Hashtags, specifically motivational hashtags, allow you to find inspirational content to re-share, as well as get your posts discovered by your target audience. Entrepreneurs require daily—if not hourly—motivation. In our social world, it’s also valuable to share your journey with others, especially if you’re the face of your brand; customers want authenticity and relatability.
Whether you want to search for inspo, or need motivational hashtags to boost your brand, here are 20 of my favorites with examples from IRL entrepreneurs, including our powerhouse CEO, Jessica Thiefels.
Note: Since Instagram is such a crowded space, there will be some irrelevant content. I’ll give you hints on how to avoid that both with content sourcing and sharing.
This motivational hashtag is more specific than a simple #Mindset, (which might bring unfiltered content and likewise get your posts lost in the weeds). This hashtag will give you a better chance at being seen in search while also appealing to the people sharing and looking for that mindset content.
Sometimes vague hashtags like #WorkHard are often attached to spammy content from half-naked fitness influencers. This is why you want to get more specific, searching for or using a hashtag with fewer posts but that will inspire just the same.
Forewarning, when following this hashtag, you will have to weed through some spiritual-type posts. But the power of visualization cannot be underestimated. Use motivational hashtags like this to talk about the big dreams you’re visualizing about or find the inspiration you need to make visualization a bigger part of your process.
Most entrepreneurs want to be the boss; that’s why they start this often stressful, but always rewarding, journey. This is one of my favorite motivational hashtags because it lets you connect with other entrepreneurs, creating a sense of community and reminding everyone that they’re not alone. You can also search this hashtag to connect and engage with other entrepreneurs who are killing it as their own boss.
This is one of my favorite motivational hashtags because it’s such a simple and easy message: you will always grow from the many challenges you face as an entrepreneur. Follow this hashtag if you need daily inspiration to push through challenges, or add it to your caption to share raw stories of how you’re learning and growing as a business owner.
Many young entrepreneurs—especially women—feel like they have to apologize for everything. Wanting too much, working too hard, not being present, their success, their failures…the list goes on. Stop the unnecessary apologies and use this motivational hashtag to crush the story once and for all—whether you’re posting for your followers or searching for yourself.
Creativity is infectious, and news flash, you don’t have to be in a “creative” industry or field to be a creative entrepreneur. Are you developing a SaaS business? Well, you’re an entrepreneur, so you’re still creating! Remind yourself that you are creating nothing from something for an instant ego boost and don’t forget to share the message. Creativity is contagious!
Your story is inspiration, whether you realize it or not. Follow this hashtag for inspiration when you’re feeling low or use it to share your story with your followers. You have the power to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs!
Goals, like dreams, are necessary for being a successful entrepreneur. To be even more successful, share your own goals on Instagram to make them feel more real. Scientific studies show that writing down your goals makes you more likely to accomplish them. Why not write them on your Instagram profile? Or search for others, to inspire your own!
Having a bad day? Need a pick me up? Peruse this motivational hashtag for an instant mood boost. Better yet, remind your followers that they’re powerful too. Share a tip that can help them make this mindset shit.
Your network, colleagues, supporters, friends, and family—all of whom are your tribe—are a powerful force. Celebrate and encourage them by posting photos with the people who you love and including this awesome hashtag in the caption.
Want entrepreneur-specific advice? If you’ve always worked for someone else, it might be difficult to get out of the worker mindset and into the leader headspace. This hashtag will help you find posts with actionable tips, facts, and inspo.
All entrepreneurs know that naysayers come out of the woodwork pretty quickly. It might be your parents telling you to stay at your comfortable job or unknown internet trolls jealous of your progress. Unless you really value someone’s opinion, don’t let the haters keep you down, stay on your path, and do it anyway. Search this hashtag to get inspiration and unique leadership strategies, like this one from Mel Robbins.
Great entrepreneurs live outside of their comfort zone. Share what you left behind to jump-start your business or how you took risks that got you where you are. Alternatively, if you’re scared to begin, use this hashtag to see how others got out of their comfort zones.
As an entrepreneur, you’ll work hard and take risks. But you can’t give up all your free time, because that’s a quick road to burnout. Finding the balance between production and play, or work and rest, is a constant balance. This motivational hashtag lets you see how others balance careers and life—and it’s a great hashtag to use if you’re sharing how you manage to do so yourself.
Motivational Hashtags for Female Entrepreneurs
For all my fellow boss ladies out there, the last five hashtags are female-specific!
This well-used hashtag has millions of posts, so if you use this for your brand, you want to compliment with others that have lower posts so you can be found in search (see #17-20). Connect with the many women out there who are raising the bar in business by searching or using this hashtag.
While this motivational hashtag doesn’t have high numbers like others on this list, it does include a lot of content about badass women. (Also, bonus, less usage means you have a better chance of standing out when you use it!) Get a boost of inspiration from the many success stories you’ll find about visionary ladies killing it in their space.
Once you start your journey, you join the proud ranks of female entrepreneurs who are making a life for themselves. Don’t let imposter syndrome grab hold of you—you are not a fraud! Use motivational hashtags to get loud about your status as a lady boss!
Technically, this hashtag could be for any gender. However, you’ll definitely notice that it’s more female-leaning on the platform. It’s not enough to just have dreams and goals, you need action! Objectives and vision boards are nice, but they won’t help if you don’t put in the sweat equity.
Female entrepreneurs are dreamers and doers, unapologetic visionaries, and powerful. While this motivational hashtag has a simple message, it’s meaning is powerful. Just getting started makes you a woman who is DOING, a commanding acting on your dreams. You’ll find inspiration, sassy reminders, and plenty of examples of lady entrepreneurs who do. Don’t forget when you finish a project, hit a milestone, or accomplish a goal to include yourself in this group by using the hashtag!