We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Strenger and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hannah, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
To me, it comes down to my why; the reason behind starting my business and the impact I want to create in this world. When times get tough and I feel like throwing in the towel, I tap into my why. If it’s still strong, I keep going. If the meaning behind the work is no longer there, it’s time to move on.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a Queer Guide who helps LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs bring their full selves to business and life. There is a gap between what is taught in the traditional online business space and what we experience as queer individuals. My quest is to bridge that gap so that more queer entrepreneurs can create the impact and income they desire. Doing this work means more than guiding my clients through the logistical steps of coming out, it means being there for all of the tough interactions, the undoing of old narratives, the confrontations and the challenges.

Entrepreneurship is hard. Queer entrepreneurship is even harder. When I decided that it is important to me to be visible in my business and serve the LGBTQ+ community, it rocked some of my relationships. All of a sudden I was “too out” and was having my identity questioned by people I thought loved me the most. At first, it made me second guess everything and I had to learn how to detach from all that in order to stand proud in my truth. As a queer entrepreneur, you are basically coming out day after day. It’s taxing both mentally and emotionally. It really does affect how I show up on any given day depending on the bandwidth I have available.

I am most proud of the fact that I am doing the work in real time right alongside my clients. Being just a couple steps ahead of them helps me to truly guide them on their journey and pull from my experiences to better serve them. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I believe that is the beauty of what I am building. It’s support. It’s community. It’s the guidance I wish I had when I started my own journey.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are 4 people I want to give a shout out to. 1) My little brother, Zach Strenger, who has always been my biggest supporter and advocate. He got bit by the entrepreneur-bug before I did and it is so inspiring to see him build not one, but three different companies! 2) Christine McAlister, my business mentor and the one who opened my eyes to all the possibilities life can offer. She truly changed the trajectory of my life. 3) My friend and biz bestie, Ashley Mondor. I met her through Christine and she is the most expansive person I have ever known. 4) Megs Pulvermacher who has helped me embrace my queerness and make it an integral part of my business.

Website: www.hannahstrenger.com

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

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hstrenger/

Image Credits
Angela Divine (The Divine Group)

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