Where her country only saw disabilities, she saw real people who have a lot to give. Here are the lessons she's learned along the way.
Angkie Yudistia started a business to give the 37 million people in Indonesia who have a disability a chance at the training and skills they deserve.
<p>She would know about that. She herself is hard of hearing.</p><p>She was familiar with the lives of folks with disabilities — a life that was, in fact, her life. But still, Thisable, an independent foundation that empowers people living with a disability to be financially independent, <strong>was going to be her first business venture ever</strong>. She even quit her job to pursue it.</p><p><strong>And she learned a lot along the way. </strong>It wasn't easy for Angkie to start her business, but she did it anyway. And by learning from her, we might all be one step closer to making our own firsts happen!</p><h2>Here are some lessons in starting a socially conscious business from someone who knows: Angkie!</h2><p><strong>1. You'll have to take a financial and personal risk. </strong></p><p>That's just how it is.</p><p><strong>2. </strong><strong>You may have to give up a stable job — and your regular income.</strong></p><p>Angkie was a well-paid marketing communication officer, but she knew she had to give that up to do what she dreamed of doing.</p><p><strong>3. </strong><strong>You might have a lack of business experience, but do your best. </strong></p><p>Know that each mistake is a learning opportunity. Angkie says, "Being an entrepreneur is hugely rewarding, but there can be moments when things aren’t going perfectly and it can affect your morale."</p><p><strong>4. Your parents might not come around at first.</strong></p><p>Recently featured in an <a href="https://shemeansbusiness.fb.com/stories/meet-angkie-yudistia/" target="_blank">article through Facebook</a>, Angkie says her parents really got on board when they saw how their daughter had actually turned her calling into a business.</p><p><strong>5. Take time for yourself AND be a great entrepreneur.</strong></p><p><a href="https://shemeansbusiness.fb.com/stories/meet-angkie-yudistia/" target="_blank">As Angkie told Facebook</a>, she'll even bring her husband and daughter to overseas meetings with her — just to make sure she spends as many weekends with them as possible.</p><p><strong>6. Have someone to support you and help you keep your life in balance. </strong></p><p>Her husband really supports her finding balance. She said he's "happy to pitch in around the house" which helps her keep work and life on an even keel.</p><p><strong>7. Use social media.</strong></p><p>It's clear from Angkie's Facebook page that she has many stories to tell. But her <a href="https://www.instagram.com/thisableorg/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> presence has helped her build her personal brand so much that <strong>it led to a publishing deal </strong>to tell the story of her personal journey from marketing executive to a budding, blossoming entrepreneur.</p><p><strong>8. Sometimes business as usual isn't enough. Especially if you want to change what's usual. </strong></p><p>Thisable Enterprise is more than just an organization that provides training to people with disabilities (though that would be plenty). To truly change the way Asia — and Indonesia specifically — views disability, Thisable had to get in the trenches. With Angkie at the helm, Thisable is lobbying governments and private and public companies.</p><p><strong>9. Mentorship matters.</strong></p><p>Thisable, and Angkie in particular, emphasize providing mentorship to participants.</p><p><strong>10. Working together helps us all.</strong></p><p>Angkie works with corporate social responsibility programs at various businesses in order to drum up employment opportunities for the community she has formed of people with disabilities.</p><p><strong>11. Giving people power over their own destiny isn't just good for the world, it's good for the economy. </strong></p><p>By giving the 37 million people with a disability in Indonesia a stronger start, Angkie is giving her homeland vast new natural resources — people and talent. Imagine the potential of so many new, skilled, happy, and supported people.</p><p>Thisable has only just begun its mission to redefine disability. But it's safe to say that Angkie has learned a great deal by taking the plunge and starting her own thing.</p><h2>Here's to female entrepreneurs who are making the world a better place, running a business, and proving to the world that they deserve a position of power.</h2>
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