February 8, 2017

Advice Every Female Entrepreneur Should Know

Are you jealous of all the boss ladies out there running their own companies? Wishing you could be as bad ass as they are? Then stop coveting and start doing!  Use your passion to inspire and motivate you.  Your dreams are completely within reach, but if you need a little help getting there, or enduring the everyday grind of being a female entrepreneur, then here are some tips to get you going.

Discover Your Passion

Successful entrepreneurs have found their passion and focused intently on it.  To unlock your passion, make a list of all the businesses you’ve wanted to start, and all your interests.  Is there something that really sticks out, like a love for airplanes?  Or maybe helping others?  If it’s airplanes, maybe you want to start your own airline, but if it’s helping others, you could start writing books on positivity.

After you find some interests, make a collage of successful female entrepreneurs in that area and analyze what they do best.  Then use that daily motivation to mimic what they did to become successful.  If you start out like that, you’ll find yourself paving your own path along the way.  And hey, who doesn’t want a wall of successful women in their life?  That’s hot!

Align Your Passion with Your Female Entrepreneur Lifestyle

Now that you know your passion, it’s time to start putting your dreams to work.  Unfortunately, it isn’t always jet-setting with champagne and strawberries.  In fact, being an entrepreneur is a lot of work, energy, effort, and consumes a lot of your time.  Are you ready for that type of commitment?  If you are ready to become the entrepreneur you always knew you could, think about how it’s going to affect your life.  Decide how to structure your business so it will fit in with your personal life.  For example, if you have kids, a business with 90 percent travel is probably not going to fit well into your personal life.  Structure your business around your personal goals.

Define Your Brand

Have you ever seen someone manage their job poorly?  It’s tough to watch, so don’t be that person!  Define your brand by answering every question there possibly is about your vision and direction.  Be clear about where you want to go.  This will keep you from fumbling through your business, and it will help your customers understand who you are and what you’re about.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • What is your mission?
  • What product or service are you offering?
  • Who are you selling to?

Be Authentic with People

Instead of seeing how many Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram friends you can accumulate, try genuinely connecting with people you befriend.  Engagement is what sells a brand, so be authentic when networking.  Take the time to ask them about their passions, or send them a link of a common interest.  The connections you make can help your business in unexpected ways, whether it’s through their own expertise or through connections of their own. Either way, make every interaction valuable.  And don’t forget to book professional head shots for your LinkedIn profile picture so you look your best! 

Make Time for Your Home Life

This can be tricky when you’re just starting out. With a buzzing new business, you as a female entrepreneur likely feel that you need to constantly be spending time with it to help it grow. However, unless you don’t care about your relationships or sanity, you should make sure you are keeping work and home life separate.  If you don’t, you’ll begin taking work calls at home, and before you know it, you’re skipping dinner dates with friends, missing your kid’s programs, and fighting with your partner.  Plus, who wants to worry about work after hours?  Stressed and lonely is no way to live!  So, go ahead and turn your phone off, plan some evening events, and see how refreshed you’ll be for the next work day.  

Asking for Help Makes You Smart, Not Dumb

Remember your teacher in grade school constantly reminding you that there were no dumb questions?  This carries over to your business. Even if you’re embarrassed and feel like you should already know the answer, ask! Knowledge is power and learning from others is what will help your business survive without making the mistakes that kill the dream.  Your fellow female entrepreneur pals know what’s like to navigate the murky waters of starting your own business, and they’ll be there to help you when you need it.

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