13 Women On What It Takes To Be Your Own Badass Boss

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The best way to ensure you love your boss is to be your very own employer. But becoming a founder or CEO of a company is no easy task. It takes ambition, drive, courage, and lots of support. But while it can be daunting to strike out on your own, there are many women you can look to who have paved a path to success. We culled a few quotes from badass boss women to learn what it takes to really make it. Here is what they had to say.  

1Wear Your Role With Pride

“My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a 9-to-5 job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want — and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge.” 

— Nicki Minaj, rapper, singer, and songwriter

2Count Even the Bad Days as Wins

“I do not let the low points discourage me. I know they do not mean I am doing a bad job. I use them instead as learning experiences and continue to keep my head up as I push through the types of challenges that all business owners have. … I am thankful for taking every opportunity and for following my intuition — even if it meant packing up to move across the world alone or leaving a secure career to be my own boss.”

— Lindsey Wander, founder of World Wise Tutoring

3Support Other Women at All Stages of Their Careers

“If women are successful in life — however you define success — money, happiness, marriage — it is our responsibility to lift up the next generation of women.”

— Andrea Stevenson Conner, Stevenson-Conner Global Strategies LLC

4Know You Won’t Always Succeed — And That’s Okay

“As a boss, as a CEO, as a creative director, as a chef, I’ve learned that failure will always come. I’ve learned to give it a big squeeze, smile at it, humble myself to it, and then use it as a springboard to send me on my way to strength, success, and fulfillment.” 

— Christina Tosi, chef/owner of Milk Bar

5Pivot and Grow

“Since I was looking for greater autonomy, flexibility, and scope for creativity in my worklife, I decided to buy and run a business in the Jackson, Mississippi, area where my family now lives. … Closing on the acquisition of Laundry South was a huge milestone for me. It marked my transition from being an employee to being an owner/entrepreneur. It's extremely motivating to have a company to steward and grow.”

— Rina White, owner and CEO of Laundry South Systems & Repair

6Forge Ahead

“Countless people have dreams of entrepreneurship, but self-doubt and excuses hold them back. If you really want to launch that brand, open that boutique, or develop that app, you need to dial down the negative self-talk. Find a solution to the issue instead of letting it hold you back.” 

—Renae Bluitt, founder of Crush Media and creator of In Her Shoes blog

7Believe in Yourself

“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.” 

— Oprah Winfrey, talk-show host and television producer

8Lead by Example

“My work ethic and employment history always led to me taking on more and more tasks with little gain or benefit. I often took it upon myself to create processes for my employers, a difficult task that required significant time and energy, ultimately for someone else's benefit. I eventually realized that I was being undervalued, which pushed me to start my own firm where I could develop and benefit from my own processes.”

— Jennifer A. Dietz, Esq., founder of Dietz & Dietz APC

9See Challenges as Learning Opportunities

“I've overcome many obstacles in my life and emerged stronger on the other side. … I have realized I have what it takes to make it on my own. I'm using what I learned working in management, sustainability, and corporate citizenship to design a company that lives out my values.” 

— Marie Gettel-Gilmartin, founder of Fertile Ground Communications

10Share Your Experiences With Younger Generations

“I had been a stay-at-home mom for years, and while that was my choice and made me the happiest being able to spend as much time with them as I could, it didn’t occur to me what building my own business would look like through their little eyes until it happened. Without realizing it, I had become a role model. … I was showing them that it was okay to work hard, to be bold, to not take no for an answer, to focus on my own dream, and to take risks … all of this while still being their mom.”

— Susan Krauss, creator of Mammoth Creameries frozen custard

11Fuel Your Passions

“First, find what you love and develop a life that allows you to do that both within your career and your community involvement. …The biggest reward also comes from being my own boss in that I can be a part of my children's lives and also play a very active role in our community.” 

— Deanna Anderson, founder of Moms Making It Together

12Stop at Nothing

“Don’t be afraid to run your business on the side. Once your side hustle starts making you money equivalent to or more than your full-time job, it could be time to consider a switch.”

— Meagan Shelley, professional writer and content marketer

13Be Open to New Ideas

“Be creative, not perfect. I’d rather an entry-level employee suggest a disruptive idea than try and be organized in a boring spreadsheet.”

— Whitney Wolfe, founder and CEO of Bumble

Tags: Empowerment, Women in Business

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Katka is a writer from New York City, currently living in Belgrade, Serbia. See Full Bio

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