Discover Best Practices to be successful in family business from this woman entrepreneur
What challenges did you face on your way to success?
1. Be consistent – Work life balance is highly important, it is more important when the business is of your in-laws. There are many social pressures that pile up that may lead to losing our focus from our tasks . As a woman entrepreneur one needs to take it and walk the way.
2. Build your credibility – Though being educated or experienced building credibility asks for time and events. The moment you are consistent you get small events in daily work life where you can prove your excellence and win your peers. Such a collection of events make you hold positions and roles which then become your portfolio. You are answerable to your team.
3. Climb the ladder – When you’re in a family-owned business, you need to know it all. The best way to do that is take all roles, do it , learn it and move ahead .This way you can empathize with the others in the role and make sure how the best can be gotten from the team.
4. Don’t take differences to bed – it’s very likely to have differences of opinion at work between your family members, especially your spouse. Sometimes, both of us hold such strong opinions about a problem that it leads to serious arguments and fights. If you drag this back home , it’s going to be a hell of life. The best way is to leave these issues behind and not let it affect our family. It takes a lot of time to draw these lines and get mature about it , but with time, one evolves.
5. Focus on the End Goal – My husband spends time on setting up life goals and work goals. These are short-term as well as long-term. We know each other’s skills well and divide tasks likewise. We draw road maps and timelines to achieve them and sit over them again to audit what we did and how we can do it better next time.
6. Ask for help – My mother-in-law is my biggest strength. She takes care of everything on my behalf (house, kids, kitchen). She is highly understanding and encourages me to give the best of myself. Without her support, I don’t think I would have achieved what we have currently. To get this balance we are open to communication and we don’t have grievances against each other and try to sort it out even when we have differences. I understand that my role towards my house and kids is equally important. Thus, I schedule my week in such a manner that I spend good time with my family.
Do you face any pressing issues in the workplace or in society as a woman?
As the adage goes- “age is just a number”. Relationships cannot be defined by this factor. People usually do not understand this because the social construct has always been- men have to be older than women. For me, relationships are based on maturity. If the male spouse is younger and his significant other isn’t, it can work as well when the opposite happens. If we take the example of Aishwarya and Abhishek or the famous Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and his wife Anjali, they have been married for a very long time, leading a good life with their spouse as well as children.I personally believe it will take a while for people to get a hang of this. However, a change in this perspective can be brought about by having more conversations on this issue.