NAME: Marie Petrovová
COUNTRY: The Czech Republic
BACKGROUND: University degree
ORGANISATION: Osvobozená domácnost, s.r.o.
My Background and Career
I worked for GE Money Bank and GE is well known that supports women in their career. We created a project "Zivot napadum" - Life to Ideas - a platform for women who have decided to try to do their own business. Women's stories were so inspiring that I could not resist...
I do not fear professional threats too much and therefore I am not searching for them, so I was not in any way influenced by them.
I can not even say that I have overcame economic obstacles at the moment. Still I am working on it. I am convinced that it is a focus that is important, and also to meet the quality of the services I promise.
I changed my status from the Director of Communications in a big corporation to the owner of a small service firms, which is fighting for its place in the sun. I stopped getting invitations to various events, not everyone picks the call from me, I do not have a company car... I thought that the change of status would be simple, that I move through it quickly, but it is not so simple and you learn a lot about myself and eventually also of others.
Money were important in the beginning of my business, I could create a financial reserve thanks to my financial adviser and it allowed me to start a business.
My husband gave me the courage, my daughter is often willing to redesign the web graphics. Especially my husband and kids constantly help me to balance my self-confidence and courage and take over a lot of household chores, so I could concentrate on my work.
I consider personal development as an absolute priority. I had and still have to learn a lot about marketing, social networks, sales. And I also worked a lot on myself. You can never be sure that your business will succeed, but I am now convinced that my decision to go into my own business has changed me a lot: I am braver, more peaceful, more assertive and I can much better listen.
The biggest problem is the fear. I am afraid that I will not reach the goal, earn money, I will not be able to catch on. I have to fight with my fears every day. Also, I'm still waiting for a huge portion of the business fortune.
I confess principle - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you - and it seems people appreciate it.
I am communicative a focused, I like fair play. And I think about myself that I have a sense of humor.
I am really communicative, so networking makes me happy, as well as communication with partners and clients. Most of them appreciates that I am open and not even trying to conceal any problems.
I am able to learn and put into practice new information in my work. I know and I use the required techniques to do a good job. I easily spread and transmit information. I like partnership building. Personal development through my job is important. The personal development of people working with me is important. In case of arguments I’m looking for peace. I like to negotiate so that everyone ends up satisfied. I like to work as a team. I solve problems and I find solutions. I like to have objectives and to reach my goals. I am able to quickly make up my mind. I don’t hesitate to ask for advice. I am able to use the experience and advice of others.
Hints & Tips
For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. (Mathew)
The courage of many women I met at my work. Czech women are incredibly powerful and hardworking, I think they deserve to delegate a part of their domestic responsibilities to someone else.
Do not be distracted by anything, focus on your goal and continually check back to it.
I consider that the state should give more support to those who choose to do business and create new jobs. Especially when the figures clearly show that the number of women they start their own business is rapidly increasing. Personally, I can see also the will to balance work and family and in these cases the government support could be stronger.