Opposite Sex
  So I am buying my own business.  I have to say outward apperances are that I am a bored stay at home mom raising her kids.  This is where I say people are way too quick to come to snap judgments.  I used to be judmental and was taught a hard lesson on that.   Let's just say that when you are the one being judged it's not so fun and that's another subject.

So my musings are about the misconceptions that others particularly men have about women who are looking into venturing into business.  Why is it that most but not all men think that women don't have a mind for business?

My background is that I was in retail management for 14 years as well as my major in college all those years ago was business management.  I am currently in college with an unknown major.  I just changed it to General Studies.  Needless to say I know all aspects of running a retail/service business.

Over the last two weeks I have met with a banker, an accountant and a landlord whom all at first meeting treated me like I was a child that they were just tolerating.  Then I start to speak my mind which just happens to be an  intelligent one and throw them off guard.   The accountant seem actually startled when I told him what was in the contract and he didn't know about it.  He had been dealing with this businesses books for 5 years and didn't read the fine print.  Mind you he probably had no need to read that, that is what lawyers are all about, but it seems that accountants and lawyers work pretty closely together for business purposes.

Yesterday the landlord called.  He and I were negotiating for me to rent an additional space from him so I could expand.  Well let me tell you he called to say that someone is very interested in leasing the additional space for EXACTLY the ideas I had for expansion...Well what do you know...is that a coincidence or what??!!  I told him he better take their offer since I was not quite ready to commit...(I must look like an idiot)....so at the end of the conversation he says "If you change your mind, give me a call."...Uh ok.  I thought he was so hot on the trail of another tenant..but ok.  (this is where the stupid female was not so stupid and he was bummed by that)
If it is still vacant in 6 months and I have the business down pat and I'm ready to expand I might give him a call....
What's a girl to do??

Comments:
 
raven_ink   raven_ink wrote
on 5/5/2008 11:36:17 PM
I don't think my words count that much, because I'm under aged, by I'm going for it anyway. One of me dad's girlfriends, whom I admire so much, sounds an awful lot like you. She is also looking to expand but keeps confronting these men who underestimate her solely because of her sex. I asked her how she deals with such sexism, she said exactly what Bluez said: keep your head high. When you are confident, you can do anything. And no one, not even those men, can stop you. :D

Sojourner   Sojourner wrote
on 4/28/2008 10:54:56 PM
I agree with Bluez. Women can do powerful things

Bluez   Bluez wrote
on 4/28/2008 7:41:21 PM
I think you should hold your head up high and be proud of what your doing. It's hard enough being a Mom, more than a full time job, but to accomplish what you are on the brink of is awesome. You need to be better than they are though, and you sound like you have a head start and a big lead.

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