Seeing Your Career Prospects

As we head into Mother’s Day weekend, I thought it would be a great time to share an article by Gloria Martinez on advice for women as they navigate their place in the business world. This article is full of great resources for women looking to start, grow or find the right career path. As always, if you are exploring any career prospects, please reach out to the Chamber and utilize your local connections.

Ms. Martinez created WomenLed.org to educate people about the many women-led achievements that have shaped our world. One of her goals is to inspire young women to act boldly when it comes to their careers. Thank you Gloria for being a positive influence and inspiring women around the world!

Tips for Women to Overcome Hurdles and See Your Career Prospects

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Now more than ever, women are active in the business world as entrepreneurs, and in the workforce in general. This means we have more opportunities. Yet, many of us reach a point in our careers where we feel stuck. When your career isn’t moving in the direction you’d like, it’s probably time to reevaluate.

Taking stock of your career and where you can it to go can help you get unstuck and start improving your prospects moving forward. Evaluate Your Options. When you feel like your career isn’t where you want it to be, the first thing to do is look at what opportunities are available to you. Asking yourself a few questions can help you get a feeling for what those options may be.
● Are there opportunities for advancement with your employer? How about in your field in general?
● If advancement opportunities exist, are they obtainable? Would those opportunities be rewarding?
● Do you feel as though you have potential that isn’t being reached?

Find Your Direction
If you have potential that is being wasted, or if you aren’t passionate about what you do, it may be time for you to work toward a promotion or make a career switch entirely. You may even decide  hat setting out as an entrepreneur is the best way to reach your full potential.

Starting a Business
Are you someone who is constantly curious? Are you independent and motivated? Have you dreamed of being your own boss? According to Entrepreneur, these are all qualities that are perfect for starting a business, and the good news is, you have all kinds of options. If you don’t have a big budget, or you need a side business before jumping in full-time, starting an e-commerce website using drop-shipping may be a good choice. Drop-shipping is a unique business model that allows you to ship products directly from the supplier to your customer. With this low threshold  of entry, it takes several key factors to set yourself apart. The most successful e-commerce businesses offer a unique product, provide excellent customer service, and have a website that’s easy to navigate and is mobile friendly. Of course, even with low-cost business startup options, most new entrepreneurs need a source of funding. One option is to take out a small business loan to get the capital you need. Spending a little time learning about your financing options can help you find the best choice that fits your individual needs. Some of these options include an SBA loan, a term loan, a business line of credit, and invoice financing. Getting the financing and the knowledge base is what it takes to launch your business. Once you’re up and running, don’t let hurdles that are common for women in business stand in the way of your success. If you worry about being taken seriously, remember that your expertise and leadership skills are what make a difference – not the opinions of others. Successful female entrepreneurs tell Business News Daily that they find women’s entrepreneur groups to be helpful in combating negative comments. To truly reach the next level in your business, you have to lead by example. That means leading your way, rather than trying to be someone you’re not, even if things are sometimes done differently in a male-dominated field.

Break Into a New Field
If starting a business isn’t the direction for you but you know it’s time for a change, don’t let fear keep you from branching out into a new career. One of the best things you can do is talk to others, especially women, who are already working in the field you’re considering. Making these  connections can help you discover what you really want, and it also lays the groundwork for taking the next step. Branching out as an entrepreneur or switching careers can be a scary undertaking, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go for it. The key is to find the right fit for you – and keep an open mind! Once you do, all it takes is one baby step to get started, and the growth you’re searching for will follow.

Authored by Gloria Martinez 
Creator of WomenLed.org
g.martinez@womenled.org