Entrepreneurship, in other words:
Starting a Small Business
This is one of the most amazing and rewarding things that you can do as a woman; as long as it is in alignment with your values, desires and personal goals. Of course, if you have a family, make sure they understand the emotional and financial sacrifices that a successful business requires; because if you family doesn’t support your business, it is going to be very difficult for you to make it all happen.
Basically, if your family isn’t ready for the challenge neither you are!
Who are Women Entrepreneurs?
To put it in a simple way, a Woman Entrepreneur is:
One who takes the initiative to create a product or establish a business for profit; generally, undertaking on her own enterprise in which others may be employed and risks are taken; all these while trying to maintain work family balance and to live with purpose.
Every woman that own a business whether it is public, private, barely surviving or growing like crazy; even a business that is not profitable at the moment; if she owns one, she has the entrepreneur spirit, she has acted on it, therefore she is one of many women entrepreneurs.
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More often than not, she is a wife and a mom, and she has started a Home Based Business in order to create financial security for the household, and therefore, she becomes a mompreneurs.
She might be getting ahead of the game and her competition by getting the resources and support, that will empower her. She has personal goals established in order to become a successful entrepreneur.
She invests on herself. She has a mentor or a coach that guides her through the roadblocks and obstacles of being in business, by helping her to stay focus on her goals.
Does it sound familiar? Most women are naturally multi-tasking individuals, who have to joggle their lives between kids appointments, household chores, their relationship with their partner and hopefully with themselves. These are all talents that can be perfectly translated to the skills inventory of an entrepreneurial woman.
However, it doesn’t matter how good of a multitasker you are, Time management always will be something that most human beings (and that includes us, women) have to deal with their entire lives.
Does it sound complicated? It could be complicated, if you are trying to do it on your own, without the right resources, training, and guidance from someone that has done it already and that is knowledgeable about starting a new business; someone that is a member of the Women Entrepreneur Inner Circle.
Succesful Woman Entrepreneur?
Here are some ways that you could use to find out:
Take an Aptitude Test. I have included a “non scientific” test to help you determine the answer to that rhetorical question. This is a Small Business Owner Aptitude Test. Please note that you should only use the results of this test as a guideline and not as as sole support for your decision on whether to proceed or not with your business idea.
Click here if you want to take the Small Business Owners Aptitude Test.
Another great way to determine if now is the best time for starting a new business, is to meet with other entrepreneur women and see what they do and how they do it.
For those local in the Anchorage area, I have created, The Entrepreneur Women of Anchorage Meetup Group, or you can find other groups like this in your particular area.
This is a great way to find out some of the negative things about owning a business, but these are the things you need to ponder before getting started.
You may also want to talk to some women entrepreneurs that weren’t successful, and your homework there will be to find out what went wrong.
It’s very important that you know how to learn from your failures, but even more important, how to overcome them, and get right back up. Every women entrepreneurs encounter obstacles in life, but only the successful ones learn from them and use those roadblocks to their advantage.
Many potential business owners find it extremely useful to attend entrepreneurial seminars or workshops, and they usually save thousands of dollars by avoiding mistakes and wasted time.
They have an Entrepreneur Coach , to hold them accountable and help them find their inner strengths.
They receive updates and information from valuable sources, and by subscribing to Entrepreneurial Women, our monthly Newsletter; you will get “The Best Information Available to Women Entrepreneurs”, including a monthly interview with successful and not so successful women in business, so you can get the benefits of networking without having to do so.