Today, women have more opportunities than ever to become entrepreneurs and pursue their dreams. If you have a great idea for a business and you want to strike out on your own, you definitely can! With the right approach and mindset, you can do anything.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re trying to embody the idea of a boss babe.
When you’re starting your own business or trying to launch an entrepreneurial venture, you will have so much on your plate. But it’s up to you to take your ideas from paper to reality, and that means devoting a huge amount of time and effort to your plans.
It’s up to you to take your ideas from paper to reality, and that means devoting a huge amount of time and effort to your plans.
Working hard is the first step to being your own boss, so make sure to keep your eye on the goal when the going gets tough and really focus on what you want. You can’t rest on your laurels when you’re trying to start a new career, but when it’s something you really care about, you won’t mind putting in the extra hours!
When you’re starting your own business, you are the boss…but you’re also the assistant. You have to make sure that you are keeping everything in its place! Your appointments, your receipts, your contacts – everything needs to be organized.
One thing that has been a lifesaver for me is using a paper calendar – having all of my appointments spread out in front of me rather than on a screen helps me remember when and where I have to be. This one is cute! Also, keeping track of your spending and your business contacts will make sure that everything you need is right at your fingertips.
“Dress for success.” “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Sayings like these can be annoying to hear over and over, but there is truth to them. If you want other people to take you seriously as you embark on a new venture, dressing well and looking put together will give them confidence that you know what you’re doing.
Dressing well and looking put together will give other people confidence that you know what you’re doing.
The cool thing is you can dress for the kind of career that you’re pursuing. If you’re trying to be more corporate, you can wear a suit and heels. If you’re pursuing a creative endeavor, you can wear something that reflects that. Dressing for your potential career will boost your confidence every time you look in the mirror because you’ll see yourself in a whole new way.
Be Nice but Be Pushy
It’s hard at the beginning of a career shift to trust your gut and not feel like you’re bothering people. But here’s the thing - you aren’t. Sometimes emails really do slip through the cracks, or calls are missed, or letters don’t make it to the right address. Follow up with contacts. Reach out and make sure that you’re keeping yourself at the forefront of people’s minds.
Of course, along with all of that, be nice. Don’t ever burn a bridge by turning on someone who doesn’t want to work with you. Simply act with dignity, and remember that they’ll regret not having worked with you when you were first starting out.
Take Advice from Everyone but Have Confidence in Your Own Ideas
At the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey, take advice from everyone. Even if someone offers unsolicited advice, listen to it and decide whether it’s useful to you. But at the end of the day, know that what you have to offer is truly amazing. It’s your business and you get to make the decisions! Essentially, be open-minded to new ideas and criticisms, but remain confident in the root and core of your plans.
Be open-minded to new ideas and criticisms, but remain confident in the root and core of your plans.
It’s always tricky to keep confident in your ideas as time goes on and you’re not seeing growth as quickly as you would like. But reminding yourself that things take time and that people who love you want to see you succeed will help keep you on the right track!
Finding your inner boss is all about keeping yourself accountable to the potential of your ideas. If you don’t pursue your dreams in the best way, then you might not find success. But by working hard, being organized, dressing for the job you want, following up and being just a little bit pushy, and keeping confident in your ideas, you have the best chance of achieving your dreams. So here’s to you!
Abby Roth is the creator of Classically Abby, an opera, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brand dedicated to looking at the world from a classic perspective. Abby is an opera singer with three degrees in operatic performance from USC and Manhattan School of Music. She has performed all over at companies including Opera Omaha, Opera Maine, and Aspen Music Festival. You can find her website at www.classicallyabby.com and follow her on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest at @ClassicallyAbby.