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How to become a successful businesswoman

Around the world, women are moving mountains and proving they have what it takes to succeed in business. Here are some practical tips that will help you become one of those women.

Preparing for the challenges faced by women

Learn about the lives of successful businesswomen. 

Many women have successful careers, in business or in other fields. Researching their backgrounds will help you find motivation and inspiration. Their stories will help you understand what success is and what obstacles you will need to overcome to achieve it.

  • On the Internet, you will find everything you want to know about brilliant businesswomen. Check the Forbes or Harvard Business School sites.
  • You could also read the biographies or memoirs of different businesswomen: this will allow you to better understand their professional lives, the good and the bad.

Research successful women in your field.

Whatever your field, women have paved the way for others. By learning about women who have had successful careers in your field, you can determine the path to follow and the obstacles to overcome to achieve your goal.
  • Find out about the schools these women attended, the internships they did, their experiences abroad, their first jobs, and any other information concerning their careers.

Find out what these women have done to advance in their careers and use this knowledge to advance in your own professional life.

Consider entering a field where women are not present.

Historically, women have been underrepresented in the fields of science, engineering, technology, mathematics, and computer science. By choosing to pursue a career in one of these fields, you could benefit from advantages intended to encourage women to enter these disciplines, such as a scholarship or other program.

Determine how to balance work and family life. 

One of the greatest worries of working women is how to find a balance between work and family life. Women are usually of childbearing age just as they are advancing in their careers and climbing the corporate ladder.

  • Studies have shown that most women leave their jobs because they are unable to take care of their children enough or because the climate of their work environment is hostile to the demands of motherhood.
  • The best way to achieve a balance between work and family is to work for a company that offers a combination of parent-friendly policies, such as easier maternity leave, company childcare, flexible working hours, health insurance for all families or paternity leave.

Overcome salary differences. 

Although fantastic progress has been made in terms of the number of working women and those in managerial positions, there is still a long way to go, particularly with regard to equal pay for men and women. The frustrating truth is that women are paid significantly less than men for the same work. And while the level of education or the decision to have a child can affect the amount of salary, the main problem is that women constantly underestimate themselves and therefore fail to negotiate a higher salary with their employers. To overcome wage inequality, do the following.

  • Do research. Find out what people with the same skills as you and in a similar position earn.
  • Learn to negotiate. Once you know your worth, learn how to sell your skills and know-how. Never present yourself as less competent than you are. Never offer a salary amount first or if asked, offer a range.
  • Never immediately accept an offer. Think of the first number you’re offered as an “initial offer” and keep trading if you feel undervalued.
  • Understand that you have the right to ask for a raise. If you already have a job and feel that your work is not being paid fairly, or you find that a colleague is being paid more than you for the same work, don’t be afraid to ask for a raise. Just be sure to prepare your arguments: research and learn about the salaries offered for the position you hold, within your company as well as among competitors. Be prepared to talk about what you bring to the company and in particular your recent successes and the problems you have solved. Highlight the positive remarks of the other members of your team towards you.

Be sure of yourself. 

Having confidence in yourself and your abilities is essential to succeed in your professional life. People will perceive you as you perceive yourself.

  • It’s natural to doubt yourself, but don’t let the doubts overwhelm you. Remember that you are where you are because you are good at what you do.
  • Project confidence through your body language. To do this, stand up straight and keep your head up. Greet people with a firm handshake and a smile. Most importantly, look the person you’re talking to in the eye. Try not to look away when you meet hers: holding her gaze will make you come across as confident. If you have to address a room full of people, try to hold each person’s gaze for at least a second or two.
  • If you’re having a bad day and your confidence is being challenged, try reassuring yourself with positive affirmations. It might sound ridiculous to you, but try looking in the mirror and saying to yourself, “I’m good at what I do” or “I’m determined to reach the top” and you’ll regain your confidence and motivation more easily.

Be determined. 

One of the recurring stereotypes about women in the corporate world is that they are weak and emotional. The best way to destroy these stereotypes is to act against them. To earn respect as a businesswoman, it is essential that you are determined.

  • You will be able to communicate your determination by word and by your actions: have confidence in your decisions and do not question yourself constantly. Speak authoritatively, clearly, and confidently, and people will have no doubts about the soundness of your decisions.

In the face of criticism, try to remain as rational and collected as possible. Take the remark into account and decide if it is constructive or if it deserves to be forgotten. Whichever you choose, don’t let criticism trigger a series of doubts about your skills in you.

Know how to deal with criticism.

The ability to accept criticism and learn from it is a very important aspect of success. However, there is a big difference between constructive criticism and destructive criticism. You will need to learn to recognize and deal with both types of criticism.

  • A destructive criticism is a comment or accusation intended to hurt your self-esteem. It’s not meant to help you improve, such as when a co-worker says, “How can you be so dumb?” or “what got into you?” “. The best way to deal with these kinds of criticisms is to simply ignore them.
  • Constructive criticism, on the contrary, is usually motivated by good intentions. It aims to help you and is in fact only positive, for example when someone says to you: “thank you for your report. It was a lot of work, but your research would have been better if it had been supported by statistics. The best way to deal with this kind of criticism is to thank the person offering advice and to use their feedback to improve your work in the future.

Moving towards success

Find your passion in life and follow it. 

To reach the top, you will have to be passionate about what you do. Think about it: it’s much easier to motivate yourself to work hard when you’re excited about what you’re doing.

  • The road to success will be long and full of ups and downs. Working for something you are passionate about will give you strength in difficult times and more satisfaction in good times.
  • If you’re not sure what excites you, make an appointment with a professional coach or a good psychologist, who can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and gain a clearer view of your life goals.
  • Remember that not everyone has a pre-existing passion and it may take time to find yours. It is also possible that you become passionate about your work, working hard at it, and being involved in what you do.

Be organized. 

Success results from both day-to-day actions and long-term organization. Being well organized will help you take control of your time and be able to accomplish your tasks and achieve your goals.

  • Focus on what’s important. Remember your long-term goals and revisit them when necessary.
  • Learn to set priorities. Decide on your day’s goals each day, then prioritize them.

Complete one task before starting another. Multitasking is overratedFocus fully on every task you do, whether it’s answering emails or filling out forms. This will reduce your chances of making mistakes or forgetting something important.

Expand your network. 

Networking is central to a successful career. You will then need to make connections and build lasting and mutually beneficial ties with other professionals. You will thus be kept informed of interesting professional possibilities, and developments in your field of activity, and may even discover the solution to a problem you encounter at work.

  • To make connections, you will need to know how to communicate, whether by phone, in interviews, by letter, or through professional social networks.
  • Once you have established contact with a person, it is important to make efforts to develop the relationship, keep in touch with them, and provide them with services that they may need. You never know when this person might help you in your career!
  • One of the best ways to expand your network is to arrange informal interviews. This type of interview consists of informally meeting an older colleague or other more experienced professional, over lunch or coffee, in order to ask them questions, listen to their advice and create a professional relationship. quality. When the meeting is over, thank the person for their time, ask for their business card, and try to keep in touch.
  • Remember that even if you work very hard, if you are not aware of the opportunities that exist, you will not be able to try your luck. People in your network will present you with career options, now and throughout your career.

Be creative.

The term “creativity” is used wrongly and through in the professional world. Employees are expected to be “creative minds” and come up with “creative solutions” to the challenges they encounter at work. But what does being creative really mean?

Essentially, it’s about knowing how to use your whole brain: the imagination and intuition generated by the right side of the brain, as well as the logic, strategic thinking, and critical analysis that originate in the left side. You will need to be able to come up with innovative and effective ways to solve the problems you face and to see the world from a unique perspective.

  • When you have a problem at work, grab a piece of paper, start thinking about possible solutions, and write down everything that comes to mind. Try to free your mind from the shackles of reality and convenience. Let your brain think freely and make associations that you wouldn’t normally allow. To be creative, you will need to know how to think differently.
  • Make your work more fun. When preparing reports, use images and colors. Also, stimulate your creativity with toys and other accessories. Give your presentation from the back of the room. To be creative, free yourself from conventions.

Be ready to learn. 

Don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t know everything. It is important that you know what your weaknesses are and that you constantly seek to improve. Even when you are confident in your abilities, always seek to become better.

  • Learn as much as you can from people around you, read books on topics that interest you, and attend workshops to develop your skills.
  • Find a mentor. A mentor is a person, generally more experienced, who knows your field of activity, offers advice, and helps you advance in your career.

Be prepared to work hard. 

No matter how many opportunities you come across, your level of experience, and the quality of your education, to succeed you will first need to work hard. Nobody gets to the top without long-term hard work and sacrifice. And when you find it hard to move forward, remember that the rewards will be worth your effort.

  • Get away from distractions. It is difficult to concentrate on your work 100% of your time. But when you’re looking to get to the top, it’s important that you limit distractions as much as possible. Of course, you will have to take time for yourself from time to time, but when you are at work, do your best to be fully focused and efficient.

Surround yourself with bright, motivated people. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people will force you to hold yourself to very high standards and work very hard to stand out.

Persevere. 

To be successful, you will have to persevere. You will have to fall, get up, and continue on your way. Success is earned: be determined!

  • Don’t fear failure. By helping you learn from your mistakes, failure can be positive.
  • If you’re starting to feel down, think about how far you’ve come and how far you’ve come. Tell yourself that your greatest success could be just around the corner!

Be brave. 

To be a successful businesswoman, you will need to constantly challenge yourself, take risks, and pursue your goals without being overcome by fear. Each individual success will fuel your confidence and encourage you to work even harder. And even when things don’t go as planned, remember that it’s not the end of the world and you’ll do better next time. Be strong, be sure of yourself and you will soon reap the fruits of your labor.
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Julia Taylor

Julia Taylor is Freevoucherhub Contributing Writer. She loves writing the latest tech gadgets, helping consumers weigh the pros and cons of new devices prior to purchase. She also writes news and trends, and feature stories about business. Her work has appeared on popular publications like Gizmodo, Yahoo Finance, Business Insider, and CNET.