Starting your own business is exciting, rewarding, challenging, exhausting: and it’s purely the best way for every woman to start getting ahead.
I highly recommend building a business because it affords you the opportunity to be your own boss, have a flexible schedule, make your own money, learn new skills, and not be beholden to the myriad of things that really can weigh you down in corporate America.
What you can learn to do before you start to help empower you to succeed is limitless, but a lot of women completely miss out on asking themselves this major question.
It’s simply the most important thing you can possibly do before you start your own business, but it’s scarily overlooked and one that a lot of fellow female entrepreneurs I’ve met don’t really seem to have answered.
The question you need to take a good hard look at is why? Go ahead and ask yourself why.
Why are you doing this? Why do you want to have your very own business? Why do you want to be a female entrepreneur?
Maybe your why looks like some of the things I’ve cited above as the best reasons to start a business for yourself. Maybe your why is because you want to be a self made multi-millionaire. Maybe your why lies in wanting to genuinely help others with goods or services you create and provide. Maybe your why is being your very own boss and not having to answer to anyone. Whatever your why is, there is no right answer!
Your why is your drive. Your why is going to help you pull those crazy long hours for days on end (yes, not to scare you, but building a business requires hard work my friend. Then when it’s time to grow your business it’s going to require hard work too. I never said this was easy; I said this was worth it).
Your why is going to keep you from feeling sorry because you can’t go out for drinks with the girls for nights in a row now because having your own business is like having your own child. You can’t just leave it home alone while you go out on the town every night.
Your why is preeminently important, so don’t confuse or commingle it with excuses for not doing what you’re setting yourself up to do.
If you do, you’re inviting failure by letting yourself get off track. You’re going to end up being one of those souls that begrudgingly moans, “Well I wanted to be an entrepreneur but I didn’t get any funding so my business never got off the ground.” Tsk, tsk, that’s just an excuse honey.
Let your why be your drive.
Bre is a female millennial go getter residing in New York. One part entrepreneur, one part geek, she obtained her degree in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.
She has held some exciting roles in both fashion as a designer working for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Henri Bendel, as well as in ad tech working for publishers like Ziff Davis.
Today she operates her own luxury label, Bre Avery, and is also the Chief Chick at Chipchick.com which reaches millions of women each month.
Bre is passionate about keeping women informed of the latest technology trends and products to improve their lifestyle and believes in providing real, useful information and advice to her readers.