Stand in your powerAug 01, 2023
Do you "stand in your power" as a female entrepreneur?
When you stand in your power, you're aware of your worth and value, and you assert yourself in your industry without hesitation. You trust your gut instincts and make decisions that align with your vision and purpose, even if it means taking risks or going against the status quo.
But it's not just about you. Standing in your power means acknowledging and addressing any systemic barriers or biases that may exist in your industry or business. It means advocating for yourself and other women in the entrepreneurial space, and using your platform and voice to create positive change and lift others up.
As a female entrepreneur, standing in your power also means taking control of your business and having the confidence to ask for what you're worth. It's about setting healthy boundaries, building resilience, and being a master negotiator.
Here are 5 tips on how to "stand in your power" as a female entrepreneur:
Asking for what you're worth
As an entrepreneur, it can be tempting to offer your products or services for free or at a lower price to gain new clients or customers. But it's important to remember that free doesn't pay the bills. Charge a fair price for your products or services, and be prepared to walk away if the price isn't right. Believe in your worth and don't let anyone undervalue your skills and expertise.
Negotiate and have the confidence to walk away
Negotiating can be scary, but it's an essential skill for any entrepreneur. Have the confidence to negotiate and walk away if the price is too low or if the client or customer is too difficult. Cheap customers or difficult clients often aren't worth it, and they will cause you more stress and hassle than it's worth. Don't be afraid to say no and move on to clients who value your work. Often times, those difficult clients or customers take up so much space and time that they won't leave space for you to take on the right ones. Trust that the right ones will come along.
Set healthy boundaries with clients or customers
It's impossible to work 24/7, and you should not let clients or customers think that you're always available. Set clear boundaries for when you're available to respond to emails, calls, or messages, and stick to them. You don't need to reply to WhatsApp messages at 11pm or respond to a meeting request at 7pm for the next morning. Remember, setting healthy boundaries is essential for a healthy work-life balance.
Belief in yourself, your judgement, and your knowledge is critical when it comes to making decisions in your business. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Remember that you have years of experience, either in business or life, that will show you how to manage situations. Use this experience to make the best decisions for your business.
Many female entrepreneurs, as they get older, say that they wish they had relied on their intuition more when they were first starting out. Their intuition has helped guide them and make the right decisions in business. Trusting yourself is about listening to your gut instincts and having the confidence to act on them.
Owning your own business is tough, and you'll have ups and downs. Some days will be brilliant, and other days you'll feel like giving up. But what's important is that you're able to be consistent and always show up for your business, clients, customers, and team - and most importantly, yourself. Building resilience means staying focused on your goals, being adaptable, and finding ways to bounce back from setbacks.