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ROADMAP FOR THRIVING AS WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

Remarkable progress is ongoing in so many parts of the world for women entrepreneurs, and it is advantageous when women can state what extraordinary solutions their startups provide either locally or globally.

  • Nurture your mindset beautifully because the state of your mindset will either hinder or progress you. We need to continuously support other women to tell their stories truthfully to show both the good and bad experiences and how they managed their issues successfully. The state of your mindset at all times should be okay. This includes knowing the difference between the entrepreneurial myths and facts.
  • Networking and Connecting with other people consistently via all forms of communication platforms available is crucial. Look for forums or groups both online and in-person where you can engage in various programs that will enhance your skills or get information readily. Participating in activities that align with your startup helps with your time management. Remember that you cannot do it all alone most times. There are other talented people that you need to get together with for collaboration to achieve your dreams.
  • The right mentors who are active enough to support your ambition should be engaged. Learn how to receive uncomfortable truths to help improve identified flaws. Women have to show the willingness to learn thereby enabling difficult but great conversations that give birth to authentic ideas.
  • Improving skills associated with your business goals regularly, which includes leadership and communication skills. Having the right attitude towards customers and/or clients while ensuring proper management of emotions enables trust and confidence. Always renew yourself by learning new skills.
  • An extensive Business plan must be carried out, and this must include the room for objective progress review occasionally. The plan must detail how to flourish your startup. There has to be a personal feedback process to understand the constructive responses from your users or buyers.
  • Understanding and actualizing effective ways to multitask without being under pressure is beneficial. Having a family, other commitments and even a full-time job require strategic management.

Most importantly, females need to see the opportunity in the midst of these unique challenges. Believe in yourself! Self-motivation is a huge factor because you might not get the entire “yes” you need and thus require that inner self to encourage you to keep it moving.

Build your brand with distinctive authenticity and passion that you are worth what you say you are. Be proactive consistently. Be proud of your work, brave, confident and never underestimate the strength of your technical and management skills.

Further Reading

“Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg

“Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert

“Radical Self Love: A Guide to Living Yourself and Living Your Dreams” by Gala Darling

“The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni

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