Kristin Pruis • September 10, 2018
Not everyone was made to create their own business. It’s more than just having a product or service. You have to be able to manage your business and all that comes with it.
If you are thinking about taking the leap into entrepreneurship, you’ll want to make sure you’ve prepared yourself for the journey. I’ve surveyed five female entrepreneurs from my Female Entrepreneurs Community on Facebook to bring you a list of must-have qualities for finding success as an entrepreneur.
The entrepreneurial career path can be a tough one and you’ll need equally tough skin to navigate its ups and downs. Some people just don’t understand entrepreneurship and may think it’s the easy way out or that it’s not a real career. While this couldn’t be further from the truth, people’s negative comments can still take their toll on your mindset.
Our entrepreneur’s advice: Don’t let people drag you down! Don’t care what others think, stay in your own lane and enjoy the ride! – Lauren Kidd, The At-Home Entrepreneur
Female entrepreneurs who can properly manage their time and productivity are the ones who will see the best outcomes in their businesses. Time management is so critical, especially for women who work from home juggling responsibilities or are also balancing a full-time career.
Our entrepreneur’s advice: Whether you’re a SAHM who’s starting a business, someone who works a 9-5 and starting a business, or those magical women who do both – you need to be able to manage your time! – Latisha Brooke, Coffee & Grace: Social Media Consulting
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Creativity is another key quality for entrepreneurial success. The kind of creativity I’m talking about doesn’t involve arts and crafts though. When new challenges or opportunities strike, you have to be ready to think on your feet and pivot when needed. Female entrepreneurs who can leverage their creativity in this way will be rewarded for their ingenuity.
Our entrepreneur’s advice: You need to come up with new ideas and strategies all the time. Also, you need to face challenges creatively so that they don’t get you down. – Lien Potgieter, The Colour Option
Entrepreneurship can be a little scary and uncomfortable. Sometimes you have to do things for your business that you’ve never imagined yourself doing in order to stay on top. Don’t be afraid to push yourself. Try new things. Just because you haven’t done it before, doesn’t mean that you can’t. Women who are willing to step outside their comfort zone will have more opportunities than those who aren’t.
Our entrepreneur’s advice: The most valuable thing to me has been a persistent willingness to do uncomfortable things. I have to get so far out of my comfort zone I’m not even in the same zip code anymore, basically every single day. – Gillian Singletary, Gillian Singletary Copywriting
If you don’t have a guiding purpose and vision for your business, things are going to be tough. Your business should be more than just a hobby or something you do to pass the time or make a buck. When you have a bigger picture of why your business exists and where you want to take it, it will be much easier to maintain your passion when things get tough or your day-to-day activities leave you bored.
Our entrepreneur’s advice: I think you really need to be clear on your “why” because if you don’t really know why you’re going to be working your butt off, it’ll be really difficult to stay motivated. – Rebekah Markillie, Rebekah Markillie Freelancing
In my opinion, confidence is THE most important quality to have when it comes to being a successful female entrepreneur. If you truly want to have clients or customers notice you, take you seriously and buy from you, you have to be willing to put yourself and business out there, unapologetically. Women who project confidence will instill confidence in their customers that what they are buying is worth the cost. And this is the ultimate goal, am I right?
What do you think? Did we miss any must-have qualities for female entrepreneurs? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Or maybe you’re looking for a community of like-minded females to help you on your journey into entrepreneurship? Join over 1000 women in my free Female Entrepreneurs Community facebook group for guidance, collaboration, and friendship with fellow girl bosses!