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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Small Business Marketing Tip... How To Become An Expert Or Guru [Warning: Really Funny!]

In this short video tip you will discover how to become an expert or guru in your business.

Big WARNING: This must be the funniest video tip I've ever watched! Laughing guaranteed!

Discover the steps to become a guru including...
- The power of knowledge
- Do the doing
- Wisdom generosity
- Get others to talk about you
- Become famous

The funniest part is at minute 5.22! Enjoy this video...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

7 Tips for Plugging the Profit Leaks in Your Small Business

Quick Books provides small business owners with the data you and your accountant need for tax purposes. This is a necessary part of business ownership. But do you also use the information to help you make better business decisions, uncover opportunities and plug the profit leaks that cost money each year? You should.

7 Tips to Get More From Quick Books

  1. Stay Up-To-Date. Keeping records current does not require posting transactions daily. For many small businesses, weekly or semi-monthly is fine! Whether you do it yourself or delegate (outsource) it to others, keep your records up-to-date. Timely record keeping is often more accurate - and leads to better decisions, fewer customer complaints, faster payments, better inventory management and happy vendors who will go the extra mile!
  2. Reconcile bank accounts. In managing cash flow, some owners rely on their online bank statements or balances. This can be problematic because it doesn't include pending payments. But even with technology today, errors can still occur. You can uncover problems quickly with a monthly reconciliation.
  3. Manage credit cards and LOC's. Because it's easy to download credit card transactions right into Quick Books, some use this method. If you do, make sure transactions are properly posted (to expenses or customer jobs) and amounts are accurate when doing your monthly reconciliation. Don't assume.
  4. Invoice customers quickly. Why wait a week or more to bill a customer? With online invoicing and smart phone credit card capabilities, you can bill from anywhere. The sooner you bill, the sooner you get paid!
  5. Use time tracking. While we associate time tracking with companies that bill by the hour, any service business can use this tool to help evaluate labor costs associated with customer jobs. From lawn care and cleaning services to plumbers and HVAC services, knowing this information can be helpful when setting prices. More important, it can help you improve efficiency that impacts profit.
  6. Measure job or customer profitability. Stop wondering if you made money on a project or customer. Quick Books allows you to capture both income and related expenses, including labor and materials, at the project or customer level. Would knowing this information help you price more effectively or focus on certain projects or customers? The answer for most business owners is yes!
  7. Use Reminders. You can 'memorize' transactions and set low-stock inventory levels to trigger reminders. This is helpful for bills that occur periodically, tax payments, important or rarely used materials that have long delivery lead times, and future invoices for recurring customers or payment plans. It saves time and money!

In addition, Quick Books has a lot of different reports to help you analyze the data, manage your business and find the hidden opportunities for improvement. Many reports include a prior period or year comparison that is helpful for looking at trends! The P&L or Income Statement is used by most owners. But what about the Balance Sheet? It provides a snapshot (balances) of your assets and liabilities, including bank accounts, credit cards, LOC, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll liabilities, inventory and more.

Depending on your business or what you uncover on your P&L and Balance Sheet, you may want to dig deeper - and Quick Books makes that easy too. Some of my business clients find these helpful: A/R or aging reports, sales summaries by customer or representative, inventory report and job / customer profitability reports.

By Joan Nowak

Joan Nowak is a results-oriented business coach, consultant and speaker who helps small business owners bridge the gap between knowing what to do and actually doing it! For additional information, visit http://www.hybridbizadvisors.com/about-us/. While you are there, subscribe to her monthly eNewsletter for new profit-building articles and exclusive business tools and offers,

Saturday, July 19, 2014

7 Low Cost Ways to Promote Your Business

There are numerous ways in which to promote your business and today my challenge was to see how many I could come up with that were either zero or low cost. After a brief brainstorming session, I was surprised to see how many I'd managed to come up with and they are probably just the tip of the iceberg. They are all tried and tested methods, all of which can work though the results may also depend on the business you are in. Here are my top 7:

1. Networking in person - while this list is not in any particular order, I do believe that this is the number 1 low cost way to promote yourself and your business.

2. Talk about your Unique Selling Point (USP) - Look at what the competition has to offer by buying some of their products or services and then find a way to do it differently. Once you know what your USP is, make sure to make your customers aware of it.

3. Always over deliver - by treating customers better than you expect to be treated and by over delivering on their expectations, your customers will do your selling for you by talking positively about your great product or service.

4. Give something away - everyone likes to get something for nothing! This can be anything from an information product to a sample of one of your best products, to pens or gift vouchers.

5. Following on from above, when not link up with another business whose products/services compliment your own and get them to give away your freebies as a gift to their clients while you do the same for them in return.

6. Say thank you - when a customer compliments you on what you do or tell you why they keep buying from you, make sure to thank them and what better way to do it than to give them a freebie or a gift voucher to give to a friend so that they can have the opportunity of sharing their buying experience.

7. Blogging and social media - not just to directly promote what you do but also to showcase your expertise as well as your human side! By sharing some of your stories with people, both positive and negative experiences, you can soon have a loyal following of supporters who can relate to you and get the feeling that they know you - and it has been proven that people prefer to buy from someone they know.

Try them to see which ones can work for you and your business.

"Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement". ~Samuel Johnson

By Anne Galloway

And now I would like to invite you to sign up to receive your free copies of my Inspirational Toolkit delivered direct to your inbox when you visit, http://www.power-to-change.eu - just click on the subscribe button. Here you will find even more free advice and tips to help you put the fun and passion back into your working week.

From Anne Galloway, Careers Consultant at power-to-change, your path to career success!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

3 Keys to Being a Successful, Bodacious Woman in Business

Ah, how exciting it is to start your own business and be free of the corporate life! Many women--to the tune of 10.6 million according to the Center for Women's Business Research--have cut the strings to an employer's schedule and agenda to set their own direction. By starting their own business they are their own boss and proud of it! You may know a woman who owns her own business or you may be one yourself. One in eleven adult women is an entrepreneur!

Every woman who follows her inner voice and takes the plunge of starting a business is bodacious. Bodacious means to be bold, outstanding, and gutsy. From my ten years rising through the ranks at AOL forging my corporate career and now five years as an entrepreneur, I've come up with my own definition of bodacious: The courage to be in charge of your life.

It takes courage to start your own business and it takes courage to keep at it to make it successful. Here are three keys I've determined to being a successful, Bodacious Woman in business.

1. Figuring out what you need to know.

No one starts a business having all the knowledge they need to make their business successful. For example, if you were an accountant at an accounting firm, you'll know how to set up the bookkeeping system for your new tax business, but you probably won't know much about marketing your services or finding prospective clients. It's critical that you seek out the knowledge you don't have, and quickly. Fortunately, there are many ways to learn including books, seminars, Internet, and networking groups. A great way to get started is to simply asking questions. Bodacious Women know the answer is out there.

2. Strive for sanity!

Starting and growing your business can also feel chaotic. You not only have the roles of CEO, service provider, marketer, saleswoman, customer service representative, and administrative assistant, to name a few, you also have personal life roles such as wife, partner, mother, daughter, sister, neighbor, friend, and more. It's no wonder women feel stressed! In my own business and life I don't aim for balance. Instead, my goal is sanity - feeling satisfied at the end of each day, believing that I spent my time and energy on the people and activities most important to me. To do this, you have to know what you want...from everyday business decisions to major choices.

3. Feed the motivation meter.

In addition to gaining knowledge and striving for sanity, successful Bodacious Women in business need one more thing.. One of the biggest killers of motivation is isolation. Since many women in business are "soloprenuers," it's mega-important that you create relationships with other entrepreneurs and reach out often. A great way to do this is to be part of a "mastermind" group. My mastermind group consists of four other women. Every two weeks we gather on the phone for the sole purpose of sharing our mini victories and asking for ideas to overcome our latest challenges. Just knowing these women are cheering me on motivates me to stay positive and energized.

Deciding to start your own business can be exciting and empowering. It's bodacious! To keep that lovin' feeling and make your business successful, keep these three keys in mind: knowledge, sanity, and motivation. Here's to your bodacious success!

By Mary Foley

Copyright 2006 Mary Foley

During a successful, demanding, rising-through-the-ranks ten-year career with America Online, Mary learned that the only way to thrive in today�s world is to be bold, positive, and courageous�bodacious! Today, as the founder of the Bodacious Women�s Club, Mary inspires women entrepreneurs to use their natural abilities to build their businesses, reduce stress, and feel fulfilled. You can be inspired, too! Get a free copy of Mary�s popular e-book 5 Empowering Words for Women at http://www.bodaciouswomensclub.com.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

10 Places To Find Ideal Clients

"Where do I find people to invite into free sessions?"

This was one of the questions from a client this week and it reminded me that it's such a common question and so I have answered it in this article for you.

So I am imagining that you want to fill your private programme right now and one of the simplest strategies I know and teach is to invite your ideal clients into free sessions, or what others may call, enrollment conversations.

Common sense says that the more people you speak to, the more likely you are to end up with paying clients. Then the question comes up for so many people, where do I find people to invite into free sessions?

So here are 10 places to get you inspired:

1. Present Clients - you may have clients who are in a group programme or even a private programme that would benefit from the programme you are offering. Never make assumptions that they are done. I have done that too many times and not only lost out on a client, but also let them down by not inviting them in.

2. Past Clients - again you may think they are done, but there is always more to learn or to discover. Again don't make assumptions. Ask them if they fancy a free session and see what happens.

3. Networking Groups - it is more important who we know than what we know. Networking groups are not only prime places to connect and get known for what we do and bring in new clients, but also fabulous for meeting potential joint venture partners.

4. Social Groups - it might be a yoga class, sewing class, meditation group, knitting class, hiking group, mother and toddler group, book club, etc.

5. Workshops/Seminars/Free talks - be sure to set a clear intention before the event that you want to speak to ideal clients. Make an invitation during the talk or at the end for people to sign up for a free session.

6. Your Email List - make a genuine invitation for your community to come in and have a free session with you. Remember it's where you are coming from that counts - people feel that, so if you are not coming from a place of service and just from "I want clients", you are unlikely to get a response from those you would love to work with.

7. Social Media - you have lots of friends and contacts on social media - reach out to them and invite them into a conversation. If you don't feel you know them well enough yet, then that's the perfect signal for you to start nurturing relationships.

8. Online Discussion Groups and Forums - Find out where your ideal clients hang out online. Do not go in with the intent to get clients. Go in with the intent to genuinely be helpful. Ask questions and answer questions and when and if the time feels right, invite them to pick up your free gift and/or for a free session.

9. Your Peers - If you ignore this one, you are missing out on LOTS of ideal clients. Think about it, you need help from time to time, or even ongoing help in certain areas of your life, so don't you think your peers do too? Listen deeply to their concerns/problems/dreams and come up with a solution and make an offer for a free session. It may lead to them being a referral partner or partner, but you won't know unless you ask.

10. Teleseminars - Give your ideal clients a solution to a nagging problem and show your expertise, then invite them into a free session. Win-win-win!

Whatever you choose to do, please remember to be of service because that is what is client attractive. If you come from a place of genuinely wanting to serve and be of help to the person in front of you, that's what they will remember you for and serve you too. As I always say, look for the win-win-win, and this strategy is certainly that!

By Sheela Masand

Sheela Masand was a co-founder and working partner of a multi million Euro business for over 12 years. Having worked through the struggle of how to find clients and make money in her own business, she now specializes in helping other heart-centred service professionals to do just that, all in a very authentic, non sales-y way.

Sheela can help you to attract more clients and make more money in a fun and authentic way. Visit http://www.sheelamasand.com to pick up a special free gift "Top 3 Secrets to Attracting Clients without Spending a Cent".

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Women Entrepreneurs - 5 Fatal Errors to Avoid When Starting a Business

It never ceases to amaze business owners how some seemingly simple decisions, made during the early years of their business startup, can become fatal errors down the road. After meeting with many business owners across a broad spectrum of industries it's common to find them enduring the consequences of the same, or similar, errors over and over again. In most cases these early errors become very costly. In some cases they are fatal. Below are the 5 most common errors to avoid when starting a business.

1. The most common error to avoid is not doing the math.

While successful business owners need not have a PhD in Mathematics, they do need to know how to use the basic functions of a calculator. Every fourth grade student has learned the basic math skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It's surprising to see how infrequently they are applied. Not doing the math can be the root cause of long term financial difficulties for business owners. Here are a few of the many ways:

* Offering an employee a salary without considering all of the associated costs of employment. Such costs include employer federal, state and local taxes, unemployment taxes, worker's compensation insurance, healthcare and other insurance premiums, retirement and incentive compensation, vacation and other forms of paid leave and benefits.

* Signing a lease for retail or office space without considering all of the associated costs of the lease and/or understanding what the relative market price per square foot is in the community. It is somewhat difficult to compare commercial rental space unless you break it down to the cost per square foot "fully loaded." This analysis requires addition, multiplication and division. However, it's important to understand that it is necessary to add up all of the costs associated with the rental space on a monthly basis (not just monthly rent), multiplying that figure by twelve and then dividing it by the number of square feet to obtain the "fully loaded cost per square foot." Armed with this information, the entrepreneur is able to compare apples-to-apples.

* Ignoring the total costs required to deliver the product or services offered by the business. If all the costs are not considered, the likelihood of a business being able to set the price for its product or services at a level that permits the business to earn a profit is a gamble at best. Pencil, paper, and the addition function on the calculator are what the entrepreneur needs to avoid this fatal error. It's really simple. Just do the math!

2. The second fatal error is offering equity without risk to friends and family members in an effort to entice them to become the business owner's partner.

While many friends and family may have proven to be loyal and responsible people, not all of them prove to be great entrepreneurs. And most of them make lousy partners. Not really nice to say, but true in most cases, nonetheless.

When starting out, many entrepreneurs find the journey frightening and feel that they "need" a partner to pull it off. In some cases, this is true. They recognize their own talents but understand they need the skills and talents of others to succeed in the long term. Where the business owner runs into trouble is when they find it comforting to search for that complementary talent among their lifelong friends, college roommates, or sister or brother-in-law.

And it creates an even more complicated situation when a business owner offers their friends and family the promise of equity without requiring them to assume risk. Risk comes in many forms. Risk may include cash to start and/or sustain the business, bank or lease personal guarantees, cash for payroll, working more than the typical 40 hours, and in some cases contributing sweat equity without compensation in any amount whatsoever until the company makes a profit.

If one partner is assuming such risks and other "partners" are not willing to do the same, then the unwilling partners are not partners at all. By offering them rights to company ownership, you are giving them equity without risk. If such an arrangement does not bother the entrepreneur initially, it will some day in the future. When it does, the feelings of frustration, disappointment, anger and betrayal will become a problem. It is better not to form partner relationships with others unwilling to share your risk.

3. The third fatal error is ignoring the Exit.

Most entrepreneurs learn and understand that when they start a business, it is in their best interest to protect their non-business assets such as their home, other real estate, and investments from potential creditors of their business. In the early days of forming a new business, it is typical for the business owner to meet with their attorney and form some type of entity to shelter this risk.

It is an exciting time for the entrepreneur. The days go by quickly as many hours are devoted mentally to the development of the business plan, name, logo, new relationships, etc. Much like the honeymoon for many newlyweds, the entrepreneur doesn't see how the exit should be carefully planned now. Not later.

If a "partner" has been brought into the business in the form of a shareholder in the case of a corporation, a partner in the case of a limited or general partnership, or a member in the case of a Limited Liability Company (LLC), now is the time to plan for the departure of the "partner." If the plan is to wait to negotiate the terms of departure until the time when it is needed, the experience will prove to be difficult, stressful, very expensive, and in some cases impossible to accomplish.

It is not unusual to find businesses operating with partners who have not spoken to one another for several decades. Often, the reason is rooted in the fact that they skipped the exit planning process when they formed the company. No thoughts were given to the possibility that one or more of the partners may not want to continue in the role as an owner or may become ill or incapacitated. Over time, life circumstances change for each individual partner and the perspective of each partner may shift. Partners who were in agreement in the beginning do not always see eye-to-eye over time. This is where trouble begins and is often very difficult to resolve.

4. The fourth fatal error is not practicing your ABC's.

Once again, applying what was learned in elementary school proves to be helpful when starting a business. The ABC acronym is useful to entrepreneurs whether they are seasoned veterans or in the start-up stages of their business.

A-B-C means: Always Be Counseled. When you are considering a legal agreement, written or oral, find competent legal and financial help. Don't skip this important step and wing it. If you take shortcuts, you will likely find yourself spending more time, money, and precious resources down the road to resolve problems. What initially may appear to be a simple contract may have serious, complicated consequences that the unsuspecting entrepreneur does not understand and/or anticipate. If you do not have an Attorney and CPA, ask other successful entrepreneurs to make a recommendation. Such professionals should be familiar and experienced in working with businesses like yours. Ask about the typical client for whom they work and be certain that the professional fits with who you are and what your business does.

A-B-C also means: Always have an A, B, and C plan. The sooner an entrepreneur begins to think in terms of planning in multiple scenarios, the better. But, before the business owner goes through the trouble of planning for the best outcome (the A plan), a good outcome (the B plan), and a workable outcome (the C plan), they should start at Disaster (the D plan). One may wonder, "why don't we call it the ABCD plan?" That is because, no one likes to think or talk about the "Disaster." The truth is, successful entrepreneurs think in those terms. Because if they do think about the absolutely worse-case scenario in the beginning (of a business venture or any other business challenge), then the rest is simple. A-B-and C just falls into place. If an entrepreneur is going to make it successfully to the end of the lifecycle in their business venture, they will face many obstacles. Obstacles become a way of life. The skills an entrepreneur needs to overcome the obstacles are borne from practicing the A-B-C plan. But remember, start at plan D.

5. The fifth fatal error is making promises you can't keep.

Most people do not know that a verbal promise is a valid contract. It's true and it can get the enthusiastic entrepreneur, particularly during the start-up stage in their business, into big trouble.

Most typically, business owners find themselves stepping on this landmine when they deal with employees. Promises made during the recruitment and/or employment term are carved in stone in the mind of that recruit or employee. Somehow, they never forget what was said to them. They may embellish it a bit, too. If stock or other form of ownership is mentioned to a recruit or an employee, and the business owner does not deliver on the promise, the likelihood of litigation increases dramatically. It won't happen immediately. Instead, it happens either when the employee hits bottom or when the entrepreneur succeeds.

There is an expression familiar to business owners who have dealt with the employee promises. And it goes, "what you have given, you can never take away." If the business owner does, they are the goat. Typical employee benefits offered to employees in addition to their salary are often invisible to the employees until they are taken away. Benefits such as health, disability and life insurance coverage, automobile access, vacation and/or paid time off, continuing education, and child care are very costly to the business owner. In some cases, the business owner adds employee benefits as the company stabilizes and begins to make a profit. These additions to an employee's compensation package may not have been initially included in the employee's Employment Agreement. It is the addition of the benefits that becomes one of those employee promises. As a business owner starts to hire employees and add benefits to their compensation packages, they should be very mindful of both the written and verbal promises made to avoid a fatal ending.

Many entrepreneurs enthusiastically share their business ideas with others before they officially form their entity and begin doing business. This can be a dangerous time if they discuss potential partnership opportunities with individuals and/or entities or share specific plans that would be considered intellectual property with others. During this time, the discussions may include the possibility of some form of shared ownership of the entity or concept. And ideas from both parties may be openly explored.

It is human nature that when a person hears about a great idea, their minds wonder off and recall how they thought of a similar strategy or opportunity. So, in a strange way, the idea "becomes" their own. The trouble starts when that idea comes to fruition by the entrepreneur and the person or entity-not involved in the project-believes it belongs to them. Just as in the case of the disgruntled or former employee or when the entrepreneur reaches a visible level of success, the conversations or discussions with those outside of the business become a promise that the entrepreneur never intended to make or intended to keep. It is imperative that any such discussion, during the pre-startup stage (and after the business commences for that matter) be protected with the appropriate confidentiality agreements to avoid a potential fatal error.

Whether you are just beginning to think about entrepreneurship or have your start-up underway, it is not too late to make the calculator your best friend and do the math, to chose carefully and structure your partner relationships, to plan for your exit from the entity and separation from any partners, to make a habit of practicing the ABC's of good counsel and contingency planning. And last, but certainly not least, make only those promises that can be kept.

By Holly Magister

New website Exitpromise.com has just joined the women entrepreneur network. This newly launched website promises to be ad-free, and provide insightful, original content to help all women business owners succeed. Join other successful women entrepreneurs to Build and Sell a Top-Dollar Woman Enterprise! At Exitpromise.com, you will find all the resources you need to share, learn, and grow your woman-owned business. Join today at http://exitpromise.com/

Saturday, July 5, 2014

What is the Number One Asset of Women-Owned Businesses?

The most important asset of women owned businesses is her client. Without clients you have no income. Without income you have no business. Every time you lose a client you lose a potential income producing asset. Also, a satisfied client is a source for referrals and testimonials generating new clients and income.

Establishing trust is essential. Clients will continue to do business with you if they know you and trust you. Here are seven ways to win and keep client:

1. Be likable - Think about the people you like to do business with and why you keep going back to them. How do you feel when you are around them. Try to emulate them.

2. Do not just hear them - Listen! People can tell when you are haphazardly listening. Real listening requires response and some level of understanding.

3. Know your client - You do not have to be their best friend but knowing their point of view, their situation in life and their likes will create a positive experience in their relationship with you.

4. Be enthusiastic - Being excited about what you do will return high profits. No one likes to do business with someone who only cares about their pocketbook.

5. Be straight up honest - If what they need is beyond what you can provide, tell them so and refer them to someone else if you can.

6. Follow up - Set yourself apart with e-mails, thank you notes, and phone calls after you have provide the service or product.

7. Give more value - Always give more value than your customer expects. Give away samples, bonuses, or fancy packaging. Remember the bakers dozen of thirteen.

In women owned businesses a successful woman does not just dust her computer and polish her furniture, she strokes her clients.

By Lana Hingle

Lana J. Hingle

[http://beamilliondollarwoman.com] - women owned businesses.


I help women who want to start their own business. I've started, managed, and consulted with over a dozen businesses. Some of the businesses were highly successful and some failed quickly. I want to help women avoid some of the pit falls of starting their own business.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Things Your Momma Never Told You About Running a Business!

The South Carolina Women's Business Center's held it's First Annual Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, April 9th and it was the probably the best $50 I've ever spent! It was a panel discussion featuring the Upstate's most influential women entrepreneurs and was moderated by dynamic speaker and author, Deb Sofield.

Panel members included:

  • Carmen Geschke, Owner and President of Protec-Enterprises LLC
  • Taryn Scher, President and Founder of TK PR
  • Elizabeth Garrison Rasor, Founder of Ever-Green Recycling
  • Cindy Parker, Owner of Eyes In Motion and Georgia/Carolina Safety Specialties, Inc.
  • Karen Knuckles, Owner of Express Employment Professionals

We not only heard from this amazing panel, there was also an opportunity for a speed mentoring session with one of the panelists. I had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Karen Knuckles of Express Employment Professionals. Each panelist came from a different industry and background, so there was something for everyone to grasp. There was valuable information for participants of all levels; whether new business owners or seasoned small business veterans of 20 years.

Here are some notes that really stuck with me:

Getting Your Business Started:

  • Make a decision! Whether right or wrong, make a decision, live with and learn from it.
  • It's not always about your actual product or service, it's also about running the business side of things. (Marketing, Training, Finance, Cash Flow, etc.)
  • Never allow one client to be the bulk of your income.
  • Cultivate a relationship with a banker. You'll need them!
  • Learn what you're worth and stay your ground!

Advice on Running Your Business:

  • Be Persistent! You can't give up easily, there will be some roadblocks, you must find a way to push through or get around them.
  • For as long as you have a paycheck coming in, knock on every door! You can't stop just because you get a new client or make a big sale. You must continue to "knock on doors".
  • Get the right people on your team. Your personal board of advisers and your business board of advisers are extremely important.
  • Volunteer! Find an organization that you can benefit from your services. Be strategic, if you want to be in public relations, volunteering to pick up trash is great, but providing your PR services for free is a better way to utilize your time and get your name out there.

Words of Wisdom for New Entrepreneurs:

  • Focus on what you're EXCEPTIONAL at doing, not just kind of good.
  • Do your homework before asking for a mentor. We are all busy people; don't waste someone's time with things you can find on Google!
  • Have a clear niche and go after that.
  • Fear will push you, it will make you succeed, so it's good and normal to have feelings of fear when you're getting started. That fear will actually follow you throughout and will motivate you to put in the work.
  • Carve out time for yourself, you may have to schedule it like a meeting on your calendar. You'll be at your best when you are well rested and make time for things you love doing.

I also learned that the South Carolina Women's Business Center offers free one-on-one counseling to help with business plans, business management, feasibility of business ideas, preparing you to seek funding... anything you need to help you get started. The Upstate chapter planned today's event, and they did an amazing job! I'll be signing up to get counseling and will plan to attend many more events that they organize.

By J.B. Wiener