According to a recent report by the National Restaurant Association, around 50% of all restaurants today are owned by women. As more and more female owners enter the business, they soon discover that they have specific challenges to face. And they might discover that they also have strengths that could actually benefit them in the long run. Here are a few tips women in the restaurant business should follow.
Know if the Lifestyle is for You
Owning a restaurant is sort of a daydream for many people who want to use their talents or their love of cuisine and make a living from it. However, the restaurant life isn’t for everyone. The daily grind of actually owning a restaurant, having to deal with employees and recruitment, managing expenses, finding and maintaining relationships with suppliers and keeping the restaurant full is a challenge and could easily take a toll on anyone. So, before you decide to make the jump, make sure that you’re ready to deal with the challenge that comes with working in a high stress business like the restaurant industry.
Get a Full Grasp of the Business Aspect of it
While you may have a natural passion for cuisine and love it as a hobby, owning a restaurant is far more demanding. A restaurant is a business first and foremost, and turning in profit is essential, so you’ll have to familiarize yourself with the business aspect of things before you get started. You’ll have to have a solid grasp of things such as taxation, permits and regulation, cash flow, loss and profit statements, etc. If you don’t have a foundation already, you can check out adult community classes in your area or online classes as well.
Always Look for Ways to Improve
In a business as saturated as the restaurant industry, you’ll have to find a way to differentiate your product offering. You need to first have a clear niche and look at what others in your niche are doing. Look at a few of their Yelp reviews and do some undercover work and see what they’re doing well and where they could improve.
For instance, if their food is great but you feel like their decor leaves a lot to be desired and they’re using plastic cups and cheap utensils, you could one-up them up by investing in some modern flatware, improving the lighting, and investing in better table tops. These few adjustments could improve your customers’ dining experience without having to make huge expenses.
Try to gather as much feedback as you can from your customers as well. Ask your waiters to ask for feedback throughout the meal. You could also ask your customers to give some feedback by filling out a questionnaire while they’re waiting for their bill. This will give you some great ideas as to where you could improve and what you’re actually doing right.
Opening a restaurant is definitely a challenge, but a fun one if you know how to go about it. Make sure that you know what to expect and learn as much as you can before you decide to make the jump.
To be healthy and look the part is something that is important for just about everyone to be honest, but it is particularly important for the modern, strong and independent women of today. This doesn’t mean they will have to conform to the age-old standards of beauty by any means, though. Nevertheless, when you are trying to inspire multiple generations of women from all across the world to rise up and above their limitations, you need to appear strong, healthy, and determined to act as examples and role models. On that note, here are a few pointers on how health and looks impact the lives of modern, independent women in society.
Determination, cause, and achievement are more important attributes than one’s appearance, but someone who has managed all that and looks strong and healthy at the same time will invariably be a better role model. As strength and confidence mostly originates from a healthy body, it is important for modern women to take care of their health so that they can inspire others to be just as strong and successful. The mind can only do so much, if the body keeps failing it.
Beauty Comes in Many Forms
As women have started to break out of the gender stereotypes, the realisation that there are various forms of feminine beauty, is slowly hitting the world. Women don’t necessarily need to go to beauty salons anymore to conform to the social standards of “beauty,” but they should also be able to do so, if they choose to. Beauty comes in many forms, shapes and sizes, but the most important factor here is the freedom to choose.
Strength and Beauty Stems from Health
If a woman has a strong body and mind, it will be reflected in her appearance, and to achieve that, taking care of her health is of the utmost importance. Therefore, knowing, understanding, and maintaining the basics of a healthy lifestyle is necessary for the modern woman. For example, a lot of women don’t have any idea about the tremendous health benefits of something as simple as castor oil. It’s a one-stop, natural solution for keeping the skin, hair, and joints healthy. Similarly, running on the treadmill and taking aerobics and yoga classes are not the only options that a woman has in terms of exercise. Strength training has been found to be extremely beneficial to women as well, since it improves bone health and muscle mass. The point here is that in order to break out of the gender stereotypes and make a new path on their own, women need to lead a healthier and more informed lifestyle as well.
At a time when the society is changing and new standards are being made from the ground up, strong, healthy women are required to not only act as ambassadors and role models for others to look up to, but also for joining the cause and helping the movement catch more speed. Women used to be and still are associated with weakness in many sections of the society, so it’s time to change that point of view by becoming stronger.
It is an uncomfortable, yet undeniable, fact that in the not-at-all-distant past, women who worked in manual labor jobs such as plumbers and electricians, faced ridicule and incredulity on a daily basis. There are certain professions where either men or women dominate, but there are few that display quite the same level of gender bias as the field of manual labor.
However, the situation has improved greatly for women who wish to pursue manual labor careers, and they continue to do so. This is a trend which we are seeing repeated across the Western World. In the UK for example, one survey found that women made up 6% of the skilled workers across 10,000 different trades. In the United States, the overall percentage of female workers in skilled trades is roughly the same.
Supply and Demand
The most fundamental rule of economics is usually at the heart of any shifts, immediate or gradual, in industrial conditions. While the broader issues of gender equality have clearly played a role in making the manual labor market more accessible for women, it is also true to say that women account for a much lower percentage of the overall applicants for manual labor jobs. For the women who have wanted to pursue manual labor careers, the changing political and social climate has made them feel empowered, but it is the overriding economic necessity that has accelerated the shift towards a more gender-neutral industry.
There has been a growing need for some time, partly fueled by population increases, for medium-skilled workers such as electricians. Because these skills are more in demand, they are being advertised more, meaning that more women see them. When women apply for these positions, or for the appropriate training, the hiring company will feel more inclined to give them a chance. This then leads to that particular woman telling three of her friends about her latest job, which in turn gives those women the confidence to pursue something similar if they desire.
Historically, many of those who made a career in manual labor were men who followed in their fathers’ footsteps, often learning by helping them as they grew up. There are still people who take this route into the industry, but there are also a number of other ways that you can go about landing a manual labor job. Apprenticeships are a popular way of entering into a pre-defined career, particularly one that requires certification and licensing.
Better Access to Resources
Not only this, but any woman today who wishes to learn how to do some DIY or other manual labor work can look online and find the information and instructions they need for most tasks online. Sites like Verellenhc can help you to find the right equipment for the job. It shouldn’t be underestimated how much difference this access makes. Because of prejudices, women in the past may have been reluctant to even express an interest in manual labor, but now that they can begin to gain confidence themselves, many feel empowered and independent.
More women are beginning to feel empowered to pursue careers in manual labor. This is undeniably a good thing! There is still some way to go, but no woman who wants to chase a manual labor career should feel unable to do so.
If you walk past a strong woman, chances are you will be able to tell by her appearance and the way she holds herself. People believe what they see on the outside, and if you portray yourself as a strong woman on the outside, people will treat you as one, and you will begin to believe it yourself. There are many ways in which to portray yourself as a strong woman in your appearance to become one on the inside. Liking what you see in the mirror can boost the way you think about yourself and is a great way to improve your confidence. Here is how to spot a strong woman by her appearance, and how you can do the same.
Her Dress Sense
A strong woman will know her own style and have her own dress sense respective to her skin tone and size. Everything from the nicest handbags to the best jewellery to complement her outfit; a strong woman knows how to dress to impress. Dressing in the right clothes for your skin tone and figure can do wonders for your self-esteem and looking professional, especially at work. Finding what suits you best and buying clothes in the same colours and styles is a great way to revamp your look and your wardrobe.
There are plenty of magazines that talk about what colour is best for your skin tone, hair colour and body shape. If you always wear the same clothes, perhaps it is time to get out of your comfort zone and wear something different. The strongest women will wear everything with confidence, and will get the most compliments on their outfit. If you are unsure on where to start, talk to a shop assistant or a personal stylist.
A strong woman will take good care of her appearance, from her head to her toes she will ooze confidence. Taking good care of your appearance including your hair shows that you are a strong woman who knows what looks good and that you can take care of yourself. Good hair starts with a good hairdresser, who can show you the best way to style your hair for your face shape and the best colour to go for to compliment your skin tone.
Your hair style can say a lot about you. If you see someone with nice hair you automatically assume that they take good care of themselves and they look good. Confidence starts from the outside, take good care of your hair, find a hairstyle that works for you and looks professional for work and great for nights out and you will feel like a strong woman when you look in the mirror, and others will know it too.
If you aren’t very good at looking after your hair, ask the hairdresser for tips and stick to a simple slick hairstyle such as a classy bun for work, and curls for nights out. Practice hair styles in your spare time and you will begin to find what works for you and what makes you feel the most confident. Changing your hair can get you many compliments and get you noticed.
How much effort a woman puts into her appearance can say a lot about her; you do not have to be caked up every day to show that you are a strong woman. Finding a good makeup routine for your skin to complement your outfits and your hairstyle will show you take pride in yourself. Makeup that suits your skin tone and the nature of your skin can help cover blemishes and make you feel more confident with each day.
The biggest thing for a strong woman is to feel confident in herself and her appearance, this can make a huge difference to your mental health and loving yourself is the first stage in becoming a strong, independent woman. Find a routine that works for you, a natural look is always good for office days, and making a big effort for a night out with some new makeup can make you feel like a strong, sassy woman who should be noticed!
Makeup is not to cover up your face, it is used to enhance your beautiful, natural features. If you are unsure of what makeup is best for you, ask your friends or look online for reviews.
A strong woman does not let everything little thing get her down. Life has obstacles we must overcome; it is how we deal with them that ultimately makes us a strong woman. Instead of letting the little things get you down, deal with them and move on. Doing this with a smile on your face and a spring in your step will show others that you are a strong woman who doesn’t get knocked down at the first hurdle.
When you battle on with a smile, you will feel stronger and more in control of the situation. If it is something you can change, make a start. If it is something you cannot change, forget about it and deal with it in your own time and get that smile back. People are more likely to approach you if you are smiling and when they see how you smile and fight through difficult situations, they may even come to you for advice and support so you can help other women feel stronger too. Be confident in the way you look, smiling is contagious and you will look more approachable.
Compliments can change how you feel about yourself too, when other people say you look great, you will feel great. Liking what you see in the mirror changes how you feel on the inside and can make you a stronger woman. If you are not happy with something, change it, there is no better time to start than today. When you look like a strong woman on the outside, you will begin to be one on the inside.
We here at reclaimtheinternet.com were part of numerous lectures, workshops, and conferences on the topic of strong women. At first, we were part of the audience, we were learning about history, about the current situation, and about how we can improve our current state. In time, we assumed the role of lecturers, advisers, and presenters. We have educated ourselves, and now we are helping others, still learning new information and new ways.
What is it all about
There are countless conferences regarding the theme of a strong woman. A large part of the male sex is noticeable among the lecturers and the audience. There is an even bigger number of those (men and women) who are not quite sure what we are talking about, as well as those who disagree with us, although they can not reasonably explain why, or explain exactly what a strong woman means.
The conference of strong women is there to educate, inspire, encourage. The goal is to make this world better not only for our daughters but also for our sons. But we are not just concentrated on the future. Our desire is not to forget those who fought before us. Our goal is to help those who are there now.
We provide a space for the victims to share their thoughts and raise their voice. We are here to show victims who can not yet speak that we are here for them. Misogyny, abuse, threats, shaming, and other problems and manifestations live in everyday communication. This behavior is also very much present on the Internet. Not only for adult women, but also for teenagers. Not just for them, but also for the children.
We fight together for justice and equality. We fight together for every person. We are fighting against injustice, against prejudices and stereotypes. We believe that life without violence is a basic human right, we provide support and encourage individual and institutional response to violence and thus contribute to the strengthening of civil society.
We are aiming to be strong individually and together. We encourage any argumentative debate, any question. We provide literature and guidance. But we do not tolerate stereotypes, prejudices, injustice, lack of respect. Every person should feel strong, and that strength should come from a safe and positive place. We should all be a change we are waiting for, and therefore there will always be a conference on this subjects.
We are all born equal, but the world is treating us differently. To be strong and independent means being true to yourself. It means being a better friend than you would like to have, a true partner. It means making connections with people like they are a part of your family. It also means saving yourself because no one should have to have a burden of saving someone. You are responsible for your mood, career, finance, happiness.
Being strong means having an opinion and arguments that go with it. It means knowledge. Being a strong woman means putting yourself on the same line with others, not above or under them. Treat people the same no matter of their sex, age or career position. You should only make a difference between those who are generally and personally good or bad.
Being a strong and independent woman is somewhat like having a soul of a child. When they are uncorrupted, children don’t make a difference on the playground between them. Girls will play with boys and girls, and boys will play with all.
You should know the world you are living in. Learn the history of class divisions, of feminism, and other social movements. But don’t choose to live by them. You are equipped to learn and do any job an activity regardless if the world classifies it as a women’s or a man’s thing. Nurture your interests, passions… Have a voice, an opinion, defend the people and the beliefs you stand for. Don’t let anyone tell you how to act, talk, work, or think. Find your truth. You are not a one-dimensional person. You are not defined by the size of your breasts or what you have between your legs.
Be a strong and independent person. Keep challenging yourself. Be your role model and hero. Be ambitious. Learn how to say no to things, people, words, and society. Help others and don’t be selfish but guard your essence against others who wont to change it or tare it apart. Everyone has strength and potential. Use yours.
It seems that whenever a woman is just saying her opinion, she publicly advocates a stand, or she is defending herself or someone else, it is often pointed out to her that she is rude, unbridled, too emotional, and more.
Since when is it negative to have an opinion? Since when the passionate became PMS? Do not let someone else tell you how you (should) feel, act, or talk. If you are not abusing someone, then you should carry on with what you are doing no matter the world. Do not lower yourself to help others in their quest to feel great and powerful. Don’t be mean is a common sense for every human, and – think and speak as you wish, is also. You can be strong and lovely/angry/charming/in love/alone… Whatever you wish and need.
Every person has a strength in them to take on the world. Do not hide yours from anyone. If somebody loves to give you constantly “a piece of their mind” while you are aware they are in the wrong, there is no reason to listen to it. Do not waste your time listening to nonsense just to make others feel intelligent, or important. If someone who is in the conversation with you, is not showing you the respect, there is no need to spend time in such company. It doesn’t matter if this person is always like that, or just with you. Because, you deserve respect and if someone has a non for you, you have no time for them.
Have you ever had someone ask you for a sincere opinion, and you answer them, and they get angry? You do not have to lie just for the other side to stay happy or because they can not stand the truth. You have a right to speak your mind especially when someone asks for your opinion. Do not belittle your opinions. Always choose the reality above the act of friendship. You will save yourself, but also the other most valuable gift – time.
Support our campaign to stamp out violent threats, misogyny and sexist abuse online. We will also be sending out information about the major conference we will be held in the new year to bring women together to support the campaign and put forward practical ideas about bringing the real change.We’re calling for women and men to stand together against violent threats online, misogyny and sexist abuse.
The internet is a powerful way to invigorate public life, and it must always be a form of free speech and honest debate. Just as we do in our homes, on the streets, in the pub or at work, we all want to be free to express our anger, disagreement, contempt or strong views in an argument.
But also, just as we do in our homes, on the streets, in the pub or at work, we should challenge intimidation, misogyny, racism or threats, and we should challenge a culture which says that persistent aggressive, sexist abuse is OK.
We are here to be together, to educate ourselves, to show support and that no one is alone. We are in this together, and as a whole, we will fight against any injustice. Everyone is born equal and should be equal for the rest of their life. Abuse is not an option, a right or an excuse. Abuse should always be addressed and condemned. The communication is always the key in every situation and day-to-day life, and it should be free of any abuse, misogyny or threats. Victims shouldn’t be shamed or left alone in an unfair fight.
Reclaim the internet is a forum for people that came together to debate what action is needed to tackle misogyny online. in the new year we will be holding a major conference to discuss what more can be done. We will cover a range of issues including:
- What action is needed against violent threats, hate crime and stalking online – which including standards there should be for the police, prosecutors, and media platforms?
- What action is needed to support people who are targeted by online abuse, sexism or bullying?
- What voluntary action should organizations take to set standards for their members – including political parties, campaign groups, employers, trade unions?
- What action should individuals take when faced with abuse – responding, reporting, shaming or ignoring?
- What is needed to prevent the next generation thinking online misogyny is OK?