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When it comes to careers, women are rarely given the tools for success.
How women can take control of their careers
The work world as a whole tends to value skills women are discouraged from developing at a young age. To take control of your career, you must first develop the confidence to fight for what you deserve.
The Parma Area Chamber of Commerce wants to help more women unlock their full career potentials. One amazing way to build confidence in your own skills is to pick up some freelance work.
Freelancing requires many skills women tend to have, such as self-discipline, but also nurtures some of those harder skills to develop, like self-advocacy. Freelancers set their own rates and hours.
One way to get started with freelancing is to pitch clients directly. Freelance work boards can do some of the legwork for you.
Create a profile that shows off your best talents, and work might just come to you. If you like where you work and want to make your way up the corporate ladder, make moves to get promoted.
Once you have the roadmap, do the work and advocate for yourself when the time comes. Keep track of your successes, and remember to note quantitative achievements wherever possible.
Just shy of one-fifth of US businesses are owned by women. However, many things hold women back from starting a business.
For example, women tend to be more conservative in their business planning, a trait which, counterintuitively, makes them seem like a less wise choice for investors. But men so often overstate and exaggerate that investors often discount the s off the bat. Another major issue that keeps women from starting a business, and, indeed, from furthering their careers in general: The fear of failure.
Any attempt to succeed — any risk you take — might not work out. However, sitting with that reality and preparing for it as best we can will empower us more than we might imagine.
We all have to learn how to take the leap and brace for a hard landing. Looking for support for your new business?
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Start Freelancing One amazing way to build confidence in your own skills is to pick up some freelance work. Go for a Promotion If you like where you work and want to make your way up the corporate ladder, make moves to get promoted.