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Can the African Woman Have It All – A Successful Career and a Successful Home? (pt. 2)

Continued from part 1

First, set realistic career goals.

Unrealistic goals will leave you demotivated and guilty. We must understand that we can’t do everything or be everywhere. This means we can’t say yes to everything and every activity. We therefore need to set our priorities right; and learn when to say yes and when to politely say no. To effectively balance our careers and family needs, we must set both long term and short term goals and strive to achieve them. In doing so, we need to prioritise and communicate our goals clearly to all concerned – spouse, family, co-workers and employers. We must also ensure that we get the buy-in of all concerned. This way, we will be able to create a support system of people who will help us to achieve our career goals.

Secondly, discuss your career aspirations and goals with your spouse and solicit for his support.

Most often than not, if the men in our lives feel that they are an important part of all aspects of our lives, including our careers, they would be willing to support us. It is nearly impossible to have a successful career and a successful home without the support of our spouses. We must set our family goals with our husbands and ensure that we have an understanding. Having an understanding and supportive husband is very important for our careers and family life balance. My husband has been very supportive in this regard. He is my greatest fan who is always cheering me on. I couldn’t have done it without his support. When I have a tight schedule and need to meet a client’s deadline, he will volunteer to take care of our baby and the household chores so I could meet the deadline. He is also my greatest critic.

Sometimes he has to work all night to review work I am submitting to our clients and offer constructive criticisms. In families where both parents are involved in taking care of the children, the mother gets more satisfaction as a career woman. Mutual understanding between husband and wife ensures that along with bringing in the income, both parents share the responsibilities of childcare and the tremendous fulfilment that comes with it. If you are not married yet, be mindful of the kind of spouse you choose. If you will go far in life and achieve family and career success, who you marry matters. Marry a man who will support you as you climb the career ladder and not the one who will be jealous of your progress or compete with you.

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Thirdly, ensure that you have a supportive system in place that you can rely on.

In Africa where we practice the extended family system, working mothers can easily get the support of extended family members to help take care of their children while they go to work. Most often, our mothers, aunties, cousins and nieces are helpful in this regard. But in situations where you cannot fall on the support of the extended family, you can seek the services of trustworthy friends or professionals such as babysitters, nannies, etc. The reality is that you cannot possibly continue with your career aspirations if you don’t have such support system in place. Even if you have this support system, it is still challenging albeit possible. If you are an entrepreneur, make sure you have put effective systems in place such that even if you went on maternity leave, the company could still run smoothly.

Also, pursue effective time management.

For us to achieve work and family life balance as career women, we need to learn to manage our time effectively and efficiently. We need to put in our best during working hours and ensure that we close on time to take care of our families. Most people are under the erroneous impression that staying long in the office amounts to productivity. Sometimes the culture in the organisation is that everyone stays in the office long after working hours. Most often than not, many of the people who stay over at work don’t do anything productive but just to impress their employers. And if a working mother decides to close on time in order to take care of her family, she either feels guilty or she is made to feel guilty. We must understand that spending more time in the office does not necessarily mean adding more value or being more productive. So as working mothers, we must ensure that we manage our time well so we can have time for our various roles as wives, mothers and career women.

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Again, as working mothers, we must exhibit good work ethics such as punctuality, commitment, dedication, hard work and maintain our professionalism.

This way we will engender empathy towards us from all who influence our careers ― the employer, the spouse, the family and finally, society. As a matter of fact, good employees would get more empathy and better co-operation from their employers. And an understanding and co-operative employer would be able to get the best from his/her employees without holding back on the benefits due them. If you are an entrepreneur or employer, you need to show concern for your employees, value them and care for them. When your employees know that you care for them, they would also care for you, your business, and your clients. This way, even if you are not physically present to see to the running of the business, they would make sure the business runs smoothly.

Further, associate yourself with other women who have successfully balanced career and family and learn from them.

If you know career women who have attained success at home and work, seek mentorship from them and let them show you how they did it; and how you can do it as well. If there is a network or an association of such women, be sure to join them. Such associations will help you to stay focused and get answers to challenges you may encounter as you climb the career ladder as a working mother.

Last but not least, seek the face of God.

Pray to God about your family and about your career aspirations. In my view, we cannot achieve good success in our family and career lives if we leave God out of the equation. God has been an integral part of my career and family success, and I recommend Him to every woman everywhere. It is important for all career women to understand that achieving both family and career success is very challenging, and it can be very stressful. You cannot have it all with your physical strength. You need God’s grace, strength, enablement, wisdom and empowerment. So, pray to God always. Ask for strength, grace and wisdom daily to help you in this difficult journey. You and God, you are a formidable force and you can achieve anything.

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In conclusion, I admit that achieving successful family and career life is not easy as I thought; but it is possible. It is possible to be a wife, a mother, and a successful career woman. Many have done it with the help of God, their husbands, family members, friends, employers and society. In today’s world it is not only desirable but incumbent upon mothers to work and to contribute to the financial fortunes of the family. We are living in difficult times, and families need both husbands and wives to earn income in order to be financially sound. What’s more, as women, we are also blessed with gifts, talents and abilities which we need to discover, develop and deploy in the form of careers and businesses. It is incumbent on us to use the gifts that God has graciously given us. I believe that having a successful career adds to our completeness and makes us fulfilled. The rewards of achieving success at the family and career levels are many, including, personal fulfilment, financial benefits, and improved family life. It is possible. We can make it. God will help us!

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How Entrepreneurs Can Spot Opportunities In COVID-19 Pandemic?

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Notwithstanding the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, entrepreneurs need to confront another reality: that it isn’t just a gigantic clean and wellbeing crisis influencing millions, or even billions, of individuals across the world. This is likewise inciting an extraordinary plunge in the worldwide economy. But there are opportunities in covid-19 crisis.

The public authority, general wellbeing and financial reactions are immensely extraordinary on the off chance that you are a business person. As business originators, you will likewise require totally different activity designs set up contingent upon your area and industry.

On the off chance that you are in web-based shopping, food conveyance, video gaming or video conferencing ventures, where the business is as of now blasting, it’s a totally unexpected picture in comparison to in the event that you are maintaining a business in the lodging, café, retail, amusement, or sports enterprises.

Those entrepreneurs in COVID affected areas should be prepared to lose half to 80% of their turnover, just as a significant part of their market esteem.

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Spotting opportunities in covi-19

Where would entrepreneurs be able to discover opportunities in covid-19?

Opportunities in covid-19 are all over — entrepreneurs need to realize how to remember them to hold onto them.

Prior to diving into market research, ask yourself this inquiry first: “What do individuals need during a wellbeing and monetary crisis?” The main pieces of information are in the words “wellbeing” and “financial.” Then ask yourself, “What aptitudes do I have? What aptitudes do I need or need to learn?”

To begin revealing the requirements of the market, go on the web! There are such countless extraordinary instruments accessible to help check what the market needs. Yet, continue with alert. We actually don’t have an away from of what the enduring effects of the pandemic and monetary aftermath will be, yet entrepreneurs can begin little and scale as they see accomplishment in their new specialty.

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Here is a snappy rundown of where to contemplate the market to reveal opportunities in covid-19 pandemic:

  • Google Search Trends
  • News Reports
  • Economic Reports
  • Climate Reports
  • Health Reports
  • International Trade Deals
  • Emerging Global Markets
  • Technology Acceleration and Innovation
  • Local Government Resources and Grants

Seeing how organizations and governments move can serve to ensure you actually and monetarily as we as a whole explore unknown waters. Likewise, with any venture opportunity, entrepreneurs should have enough monetary assets to develop while controlling the outpourings and boosting their inflows of income to endure.

As we see today, any business that gives an answer for help keep the lives of the populace running while they stay in segregation is a demonstrated plan of action that works.

Here is a fast rundown, in no specific request, of the top items and administrations where cash is at present streaming:

  • Masks, Personal Protective Equipment, Hand Sanitizers, Temperature Devices, etc.
  • Home Essentials and Improvement
  • Hospitals, Medical Laboratories, Pharmacy
  • Home and Food Delivery Services
  • Grocery Stores, Tech/Office Product Retail
  • Blogging, Influencer and Digital Marketing
  • Online Education and Virtual Services
  • Website Design, Coding, Software as a service (SaaS)
  • Curriculum Design,Professional Writing, Editing,
  • Logistics and Transportation Companies
  • Trash Collection, Laundry Services, Landscaping
  • Hardware Stores
  • Security Services
  • Utility Services
  • Janitorial, Cleaning and Disinfecting Services
  • Pet Products and Services
  • Home Beauty
  • Entertainment and Gaming
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An opportunity to search for opportunities in covid-19 is currently. With any additional time, a business visionary can chip away at reconstructing a site, make new frameworks, converse with clients, overhaul hardware and make new item contributions. Another proposal is to exploit distant work. It is more secure, more profitable and can accompany more pay and more noteworthy way of life adaptability.

Each crisis is an opportunity

Remember that the absolute generally troublesome or fascinating organizations have been made and took off during seasons of crisis.

It is in every case great business practice to tune in to what your clients need to reveal opportunities from inside a current business. Entrepreneurs who effectively study the market will have a preferred position in taking advantage of lucky breaks in the steadily changing scene of our economy.

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The numbers can be scary but there are opportunities in covid-19

After the COVID-19 crisis the exercises to learn are:

More restricted travel of products and individuals, eminently business explorers (more far off working and far off gatherings) because of the effect of physical removing necessities. We should factor in future clean emergencies or even new battles because of worldwide congestion.

The possible development in “dematerialization” of items and administrations: for instance, we could observer a blast in 3D printers to create covers and ventilators in every nation.

Greater readiness incorporate dynamic: for instance, we’ve seen organizations like Apple changing their activities essentially overnight to configuration, produce and boat face shields for medical specialists.

The ease item sourcing model, where China and India are the world’s producers, will be finished. Globalization too. This crisis will change the connections among nations and states: introducing new difficulties, new stakes, new perils, new dangers (wellbeing and atmosphere).

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Governments should, and will, request to be free and self-ruling concerning basic medical supplies and medicines. We can figure out how Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan have quickly contained COVID-19, however, their populaces are prepared to acknowledge individual following and facial acknowledgment innovations which are not yet worthy in different social orders (a lot of Europe for example). A world less open and, presumably, less free is not out of the ordinary.

With virus control prone to continue in numerous pieces of the globe, we’ll see without a doubt better approaches for life delivering new necessities, which will thus make new opportunities for entrepreneurs. Some new plans of action, new proposals around dematerialization, should be imagined.

In the coming years, the new lord of the world will be the “Amazon of dematerialization”. Also, it will be the entrepreneurs who will execute this new world.

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