#Bossbabe: My Thoughts on Being an Entrepreneur

Hello again! I’ve been seeing the hashtag #bossbabe a lot on twitter and Instagram lately, and it got me thinking about entrepreneurship and what it means to be a female business owner in this day and age.

We live in a country that has already elected its first African-American president, and it’s highly likely that we could have a female president in office by this time next year. If you ask me, that’s a great reason to be inspired to really go after your dreams, especially as a female entrepreneur. I keep Michelle Obama’s picture as my computer’s desktop background to inspire me daily to keep grinding. But sometimes, even the best #bossbabe needs a break. So I’m taking one now to write this post. (I guess you can’t really call that a break, can you?) 😉

How to Become a #Bossbabe

If you’re an aspiring #bossbabe, here are some steps you can take to keep you on track to owning your own business and making it profitable.

Step #1: Create your vision. I know it sounds cliche to say “set goals” but it really is such an important part of the process. Without some sort of vision, you’ve got nothing to keep you moving forward, and nothing to measure your results against when you start to see growth. My advice is to create a vision that stays top-of-mind throughout your workdays. Whether it’s on a post-it note, an office whiteboard, or it’s a visual representation, like a vision board, this is one part of the process that you simply cannot skip. My motto, as an online marketer, is “begin with the end in mind.”

Step #2: Create to-do lists. If I don’t start my day with a clear set of steps to guide me from 8 to 5 (or sometimes from 8 to 8), I am much less focused and much less productive. Learn to live by your to-do lists, and get in the habit of writing them down the night before so you can wake up and hit the ground running!

Step #3: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! There are some things you’re good at and some things you aren’t so good at. Figure out what you love doing and outsource the rest to someone else who enjoys it or will do it better. It’s important to recognize your strengths and weaknesses so that you don’t waste time doing things you don’t enjoy or that will take you much longer to do.

Step #4: Network, network, network! There isn’t a week that goes by that doesn’t involve some sort of networking event for me, whether it’s a chat at local coffeehouse or dinner with a local Meetup group. Networking is so important. If you don’t have the time to get out there and meet people in person, you should utilize the power of social media and technology to make connections. Linkedin is my online powerhouse for finding new clients!

Step #5: Learn from your failures. I started with a cliche, so I figured I’d end with one too. This goes without saying, really. You are going to fail. It’s not a matter of whether you allow yourself to fail or not. At some point, it’s going to happen, even if you do everything right. I believe God allows us to fail so that we become stronger through the learning process that happens afterwards. So be prepared to embrace each failure as a learning opportunity.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go out there and build your dream! You certainly won’t become a #bossbabe by sitting here and reading my blog all day long (though if you’ve made it this far, please know that I do appreciate it and will do my best to continue serving up nuggets of useful content for entrepreneurs.)