By: Erika Moye
The most difficult obstacle that many people encounter when starting any task is usually where to begin. Being a woman entrepreneur comes with a lot of decisions, hindrances, and conflicts, and the beginning can sometimes cause the initial block. So, while we’ve already written an article based on this topic, I have compiled a short list of additional tips I researched for those women interested in started their own businesses!
Find Your Passion
My mother always tells me to never have my dreams deferred, and if I’m passionate about something, go for it! It is advice I follow in everything I do, and I believe it can be applied to many circumstances. So, the first tip is choosing something you like and are very involved in. Having a job or a business in something that interests you will keep you enthusiastic and fully invested.
I came across an article that emphasizes the importance of connecting with like-minded individuals and those who share ideas, goals, struggles, and most importantly passions and interests. These people should also have similar outlooks on having a successful business. The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) offer resources to aid in building these connections.
Hire Those With Similar Passions
The worst thing to have is a disinterested employee or co-owner. So, in correlation with building strong connections with like-minded women, hiring someone just as passionate and invested in your business will certainly increase the positive atmosphere of your business all around. Those willfully involved and interested in your vision will make it a lot easier to accomplish.
Don’t Be Afraid of Redoing or Failure
A tip borrowed by Susan Feldman, co-founder of One Kings Lane, e-commerce home design site. “If something isn’t working, identify the problem and [try to] fix it quickly.” Stressing over problems that cannot be fixed or changed can be detrimental to your business. Don’t be afraid of failure. As she states, “[and] if it can’t be fixed, let it go and move on.”
Hopefully these tips will help you build your first business!