The Best Options for Women to Get Unstuck
and Take Your Career to New Heights
Do you ever have the feeling that you just aren’t where you want to be in your career? Maybe you’re lacking motivation, bored at work, or stuck in a rut. This feeling is certainly uncomfortable, but you don’t have to stay stuck. When you realize you aren’t moving in the direction you’d like, you have the opportunity to switch gears and explore your options for improving your career prospects.
Start Your Own Business
According to Small Business Trends, women are now more likely than men to start a business, and they’re finding success as entrepreneurs. This isn’t surprising when you consider all the reasons why starting your own business can be the career change you need. For example, if you lack enthusiasm for the work you’re doing but have a hobby you love, you may be able to turn your passion into a business. Profitable hobbies could be ones that are artistic, like photography, or ones that provide a service, like dog walking.
If you love the work you do but can’t seem to find opportunities for advancement, this is another reason to go out on your own. Whichever type of business you land on, you’ll need to brush up on some basics for getting it off the ground. According to Entrepreneur, some of the most important steps for turning a hobby into a business include creating a plan, getting your first sale, and achieving growth by having a strong online presence.
This means that developing a website is one of the first things you should do. Along with design and function, don’t overlook the importance of choosing a company to host your website. SiteGround, for example, is often a good choice for small businesses because they offer a variety of web hosting features, including cloud and Wordpress, shared, VPS, and dedicated servers. They also offer a variety of hosting packages, which means you can find one that fits your budget and business needs.
Make the Right Connections
Whatever direction you take - whether that’s starting a business, switching careers, or reaching for a promotion - connecting with the right people is essential for moving forward. You probably already know that networking is important, but you also want to be intentional about who you meet. Forbes recommends connecting with people who inspire you, especially other women who are successful at what you do (or in the field you’re entering). When you’re branching out into a new arena, another strategy is to get your name out by being active online, including on social media and by contributing web content to established sources.
Another type of connection all women need in their careers is a mentor or coach. When you’re starting something new or laying the groundwork for a change, it’s especially helpful to find an external mentor. An external mentor can be someone who is outside your current company or even outside your field. Finding this person is especially important if you’re going in a different direction, because they can help you make that transition.
Create Your Own Opportunities
As women, many of us haven’t always been encouraged to take risks, but avoiding risks holds us back. Are there small gambles you can take at your current job that will help get you unstuck? Are there ways you can experiment with a new approach to business? In some situations, you don’t need a major change, but instead need to create your own opportunities for growth. You may even be able to do this from your current position as a way to move forward and reach for a promotion.
The reality is that we sometimes feel stuck because opportunities don’t seem to be coming our way. Unfortunately, women may have to be even more intentional than men about creating and finding those opportunities for ourselves. Whatever it is that’s holding you back, making a change to reach that next level in your career is always within your grasp. You may not see a drastic difference overnight, but you’re laying the groundwork for the success to come.