Women are the drivers of small businesses
With over 18 years of experience, Andiswa Msi, Founder and Managing Director of AndsM is highly respected for effective governance, strategy development, distinguished for an entrepreneurial mindset at a very young age. The self-confessed academic and risk-taker gave it all up to ‘own her time and destiny’.
Speaking at the 2019 Women in Business Summit in Quigney on Friday, Msi tackled a topic that has become necessary for women under the current economic climate; What are the challenges, opportunities and struggles of going out on your own versus being employed?
“I was in executive management level at government with no chance of ever losing my job. I had all the comforts and benefits, but I wanted more. I have always been about testing the status quo, shaking things up, my business is exactly that,” she said.
According to Msi, leaving a job to start a business needs an intense and mature mind shift. Learn how to downgrade, brief and prepare your family because you are making a selfish decision. “Once my vision became a reality, I was happy, I was at peace. It is liberating,” she enthused to a room full of business women from different areas of business.
“How will I know my full capabilities if I don’t surrender. I wanted to be my own hero, show myself just how excellent I am in business and governance. Do it. Resign, but think it through, know that you are ready to work, to be mature and to cast aside what other people will say,” encouraged Msi.
The theme for the Summit was “Women are the drivers of small businesses” with speakers
Phumza Ceshemba of Afri-Waste and Lulu Booi of Sakhile 4 Life. Booi shared insights on how do women deal with drugs that affect young people. The Gompo based mother lost a son, Sakhile, to a drug related crime and decided to start an organisation that equips parents, especially mothers on how to deal with children on drugs.
Xolelwa Majiza, Acting General Manager Trade and Sector Development for Buffalo City Metro applauded the women that were part of the Summit for ensuring that the space was conducive to such dialogues.
“Last year there were no discussions, this year we wanted information sharing, motivation and empowerment becomes a package for township and rural women in business. The topics are chosen according to the most pressing issues facing women. A voice of women in business, networking, interactions and assistance, that is what we sought to achieve,” said Majiza.