I hope you enjoyed my last post where I shared how I left my day job.
I shared that story about my last day at my day job + my first day as a business owner to celebrate our 4 year business anniversary! A lot has changed since but the the biggest change has actually been ME. You see, becoming a full-time creative, business owner or BOSS doesn’t just happen one day. You have to step into that role and become the person you want to be. So today, I have a guest writer Rebecca who will teach you how to get started on becoming a girl boss. Rebecca is the blogger behind RoughDraft who writes about her life and travel experiences as a translator. I loved reading this post she exclusively wrote for our readers and I hope you will too!
Are you an awesome lady who wants to run her own business? Then it’s time to start your journey to becoming a girl boss!
What’s a girl boss? Well, for one, it’s the title of a hit book and Netflix series about real-life entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso. But it’s also a description of the kind of business owner Amoruso embodies: an intelligent, hardworking, goal-oriented woman who knows what she wants and how to get it.
Becoming a Girl Boss: What You Need to Know
Dream of being a girl boss, but have no idea how to make it a reality? Here are some handy tips to get you started:
It’s All about Goals
A girl boss has a dream and she’s determined to achieve it. Sure, ideas aren’t the only ingredient for success, but they’re a great place to get started.
Find something you’re passionate about. Make sure you really want it. Your business idea should be something you’re comfortable devoting months and years of your life to – because that’s exactly what you’ll be doing.
Once you’ve chosen your passion, it’s time to start planning. Break things down into short and long-term goals. Establish achievable milestones – and don’t forget to take time to celebrate when you reach them!
Manage Time and Money
To be a true girl boss, you’ve got to work for it. You’ve got to put time and effort into making your entrepreneurship dreams a reality. The best way to do this is learning and practicing effective time management strategies.
Create a schedule and stick with it. If you’re starting your business as a “side hustle,” make sure to split time with your “day job” until you are ready to fully commit. Take breaks when necessary to help you put in focused, productive work every single day.
But time management alone isn’t enough – a successful girl boss also budgets and uses her financial resources well. She researches efficient resource investments and money-saving methods for new business owners. Additionally, she plans for the difficult early days of business operations by creating a “financial cushion” of saved money.
A helpful tip from one girl boss to another: research grants are available for women interested in entrepreneurship. There’s money out there that you can apply for and put towards your business dreams.
Cultivate a Support Network
If you’ve read or seen Girl Boss, you’ll know that one lesson Sophia Amoruso learned: you can’t do everything alone. Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying “no man is an island” – well, no woman is, either!
A successful support network takes a variety of forms. Of course, you’ve got your team of dedicated, hardworking employees who help you run and grow your business. But don’t forget that your family and friends are there to support you, too!
Don’t be afraid to share your triumphs and obstacles alike with those who care for you most. They’ll celebrate successes with you, but they’ll also comfort and cheer you up when things are down. Plus, they’ll remind you to prioritise yourself and your own health during even the most stressful periods at work.
Another tip: consider seeking out a professional mentor to listen to your ideas and advise you. There are so many girl bosses out there who are ready to help their fellow business sisters!
You ARE the Next Girl Boss!
Becoming a girl boss isn’t something you can do overnight. It takes work, dedication and, most importantly, an unwavering commitment to your goals and your passion. But we truly believe that YOU have it in you to become the next successful girl boss with the brilliant ideas the business world needs!
Guest written by Rebecca
Rebecca is a freelance translator passionate about her work, and grateful for the travels it has taken her on. She has recently started writing about some of her experiences at RoughDraft.