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Watching the unique, challenging, and rewarding journeys of women entrepreneurs in sitcoms can be as inspiring as it is entertaining.

3 Must-watch sitcoms for women entrepreneurs

When you want to meet a goal, you need to build a system that’s conducive. For instance, if you want to start your own business, it’s important to acquire the required skills and knowledge. However, you also need to network with other entrepreneurs in that field, read books on entrepreneurship, etc. This system (and every element in it) that you so mindfully build will help you inch closer to your goal and keep you motivated, positive, and focused when the going gets tough.

Why should you not add some relevant sitcoms to this system? With the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, it has become more important than ever to stay entertained. It’s fine to binge-watch thrillers and dramedies – the genre can be fun, but overindulging can also make you feel guilty of having wasted your time. 

How about some inspiring and entertaining sitcoms that feature smart, powerful, and bold women starting and running their own businesses? Maybe you’ll relate to their journey, or get some important takeaways for your business. Either way, you are going to be captivated.

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1. Girlboss

If you’re young, broke, and have no business experience or financial acumen but still long to start something of your own, Girlboss is the sitcom you should watch. It follows Sophia aka Nasty Gal, a rebellious 23-year-old living in San Francisco. She is fired from her job and has fallen behind on her rent. She comes across a vintage motorcycle jacket for $9 which she ends up selling on eBay for $600. Thus begins Sophia’s journey of building her own vintage clothing business online. 

The show is based on Sophia Amoruso’s life and the best-selling book based on it. The show is funny and edgy, and throws light on all the pros and cons of running your own business and being your own boss. You will find this show particularly interesting if you’re into fashion, spend a lot of time online, and are not taken seriously because you’re young or a woman or both!

Related: 8 Must read books for female entrepreneurs 

2. Workin’ Moms

The story of a mom who starts her own business can be very different from that of other entrepreneurs. Workin’ Moms sums it up delightfully through the lives of three 30-something women – Kate, Anne, and Frankie – with starkly different personalities. They all attend a ‘mommy and me’ group with their toddlers, and discuss a whole range of issues faced by working moms everywhere, such as returning to work after childbirth, breastfeeding, dealing with the guilt of being a working mom, etc.

Anne runs a psychiatry practice, and in the later seasons Kate quits her job and starts her own advertising agency. While trying to set up and then run her company, Kate faces numerous challenges that are specific to women, such as having to deal with sexist clients, and staying on top of her game while being pregnant with her second child. 

There is a reason why so many of these struggles are so relatable – Catherine Reitman, the writer and producer of the show (who also plays Kate) faced all these struggles in her own life and career when she became a mom. One cannot help but admire the way she has used her own experiences to create such delightful content. 

Related: 10 Bank loan schemes for women entrepreneurs

3. Self Made

Women who started out as entrepreneurs a century ago had it really tough. One of them was Madam CJ Walker, America’s first female self-made millionaire. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, she was also African-American, which made her journey even tougher but also more inspiring. Walker was a cotton-picker and washerwoman living in an abusive relationship with a drunk, who beat her and called her a ‘mangy dog’ when her hair started to fall. 

Her life changed when a woman came by selling hair growth products that helped revive her hair. Inspired by this turnaround, Walker created her own haircare product formula and built a business empire. As a black woman in early 20th  century America, setting up, running, and growing her business came with some unique hurdles, but she brilliantly overcame all of them. Self Made is a mini-series that will stay with you for a long time after you're done watching it. 

So, text your besties with your first pick, get the snacks ready, and binge-watch! Do you know about these government schemes that can help women entrepreneurs in India grow their small businesses?

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