Being your own boss is fun and rewarding but it’s definitely a whole lot of hard work too. These 20 business tips will help you to achieve your goals and be the best businesswoman you can be.

20 tips for women in business

  1. Work With Others

It’s important to invest time and money in your own personal project but don’t overlook the opportunity to work with others to grow your own business. If you find someone who shares your passion, it can be incredibly rewarding and could even help you to achieve even more than you originally hoped for.

  1. Become A Real CEO

Take time to learn how to become a proper CEO. It might be your business, but it doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself. You need to understand how to hire and manage the right people. No one is perfect, so find employees who will fill in the skills gaps you are missing and take time to build a firm but open relationship.

  1. Set Strong Financial Goals

Good businesswomen know their finances inside out. It’s something that many women tend to avoid when running their own company but it’s essential to take control of your finances if you want to grow. Set yourself a specific target to achieve by the end of the next three years and try to predict your financial growth by taking the time to understand your business spending.

  1. Network Your Heart Out

Get involved with local communities and business projects to get your name out there. With more women in business than ever before, there are a range of opportunities to meet likeminded people and share your passions and ideas. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there at every opportunity, eventually you’ll learn to love it.

  1. Take Failure In Your Stride

It’s important to understand that failure doesn’t always spell the end of your project or your dreams. When something is starting to go wrong, ask yourself why. Once you can recognise a problem for what it is, the solution seems clearer, simpler and easier to tackle.

  1. Build Your Knowledge

When it comes to business, knowledge is most definitely power. If you’re determined to stay ahead of the game, you should be burying your head in every book, journal, webinar and article you can find.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid To Say Yes

Saying ‘yes’ to things that you wouldn’t normally consider can create exciting opportunities, both in your business and personal life. There are many reasons why we say no to things such a missing set of skills, fear of failure or even the inability to see something or someone’s potential. Taking a chance on something, even if you don’t think it’s quite right, can open up a whole world of possibilities.

  1. Play To Win

Competition is a big part of running a business and if you want to take yours as far as it can go, you shouldn’t be afraid to put yourself out there and play to win. Don’t apologise for doing things your way and push the boundaries whenever you can.

  1. Believe In Yourself

If you don’t believe that you can achieve your dreams, then you never will. Having skills and experience will take you so far, but having confidence in your business idea will turn it into something really special. Always believe in your idea, even if others don’t.

  1. Stay Focussed

Staying focussed on your goals is so important if you want to succeed in business. It’s easy to put your work goals on the back burner for your personal life but focusing on your business now, will give you the financial stability and free time you need to get everything else done later down the line.

  1. Define Your Own Success

Don’t measure your success by what others are doing – if you do, you’ll never feel like you’ve achieved enough. Set your own personal goals and take little but important steps to reach them. Before you know it, you’ll have achieved your goals and so much more.

  1. Always Be Yourself

There’s only one you, so why be someone else? Your own personality will be reflected in your business, so don’t compromise who you are for anyone.

  1. Be Generous (When You Can)

This can be difficult when you’re starting up but it’s important to offer help and support to other budding entrepreneurs whenever you have the opportunity to. Remember you were once in their position and seeing someone grow can be incredibly rewarding for both parties.

  1. Go With Your Passions

Never make a business decision simply based on how much money it will make you. Of course, making a profit is important but if you’re not passionate about an idea, eventually your enthusiasm will fizzle out and your business will suffer.

  1. Take Every Opportunity (Within Reason)

Some opportunities you create for yourself but others seem to appear like magic. Whatever the business opportunity, always carefully consider it before saying no. Even if you think you aren’t ready for it, you could be giving up on something really special – be brave!

  1. Make Time For Yourself

Give yourself time to relax and don’t feel bad about taking a day off. If you’re happy and relaxed at home, you’ll be happy and relaxed when running your business too.

  1. Don’t See Your Gender As A Disadvantage

Many women feel that being female is a disadvantage in business and whilst other people might feel that way, you definitely shouldn’t. Focus on your end goal and not those who tell you that you can’t achieve your dreams.

  1. Don’t Feel Guilty

Whether you feel guilty about spending too much time at home or even too much time at work, try not to let it get you down. Only you can determine what your work life balance can be, so do what feels right rather than what others say is correct.

  1. Define Yourself And Your Brand

You’re unique and your brand should be too. Let your passions and personality shine through for a business that truly stands out from your competitors.

  1. Always Be Prepared

As an entrepreneur, there will likely be times when you need to prove yourself. That’s why it’s so important to always be prepared. Know your business and your industry inside out, so whether you’re networking or heading to a business interview, you can prove that you and your business are going places.