Here you can get tips on how to build your career and business, and get some inspiration from how other women around the world do that, too! I will start by publishing a letter from a female entrepreneur from Namibia I received a few weeks ago:
"I own a preschool and day care that I started last year and grew it from 7 kids to 45. I want to resign from my full time job and rely on my business full time but I am just having fears of the unknown. Deep down in myself I believe that that being a full time business woman is my destiny, and I believe that being at my business full time it will grow rapidly. Please help me maybe I am having low self- esteem/ confidence?" E.
Here's my answer to her:
We all have fear of the unknown, and there are no superhumans who don't, unless you are watching and action movie. Although it's a usual practice for an entrepreneur to be slightly more optimistic and confident that a 'normal' human being, all of us feel some tension thinking about the possibility of a failure, or just making a radical move.
I've been in this situation myself (in fact, I've been in similar situations many many times), and here's what I would like to advise you:
1. Imagine you're 80 years old now, and you are looking at your present self from this 80-year-old lady perspective. What do you see? What kind of advice would you give to this girl/woman?
2. Think about a worst-case scenario: what would happen if everything goes wrong? I mean, seriously wrong. You get zero clients in one year, all your employees run away, you have to leave your office because you can't pay for it, you sell your house to cover the debt etc. Imagine what it will make you feel like. Exaggerate as much as you can, make it absurd, until you start laughing. Sometimes it's helpful to imagine that the worst has already happened, because it helps us to know that no matter what, we can handle it.
3. Set yourself a realistic time frame: let's say, if within 1 year you don't get to support fully yourself from what you do, you will be ready to go back to employment.
4. Make sure you have arranged your 'safety network' both in terms of moral and financial support. Get some funding for the first few months (savings, friends & family, clients etc.), or at least some guarantee of it. Tell a few trusted people you might feel very stressed in the next weeks and months and ask them for permission to call and whine uncontrollably whenever you feel like.
5. Last but not least, have fun with it! You already know what you need to do to make your business grow rapidly and that people need what you do - this is the most important thing!
Best of luck - and venture into doing what you really love to do!
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