You built (and run) your business with your blood, sweat, and tears. Maybe your business is only one day old, or maybe it’s an established success. Whatever stage your business is in, it’s critical to have these 5 habits as a woman entrepreneur.
1. Try new things and don’t be afraid of change
Success is built as a result of trial and error. Think about when you were starting your business. How many changes did you encounter? What did you test? When it comes to growing a business, women entrepreneurs can’t be afraid to try new things. That could mean trying new technology, new trends, or even a change in location. This lets you be more open to new ideas and not get stuck in the same routine.
Every once in a while, you should allow yourself to try something new. It doesn’t have to be something big and life-changing. You can start small. For instance, if you tend to avoid networking events at all costs, try to push yourself to attend just one networking event. And then maybe one every three months or one every month. In the long run, small changes can make a big impact.
2. Set personal and professional boundaries
Women entrepreneurs wear a lot of hats. From running your business to running to the grocery store, lines of personal and professional boundaries can often get blurred. It’s easy to take your work home with you and work well into the night and into the weekends.
Even when you leave the office, you can probably still access work emails from your phone. And when you’re settling down for the night, it’s hard to resist that ping from your phone on your nightstand. Next thing you know, responding to one email snowballs into developing a new marketing strategy.
Of course, there are exceptions-- deadlines, unexpected obstacles, etc. that might force you to take work home with you. The important thing is to recognize what is your exception.
And then, the opposite can happen-- your personal matters can overflow into your work time. Setting “work time” and “personal time” can seem easy, but it can be pretty difficult to stick to. Knowing what works for you (and your sanity) and setting those boundaries will help reduce your stress.
3. Take care of your health (every aspect of it)
Speaking of sanity and reducing stress…
When you’re the ringleader of your business and your home, a lot falls on your shoulders (mentally and physically). And with that, comes stress that can be hard to get under control. Often times, your personal health can take a backseat to your business and personal life. However, it’s the most important part to keep everything running smoothly. Your physical, mental, and emotional health are what fuel you, and if you’re running on empty, your business and personal life can suffer.
So, be sure to take time for you. Take out some steam in the gym or by going on a run. Fuel your body with healthy meals (and lots of water, of course). And if you need to talk to someone, talk. Don’t be ashamed or feel like you can’t take time for yourself. You can. And you should.
4. Give back
Whether it’s in the form of charity or mentorship, giving back allows you to engage with your community and support causes that matter most to you. Volunteering or giving to charity brings a sense of fulfillment and purpose. And if you have employees, you’re able to set a positive example for them and show them the importance of giving back.
With your platform, you also have the opportunity to be a role model and teach young women how to be successful business owners. Volunteer with a local organization, or if you’re a part of NAWBO SA, you can look into helping out the Entrepreneurial Connections mentorship program.
5. Root for your fellow women entrepreneurs
Being an entrepreneur is hard work. And being a woman entrepreneur presents its own set of challenges. When women entrepreneurs support and root for each other, you’re able to shatter glass ceilings and set new standards.
Root for each other, lift each other up, and celebrate successes together.
Surround yourself with other like-minded women who truly want to see each other succeed. Have a group or community of women you can rely on for business advice, resources, and encouragement.
Some habits are harder to build than others, but it’s essential to have effective habits that will help you and your business.
So, let us know-- what habits have helped you be successful?