Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

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  • Building a Business is Never a One-Woman Show


    Teammates that help you succeed at business (Photo)

    From my experience in business coaching, there is one consistent mistake that most of us entrepreneurial women make. Without even saying it, I know you already know what I’m going to say: trying to run the whole business by ourselves. Not only is this immature leadership, it’s inefficient and counter-productive. Building a business is never a one-woman show; there is no such thing as a self-made millionaire. They all used teams – let me explain:

    #1 Teammate: Your spouse.

    If you’re married, no doubt your spouse’ support is one of the biggest make-or-break factors in the success of your business. Make sure that you keep your husband involved in your project. Some partners may want to actually build with you, some may just want to be an emotional support but do not neglect him while you’re getting your business up and running or you will be a one-woman show (and that’s more stress you don’t need).

    Ideas to help you: Schedule and keep a date night. Hire a babysitter, make some plans and stick to it. He was there before, he’ll be there during and if he stays at the top of the list he for sure will be there after.

    #2 Teammate: Your childcare provider.

    I fully believe in regular childcare as a woman entrepreneur. As a mom of three young kids, I know first hand that it is absolutely impossible to get your work done with kids constantly trying to get your attention.

    I explain to my clients that if your kids are having fun at daycare/with the nanny/with their grandparents while you’re working then you’re fine. A philosophy I live by is “happy mom, happy kids.” Don’t try to be a hero and be super business mom. Put your ego away, hire a babysitter and get your work done. Your stress will go down because you’re being productive and your kids’ stress will go down because now they have someone to play with them. Make sure that when you’re off-duty and back in mom-mode that you’re really in mom-mode and that you’re not still working.

    #3 Teammate: The resources you use.

    I love the truism “you just don’t know what you don’t know”. There is nothing like building a business to immediately show you how little you know about marketing, branding, sales, productivity, team work etc. What information are you regularly feeding your brain so to grow your business faster?

    Do you have a business coach? We all know how effective hiring a personal trainer can be so now imagine you have a personal trainer hired to help grow your business’ profits! Before you hire someone, make sure that you identify to yourself exactly what you’re looking for in a business coach; what skills do you want to learn, what goals do you have, what personality type do you work best with? There are so many amazing coaches out there but finding the one that is a great match for you will take some research.

    What books do you read? What audios do you have in the car? What you know right now is not enough to take you to your goal. Make sure that you’re constantly in learning mode; however, study purposefully. To study purposefully means to study on a specific topic until you’ve reached your desired level of mastery before you move on. As an example, let’s say you want to learn how to use LinkedIn profitably. What you do is subscribe to blogs, buy audio books, read regular books and join communities online that talk about LinkedIn until you feel like you’ve “got it” and are getting the beginnings of the results you were looking for.

    #4 Teammate: Your friend “mental health”.

    In this case, I saved the best for last. If you do not take care of you, your business will not only fail but you will completely burn out before you’ve even got the business built. Do you have time-off scheduled in? Do you play with your kids? Do you have a hobby you enjoy? Do you take time for your spiritual life? Do you go for walks just to clear your head? If you don’t – start.

    You need to be able to be here for the long-run so give yourself the best chance of success by surrounding yourself with a strong team. Some people like to look at business building as a marathon but I like to look at it as a dynamic relay team.

    What do you think?

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  • Review & Give-Away: Silk Spa Creations Candles (CLOSED)


    Review & Giveaway of Silk Spa Creations massage oil candles. ENDS: August 14, 2011. OPEN: Worldwide. AGE: 16 and up. There are two Prize Packages to be given away to lucky Entrepreneurial Woman readers. There are many easy ways to enter, so read the review, check out Silk Spa Creations store on Etsy.com and have fun!

    [ Read More ] • [ 138 Comments ] • [ Filed under Reviews ] • [ 7/16/11 ]
  • Want Success? Conquer Bright Shiny Object Syndrome


    How can you stay focussed on your goals when you’re subject to distraction by new ideas and other “bright shiny objects?” Karen Dodd explores the allure of Bright Shiny Object Syndrome – an affliction that affects many entrepreneurs – and shares the tools she uses to stay focussed on the way to success.

    [ Read More ] • [ 4 Comments ] • [ Filed under Business,New Clients by Design ] • [ 7/13/11 ]
  • Entrepreneurship and Marriage – A True Partnership?


    Last month, Dr. Patty Ann dared to ask, “Is Entrepreneurship Compatible with a Happy Marriage?” This month, she examines the nature of relationships and asks another tough question: Do you feel you and your spouse are on the same Team? How can you make sure you spouse is one board with your entrepreneurial ventures?

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Balance,Business ] • [ 7/12/11 ]
  • 10 Steps to Increase Your SEO Overnight


    When Abbey Fatica opened her business in 2009, she struggled to understand what Search Engine Optimization was all about. Once she figured it out, she was able to see better SEO results for her own website and that of her clients. If you want a shortcut to getting better SEO results, read Abbey’s 10 Steps and put them into practice right away.

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  • Succeed by Closing Door on Options


    Many women become entrepreneurs in order to have more choices about what work to do, what hours to keep, and which clients to take on. But keeping all of those options open and having so many things to choose from may actually be bad for you. Lisa Sansom explains why.

    [ Read More ] • [ 1 Comment ] • [ Filed under Business ] • [ 7/05/11 ]
  • Is Your Diet Fab or Fad? Know the Danger Signs!


    Want to lose 50 pounds in a month while eating sweets every day and not exercising? Sounds too good to be true? Corinne Kantor reveals the dangers of fad diets, and gives you tips for figuring out which diets are fad and which are fab.

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  • Do You Have Free Advice Syndrome?


    Deborah Kimmett explains a new societal sickness called “Free Advice Syndrome” and explains how you can detect if you have it. She also gives two key questions you can ask yourself if you’re unsure whether or not you should step up the to plate and give your free advice to friends and colleagues.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Balance ] • [ 6/27/11 ]
  • Self-Marketing: Get the Phone Ringing! – Part 3


    Are you looking for new ideas to market your business? Ellen Rohr’s “Get the Phone Ringing” series is designed to spark your creative energies and wake up your inner PR genius! Use her ideas “as is,” mix-and-match to create new ones, or use them as a springboard for your own PR brainstorming session.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Marketing ] • [ 6/27/11 ]
  • 5 Steps to Creating a Successful Mastermind Group


    If you’re planning on participating in an “accountability partnership” (also known as a Mastermind Group) it’s a good idea to set up some ground rules. Catherine Rocheleau gives five easy-to-follow steps to help you create the kind of Mastermind Group that everyone looks forward to attending.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Business ] • [ 6/21/11 ]
  • How to be Fabulously Successful in One Step


    What is the secret to success? How can YOU have a ‘fabulously successful’ life? Carmen Jubinville reveals the true secret to creating your successful life with her no-fail, one-step process.

    [ Read More ] • [ 1 Comment ] • [ Filed under Balance ] • [ 6/21/11 ]
  • Are Your Bean Poles Too Short?


    For my 30th birthday this past year two of my resolutions were to start a second business and to plant a vegetable garden. Although I have built a business before I have never ever planted anything but I figured "how hard can it be?" I drove down to the local Home Depot, hit the gardening […]

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Balance ] • [ 6/20/11 ]
  • What To Do When Clients Tick You Off!


    Do customers get on your nerves? Do they sometimes do things that just drive you crazy?! Lisa Sansom reveals her top two pet peeves when it comes to client behaviour, and reveals what she plans to do about it.

    [ Read More ] • [ 1 Comment ] • [ Filed under Business ] • [ 6/20/11 ]
  • Part 2: The More You Give, The More You Get


    Carolyn West-Price Touhey follows up last month’s article with more tips on creating win-win marketing opportunities with charities. This feel-good marketing technique allows you to help your community while promoting your business to your local customers — an excellent option for the entrepreneur on a budget!

    [ Read More ] • [ 1 Comment ] • [ Filed under Marketing ] • [ 6/20/11 ]
  • Earning More While Working Less – Part 2


    In Part 2 of “Earning More While Working Less,” Karen Dodd tells how you can use the knowledge, skills and passion you already have to create “information products” and explores what these products might look like. She also gives information you can use right away on pricing your products.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Case Studies,New Clients by Design ] • [ 6/14/11 ]