I have been searching for more resources for women who want to start their own business. I found one that I like called Entreprenista. Founder Tara Holling, started the site because she loves entrepreneurship, she is passionate about helping other women, and she became frustrated by building successful businesses. Her entrepreneur Manifesto is awesome!
I am an entrepreneur. I am a dreamer. I am a visionary. I am a leader. I am a creative. I am a rebel. I am a firestarter. I am a wild card. I am a bold and courageous risk-taker. I am passionate. I am fierce. I am powerful. I am brilliant. I am wise. I am worthy. I experience success, and I experience failure. I experience joy, and I experience pain. I experience confidence and pride, and I experience self-doubt and fear. I call deep on my courage. I make mistakes with gusto. I live out loud. I leap before I look. I buck the status quo. I BURN THE DAMN BOX, and I burn the midnight oil. I run confidently and steadfastly and boldly in the direction of my dreams, and I do not-will not-must not accept defeat as an outcome.
I. AM. Unstoppable.
To join this great community go here!
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The word “Entrepreneur” is so easy to use because it is so easy to just call yourself one. Either people will congratulate you or they will know you are BS-ing them when they probe further into your business. Here are five questions you should ask yourself.
1. Am I easily discouraged when things don’t go my way?
2. Do I procrastinate or find excuses to push things off for tomorrow?
3. Do I find myself constantly changing my business ideas?
4. Do I hold myself back from taking instrumental steps because I am afraid of failing?
5. Am I afraid of change or the unknown.
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you may want to rethink being an entrepreneur or try to figure out how to get pass these obstacles that are blocking your success. For more questions go here.
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Sunday Steinkirchner recently wrote an article about what she has learned over the past 10 years as an entrepreneur. Here are my favorites:
1. Find out what you want to do. I think this is the most important one because if you don’t know what you want you will waste time wandering aimlessly into different situations.
2. Just Do It. Fear can often be conquered by just doing. If you start you will figure the other stuff out.
3. Keep Doing It. Keep playing the game! You never know what could happen if you don’t keep trying.
Being an entrepreneur is hard and requires courage. If you want to live your dream you have to put fear aside and go for it.
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Mother and daughter team Pam Byford and Vicki Cord opened their flower shop, Scottish Rose Florist, in Millbrook, Alabama in 2010. They have over 60 years experience and divide the responsibilities, mother, takes care of the customers, while, the daughter focuses on the flower arrangements. The business has grown very fast but they are dedicated to what they do and they enjoy it. In honor of her son who serves in the military, they have set up www.scottishroseflorist.com to serve military families. This site will allows thier military customers to save money by waving the extra charges that other sites may charge.
This mother and daughter team step in the arena when an opportunity came along to do what they love. They are also doing it with a purpose to serve military families by helping them save some money. I salute them because they rock!
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Ellen Rohr, President of Bare Bones Biz, recently wrote a blog post that asked, “What Qualities Gauge a Woman’s Success in Business?” In the post she gave examples of women who didn’t worry about traditional business theory. They just jumped in and went to work. Here are some examples:
1. Mary Kay Ash. Everyone is familiar with the Pink Cadillacs given to women who meet their sales goals by selling large amounts of Mary Kay Products. She started her business because a man that she had trained refused to promote her. She didn’t worry about the numbers she went out and built a successful business and brand.
2. Sara Blakely. The founder of Spanx, built a brand when there were people reminding her about the barriers that could affect her success. She blocked all of that out advice and like Nike, Just Did It. Now she is worth a $1 billion.
3. Arianna Huffington. The founder of the Huffington Post, just followed her heart and did what she felt was best for her. The secret to her success is doing what she loves and not worrying about all the other things.
The one thing these women have in common is that they put on their big girl panties and went to work. They didn’t worry about what people said or the things that could derail their businesses they just keep going and they became successful women. Just keep going!
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I recently watched an interesting documentary on PBS called Makers: Women Who Make America. The documentary focused on women like Gloria Steinem, Marlo Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oprah Winfrey, and others who were responsible for change the way society viewed women’s roles. I am very grateful for these women who chose to fight for equal rights. Here are the five things I learned:
1. Sometimes a simple action can start a revolution. The story of Katherine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathan in 1967, wasn’t trying to be political. She just wanted to run the marathon, in doing she she open the doors for many women such as Billie Jean King, Venus and Serena Williams, and Danica Patrick.
2. Know Your Worth. In the 1960’s women could only get jobs that required them answering the phone or typing memos but Lorena Weeks changed all that when she sued the Southern Bell when she was denied the chance to become a Switchman, a job that paid more money simply because she was a woman. She decided that the reason wasn’t good enough and fought for a job that she knew she could do.
3. Who you marry is very important. Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, has said that a supportive husband can determine how far a woman can go her in career meaning if your husband isn’t on board your career can be derailed. I remember when former President Bill Clinton was elected he said that the country was getting a 2 for 1 deal in regards to his wife Hillary. At the time he was saying that his wife could be president if she wanted to and when she ran in 2008 he was very supportive of her campaign.
4. When you have children is important. Deciding to have children is a very big decision. Children have great impacts on their parents lives and things that women used to do such as come in early or stay late will change.
5. Make some noise. Oprah told a story about her job as talk show co-host in Baltimore. She went to her boss and told him that she thought that she should be making the same money as her male co-host because they were doing the same job. Her request was denied but she didn’t get mad she used as motivation to be the best in her field. Don’t be afraid to ruffle some feathers from time to time.
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When Yahoo made Marissa Mayer CEO in July 2012, there was praise and excitement for her. Women were especially eager to see what she would do and what changes she would make in the company. They expected her reign at Yahoo to be groundbreaking since she was 5 months pregnant when she took the job. Instead she was criticized because she choose to return to work 2 weeks after she gave birth. Then it was announce that she had a nursery built next to her office. The choice to return 2 weeks after was a unrealistic choice for women who were in her situtation. Would they be expected to cut their maternity leave? Did she set the bar too high?
This week she made another “controversial” decision by ending telecommuting for employees. Many of her employees are not taking this well. Personally I think that this is a simple reasonable request. How can she turn the company around if all the key players are not there to discuss new ideas. It has been in my experience that good ideas are cultivated at the coffee pot, walking down the hall, or on the way to bathroom. Working from home may have been a perk that Yahoo provided to keep some of its best talent but now times have changed. Yahoo is no longer the number one search engine people use and if they goal for them is to return to that status then they way they do things will change.
We have to remember that Mayer did not ask to be the Poster Girl for women in the workplace. She is not the savior for this movement but she is one of many women who will come behind her. Instead of criticizing her we should support her because she is still a trailblazer.
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