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I love being a female solopreneur. I love that I can share my passion, work on projects I like and have the freedom to fill in my own days. But being a freelancer is not always as great as you’d think. It’s a lot of work. Specially a lot of work you need to do by yourself. You’ve got to hustle hard to get projects. And that sometimes comes with a moment (or two!) of doubt wether you’ve made the right decision.
That’s why I’ve created this post, to inspire any female entrepreneur out there who is struggling at the moment with her business. Female entrepreneurs are important and I want to help out anyone who might be doubting theirselves right now.
Here are my 10 female entrepreneur tips to become a badass girlboss:
#1 // BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
The key to succeeding is to believe in yourself. Be your own cheerleader. Because you can do it!
I personally think this is the one thing that will either make or break you. You need to be fueled with the passion for what you do. Not only because you love doing what you do but also because you are damn good at it. That’s how you add value for your dream client.
And I know, it isn’t as easy as putting this tip down on digital paper. I often struggle with doubts and feeling like an imposter. But at the end of the day I know I am good at what I do. And I can only get better.
#2 // FOCUS ON THE WORK
One of the best advices I’ve read was one from Othega Uwagba from her book ‘The Little Black Book’:
We can get so caught up with all the things that are involved with having your own business. You often aren’t just the owner, you might also function as a social media manager or recruiter or sales person. Especially in the beginning when you don’t have the funds to bring someone on to help you, you can get easily distracted by all the other tasks. But it is SO important to make sure that your core business is your main focus. In the end that’s what will bring in the money and will make you most happy.
#3 // YOUR INDIVIDUALITY IS YOUR STRENGTH
Often people criticize their own personal quirks and label them as liabilities. But these quirks you might not adore about yourself make you, you. It’s your strength. So my one of my female entrepreneur tips is: embrace your individual quirks. See it as your own personality USP.
I always thought that me being a reserved introvert was a bad thing, especially in the field of communications. I was always looking at people who were very outgoing and thinking to myself what was wrong with me that I wasn’t that way. But I’ve learned that me being me is a strength. I always stay true to myself and who I am — it’s something I get complimented on. I always see which way the wind blows before I join in the conversation. I make decisions and form opinions based on the vibes I feel. I follow my intuition. And all of this have helped me make the best decisions in my life.
#4 // HANDLE THE LEGAL SIDE OF YOUR BUSINESS LIKE A BOSS
I often see posts on social media about a conflict with a client about something that wasn’t in their contract or, even worse, there wasn’t an official contract. I did this as well, working without a contract in place, but you need to have all your legal ducks in a row. Protect yourself. Protect your work.
#5 // KEEP LEARNING
Another important tip on the list of female entrepreneur tips is you’re never done learning. Even if you have 50 years of experience, there is always something new to learn. And thanks to the internet you have so many opportunities to learn new skills. Go on YouTube or sign yourself up for SkillShare and start learning new skills.
Also, never limit yourself to only learning about the things that are within your job description or comfort zone. If you want to grow, you need to go where you haven’t been before.
#6 // ASK FOR WHAT YOU’RE WORTH
Because you’re worth it. And you will only get paid what people think you are worth. Luckily, you can communicate the value you deliver. Watch Casey Brown’s TED Talk to get inspired to create the income you deserve.
#7 // WORK ON MINI GOALS
Most of us set up big goals they want to achieve in a year, 5 years or even 10 years. But most of us also fail to achieve their goals. You know why? Because your goal is too big. I don’t mean you are dreaming to big — because that’s never a bad thing! — but the work that you need to get through before achieving your goal is too big. It’s too much.
That’s why you need to break down your goal in mini goals. Small tasks you can work on every day. Change comes from the daily changes you make. And they can be super small like skipping your morning coffee because you want to save up for a big trip or a house. Or walk to your destination instead of taking the bus because you want to work on your health. Whatever your goal, think of the small, daily steps you can make to realize it.
#8 // DON’T LISTEN TO THE NAYSAYERS
I remember getting into an accelerated college study — two years instead of four — and the teacher who accepted me said to me that I would probably only get really low scores and may not even graduate. Two years later I graduated and got into a hbo with only one low score. If I would have listened to this teacher, who already thought I was failing before I even tried, I would not have gone to take that study, found out I loved branding, went on to get my bachelors degree and started my own business. So my female entrepreneur tip is: don’t listen to the negative people who will create problems before even trying. Even if you fail, at least you tried.
#9 // SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GIRL GANG
Who says you need to do everything by yourself? Surround yourself with other girlbosses who also want to achieve big things in their lives and lift each other up. Go to local meetings or use social media platforms like Instagram to build new female friendships. Kicking ass by yourself is great but sharing your wins is even more empowering.
#10 // SELFCARE
Female entrepreneur tips 101 and a must when you work for yourself: knowing when you need to take time for yourself. It’ll help you not to drown in everything you need to do — because most of us have never ending to-do lists — and to prevent burn out. As a solopreneur you don’t have a regular salary to fall back on so you need to do everything to make sure you’re as fit — mentally and physically — as possible.
As a creative freelance brand designer it fuels my creativity to take a step back and enjoy life between crossing things off my to do list. I like to take walks, plan something fun with a friend or take a nap. Whatever makes you feel relaxed, make time for it. It will only add to your success.
I hope these female entrepreneur tips will help you on your journey to become a girlboss in charge of her own career and life. Remember, it’s a process and it doesn’t happen overnight. It comes with a lot of highs and lows. Don’t worry about being good enough, just put all your focus into your work. You can do it!
What’s your best tip for your fellow female entrepreneurs to become a true girlboss?
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