With all the technological advances and innovative solutions being launched, UAE has been evolved as one of the most innovative and futuristic economies in the world. Earlier it was a challenge for women to become entrepreneurs but as of now, the number of women opening up new businesses is growing year by year.
The UAE has set an example to other nations in driving female participation across all areas of society. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai had tweeted earlier that 70% of his work team comprises women.
Here are some tips that you should keep in mind as a female entrepreneur whether you intend to open a new business or operating a startup firm;
Set big goals and always follow them:
It is often seen that women underestimate their potential and don’t think big. By thinking big what we really mean here is that you should not constrict yourself within a boundary. To be successful in your business, it’s essential to move outside of your comfort zone. Of course, you should set your daily goals but it is equally necessary to set big plans and wisely follow them.
Keep yourself updated:
Keeping yourself updated on the latest trends in your industry will help you with achieving your goals. The journey to success begins from learning. The more knowledge you gain related to your industry trends, target audience, competitor market, etc. the more success you will earn. You can also read leadership books to increase your knowledge, attend webinars and take up online classes.
Don’t be afraid of asking the resources you need:
Every business person needs resources to run a successful business ranging from a good support system to business capital. Although, most of the women don’t apply for funding and when they do apply, they ask for less capital than what actually is required. You might not need all of your capital at present however, it might be late if you apply for funding when you need at the most. So, don’t overestimate your business as it’s always best to plan for the worst before waiting for the best to arrive.
Don’t fear the failure, learn from it:
One of the biggest reasons that are holding back the aspiring entrepreneurs is the fear of failure. The best way to succeed in your business is by learning from your failures rather than being afraid of. The ultimate strategy of running a successful business is moving out of your comfort zone because when you are out of your comfort zone, you do not fear taking risks and only when you take risks, you move closer to success even if you fail at times, don’t hold yourself back. Also, remember to take calculated risks. Arianna Huffington once said, “Failure is a stepping stone to success.”
Networking matters a lot:
For most of the women, networking is overwhelming or does not hold much importance. However, you must understand that networking is essential for your business to succeed. In order to keep your business rooted in this competitive business world, it is necessary to invest your time, money and energy effectively and efficiently into promoting your firm and build a professional support system. The more collaborations and connections you have, the more added benefit your business has.
Confidence in business is the key to be a successful entrepreneur. Research shows that the major challenge that women entrepreneurs face is lack of confidence. The journey of an entrepreneur is as of a ladder and if you have to reach the top, you have to be confident. If you are under confident then you might fear to climb even the first step and if you are overconfident, you might fall off the ladder midway due to taking unwise steps but the right amount of confidence will take you to great heights.
One must always remember that the true passion in you will make all the difference. How much ever rocky the path is, if you dedicate your time and efforts efficiently, no hurdle will stop you from enlightening the path to success. So, in the end, it does not matter if you are a man or woman because the success and passion both are gender neutral!