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Capital IntentionsFemale Proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920$
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Edith Sparks

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830611

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807868201_sparks

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How Women Started Businesses

How Women Started Businesses

(p.83) Chapter 3 How Women Started Businesses
Capital Intentions

Edith Sparks

University of North Carolina Press

The male-dominated years of the gold rush made starting a business during the early 1850s relatively simple for women. Because of the great demand for their domestic skills and services, female proprietors enjoyed generous terms for financing new enterprises. However, these beneficial conditions were short lived. Financial disadvantages and lack of alternative employment options made San Francisco female proprietors cautious as to when to start their own businesses. This chapter discusses the cautious approach employed by women in starting their own businesses, analyzing their utilization or rejection of several start-up strategies and the reasons why some strategies were better than others.

Keywords:   gold rush, domestic skills, enterprises, financial disadvantages, start-up strategies

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