Entrepreneurship can be enticing. Especially, for a young Nigerian-American professional like myself. There has to be something embedded in Nigerian culture that promotes and encourages entrepreneurship even while still working a 9-5, because there is a lot of us! The concept of creating a business from your own ideas and visions can be exciting. We don’t have to wake up super early to take a 45 minute train ride into the city to sit behind a desk doing work that we partially enjoy for bosses that try to engage their employees for better work-life balance, but succumb to profit margins and bottom-lines more often than not. Yeah, entrepreneurship sounds like it should be our next move, Ms. Young Professionals, a.k.a Aspiring #Girlboss but should it be our next move? It was for me.
After practicing law for some time and feeling like the scenario above, I sought for a creative outlet and started blogging and designing for a boutique event planning and decor company. It was one of the best decisions I made for my career, so far. From that experience, I had the confidence to start styling my friends’ social events, take a graphic design class and start my own blog. Honestly, I’m still learning how to become a successful #Girlboss. It requires a lot of diligence, perseverance and consistency. Sometimes, I’m lacking in one area or the other, but I keep pressing forward. I’m not totally self-employed, but I’m heading in that direction and I’ve picked up some good advice along the way.
I’m constantly seeking advice and reading testimonials on how other inspiring women have been able to create a successful business. Even though I pay more attention to the creative and marketing industries, search for women in your career’s industry to see what their process was like. Read about how successful #Girlbosses were and have been able to do it. Hopefully, it will inspire you to make the best decision for you.
Who is your favorite #Girlboss?