Today a lot of women are seeking more opportunities for leadership positions and flexible scheduling, so many of them are looking in to creating their own businesses. Many of them are entering the fashion and cosmetic industry to create their own makeup brand, fashion clothing line, and online magazine. Some are entering male dominated fields like computer science and investment banking. As more women become entrepreneurs, they have to deal with the stress of being business owners and transitioning from full-time employment . Here a few ways that woman can lessen stress and be amazing entrepreneurs.
1. Be Confident in Your Abilities
Do not let self-doubt get in the way of you succeeding. A lot of female entrepreneurs tend to underestimate their capabilities because they don’t believe that they have enough resources or knowledge to manage major projects. This is simply not true. Remember to build confidence in your skills and then build confidence in yourself. You are your own boss and you need be your #1 cheerleader as well.
2. Don’t Rely on Other People’s Validation
A lot of people think that their success is defined by the opinions of others and they can’t make an important decision without someone else’s permission. This causes people to be anxious when managing things on their own because they centered their life on someone’s else’s guidance. This is detrimental for business owners because insecurities can discourage them from trying new ideas. So don’t seek other people’s approval but your own because it’s your vision, your product, and your startup. I know first launching a product or service can be scary but if you aren’t ready to make the big step on your own then how else are you going to manage your business?
3. Develop A Reliable Team
As a self employed woman, I know you want to oversee every activity in your business solely on yourself. And you should, but it’s not a bad idea to get some help. Hire people with great skills and a hardworking attitude that works well with yours to complete certain tasks. If you don’t have the funds to pay for an employee, get an unpaid intern. Divide all the assignments between your team and check their progress. You will have a much lighter case load and more opportunities to relax. Continue to rely on awesome people from outside of your work space. Spend time with friends and family so you won’t become too burned out from work. Being around people that you depend on makes you more determined to succeed.
4. Love What You Do
This is crucial to success. If you don’t love what you do, than what’s the point? The love for your work should be the main reason why you want to work for yourself. This is your drive to bring your business to the next level. As you grow your business you will experience a lot of success and failures but this is all normal in your journey in self-employment. Loving what you do is what motivates you to keep investing time and effort in your business.
By practicing these four ideas, woman will start to see a change in themselves and their business for the better.