Women looking to start new businesses during pandemic

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Posted at 12:34 PM, Feb 19, 2021

NORFOLK, Va. - Nearly 3 million women in the U.S. have left their jobs during the pandemic, either because they were laid off or had to care for kids at home.

For some, though, the crisis has become an opportunity.

“Women are seeing needs in the community through all of this and having ideas and going, ‘Oh, you know what, that would be an amazing business, and a way that I can have the autonomy to schedule out my home life, but also create something I'm passionate about,'" Jessica Daniels told News 3.

Daniels is CEO and co-founder of a company called The Success Collective which helps business owners network.

For women who are looking to start their own business, Daniels says the most important thing they should know is not to go it alone.

"There are so many resources out there," Daniels said, "even if you have to take other business owner women to coffee and get to know them and create mentor relationships with them. Do it. Because those relationships are invaluable.”

That's one of the main focuses of her company.

"These women become your people that you're doing life with," said Daniels, "you talk about the challenges that you're having with marketing or HR, or the challenges you're having in your personal life creating work-life balance."

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