Today Friday 24 July 2015, Muzvare Betty Makoni is featured guest speaker at dynamic women`s movement which is brainchild of Music icon and activist Magdalene Adanaike. Friends and families are welcome. The event is free
‘Women account for under a third of those in self-employment, but over half the increase in self-employment since the recession started in 2008. Between 2008 and 2011 women accounted for an unprecedented 80% of the new self-employed. (Labour Force Survey, Office of National Statistics 2013).Women account for under a third of those in self-employment, but over half the increase in self-employment since the recession started in 2008. Between 2008 and 2011 women accounted for an unprecedented 80% of the new self-employed. (Labour Force Survey, Office of National Statistics 2013)’.
Much still needs to be done to support female entrepreneurs, as many of these enterprises are starting from the ‘Kitchen Table’ so to say and usually a one man band. Many experience isolation and eventually discouragement due to lack of drive, motivation and support. A woman would normally start a business because she may have had a personal experience that would have kick started that idea within her. However, with all the good will in the world without proper network and mentorship around her that idea will soon fizzle out. According to a report by Babson College Professor Donna J Kelley, the report’s lead author “In most economies around the world, there are fewer women than men starting and running new businesses, but there are even fewer running mature ones,” “This raises a red flag about the ability of women to easily transition from starting to sustaining their businesses.”
More women need to believe in their own capabilities and develop confidence within themselves to strive for entrepreneurship. Gone are the days that you have a job for life, things are changing and as such many women need to start developing a can do mentality even when all the odds are stalked up against them. Women, are already multi-tasking in their daily activities so the belief in themselves to push for entrepreneurship should not be an insurmountable task.
Entrepreneurship is opportunity driven and many women not schooled in entrepreneurship may find it difficult to switch. One piece of advice I would personally offer at this point is; finding out what you are passionate about and how you could help yourself and others and obviously make money from it.
Success is failing but rising again. The fear of failure should not stop anyone from taking that leap of faith, many established entrepreneurs we read off today especially leading female entrepreneurs. All faced discrimination and failures at one point, but have been able to turn those experiences around to be globally celebrated and acknowledged.
Now it’s your turn – nothing should stop you from making that move.
Dynamic Womens Movement (DWM) has been set up especially to help and support women both at the start of an unsure idea to women who are already established and running with their ideas. No one should feel alone when support is out there for you.
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