P.J. O’Rourke once said that the main reason why women are so successful in the business world is that the business world was created by men. This is because men are babies and women are great with kids. All jokes aside, being an entrepreneur alone is quite intimidating, let alone being a female entrepreneur in a male-dominated industry. Keep in mind, however, that you can only push yourself so hard until you break. Once this happens, both your personal and professional life will suffer. Here are seven wellbeing tips that you should hear in order not to allow this to happen.
1. You don’t have to make sacrifices that you don’t want to
One of the biggest concerns for female entrepreneurs is the idea that they have to choose either family or career. There’s no reason why this would be true. Still, for this to work, there are a couple of things that you have to take care of. First, you need a supporting partner on your side. Second, you need to find a way to achieve a great work-life balance. Fortunately, there are many industries where you can run a business from home, which would make you more available. Sure, multitasking in this way is something that a lot of people can’t withstand, however, just knowing that you have this option available can be quite reassuring.
2. Some people are trouble to work with
There are some people who are trouble to work with and surrounding yourself with these people will make your job so much harder than it has to be. First, there’s the emotional vampire. This is a person that you just feel bad to be around, even if you don’t know why. Then, you have the nemesis. Sure, in-office, rivalry can be a good thing, however, a nemesis is hostile, often backstabbing and is quite likely to discriminate people as a form of retaliation for any real (or imaginary) event from the past. Just avoid having these people in your employ if at all possible.
3. Compete with yourself
Sun Tzu once said that if you know yourself and you know your enemy, you will never lose in a thousand battles. Now, while a lot of people make an effort to do a lot of research on their competition, they seldom tend to look inward. You shouldn’t measure your worth against others. Take a realistic look at the person and entrepreneur that you are today. If you do better than this person tomorrow, you’re already on the right track.
4. Identify major stress factors
The next thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that while stress comes from various sides, there are some major stress factors that are recurring and, therefore, quite avoidable. For instance, your cash flow problems are one of the biggest issues that you are going to encounter on your career path, which is why you need to find mechanisms that will allow you to get out of this ahead of time. Working towards improving your credit score is one of the methods that you have available. Other than this, you can also find a platform offering unsecured business loans. The best thing about this is that you don’t even have to use these methods. Just having them available will bring you some peace of mind.
5. Set your expectations in check
Whether you’ll get disappointed depends on what you expect, which is why you need to set your goals, both short- and long-term. There are various types of goals that you should pay attention to here. For instance, you may want to grow your revenue, your website traffic, customer engagement, WOM recommendations, etc. Just make sure to set these goals realistically.
6. Lead a healthy lifestyle
Your lifestyle determines both your wellbeing and your business performance. How well-rested you are? How well-nourished are you? Do you have any health-related issues that are distracting you from work? These are just some of the things that you should give an answer to before you proceed. Sure, not all of these things you can influence but the vast majority of them can be affected with sheer will and determination. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.
7. Treat yourself
Sure, a great entrepreneur is austere and frugal. When faced with a financial dilemma, she first cuts her own salary and redirects these funds towards the well-being of the company, right? Well, not necessarily. You see, by living like this, it’s inevitable that, at one point, you’ll start asking yourself whether it was all worth it. Once this gets into your head, it will be impossible to give it your 100 percent. Running a business requires a great deal of sacrifice, which is why you have to do it with conviction. Therefore, do something good and selfish from time to time, just so that you can reward yourself for all the good work that you’ve invested so far.
Being an entrepreneur is hard regardless of your gender, however, there are some obstacles that are exclusive to female entrepreneurs. Just keep in mind that succeeding in the business world isn’t supposed to be easy, to begin with. Therefore, if things are hard, it just means that you’re still on the right path towards success.