We celebrated International Women’s Day in Singapore this week in true AVGC style—with a cocktail in hand, at W Singapore - Sentosa Cove’s What She Said event. The evening featured a candid discussion with Singapore Fashion Award’s 2016 Emerging Designer of the Year Gin Lee and ex-Elle Singapore Editor in Chief, now part time teacher and brand strategist, Sharon Lim.
It was a great evening of inspiration and reflection from two women who have changed careers and taken leaps into the unknown. The ladies brought to life what it means for each of us to #BeBoldForChange and to be a woman entrepreneur in Singapore today.
Here are a few snippets of wisdom from the badass ladies.
Set milestones but not timeframes.
It’s not about how fast you get to the next bend but making sure you get there. In Gin Lee’s words, “You need to look at your business not as a 1, 2 or even 5-year proposition but as a long term one, one that lasts over a lifetime. Be prepared for the fact that some things won’t move as quickly as you might envision. The important thing is to set milestones to work towards.”
Have financial back up.
Being an entrepreneur is not so sexy when your savings account starts to dwindle. Sharon Lim said candidly that her only regret about quitting Elle and starting over was that she did not have more saved before she took the leap. In other words, be prepared to have a different sort of a lifestyle when you start up a business and make sure you have a back-up plan to pay the bills.
Work never stops.
Yes, when you run your own business, you can take a break whenever you want to, go to yoga in the middle of the day, sleep in till noon BUT in the end the buck stops with you. There is no clock off time. In Gin Lee’s case this means that while she can spend time with her little girl during the day, she’s also working on designs and answering emails at night.
Keep moving forward.
There will be plenty of ups and downs when you run a business but the key is that you keep putting one step in front of the other and keep going forward. Be prepared to fail and to pick yourself up again.
For more Badass advice on getting ahead and moving forward, tune into The Badass Women’s Hour podcast featuring our AVGC London partner, Natalie Campbell.