Violeta Semenova: The Woman Who Empowers Women



PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND THE PROJECT YOU STARTED?


"Hi, my name is Violeta and I run a platform the Biz Ladies where I interview women on how they started and grew their business.


Over the past 10 years, I had the opportunity to live in different countries and explore different cultures.


That experience has taught me a variety of new skills and shaped who I am now and how I perceive the world.


I settled down in Luxembourg where I work as an accountant.



That is my day job and by night and on weekends I am fully focused on my project the Biz Ladies.


I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and the first entrepreneurs who inspired me were my father and grandmother.


As I was growing up, I watched them keep trying and pushing forward determined to do whatever it takes to make it happen.


Those memories will always stay with me and inspire me to live a passionate life and try to create something out of nothing.


I ran a virtual bookkeeping business while I lived in Canada and recently had a venture with sustainable artisan shoes.


I am a dreamer with tons of ideas and I like to step out of my comfort zone quite often.


I like brainstorming, experimenting with my ideas and turning them into something. I am also a creative person who can’t wait to break out and do great things in the world.



The Biz Ladies project fulfills my mission of making a positive difference.


The Biz Ladies highlights female entrepreneurs and empowers other women to start their own business.


I would like to inspire others by sharing stories from female entrepreneurs around the world - how they started, how they grew, what was the idea behind, the challenges and so much more.


Through the Biz Ladies, I also hope to help female entrepreneurs publicize and gain more exposure."



PLEASE DESCRIBE THE PROCESS OF LAUNCHING THE BIZ LADIES


"After you combine a passion for entrepreneurship, love for interesting stories and meeting people from around the world + desire to inspire others – you get “The Biz Ladies”.


I had this idea for some time, but it took me a while to put it in practice.


I started with a basic blog type of website that I’ve launched at the beginning of this year.


It literally took me 2 weeks to build a website, set up social media accounts, find interviewees, edit and publish my first 9 interviews.



The feedback has been excellent and I’ve gained many subscribers and followers.


I had 1000+ visits to my website in my first month without any paid ads.


Soon after, I’ve realized that the current platform is very limited for the ideas I had on my mind, so I decided to migrate my website to a different platform and completely re-design it.

And, that’s where I am today."


WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE AND HOW DO YOU STAY PRODUCTIVE?


"I like to start my day early. I normally get up before 5 am, have coffee and do some physical activity.


I am a big fitness lover and I’ve been doing weightlifting and CrossFit for many years.


The Biz Ladies made me take a break from the gym, but I’m keeping myself fit by running 5K almost every morning.



After that, I head out to work where I spend 9-10 hours.


On evenings and weekends, I work on the Biz Ladies. As well, I try to learn a few new things every day."


WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF THE BIZ LADIES?


"It has been 2 months since I launched the Biz Ladies and I have interviewed over 50 female entrepreneurs.


As I’ve mentioned, I have completely re-designed my website, I keep experimenting and planning on adding new features.


In fact, I have recently introduced blog posts with the goal to inspire and provide useful stories, guides, and other resources to help women start and grow their business.



I am hoping to collaborate with some of the experts in the field who could share their expertise.


I now offer sponsored posts for female entrepreneurs who want to gain more exposure.


My goal is to create an online community for female entrepreneurs and the ones who are just starting out."


WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT AND YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE ALONG THE WAY?


Achievement:


The fact that I was able to start and execute a project so fast on something I truly care about.


As well as the positive feedback I get from the audience about empowering women.


Challenge:


I like to push my limits and often forget that it’s time to switch off.


I do everything by myself so wearing all of those hats can get overwhelming. Sometimes it’s hard to juggle a day job, family life and work on the Biz Ladies. I hope to start outsourcing soon and hire interns.


HOW DO YOU PROMOTE THE BIZ LADIES?


"I promote the Biz Ladies on social media (mostly Instagram and Facebook).


I am still trying to figure out which channel works best for The Biz Ladies. But for sure, I am planning to engage more on LinkedIn and Twitter in the future.


As well, I am looking into getting more exposure for the Biz Ladies through collaborations."


WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER WOMEN WHO WANT TO START THEIR OWN BUSINESS?


I will quote the advice given by one of my interviewees:


Starting a business requires you to be an even balance between a dreamer, a manager, and a do-er.
If you only want to do one of those, get 2 other people before you even begin.

WHERE CAN WE FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIZ LADIES?


You can find us at:


Website: www.thebizladies.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebizladies/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebizladiesinterviews


If you would like to get featured or you’re interested in collaboration you can email me:

violeta@thebizladies.com or find me on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/violetasemenova).

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