The 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Survey revealed the following about why women decided to start their own businesses
1. They had a vision for a business idea or a passion for solving a specific industry problem
2. They wanted control or a more flexible work-life balance
3. They felt like they were in the right place at the right time.
When women were asked what the biggest motivation for starting their business, the most common answer was
1. 28% indicated that they were following their vision
2. 21% indicated that their vision was followed by finding an idea that allowed them to become an entrepreneur
The survey also found that the most important traits for running a successful business are
1.Having a passion for an idea
2. Having a vision to succeed long-term after the business is launched
3. Having the willingness and attitude to fail before you succeed and to take risks
I hope these statistics were helpful to you all! Maybe this will boost your confidence about starting your own business in the next year or so. Sometimes we are more frightened by what we don’t know rather than what we think we know!
Great Day Beloveds,
As women in business we often find ourselves struggling to keep personal life, family life and business life in balance. We are the “Asiyyah of all trades.” Raising children, keeping the household in order,keeping up with our marital duties, keeping up with our spiritual duties, working, running a business, going to school, spending “Me” time to renew ourselves, and spending time with our loved ones and friends can be such a struggle to balance.
As a life coach and business coach for women I often hear stories that make me cringe at the thought that I can never really help them get it together. The only thing I can do is provide proven techniques/tools, motivation, encouragement, and an ear without judgement when they are struggling to achieve their goals. God is in control ultimately and that is what I make a point of to each and every one of my clients. I remind them that they have limited control and that attaching themselves to a desired outcome will leave them frustrated when things do not go as planned. I make sure to tell them that all they need to do is do their part, do the best that they can do, and God takes care of the outcome.
Particularly, in the area of business, women find themselves going nuts and losing much needed sleep at the thought that things are just never going to go right after an unplanned event causes an obstacle in their business. it just throws everything else off. They end up spending more time trying to prevent or fix the problem and less time with family and friends and even paying attention to themselves for fear of never getting things back on track in their business. I remind them that sometimes obstacles happen for good things to take place but more importantly they made need to take a break away from it all to come back rejuvenated and with a fresh mind. Neglecting everything else to get one area of your life in order can cause more disaster than expected. This work/life balance ordeal is pretty hard and we all must work day by day because it is not something you can just plan and hope to make it work only one time. You have to keep trying different methods until you find what works best for you.
Andrea Jung , CEO of Avon, says “Sometimes as a leader of a growing organization you have to fire yourself on Friday and hire yourself on Monday with fresh eyes.” I believe this is true in business but much more true to expand this thought for other areas of your life as well for a balanced effect!
My dear beloveds it would be such a pleasure to hear more stories of women taking a break from all they do daily to unwind and come back renewed! I speak to myself first!