Sure, you’ve probably heard this before: Becoming an entrepreneur is now easier than ever. The internet has provided us with easier access to resources, making this statement relatively true. However, there is still a lot of advice sought for in this realm, especially by females. Nothing inspires us more than listening to other people’s real-life experiences. Lucky for you, we’ve done all the reading already!
Based on what we read, we’ve come up with these five tips on how to become a successful female entrepreneur:
Be confident. According to research, women across the world tend to have lower self-esteem than men. As an entrepreneur, a lot of times you will see yourself forced to work with other people or manage difficult situations. Therefore, being able to communicate with confidence and not being afraid of expressing yourself is key. Likewise, accepting constructive criticism and tips is also fundamental. So, whether you are preparing to make that elevator pitch or submit a proposal, always believe in yourself and do it confidently!
Maintain your personal and work life separate. As a woman, it can be especially easy to get caught up in our “caretaker” roles and obsess a little about our family at home, especially if you have children. Creating a separate workspace and organizing your time efficiently so you can increase your focus on work is very important if you want to be a successful female entrepreneur. For example, you can do little things such as not checking your personal email during work hours.
Do it now, perfect it later. As women, generally we are prone to pay attention to the smallest of details. While this can be great for our creative skills, it can sometimes cause us to focus too much on the little things instead of the bigger goals, leading us to gain a perfectionist attitude and not launch an idea until we have everything figured out exactly as we want it to be. As an entrepreneur, it is very important to take risks and make the plunge – sometimes, opportunities only present themselves once. To be a successful woman entrepreneur, focus on the bigger picture and go through with your project now. You can always focus on the little things (such as office supplies and employee ID badges) at a later time.
Network. As you launch, you will quickly realize how important of an asset people and networking are. It is not advisable to go it alone, so seek others for advice and support. While you’re at it, try to show your support for other women by fostering relationships and networking with other female entrepreneurs or creatives within your community.
Work on something you are passionate about. As an entrepreneur, launching a business will consume most of your time. It is important to invest your time and your resources into an idea that you are genuinely passionate about.
In closing, while there are different tips on how to become a successful female entrepreneur, the tips aforementioned are fundamental. Let us know in the comments below if you have more tips!
About Author: Giovanna Hernandez is a blogger, marketer and aspiring enterpreneur from Austin, TX. She graduated in December 2013 from The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs Business School and is currently helping eXpressBadging.Com, a company providing ID badge printing services in Cocoa Beach, FL, build their brand.