Do you feel stalled in your career? Do you feel underpaid, overworked, and lacking flexibility and autonomy over your time? If the answers are yes, then it may be time for you to “lean out” instead of “leaning in,” as Sheryl Sandberg advises. Also, if you have a personal passion that you want to turn into your own entrepreneurial venture, then the time to start is now.
While entrepreneurship may not be for everyone, there are many reasons why it may be the best thing for you. Some women seek independent work to have more time with family and to achieve a better, more fulfilling work/life balance. A study released by the National Association of Women Business Owners revealed that 65 percent of the women surveyed desire more flexibility and control over their time. While the reason most women (92 percent) gave for choosing independent work was that they wanted to do something they were passionate about, it was also followed closely by the ability to be in charge of one’s decisions and the potential for higher earning power.
Women also feel the draw to explore a new professional journey when they cite “office politics” as a catalyst for leaving their corporate jobs to start new businesses. A study from The Guardian Life Index revealed that many women view corporations today as being fundamentally flawed and limiting in their value structures. And with the cost of starting a business at an all-time low, women are saying “no, thank you” to spending years climbing and clawing their way up the corporate ladder, dealing with corporate politics, and working long days without feeling the overall fulfillment they crave.
The corporate world does not always fully recognize women’s contributions, nor does it alwasys create a hospitable climate for women to succeed at the highest levels—whether it’s gender discrimination,...
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