International Women Day: Valuable Tips for Women Entrepreneurs
Celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017 and stay inspired by the advice shared here to become a powerful force in the today’s business world.
“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” Melinda Gates, Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation shared her thought to inspire women entrepreneurs across the world.
As you know starting your own business is never a piece of cake either for men or women! It is often a highly stressful endeavor for women entrepreneurs. Many studies have proved that because of social conditioning, women tend to be more risk reluctant than men and that’s why the situation is trickier for them as the horror of failure could be more threatening for them. However, there are a high number of women entrepreneurs who are overpowering all that negative conditioning and climbing the ladder of success fast. But no one can deny the fact that women entrepreneurs are lagging way behind men and this phenomenon is widespread. The available statistics have proven that in the US above than 70 per cent businesses are run by men, whereas this percentage is much higher in India and many other developing countries worldwide. All this is because that many people think that women don’t possess the desired skills required to handle the challenges of businesses and entrepreneurship. If you are an aspiring business woman who wants to make a big business, here are some valuable tips that will help to make a big business in 2017.
- Follow Your Passion
If you are starting a business in an area that you don’t just be fond of but passionate about it, nobody can stop you from being a successful business woman soon! Starting a business is a life- turning decision for many as it changes life completely. So, people who follow their passion generally become successful in a short time period as they do everything with full enthusiasm and interest. Starting a new business means you are going to spend long hours in the office working on your business idea. If you don’t like the industry or idea, it will turn off your interest easily and customers also stop believing in you and your offerings.
- Identify Your Business Goals
Why are you starting a business? Is it for money or financial freedom, or both? Are you looking to make it part time just to share your family financial burden or passionate about ideas? If you have well-defined answers for all these questions, nothing can stop you from running a business purposefully. So, set the business goals that suit to your picture of a satisfying life and desires.
- Keep Your Personal and Work Life Apart
It is very important to keep personal and work life separate in order to devote a particular time to a particular task. If you have fixed working hours you can confirm your schedule with your clients for meetings, emailing and for other communications. Also, create a separate work area, whether in the home or outside and train yourself to be stick on your fix schedule to keep you away from a messy lifestyle.
- Think of Embracing Right Technology
Embracing a right technology in the right way is important to start and run a business smartly and hassle-free. For example, when you are working on some important issue related to your business, let voice mail technology take calls as an auto responder. But don’t invest hugely in technology routinely; only invest in necessary technologies and tools that is right for your business.
- Find Genuine Connections
It is difficult to work alone, so find genuine connections from various sources to add value in your business. You can also get connected with different Women’s Support Groups to find mentors and business help. In the present scenario, there are a number of organizations for offering business support and resources particularly for women entrepreneurs only. Below are few organizations that are helping women entrepreneurs in India.
Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs (FIWE) (http://www.fiwe.org/ )
This organization is working at national level! It is helping women entrepreneurs to ensure exponential growth through networking with passionate women entrepreneurs.
TiE (http://tie.org/ )
TiE is one of the World’s largest networks of entrepreneurs, including men and women. It also works for transforming the women entrepreneurs mindset.
SHEROES ( https://sheroes.in/ )
SHEROES is another well recognized destination for shaping women’s career either as a full time employee or entrepreneur. It is the largest community to offer mentoring & entrepreneurship opportunities.
Apart from these platforms, there are many other government and non-government organisations which are working to lessen gender inequality.
At last, being in business means you are starting a new journey in your life, so get ready to embrace every challenge of entrepreneurship proudly.