THREE POWER WOMEN SHARE HOW THEY BALANCE THEIR 9-5 WITH SUCCESSFUL SIDE ENTERPRISES
Balancing your 9-5 paid job in corporate can prove a lot more difficult when you’re juggling more than one business as your commitment in the workplace must not waiver due to your other commitments. These women have been able to not only balance their side businesses but also succeed at all their commitments. They let us into their secrets to success and of course, we’re eager to hear from them.
Tobby is an intern at a leading law firm in the country and she runs Girl Hub Africa, Nigeria’s very first volunteer platform of its kind as not only do the ladies volunteer at outreach programs, the young women also volunteer at key empowerment events, award ceremonies, businesses and companies. She started this hub in a bid to reduce the unemployment rate in Nigeria. She noted that this was her way of placing young women in environments that will provide a great networking opportunity for possible employment and business avenues. Since its conception in April this year, over 30% of volunteers have been able to find paid employment from volunteering on the platform.
I like to prioritise. When I’m doing something, I’m facing it squarely because that’s where I want to be at that given time. So I devote just as much energy into Girl Hub Africa as I do in my career”.
Tobby who started Girl Hub due to the rising unemployment rate and the lack of work experience amongst graduates speaks about how she tries to be committed to everything she’s doing at any given point in time. The trick she says, is to focus on one thing at a time. ‘Am I doing work or am I doing Girl hub right now?’ she motions. Whatever it is, I’ll see to it that I give it my very best at that point in time. The key? Prioritise. Ask yourself, ‘what’s the most important thing right now?’
Tolu Ijogun started RTWNG as a prayer hub for women across the world. Every Wednesday, women from all continents join in to intercede for their families, loved ones and themselves. The prayer network which records a following of over 38,500 has taken social media by storm. Not only does she run RTWNG, she was also ordained as a Minister at her home church, The Fountain Of Life Church, Ilupeju and is also a member of the choir there. This young woman is one cocktail mix as she also manages to hold down a day job as the General Manager of Seahorse Food and Beverage Company and was previously Marketing Director at Dominos foods where she was the youngest to ever be promoted to that role. Her secret to finding some balance amidst what might otherwise be chaotic having to juggle all the different tasks? Understanding that there are two balls.
I like to be present in the moment. Whatever it is I am doing, I must give it my absolute attention.
She defines each ball as being the glass ball and the rubber ball. The rubber ball, she says can slip and still roll and exist. The glass ball on the other hand, is fragile. She categorised her family as being the glass ball while her work on the other hand was the rubber ball. She sets them in that order even in prioritising. She spoke about how much she tries to be present in the moment. Her time with her kids, time with her husband and even time at work. She advised that you stay aware enough to not allow any part suffer and it all boiled down to doing your best.
TV presenter and red-carpet host, Tallulah Doherty is another power woman we sought advise from. On camera, she’s managed to dominate as a leading presenter in a market that is rather saturated with many talents. Although starting off her career behind-the-scenes as a journalist for TW Magazine, Tallulah has risen as a TV host and continues to be in high demand for television networks and events. Tallulah isn’t just sitting pretty when she’s off-camera, instead, she’s a business woman within her rights as she runs her highly acclaimed nail studio, WOW nails which has seen top celebrities in the country and overseas walk through its doors. How she manages to slay at both? She hires reliable people.
Hire people you can really trust and who are highly capable to do the job even when you’re not physically there.
She mentions how this isn’t the most easy task as she has had bad experiences with staff but she maintains that a structure is highly recommended for this to become a reality. She mentions how ‘structure’ is a scary word for most small and medium enterprise owners as they automatically assume it requires a lot of money, so she goes further to clarify that structure isn’t always pecuniary. She’s installed assessment systems and targets for each member of her staff which they have to meet up with every month. Where they don’t meet up, it’s a tell-tale sign that they’re either demotivated or something isn’t working correctly so she can make further investigation. She also mentions that loyalty and trust doesn’t come cheap, “be ready to pay your staff reasonably well so that they’re able to do the work”, she explains.