Being a woman entrepreneur may be aspirational for many, but is it easy being one? As people celebrate women entrepreneurship day on Sunday, many of them say entrepreneurship is not for the faint-hearted and it’s important to have self-belief in a path strewn with bureaucratic and gender obstacles.
Shelly Singh, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer, at PeopleStrong, who started her journey as an entrepreneur 12 years back, felt women should aim higher in life.
“I come from a middle class family. My parents ensured the best education for me. I worked in two places before embarking on this journey of entrepreneurship. In both the places I worked in the human resource (HR) development team. I have always felt that something needs to be done in the HR space. I wanted to build a scale company,” Singh told IANS. PeopleStrong deals in HR SaaS Solutions.
She said the mentoring eco-system for women entrepreneurs is very weak in India. “If you get the right mentor, your journey becomes smoother.”
“Women have their own mental blocks. If they aim for it, they can achieve it,” she added.
Taking about work-life balance, Singh said: “We women do not have to be super in everything we do. Being super in everything is not possible. It is okay if one fails in one area.”
“We have to set ground rules for ourselves. Entrepreneurship is also an inward journey. If someone likes luxury, then do not get into entrepreneurship. There will be failure and there will be massive failures. It is not for faint-hearted people,” she said.
Singh added: “Women really do not dream big. Women aim for limited economic freedom. Women are born networkers; they are good at social lives and are more empathetic as bosses.”
This article was published on Business Standard