Entrepreneur? Business Startup Advice, Tips and Strategies For Women Entrepreneurs Business Owners
Business startup advice, tips and strategies for female entrepreneurs. Deciding whether entrepreneurship is right for you? Why do women start businesses? What motivates anyone to dive into entrepreneurship with her heart and soul? How do you know whether business ownership is right for you?
It's been said that behind every successful entrepreneur is a passion - a passion to create, a passion to express, a passion to fulfill a dream.
The answers to these questions are as varied as the 10.6 million privately held businesses in the United States that are at least 50 percent woman-owned. These businesses generate $2.5 trillion in sales and employ 19.1 million people, according to the Center for Women's Business Research in Washington, D.C., founded as the National Foundation for Women Business Owners. And each owner has her own story.
Women in Business, can I ask you a personal question?
There are no stupid questions. The only stupid question is the one that isn't asked.
Whether you're just starting out or trying to grow your business to even greater heights, I'm sure you have many questions about your next steps. Usually, the questions that come into your mind are more concrete in nature: Who is my audience? Where, as women business owners, should I open my business? How should I advertise?
Good questions, but there are others that you may not think to ask - of yourself and about yourself. These questions revolve around the person you need to be in order to achieve the success you want. These questions are so important in your journey of success. This week I invite you to get personal. Look within yourself by considering these 7 questions.
Be in the right place at the right time
You are in the perfect place at the right time, and you were given your talents and your life experience for a reason.
Of this, I am positive. And you need to be positive about it too. Do you recall the devastating tsunami in Sri Lanka at the end of 2004? There was a Swedish woman on the beach that day who became known as "the angel on the hill."
She noticed the first part of the tsunami - the warning. She observed that the tide went out really quickly and was revealing the seabed. It so happened that years before, she had been working as a journalist and had done a broadcast in Hawaii about the impact of tsunamis.
What if you stop striving and started thriving?
"The difference between what we do, and what we are capable of doing, would solve most of the world's problems." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
I have a client who's been struggling to grow her business to the next level. She's an extremely talented and creative professional with a potential gold mine of a business. She's been determined to uncover and embrace her limiting beliefs eagerly accepting coaching to challenge herself to the next level professionally and personally. She put new structures in place to build a strong foundation from which to grow her enterprise.
She's been striving to achieve her business goals, yet she feels exhausted.
Last week, when she "hit the wall" and was about ready to throw in the towel I asked her, "What if you stop striving and started thriving? How might you feel different?"
It's been said that behind every successful entrepreneur is a passion - a passion to create, a passion to express, a passion to fulfill a dream
Do you know your passion? If so, good for you, If you don't, I'll bet my question generates a sinking feeling in your gut - like you're missing out on some luscious gift other women business owners experiences - but you.
Fear not, I'll tell you a story about a woman who couldn't find her passion either. Doreen wanted to start her own business. She longed to be self-employed and independent. She loved the idea of building something of value from the ground up. She was convinced that she could use her vast network of connections to thrive in the business community - yet Doreen worried she'd never know what type of business she felt passionate enough to start. Nothing was clicking for her.
"Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" ~ Robert Frost
I listened intently as my client described how lousy his past week had been. Up to that point in our work together his progress had been steady, and his energy level had gradually increased. This week, however, he felt miserable, physically and emotionally.
I asked him if he could identify any factors that might have created the shift in his energy. He told me about some increased pressure at work and that he stopped doing his daily spiritual practice, something he had made a commitment to himself to maintain.
Suddenly, in the middle of our investigation, he changed the subject and began to tell me about a small drama unfolding with his neighbor. He shared that the adjacent boundary lines with this neighbor had never been clearly defined. Recently, the neighbor took it upon himself to mark the property line with some stakes according to his own interpretation.