Benefits for Women Starting Home Based Businesses
Flexibility and freedom. That’s what most women are looking for when they make the leap into entrepreneurship. Starting a home based business offers you these benefits and more.
For instance, you might want to work on projects and with clients that appeal to you. Or you prefer to be your own boss, doing work that is both meaningful and profitable.
Perhaps you dream of building a business that serves others and makes an impact in the world. Your unique idea reflects your core values and strengths and you want to have the freedom to see it succeed.
Or you may be searching for a better balance between work and family and a schedule that fits with parenting. Working from home means you have the option of flexible scheduling when you want to attend your child’s event or you’re juggling other family obligations.
Whatever your inspiration for starting a home based business, you’ll gain quite a few benefits from working for yourself. And you’ll also find that many other women are joining you as well. According to a report from the Institute of Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), the number of women business owners in the U.S. has increased by about 29 percent, up from 26 percent in 1997. And the number of women-owned businesses has increased 68 percent since 2007, compared with all businesses at 47 percent.
The trend also shows that 72 percent of home based businesses are started by women, compared with 61 percent of men.
The Key Benefits
Consider these advantages if you’re thinking about starting a work from home business:
Opportunity For Higher Income – Online marketing makes it easier to build your business. There are no traditional “glass ceilings” or barriers to hold you back. By avoiding traditional power structures, the sky’s the limit—you control how much you earn.
Flexible Work Schedule – Balance your work/family schedule and control how much and when you work. Schedule work when it suits you. You can interact with your customers and suppliers any time of the day or night by fax, mobile phone, or email.
Choice Of Clients – Building relationships and marketing your services and products online is easier than ever. You decide who you want to work with and what kind of projects to take on.
Options For Work Location – Work from home, a business hub, café, or your favorite park. It’s your choice based on whatever fits your lifestyle and schedule.
Development Of Your Unique Interests And Skills – Being an entrepreneur allows you to merge your diverse skills with your experience into a brand that reflects the interests, hobbies, or ideas you’re passionate about.
Plus, the experience you gained in a career or running a household can help you manage your business. “Soft skills, like being a good listener and strong creative thinker, improve client relationships. The truth is, your current skills and talents will be invaluable to you as you grow your business.
And when freedom and flexibility become part of your everyday life, you’ll be glad you took the leap.