Women Vs. Men Entrepreneurs
Women are starting businesses at twice the rate of men. What a fact to celebrate! But before this fact is taken out of context, we need to understand that the businesses women are starting, more often than not, are out of the home and meant to fill in for what we no longer are willing to do in the traditional workforce! Hear this clearly! Women have decided, in record numbers, to say, "I am not willing to make the sacrifice any longer to my family to work in a place that doesn't respect family values!"
This has been happening now for more than a decade but most news outlets don't report the true story. First time female entrepreneurs tend to call upon their most recent employers to offer their services when they decide to open their small businesses. What truly is being said in these incidences is that they can do the work but are unwilling to do it in the current work environment. As the procreators on the planet, women understand that in order to take care of all their responsibilities as worker, mother, wife, friend, citizen and all around community servant they must find a way to get the work done from home on their own terms. Therefore, they leave the workplace and go home to start a business that can fulfill the responsibilities once required of them at work -- without the hassles of the day to day environment but also without the guaranteed benefits that go along with a full time position.
Every time a woman or man launches a new business and becomes a first time entrepreneur we can applaud their ability to risk the challenges of running their own small business. But women truly do have an added risk in this arena and that is the risk of proving to the world that they can be all things to all people all the time. Many women begin their business with this obstacle hanging over their heads.
My advice is to suck up every piece of advice that is handed to you by a significant other or parent or friend and realize that only you can determine if being an entrepreneur is right for you. If you have your business plan prepared and your goals in check you can meet the challenge of doing it on your own and WIN. There are many women, just like you, making the same decision that you have made and moving ahead one step at a time in securing flexibility and, at the same time, a new way of getting the work done. Don't despair! Seek out other women making the change and continue to believe in yourself and your ability to redefine how the work you do can be accomplished in a better and more efficient manner.
Remind yourself, every day, that you are just one more of more than 3 million women choosing entrepreneurship and doing it your way.
I salute you!
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