by Kathryn Weber
There’s a lot of talk about women entrepreneurs and business owners these days, but do they have special feng shui needs? Absolutely. Women are opening businesses at a record pace. They account for $1.9 trillion dollars in sales, and they employ almost 8 million people (NAWBO.com).
Yet, female entrepreneurs are less likely to go into tech, where some of the biggest financial gains are, and they have to struggle to get VC backing and business funding. Lastly, female business owners only account for a small 3% that are said to have “high economic impact” — that is, breaking the $500,000 mark — according to CNBC.com. That means that women’s small businesses have a tendency to do just that — stay small. But it’s time that women earn more and have higher economic impact.
Feng shui can provide the kind of support that will help women thrive and create more wealth, and hopefully, grow to blow past that 3% mark. Follow these women’s entrepreneurial feng shui tips for creating great feng shui that will help women entrepreneurs move ahead and create more jobs, more money, and more opportunity for themselves and others.
Here are 8 ways for women entrepreneurs to supercharge your work and office for support, income, and growth.
1. Money in, money out.
Women often think about spending, but don’t always think about investing. When you’re buying that second pair of riding boots, that’s spending. When you buy a quality desk that you can work comfortably at for hours a day, that’s an investment. When you put money into yourself, you get money out. Think about that when it comes to outfitting your office to help you work and be your most productive or to get business coaching if you need it, for example.
2. Empowered working.
If there’s anyone who put up with that “I can manage with this” kind of thinking, it’s women. If you’re a woman business owner, it’s critical that you treat yourself like an executive. Don’t go for the prettiest desk, go for the one that is both attractive and helps you get the job done.
Sure, glass desks are nice, but useless if they don’t have drawers for pens, a stapler, or paperclips. Make sure you’re empowered to work by selecting the things that fit both looks and function to make you your most productive. Pick a quality desk chair, too, with a high back and good support — this is excellent feng shui to ensure you have staying power in business.
3. Turn your work around.
Make sure that you turn your desk around to face the door to your office. This is essential to feeling in command. Too often we ram our desks up to a wall because that’s where the plugs are. Don’t. When you face a wall, you face an obstacle. Women face enough obstacles already without adding a wall to the equation. Always sit facing the door, and if you’re worried about electrical cords, buy a cord cover.
Make sure you are working at your desk in an executive style. You own the business, so arrange your office to look that way. Even if no one ever steps into your office, you’ll know you’re set up like an executive in charge. What’s vital about having a desk out in the room and not facing a wall is that it allows energy to flow to you, your work and your business.
Having open space around your desk means you’re not “cut off” from energy and that energy can circulate around you, coming in the form of new sales, new clients, more opportunity and more money — and that’s worth the price of a cord cover.
4. Make it pretty.
Everyone likes beauty. We can’t help it; it’s simply the way we’re wired. When your office looks attractive (and isn’t just some card table rammed into a corner), you feel more productive, you want to spend more time in your office, and the result is more work done. Work done means money coming in the door. Make your office look attractive so you enjoy being there.
5. Raise your sights.
Have a whiteboard in front of you or where you can put inspirational sayings, goals, or things you’ve achieved on your wall to inspire you. It’s also a good idea to hang up degrees, certifications, clippings from newspapers or magazines and photographs of you taken in business. This can be placed on the wall ahead of you or on the wall opposite the door — either way, you’ll see it — and seeing those successes is what matters. The old saying of “what you see is what you get” is never more true than for female entrepreneurs. So, go on and brag about your accomplishments. It’s your office, make it showcase you.
6. Supercharge your business chi.
Give your office a jolt of energy by keeping all your client details in red folders. This helps to supercharge those files with energy, attract new clients and keep clients coming back. Keep some flowers on your desk to give you some excellent growth energy, and add a crystal for clear thinking.
7. These two symbols have your back.
Everyone needs support, but no one more so than a woman entrepreneur. Give yourself good support in the form of a dragon tortoise for support, business longevity, and improved income. You can also add some protective energy with a Kwan Kung statue.
These are the two items every business woman should have behind her to give her both income and protection. Kwan Kung, the god of war, points his sword at those who would try to harm you and helps guard against jealousy or bad intentions. The beautiful dragon tortoise combines the energy and growth of the dragon with the staying power and business and income boosting energy of the tortoise. They’re both a win-win for women.
8. Energize your handbag.
Women carry their wealth in the purse, It symbolizes their financial strength and freedom. Always safeguard your handbag and carry an auspicious wallet. Have a Euro, a Yuan or some Shekels hanging around from your trips abroad? Carry those paper denominations with you to symbolize wealth from all corners of the globe. Be sure to add energizers to your purse, too. Like a wealth pot or a ru yi, the symbol of management and being the boss lady.