More women are taking the leap

MACARTHUR women who want to put their hard-earned skills to use, work from home and be their own boss are among a growing number across the country who have gone out on their own.

New research from the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry shows the number of women who run their own business has doubled since 2007.

Chamber founder and chief executive Yolanda Vega told the Advertiser many women were attracted to the flexibility that could come with owning their own business, particularly online ventures.

"I think a lot of it is women wanting that work-life balance, while others are literally corporate refugees," she said.

Ms Vega said while the survey showed businesswomen were growing in numbers and in turnover, more needed to done to give them access to capital and the opportunities they needed to expand.

"This new data confirms that women are a great investment — it's economically sensible and viable to invest in women," she said.

Florist Angela Tsoukatos gambled everything she had to open Green Off Queen in Campbelltown in 2008.

"It was the worst time to start a business," she said. "But I studied floristry at TAFE and felt it was a waste if I didn't do anything with it."

The mother-of-two admitted the early days were very difficult.

"I had to find the right clientele, and see whether it was a business that was in demand — because flowers are a luxury, not a necessity," she said.

"It's starting to be in its maturity now, people know who I am and I get real satisfaction from seeing a customer happy."

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