Saturday, October 25, 2014

Why Did You Start Your Business?

According to a new survey by PayPal, 55 percent of American women entrepreneurs said they started or want to start their own business to achieve work-life balance.

Do you agree?

I never started my business to have work-life balance.  I started it to have control over my destiny and to fully express myself.

Why did you start your business?

Read:  Most US Women Entrepreneurs Motivated by Work-Life Balance

Photo Credit: Mike "Dakinewavamon" Kline


Saturday, October 18, 2014

If I Could Just Think of That One Idea!


Lori Greiner, star of "Shark Tank" and the Queen of QVC, guests on the popular daytime program, "The Queen Latifah Show" to discuss her new bestselling book, "Invent It, Sell It, Bank It" (Random House).

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Message to Satya Nadella: When You Are Clueless About Something, I Suggest You "Shut Up"

Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
Oh Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said something very stupid this past week about women.  All the more reason to get out of corporate America to start your own business.  But he's not the only one to make a similar gaffe in the last week.

In case you didn't catch it, Nadella advised women against asking for pay bumps.  Yes, he expects women in corporate America to be good little girls and to have "faith in the system."  If you do those things, "good karma" will be created and everyone will live happily ever after. The end result?  Women will not make more money or advance but hey, you and Nadella will get along just fine.  You have to be asking yourself ... what is he smoking?

Read:  Microsoft's CEO Wasn't the Only Male Exec to Say Something Clueless About Women This Week

Photo Credit: VIDEO The Washington Post

Saturday, October 04, 2014

I Enjoy Being a Girl (Entrepreneur)

Remember the show tune "I Enjoy Being a Girl," from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song?  I am taking it to a new dimension with "I Enjoy Being a Girl Entrepreneur!"  Why?  Let me count the ways - #1 is I love what I do! - but Carolyn Gregoire sums it up quite nicely with her reasons in The Advantage of Being a Female Entrepreneur.

According to recent data published by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, entrepreneurs in the U.S., both men and women alike, feel a greater sense of purpose than the average worker, which contributes to greater fulfillment from their work and lives.
Separately, the study found that female entrepreneurs are also more likely to report greater physical well-being than male entrepreneurs and male and female non-entrepreneurial workers, the study found.
Read the entire article: The Advantage of Being a Female Entrepreneur

Screenshot credit:  Flower Drum Song

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sometimes Father Knows Best

Karley Skutul has quite a few pets, to the tune of somewhere between 100,000 and 120,000.  They are bees.  And those are just the bees that live in the two hives behind her Methuen home.
Skutul, who has been harvesting and selling her own honey with her father's help since the age of 10, tends to two more hives in New Hampshire and an additional two in Maine.
Karley's business is Soothing Honey and it has become a huge part of her life.

Photo Credit: Vicki's Nature

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Is Starting a Business a Way Around the Gender Gap?

Who cares about a glass ceiling?  This quote says it all:
“Being an entrepreneur doesn’t give me a glass ceiling,” said Lea Haben-Woodford, the publisher and owner of Scottsdale-based SmartFem, an online and mobile magazine for women. She said running her company in Arizona has been great, given the state’s typically warm embrace of small businesses.
Find out why women in Arizona are ditching corporate life to avoid gender gaps and starting their own businesses.  After all, as one business owner says, "there's more job security in yourself than in turning it over to a company."

Read:  For some women, starting a business is a way around gender gap

Screenshot courtesy:  SmartFem

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Getting Started in Exporting With Laurel Delaney (Webinar 9/18/14)

Are you looking for new avenues of growth for your business?  Then you should consider exporting.  Please join me at a webinar I am presenting - Getting Started in Exporting.  Are You Ready? - this Thursday, September 18th at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT (plan on about an hour for the webinar).  Here are the six things I will cover:

1.  Why this is the best and easiest time ever to export!
2.  What you need to do to get your business export ready
3.  How to craft a back-of-the napkin export business plan
4.  How to create a social media and networking presence
5.  How to market your business worldwide
6.  How to use e-commerce sites as stepping-stones to export success

To learn more and to register, visit:  Export NOW 110:  Getting Started in Exporting.  Are You Ready? - Women Impacting Public Policy
(http://www.wipp.org/events/event_details.asp?id=454554)

I look forward to connecting with you on Thursday!  Please share with anyone you think might benefit from the webinar - thanks!

Photo Credit: Digimist