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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How to Master Your Skills as a Female Entrepreneur

Communication is a key when building a successful business empire. If you'r able to build trust in yourself, both as an  individual and through your business offerings, you will have a much smoother transition when talking to clients (both new and old).

This week on Social Media by Nicky, a great article on the subject: 5 Skills You Need To Master, by Hannah Martin.

Are you self-employed or the owner of your own business? She said, "Women make fantastic business leaders...We have a proven ability to identify and mitigate risk, focus on self improvement and a strong ambition to succeed, making us a force to be reckoned with in the world of business."

So, the question is, what does it take to win at being your own boss, and have the career of your dreams? "Aside from determination, passion and courage there are a few skills every female entrepreneur should master for ultimate career success," states Hannah. She wrote 5 skills every female entrepreneur needs to master, by Jenny Winslow.

1. Networking

Ask any super-successful entrepreneur about networking, and they'll tell you its one of the most important ingredients to being self-employed superstar. How can you hone your networking skills to ensure you're operating at 'pro' level? As with anything that's worthwhile, you'll need to lay the groundwork to see a substantial payoff.

Start off small by speaking to old colleagues and business contact to get an idea of what's going on in your chosen industry, then expand by attending conferences, joining in on conversations on LinkedIn and introducing yourself to new people. The people you connect with will want to connect with you and your contact (just as you will want to with the people they know) and so on-the process never ends. Always remember that once you've met or spoken to them, to add them to your LinkedIn. You never know, they might just be your next client or be able to connect to introduce you to future clients. After all, its not what you know, its who you know!  Here are some tips to help you brush up on your networking skills. Click here...

2. Organization

Being able to keep track of your brilliant ideas, plans for future development and business forecasting are essential for professional growth, so ensure you're able to make notes at any point during your day. Read tips to help you be more organized. Click here...

3. Communication

Communication is a key when building a successful business empire. If you'r able to build trust in yourself, both as an  individual and through your business offerings, you will have a much smoother transition when talking to clients (both new and old). So let people know what projects you'r working on, and be open with your availability and what types of contracts and work you're on the lookout for. Remember, to also use your skills when talking to clients about what they expect from you and your skills. The more you talk the easier is to understand what your client wants, and more importantly, how you're going to give to them. Here are some tips to improve your communication skills. Click here...

4. Leadership

Being able to cultivate the mindset of a leader means you're able to control where and how your business is run, without intervention or control from outside parties.. It will, however mean that you'll you have to learn how to manage, coordinate and problem-solve on your own. But there's something to be said for those who go it alone, and the pride and self satisfaction you'll feel from doing so is worth it in the end.  Read tips on how to be a better leader. Click here...

5. Patience

According to the saying, patience " a virtue, possess it if you can, seldom found in woman, never found in man." Patience is skill which very few are able to master-but one you'll need as an entrepreneur. While you may want to build a successful business, this often takes time and a lot of patience.

No entrepreneur will reach their business goals right away, so ensure you set yourself lots of smaller goals as well as your overall business goal, to ensure your patience is rewarded along the way.

Running your business will come with ups and downs, but if you are able to ride the wave and always strive to improve, you will succeed as an entrepreneur.

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