Monday, October 29, 2012

Motivational Monday - 10.29.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."

- Thomas A. Edison

Friday, October 26, 2012

Help Me Help Women Entrepreneurs!



I'm very excited to announce that in February 2013, I'll be launching a magazine, flyy, female & fabulous! The magazine is geared toward current and aspiring women entrepreneurs and will profile various women in small business -- from various fields -- who encourage and motivate women who either aspire to become entrepreneurs or those interested in growing their businesses. flyy, female & fabulous will also include feature lifestyle articles that cater to other areas of women's lives like health, beauty and business.

To help get this project off the ground, I've created a fundraising campaign via Kickstarter! If you don't know, Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects, and it's an all-or-nothing campaign; if the goal is reached by the time the campaign expires, funders' credit cards are charged at that time. If, on the other hand, the goal is not reached, no one is charged.

So, you may be wondering why you should help me launch this magazine. Well, here are a few reasons:

  • You get something in return! Each donation point listed comes with a fabulous gift or gifts.
  • Over the last two decades, small and new businesses have been responsible for creating two out every three new jobs (from the National Economic Council).
  • You'll be helping other women achieve their dreams of successful business ownership (and possibly helping them create new jobs!).

To learn more, check out my video, and visit my Kickstarter campaign page. Thanks in advance for your support! : )


Monday, October 22, 2012

Motivational Monday - 10.22.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Put blinders on to those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head."

- Meryl Streep

Friday, October 19, 2012

4 Tips for Women Entrepreneurs to Achieve Their Goals

October is National Women's Small Business Month! According to SBA.gov, women-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing segments of the small business community. Today, about 30 percent of small businesses are owned by women, compared to about five percent in 1970. To learn more about what the SBA is doing to honor this month, click here.

Here are a few tips on achieving your goals as an entrepreneur:

  1. Set goals. To start the process of accomplishing your goals, you first have to figure out where you want to go. Do this by setting goals. When you set your business goals, make sure they are specific, have time frames and that they are attainable by you.
  2. Actively go after your goals. Take some time to think about each particular action step you need to take to reach your business goals, and use your skills and resources to their fullest. Think of all the possible ways you can achieve your goals, and be proactive.
  3. Create goal-achieving plans. Make a step-by-step plan for each of your business goals. And when you are detailed in your planning, you increase your chances for successfully accomplishing your goal. 
  4. Create a daily to-do list. This helps you organize your day so you can achieve what you need to when it comes to your business goals. So, at the beginning of every day, see what you need to accomplish, then focus your energy toward your goals.


For six more tips, check out my source, 10 Tips for Women in Business to Achieve Their Goals.

[Photo Credit]

Monday, October 15, 2012

Motivational Monday - 10.15.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream."

- Lao Tzu


Friday, October 12, 2012

Do You Own a Business -- Or a Job?

By Brad Kendall



So you have recently decided to go out on your own, start your own business and be your own boss. Or maybe you have run your own business for years and are a seasoned entrepreneur.

Whatever your experience, you want to be careful not to fall into the trap of owning a job. I have been there myself, fooled by the misguided notion that I was an entrepreneur and all my "hard work" would pay off in the end. The reality was that I had built a job for myself, not a business.

The differences between owning a job and a business are many. People who own a business work "on" their business -- not "in" their business. In my experience, the end goal of starting out on your own is the freedom being your own boss, the ability to generate higher levels of income than you could make employed and building up a tangible asset that can one day be sold so you can retire or move on to something else.

You may never want to sell your business (and if you don't, that is awesome, do what you love!), but that doesn't mean you don't want a valuable asset. You may never want to sell your home either, but you still want the value attached to it.

So how do you work "on" your business instead of "in" your business?

1. Create systems for every function of your business. Systemic, well laid-out processes, are the life blood of any successful business. You need the ability to train people in a brief and inexpensive amount of time to produce similar results as everybody else in the organization.

These people should be replaceable (not that you want to replace them!) because you have well documented processes in place. The processes will become the cornerstone of your business and its value.

2. Leverage other people's time instead of yours. This can be a tough process for the work-a-holic type. You'll have to learn to rely on other people if you want your business to grow beyond being just a job. You cannot and should not be doing everything.

Your job should be to inspire your employees, gain new business and improve your processes. This takes time to accomplish; most of the time, it is just coming to terms with the idea that the business doesn't need you as much as you think.

3. Have the right structure and vision to achieve your goals. A mindset can make or break a business. By this I mean you have to think like a true entrepreneur to grow your business. Take the time and the risk to build your processes properly that will help you achieve your goals.

You do have goals, right? Remember when we were talking about freedom? How are you going to achieve that without the proper structure and goals carefully laid out beforehand?

4. Try some business or leadership coaching to boost your management skills. Not all entrepreneurs are born leaders. Leadership is often a learned skill.

Hiring a business coach can be a good way to accomplish this. They can help you stay on track and not get too bogged down in the day-to-day business minutia. Get some advice on how to formulate your operation.

An entrepreneur's income is independent of their inputted time. This doesn't mean you can't sell your time or skills, but making a business of it is really just owning a job.

Brad Kendall is a serial technology entrepreneur from Winnipeg, Manitoba with an obsession for entrepreneurship. He is the co-founder of multiple companies including CCR Technology Group, Enlite Digital Advertising Solutions and Digihedron.

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the country's most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC promotes entrepreneurship as a solution to youth unemployment and underemployment and provides its members with access to tools, mentorship and resources that support each stage of a business's development and growth.

Brazen Life is a lifestyle and career blog for ambitious young professionals. Hosted by Brazen Careerist, we offer edgy and fun ideas for navigating the changing world of work -- this isn't your parents' career

Monday, October 8, 2012

Motivational Monday - 10.8.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you

"To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan."

- Alfred A. Montapert

Monday, October 1, 2012

Motivational Monday - 10.1.12

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity."

- J. Sidlow Baxter

There was an error in this gadget
There was an error in this gadget

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails