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    Lucy Kippist
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    Perseverance is one of my favourite human qualities, so this quote shouted at me this morning:

    “Don’t be afraid to knock on doors. If someone says, ‘No,’- no means next… Trust your intuition. If you’ve done your homework, trust your intuition. It is when I don’t trust my instincts that I get in trouble.”
    Kristine Lasam, founder, Pink Entropy via Entrepreneur.com

    https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/276280

    What’s some great advice you’ve been given (or have) for fellow women in business.

    Happy International Women’s Day!

    Let’s #PressforProgress

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    Rowan@quaotic
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    Sorry, can’t think of any advice that is specific to women. I don’t understand how business advice would be any different for a woman than a man.

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    Peter – FS Administrator
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    Rowan @ GardenLarder, post: 256033, member: 28171 wrote:
    Sorry, can’t think of any advice that is specific to women. I don’t understand how business advice would be any different for a woman than a man.

    Hi Rowan, I was having this discussion yesterday with a few people too in terms of how International Women’s Day related to business, and I do take your point. There’s always valid and divided opinion around this topic for men and women.

    One distinction I make in my mind is that while the advice shouldn’t be any different, and things are progressing that way over time, unfortunately the stats and experiences show that there are still big challenges and barriers specific to women in small business, startups and corporate. It’s a good chance to talk about all these things and keep things moving!

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    Warren Cottis
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    “… there are still big challenges and barriers specific to women in small business, startups and corporate.”

    What are they?

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    Peter – FS Administrator
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    Warren Cottis, post: 256263, member: 129 wrote:
    “… there are still big challenges and barriers specific to women in small business, startups and corporate.”

    What are they?

    Hi Warren,

    Apart from the pay gap which is a big one, there’s quite a solid list here:
    https://www.humanrights.gov.au/education/face-facts/face-facts-gender-equality-2018

    As the report says huge progress has been made in recent decades but I personally don’t have any doubt that there remains significant inequality and discrimination against women in work and business.

    Cheers, Peter

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    Burgo
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    Apart from the fact women are smarter than men, they are more passionate about what there doing and tougher.
    Ive been able to observe women in business for almost sixty years.
    Back in the late fifties and early sixties women that had their own business were few and far between. I seen the development of women in business starting from the fashion store to them running Restoration companies being in trades. I admire the way they have achieved this, by doing what they wanted to do and not being told what they should do, because back in the fifties that’s what happened you were told what to do both male and female. The seventies was the beginning of change, and with it independence for women.
    So its been a long hard struggle for women to achieve what they have in a relatively short time.So I congratulate them for having the courage to do what they want.
    My suggestion would be to continue the way you are, learn how to build your business and never be shy to ask questions or for help should you need it.
    Be proud of your success and work in partnership with men, because its about what can be achieved working together.
    There are a lot of brilliant people out there who actually miss the point.
    Business is not a game its a responsibility.

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    elissa.doxey
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    I think Imposter Syndrome is the killer for many women (myself included) who put off asking for promotions, applying for jobs/contracts, and starting their own business.

    Best piece of advice given to me by a senior woman in an executive position: “Act with what you want in mind, rather than what you dread.”

    Oh, and thank you Peter for directing people to the AHRC’s enlightening information.

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    Peter – FS Administrator
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    Thanks so much Elissa,

    Imposter Syndrome seems to be so common amongst business owners, and would-be business owners. It seems like the majority of us have it at some point.

    There have been a few great articles with advice around this on Flying Solo that resonated with the community:

    Is your inner Imposter cramping your style? – [USER=863]@Jayne Tancred[/USER]
    No more imposter syndrome. Choose vulnerability instead – Sharon Chisholm
    3 simple words to counteract Imposter Syndrome – [USER=5507]@Lucinda Lions[/USER]

    Take the shot!
    Peter

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    My Advice “Don’t let gender be the driving force of who you deal with – the best person for the job is the best person, be them male or female”.

    Too many times I have seen a particular experts overlooked for networking events purely because of their gender – Yes a ‘Women in Business’ event may be geared towards females but if the best presenter is a Male, then why not utilise him? And the same for Men’s groups….

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    Besides being female, most of us will have faced some form of discrimination packaged alongside, being a female. Sexual preference discrimination, age discrimination, ethnicity discrimination, body discrimination and so fourth. Yet still the sun set’s and rises, for a reason.

    Advice:

    Be yourself always. Learn more about yourself than anyone else. Align your actions with your values. Invest in personal development. Listen more, talk less. READ. Serve your market well. Always tell the truth. And never ever give up your self respect.

    :-)

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    Don’t put walls up that keep you from pursing your dream. If you think it’s not possible to get funding as a woman, or have a family and a career then it won’t be because you’ve already discouraged yourself from making it happen.

    If you break down those walls and tell yourself it can be done and you can do it all, then nothing will get in your way. We are often our own worst enemies, so get out of your way and go for it.

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    I probably wouldn’t advise being a girl in business at all. [Mod Edit To Remove possibly hurtful content] . They know how to separate work moments and domestic ones. But still I will try to say: 1. Be polite at all times 2. Be insightful 3. Groomed.

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    One of the most essential and useful tips for being a woman in business is to embrace who you are. You aren’t a man, and you don’t have to be or act like one to be successful in business. In fact, trying to be someone or something you aren’t may actually lead to less success and more failure. Many women in business find that they struggle with making decisions. Whether it is self-doubt or indecisiveness not being able to decide may hold women back from achieving their true potential.

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