By Julie Leonard
We have all found ourselves here in Munich for a variety of reasons. Many of us moved for love and a lot of us moved with our families for our husbands/partners job. And perhaps like me you gave up your own successful career to do so.
I know that for many expat women here in Munich it can be difficult to work out what you can do here or to believe that you too can be a successful entrepreneur. However there are many opportunities in Munich to set up your own business and to be successful too. You just need to find the right support and believe in yourself.
I had always wanted to be a Life Coach and it was the perfect job for me combining my passion for happiness, my love of working with women and all my years of experience. I also wanted some work-life balance and a job that would enable me to work around having a child too. I also wanted to work in English, my German was and still is not good enough!
Two years ago I launched my Life Coaching business (http://www.potentiacentre.com/) And now, as part of my coaching business , I support other women to do the same.
So here are my top tips for becoming a successful entrepreneur:
1. Find Your Tribe
Working for yourself is so rewarding but can be very lonely so it is essential to link in with other entrepreneurs and groups to share your wins, ask advice and feel supported. Contact fellow Über Moms member Noleen Sliney to find out more about her Tuesday’s Together group for entrepreneurs.
Navigating the bureaucracy of setting up your business isn’t easy, especially if there is a language barrier too. Get in touch with the Point of Single Contact (PSC) who will help you through the process. https://www.muenchen.de/rathaus/home_en/Department-of-Labor-and-Economic-Development/economic-development/PSC_EAP_e.html
3.Surround Yourself With Positive People
Obvious but so important. Don’t listen to anyone who isn’t supportive. Welcome constructive advice but ditch the negative voices.
4.Invest In A Coach
Coaches can help funnel your many thoughts and ideas into attainable goals and support and motivate you to achieve your dreams. They can also help unblock the fears that are holding you back. That regular space and time to think, talk and process will move you forwards quickly.
It takes time to build a successful business, at least 3 years for a young business to stabilise. Those millions will come just not straight away
Many of us choose a job because its something we love doing but not many of us are confident at marketing and promoting ourselves. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and get networking.
‘A goal without a plan is just a wish.’ Make an action plan with small achievable goals and a timescale to keep you focussed and on track.
8.Strive For Balance
There are several reasons for taking the self employed route but most of us want a high quality of living with a work-life balance. You don’t need to put in 80 hours a week to make it work and remember why you are doing this. I highly recommend The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris.
9.Find Your Passion
Do something you love. Not sure what it is? Take the Passion Profile Quiz with Clarity on Fire as starting point. http://clarityonfire.com/quiz/
10.You Can Do It!
Believe in Yourself. Many women run successful companies and so can you.
Julie Leonard is a Life Coach with over 25 years experience in health, Psychology and Coaching. More info can be found here. http://www.potentiacentre.com/life-coaching.html
Über Moms enjoy a 10% discount on all coaching sessions.