyish types. Praising only the girls who are “not like the other girls” is outdated and discriminating toward the gentler female types. It’s as if being soft and caring makes you less strong when it doesn’t. Thankfully, female empowerment today promotes lifting each other, regardless of our differences. Whether you like skirts or pants, heels or sneakers, it shouldn’t define your place in society.

Your nurturing nature helps you excel in industries where empathy is essential, like fashion & beauty, wellness, and arts. And while classic ladies can be anything they want, there’s nothing wrong if they don’t want to get their hands calloused or their beauty sleep interrupted. Girl bosses should feel proud for running their businesses and taking care of themselves at the same time.

If you’re also a nurturing girl boss, here are some business ideas that might fit you:

  1. Jewellery Brand

As Marilyn Monroe sang, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Diamonds aren’t just the toughest stone in the world but also the steadfast symbol of love. Since nurturing women value relationships and commitment, they’re a good fit for promoting jewellery that symbolizes such.

If you have an artistic flair, you can be your company’s jewellery designer yourself. That way, you can sell more personalized items as opposed to mass-produced ones. Your customers will likely consist of men looking to propose, engaged couples, or couples looking for promise rings.

You can also start a costume jewellery line; it requires a smaller capital, but your market can be more diverse. Whichever you choose, ensure that your business plan is feasible and your suppliers trustworthy. Designing and creating jewellery are taxing jobs, so everyone you work with should help lift you to success.

Your suppliers also include the people who help promote your products. Those would be your web designers (for your e-commerce site) and photography team. Your jewellery photos should look flawless, even if they’re only inexpensive costume pieces. A retouching expert in jewelry e-commerce should be included in your team. They’ll get rid of the details that make your product photos imperfect, presenting your jewellery line in the best light.

  1. Fashion Boutique

Clothing brands may already have an over-saturated market, but there’s a niche out there that never stops looking for new brands. And your new, local line of fashionable clothes will surely attract their attention.

In fact, it’s a good idea to start a clothing business today. The pandemic decreased the competition for resources, with the supply chain interrupted by health restrictions. You can source your raw materials then from local or indigenous suppliers. That way, you can promote their welfare while selling your products. You can also start advocacy for the benefit of your suppliers.

In addition, the current constraints in the supply chain allow you to focus on sustainable strategies. You can help ensure that the future of fashion will be built on putting people’s health and safety first instead of profits. Your strategies will prove that the old practices in the fashion industry are no longer working. Today, we need sustainable clothing brands gravitated toward a cleaner, safer, fairer, more transparent, and more accountable industry mindset.

  1. Green Cleaning Business

Your sustainability goals also align with a green cleaning business. Such an enterprise can be a B2B or B2C business. It requires only a low capital, yet its impact can be significant due to its eco-friendliness.

In the beginning, though, you’d do most of the work yourself. You’d be the one to clean your clients’ properties, so you need to enjoy cleaning and have a thorough knowledge of green cleaning supplies, products, and techniques. It’s labour-intensive, but it can be soothing if you naturally find calmness in cleaning.

  1. Spa or Wellness Retreat

Classic, poised ladies value self-care. And they like other women (and men) to do the same. To them, doing your nails, getting a massage, and being pampered aren’t acts of vanity. Instead, they’re essential in your well-being, especially in this fast-paced world where the hustle mentality is promoted.

Indeed, everybody deserves to feel pampered after a long period of hustling. Your nurturing nature will guarantee that your spa or wellness facility has everything a relaxing time needs: a quiet, private place, a tranquil ambience, and faultless services. At the end of their services, your clients will feel as if they’ve just received a big hug.

These businesses are well-suited to your ladylike personality, even though starting and running them aren’t always glamorous. Besides, a girl boss like you thrives in high-pressure working environments, too, as long as you’re doing what you love.


Vinh Van Lam
the authorVinh Van Lam
Vinh Van Lam, co-founder of ArtSHINE, is a visionary art coach and entrepreneur with a passion for fostering creativity. With a diverse background in art and business, he brings a unique perspective to empower emerging artists, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic art industry through the innovative platform of ArtSHINE.

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