"It always seems impossible until it is done.” - Nelson Mandela
Being an entrepreneur, isn’t easy. Start-ups come with their own set of obstacles and issues. Women in particular have a bigger mountain to climb, far more challenges to overcome. Running your own business is no piece of cake. Neither is raising a family. People believed a woman can either have a career or be a good mother but can’t have both. We need stories, examples which prove to us what is possible. There are thousands of trailblazing female founders in pretty much every industry and country.
“As a mother of two young boys, I am always trying to maintain the balance between my work and family. I am a full time Software engineer with a strong passion towards a larger goal, having started a small food takeaway (www.sarikondas.co.uk) in 2016 while working full time, I have faced numerous challenges. It was a struggle to be taken seriously and raising a capital is even more difficult for women-owned firms. 3 years down the lane, it’s now a five star rated food takeaway. This success made me dream big and I never looked back and now continuing the journey with another successful tech start-up (www.oblivionsolutionsltd.com). Nothing happens in one day however I believe if you are strong, focussed and passionate about what you want to do, everything falls into place. Women need to own their accomplishments, often when women do celebrate their own success, they have difficultly taking sole responsibility for their achievements, pointing immediately to the group of people who helped them get there. This kind of humility, whether innate or socialized, is where we should look to start shifting the trend.
Women have been known to be skilled multi-taskers, whether it is taking care of a gazillion chores at home or tackling the varied agendas at work, women have been donning and doffing their multi-hued hats with flair. It’s time to celebrate the contributions and achievements of us women in different fields of life.