Did you know that 88% of women owned businesses are solopreneneurs? Why? We’re good at solving challenges and getting things done, but sometimes we try to do it all on our own. If you are a woman who owns her own business, has a career or is considering re-entering the workforce, here are a few things to consider to make your work-life balance truly steady under pressure:
1. Think it through. It’s important to know what you want to get out of your business or career and what you can handle. My advice to women currently in the workplace or re-entering is to understand what you want to contribute to the business world and your personal life. Most women I know want to do meaningful work, have some personal time, AND be there for their families. Define your goals upfront and outline what being successful means to you.
2. Be flexible. Understand that you will need to be flexible in in other areas of your life (volunteering, carpooling, errands, etc.) and who/how to get additional support (sitter, spouse, friends, etc.) I see people outsourcing cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring and other jobs to keep things running smoothly. Keep the pieces you love, but find ways to gain support where needed.
3. Find partners. Generally speaking, women are good collaborators. When I first started my business, I tried to do it all alone. I quickly realized it meant that I was on call 24/7 and had to do things I didn’t enjoy and wasn’t necessarily skilled in. Now I have a variety of partners — some that work directly in my business and some who I can call upon for specific expertise. Honestly, I enjoy it more because I get to work with other bright women and play in my sweet spot.
We need women in businesses as employees and entrepreneurs. We solve a whole lot of challenges in the world — and we do it differently – especially if we’re thoughtful in our preparation and don’t’ try to go it all alone. Thinking about a new career or re-entering the workforce? Stay tuned for info on our Women in Transition Workshops coming this October & November!