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5 Habits of Successful Women in Business

By Kate Taylor

Published Date: 2015/02

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Since working my way up in my career in Recruitment to now starting my own company TaylorCare Recruitment in 2013 I have worked with many women some who have been very successful and others who have not been as successful. I have come up with 5 habits of successful women in business.

Be Confident: Having confidence in yourself and your abilities is essential in becoming a successful businesswoman. People will view you as you portray yourself. If you project confidence, people will believe that you are confident.•Project confidence through your body language. You can do this by standing tall and keeping your head held high. Greet people with a firm handshake and a smile. Most importantly of all, make eye contact with the person you’re speaking to. If you have to address a room of people, try to make eye contact with every person in the room for at least a second or two. •If you’re having a bad day where your confidence feels shaken, try to reassure yourself using positive affirmation or surrounding your desk with inspirational quotes to keep you mood in check I find this can really help you to rediscover your confidence and determination.•Self-doubt is natural, but don’t let it overwhelm you. Remember that you are where you are because you’re good at what you do.

Find a job you are passionate about: Find your passion in life and follow it. If you want to reach the top, you need to be passionate about what you do. Think about it. It’s so much easier to motivate yourself to work hard when you’re energized and excited by what you’re doing.•If you’re not sure where your passions lie, think about going speaking to a recruiter in your field of interest for advice on how to get into that field and what study you should do or a good psychologist. They will help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses and gain a clearer vision of your life goals. •Remember that not everyone has a pre-existing passion, it may take some time to find yours. It is also possible to become passionate about a job, with enough hard work and dedication.•The road to success is long and has its fair share of ups and downs. Working towards something you’re passionate about will give you strength during the tough times and added satisfaction during the good.

Networking: I find networking is vital if you want to advance in your career or grow your business. Networking is about making connections and building mutually beneficial relationships with other professionals. It enables you to find out about exciting career opportunities, learn of new developments in your field or discover the solution to a problem you face at work.•Once you have made contact with a person, it is important to try and develop a relationship with them, to keep in contact with them via linked in or email and to help them with any requests or favours they might have. You never know what they might be able to help you with in the future! •Remember: no matter how hard you work, unless you’re aware of an opportunity, you’re not going to get a shot at it. Your network will open up opportunities for you and your career, both now and in the years to come. •Networking is all about communication — making phone calls, meeting other women in business at events hosted by your industry body or organisations like business chicks in Australia, social media or connecting through online networking sites.

You must be willing to work hard: Regardless of how many opportunities come your way, how much experience or how good of an education you have, the number one key to success is hard work. Nobody makes it to the top of their game without putting in long hours and making sacrifices in order to reach their goals. If you’re finding it tough, just remind yourself that the rewards will be worth the effort.•Surround yourself with motivated and successful people. By surrounding yourself with other like-minded people you’ll be forced to set yourself very high standards and to work extra hard in order to stand out.•Stay away from distractions. It’s difficult to focus on work 100% of the time, but when you’re aiming for the top it’s important to minimize distractions as much as possible. It’s important to take some personal time now and again, but aim to be focused and efficient whenever you’re in work mode.

Be persistent: In order to succeed, you need persistence. You need to fall on your face, then get back up and try again. Success doesn’t come easy, it takes consistency and determination.If you begin to feel disheartened, remind yourself of everything you’ve achieved already and how far you’ve come. Remember that your greatest achievement might be just around the corner! Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure can be a good thing, if it helps you to learn from your mistakes.

Being a successful business woman means you have to constantly push yourself beyond your comfort zone, take risks and be fearless in pursuit of your goals. Each individual success will increase your confidence and encourage you to strive for more. Even when things don’t go as planned, remember that it’s not the end of the world and you can do better next time round. Be strong, confident and brave and you will soon reap the rewards