Being an entrepreneur is hard work. Being a young entrepreneur is even harder. In fact, being in any workplace as a young person can be extremely challenging when working alongside professionals older than you. A simple lack of experience can contribute to miscommunications, highlighted generational differences and barriers between collaborative projects. As a young female business owner, there are several things I realized over time that were holding me back in the workplace. I strongly believe these lessons learned apply to any gender and also to any workplace type of careerist.