Ayanda on Be­ing the Boss

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - COVER STAR -

How to climb the ca­reer lad­der ‘Go to net­work­ing events where you meet like-minded peo­ple who want the same things and share the same vi­sion.’ Tips for sav­ing ‘Save 10% of your in­come, and save it each month. Teach your­self the prin­ci­ple of, “As soon as I get my money, I put some away.” It also helps to have short-term and long-term goals. It’s like hav­ing dreams with a plan.’ What be­ing a #Girl­Boss means ‘It means I have the unique op­por­tu­nity to in­flu­ence other women and show them it’s pos­si­ble – and that there is a place for women in the work­place.’ How to start as an entrepreneur ‘Start with where you are and what you have. Don’t com­pli­cate it by think­ing of too many things. If it’s cloth­ing, start with five gar­ments in the boot of your car, and build from there.’ Best ca­reer ad­vice ‘Just start!’ How to take care of your money ‘My big­gest piece of ad­vice is don’t com­pare your­self to oth­ers. Don’t com­pare your­self to some­one who’s buy­ing a house. Al­ways take an in­di­vid­ual ap­proach. Al­ways ask where you want to go. Once you un­der­stand that, you will know how to save and where to spend.’ What stands out on a CV ‘Var­ied ex­pe­ri­ence – some­one who has dif­fer­ent ap­proaches and a pool of ex­pe­ri­ences to draw from.’ How to speak up at work ‘If you’re ask­ing for a raise, you have to be able to jus­tify why you de­serve a raise over the other 200 em­ploy­ees. You have to have those an­swers. I think much of it is about be­ing con­fi­dent in your­self and your abil­i­ties.’ What kind of boss do you think your em­ploy­ees de­scribe you as? ‘I think they see me as some­body who is de­ci­sive and knows what she wants. But I’m also re­ward­ing. I al­ways re­ward, whether it’s by re­mu­ner­a­tion or giv­ing praise.’ What do you want for women in South Africa? ‘I want them to love them­selves, and to have a good un­der­stand­ing of who they are and where they want to be. I want them not to com­pare them­selves to oth­ers but to be the best they can be.’ What should ev­ery wannabe entrepreneur know? ‘There’s a quote that sums this up: “En­trepreneur­ship is liv­ing a few years of your life like most peo­ple won’t, so you can spend the rest of your life like most peo­ple can’t.”’ Words for COSMO read­ers? ‘We are not per­fect. We were never built to be. But we can be the best ver­sion of our­selves in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion, chal­lenge and cir­cum­stance. That’s all life can ask of you: to be the best ver­sion of you.’

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