5 Lies all women entrepreneur should never believe

Having women in the workplace presents many benefits. However, when women are not empowered, can they truly reach their goals? When these women start falling under the false beliefs that they always have something to prove, that their opinion does not matter or that the whole world (especially men) is after them, it distracts them from reaching their full potential.

Here are a few lies women in business believe that keep them from being great

IF I ASK FOR HELP, THEY WILL THINK I AM TOO WEAK

It is clear that society puts pressure on us (especially with many feminist movements) to prove ourselves all the time. We want to show the world that we are not weaker than men and oftentimes, we tend to take way too much on our shoulders. As women entrepreneur, it is important to learn how to let go and ask for help when necessary. It is impossible to get everything done on your own. It is not that you are not good enough but, by surrounding yourself with the right people, you will be able to build strong partnerships that will increase your business’s chances of reaching success. Do not be afraid or ashamed to ask for help or to ask to be mentored. True strength is shown in your ability to recognize your weaknesses.

 

HAVING CHILDREN (A FAMILY) WILL DECREASE MY CHANCES OF REACHING SUCCESS

Many women are afraid even desire a family life while pursuing their career. As women, we have he right to be successful AND have a family. One does not exclude the other. It is important to stop believing the lie that having a baby or being a wife will make you less of a business woman. Whether you are employed and pregnant or thinking about enlarging your family, you need to know your rights and not allow anybody to make you believe false information. Being a woman with responsibilities at home might even make you a better leader, listener and organizer. Of course this is not the case for everybody but it does give you qualities that can be beneficial in the workplace.

FEMALE COLLEAGUES ARE MY ENEMIES

Society has trained us to see people as competition. Whether it is in the workplace or on the market, women often see other women as competition instead of potential partners. This idea that every other woman is after you is false. If we learn to work together instead of against each other, we will become stronger and reach higher goals.

IF I VOICE MY OPINION, I WILL BE PERCEIVED AS BEING Bossy

I have heard a saying once while reading Girl Boss By Sophia Amoruso. It said: “When a man takes control he is the boss. when a woman does, she is seen as being bossy.” It is a lie to think that you cannot voice your opinions because you fear what others will think of you. If you have been placed were you are for a purpose, it means that you are fully equipped to add value to the company you work for or the one you own. If you know an idea will benefit your team, do not keep it to yourself. You have the right to share your greatness with the world.

I ALWAYS NEED TO BE BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE

While it is a great thing to give it your all and challenge yourself, it is not a good thing to always feel like you have something to prove. Because women have been seen as “less then enough” for so long, I understand that you might feel like you need to push the limits all the time. However, this is only a source of distraction. When you believe the lie that you always need to be the best at everything, you fail giving your full attention to the things you were always meant to be doing. You start wanting to fed your ego more than you want to make a positive impact and truly feel fulfilled.

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How traveling will make you a better female entrepreneur

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How traveling will make you a better female entrepreneur

Traveling has many benefits. It helps us see the world with different eyes and emancipate ourselves. It even seems that A trip to India was what helped Mark Zuckerberg pursue his mission of launching Facebook!

As women, especially women entrepreneur, it is essential to keep working on our growth. Traveling can be a great tool to do so. Here is how.

It will help you stop limiting yourself

 

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” — Napoleon Hill

Oftentimes, more subconsciously than consciously, we tend to limit ourselves. Not only as women entrepreneur but as human-beings. We let negativism invade our minds and find ourselves doubting the dreams that we have on the inside of us. Traveling, opens our mind to a world of possibilities, to new ways of seeing and understanding things and to new opportunities. This has the power to shift our perspective and make us realize that we need to stop limiting ourselves. Our dreams are achievable, our goals are attainable and our vision is possible, if only we believe in the power of our will.

It will encourage you to embrace novelty

Traveling exposes  us to things we have never seen or done before. As an entrepreneur, it is important for you to have an open mind about things and realize that your way of doing things is not the only way. Traveling helps you have different perspectives and as a result, transforms you into an entrepreneur who knows how to adapt, change and be flexible.

It will help you step out of your comfort zone

Traveling makes us uncomfortable, which is the perfect situation for growth. When you get out of your routine, you will open your mind to new ways of doing things. This aspect is very important when it comes to entrepreneurship. Getting comfortable in the system is one of the worst thing that could happen to you. With a market that changes constantly, the need to adapt is crucial. The most successful companies are the ones that have learned to adapt their products and services to the market’s demands. Traveling will make you bold and not afraid of change or discomfort. You will learn to tap into new information and transform them in order to adapt what you offer to your target market’s needs. A great entrepreneur is not afraid to take risks. Traveling will help the adventurous soul in you come out of hiding and embrace the surprises this world has to offer.

It will make you feel more alive

Traveling makes you more alive! It has the power to expose you to adventures and discoveries you would have never gotten the chance to explore during your day to day activities. When you travel, you meet yourself. You get to fall in love with parts of yourself you never knew could come alive and as a result, you love yourself more. When you love yourself, you will seek to fill your life with things that make you more alive: You will do things you love and choose a career that will make you fulfilled and give you a sense of purpose. When you do what you love, you will have more drive and passion to pursue your dreams. All of this will make you a better entrepreneur, a go-getter who knows what she wants and does everything in her power to get it.

It teaches you how to truly connect to people

Because you will get to connect with so many people, traveling will help you communicate better, show more empathy and make you a better listener. These are qualities that will make you a better entrepreneur as you will be able to communicate your vision more clearly and work in team.

Related: 4 Traits of a good team builder.

It teaches you how to prioritize

Let’s talk about money management! As an entrepreneur, it is important for you to prioritize. What better way to learn how to do so than while managing your money abroad? Traveling requires time-management. The more you travel, the easier researching, selecting and planning a trip becomes. These skills are invaluable to entrepreneurs who need to make the most out of their time and money.

It makes networking easier!

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain

Traveling helps us meet many different people from all around the world. These connections are priceless as you will get to hear different perspectives and start unexpected partnerships. If you do not enjoy the same old networking methods, traveling can be a great way to replace it.

 

If you were waiting for a sign, this is it. Go explore the world. Intern abroad, partake in an exchange program or simply search for jobs in different states! We only regret the chances we do not take.

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Employed and pregnant : Things you need to know

Pregnancy in the workplace is a greatly discussed subject. While measures have been taken throughout the years for equality in the workplace, there are still some obstacles women face when it comes to certain areas. As a woman, it is not only important to know your rights but you also need to be prepared for the things that are not mention in the “law”.

 

When it comes to pregnancy, many things can be subliminal and taboo. An employer, for example cannot fire a woman because she’s pregnant. However, some employers will try to find discrete ways to hide their discrimination. Some women have reported having been fired because of “the dangerous environment” when in reality, the boss simply did not know how to handle the situation. An employer cannot refuse you a job because you are pregnant except if the job itself will expose you to chemicals that could be harmful for you and the baby. But some recruiters tend to ask illegal questions during interviews.

If you are planning on getting pregnant, here are some ways you can plan ahead so it does not negatively impact your career.

Plan ahead/know your rights

Pregnancies are not always planned. However, if you think you might try to get pregnant in the near future, it is important that you plan ahead. You can start by talking to someone you trust in the HR department to tell them about your plans.

Get informed on your rights as a pregnant employee, how many sick days you are allowed to take during the year and the benefits that are offered for this case. If a company has a policy in place that, for employees with special needs (no matter what these needs may be), the company is also expected to provide reasonable accommodations to a pregnant woman who requires special attention (light duty, longer breaks) during her pregnancy. Make sure you know what your rights are ahead of time.

The United States is the only developed country that does not mandate some sort of paid maternity leave. While the Family and Medical Leave Act does require some employers to offer up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to female and male employees for the birth and care of a newborn child, about42% of American workers are not covered by this law.

Respect your obligations

If you want to be treated fairly, it is also important to respect your obligations. There are times when your health might not allow you to work as much as you usually do. However, make sure you identify colleagues who will be able to help out. Be honest about how you feel. Do not hesitate to ask to push back deadlines if you realize you will not be able to finish the work.

Before you can say goodbye to work, you need to plan your maternity leave. About 4 weeks in advance, tell your boss the precise day you expect to stop working and a approximate date that you’ll be back. This will help your team prepare for your leave and see who can take on some of your responsibilities. Let them know how they can be able to contact you (and the time of the day they can contact you of course) in order to communicate important information with you. Truth is, you will have some days where you will probably be able to take care of certain things from home.

Manage your symptoms at work

You could ask to be placed not too far from the bathroom if this is something you need to use often during your pregnancy.

Remember everybody knows what symptoms comes with being pregnant. It is not a bad thing to prepare your bosses and colleagues. However, it is up to you to communicate clearly so that everybody knows what to expect (even to expect the unexpected).

 

Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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The benefits of having women in the workplace

 

Having women in the workplace is very common today. However it was not won without a fight. Women had to learn to earn their rights to be treated as equally as men in terms of: salary, titles, respect ando more. Even though we might not be where we want to be, thank God we are not where we used to be!

Here are a few benefits among many others of having women in the workplace.

Diversity

Mixing male and female employees will help bring diversity to the workplace. This is really important as it can contribute to a better environment. It will bring in new ideas and ways of seeing and doing things.

Better communication

We have all heard: ” Men are attracted by what they see while women are attracted by what they hear”. Because of most women natural tendency to communicate more, it makes them great counselors in the workplace. A great leader knows how to take the time to listen. This makes women better HR managers in some cases, better supervisors or even better bosses. Keep in mind that, this, by no means is a general statement. I understand that there are numerous factors involved when talking about ones unique strengths, weaknesses and capabilities. However, it is important to consider these general factors in order to make better decisions in the workplace.

More challenges

In the Zinger Folk man Survey, women were rated highest in the category of taking initiatives. Could this be partly explained by the fact that, in some cases, woman feel the need to work harder than man in order to benefit from the same advantages? Taking initiatives is an important trait in the business world as we need go-getters in order to make things happen.

Betrer financial performance

A 2007 report from non-profit research organization, the catalyst, found out that Fortune 500 companies with more female board directors attained significantly higher financial performance than those with the lowest female representation. Taking 3 important factors into consideration: Return on equity, return on sales and return on invested capital, this deserves our attention.

Development and empowerment of others

Also in the Zinger Folk man Survey, woman were rated more highly in the “developing others” category. In order for a company to succeed, it is important to think about team building. We need people of have a sense of leadership and team building. This attribute not only benefits the company but also the employees.

 

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4 traits of a boss lady

A woman with vision is unstoppable, a woman who is always increasing her skills multiplies. Along with passion this woman is undeniable. _ Janna Cachola

In this day and age, it is not enough to be average. If you want people to notice you and have success you need to excel in what you decide to do. Any woman can on a business but not any woman can be a BOSS LADY.

Are you a boss lady? Here is a checklist to help you find out!

She knows what she wants

She might not always know right away HOW to get there but she knows what she wants. A boss lady is not walking around life with no sense of purpose. She has drive and vision and is ready to do whatever she needs to do to make progress.

She is not afraid to walk alone

A boss lady does not need your approval to start what she has decided to start. She is not afraid to walk alone because her motto is “Be so good that they can’t ignore you.” She knows that her value does not decrease based on others inability to see it yet.

She believes in herself

A boss lady believes in herself and in her abilities to make things happen. She clearly sees the vision in front of her and has no doubt that she is fully able to reach her goals.

She gets things done

A boss lady believes that actions speak louder than words. And she is right! She is more focused on getting things done than announcing what she is about to do. She is ready to use whatever resource she has in hand to work towards her goals.

 

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