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Happy Independence Day for Women Entrepreneurs!Susan L Reid
July 4th is the day when everyone in the United States gathers for barbecues, parades, baseball games, and fireworks to celebrate our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.
So, too, this is a perfect day for entrepreneurial women like you. Whether you are in the process of making or have already made the shift from working for someone else to working for yourself, this is the time to stop and reflect upon the declaration of independence you made when you decided to become a small business owner.
In June of 2004, I finally did it. I handed in my resignation as an associate professor, and began packing up the formidable accumulation of books, music, and files from four degrees and 24 years of academic life. Distilled onto one little piece of paper that began with the words “kindly accept my resignation” and ended with “sincerely,” my academic career ended. And my life as an entrepreneurial woman began.
Entrepreneurship: Is It for You?
Becoming an entrepreneur and small business owner is not for every woman. For many people, the very thought of not having a steady paycheck is enough to put them off. For some it’s the cost of starting a small business (paying for health insurance, social security, and other future needs) that becomes too much of an investment and risk. For others it’s the stress of working in isolation, the lack of knowing where to turn for feedback and support, the endless distractions, and being, at least for a time, a one-woman show that sends them running for the door.
Top 10 Characteristics of Women Entrepreneurs
Fortunately, psychologists, sociologists, and historians have been studying the behavioral characteristics and traits of successful women entrepreneurs for long enough to have come up with a composite list of attributes and characteristics.
Read the list and mentally keep count of how many times you said, “Yes, that’s me!”
Women entrepreneurs are extraordinary people. They value freedom, autonomy, independence, and control. They are creative, driven self-starters. They have courage and conviction in spades and don’t see failure the same way that other people do. They are remarkable in their inner toughness. Their strength helps them rise above self-doubt, apparent failures, and the din of their critics. They value themselves and their ideas so much that they decide, once and for all, to make their own personal declaration of independence.
To you, my fellow woman entrepreneur, Happy Independence Day!
Copyright © 2010 by Susan L. Reid
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Copyright ©2010 by Susan L. Reid, DMA
Dr. Susan L. Reid is a Small Business Expert and Business Catalyst for spiritually conscious women starting up businesses. She is the award-winning author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Journey to Business Success.If you're interested in finding out more about what steps you can take to ensure your lasting business success, then get instant access to your own free copy of Turn Your Business Dreams Into Reality Toolkit at http://YourSamuraiBusiness.com.
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