Women Entrepreneurs: Getting started in 2012
As more women are starting businesses they are seeking advice to get started and some are seeking advice to move forward. What would be one word of advice you can share as an expert for these women seeking expert advice for business success in 2012?
Below is some great tips from some phenomenal women who are my friends who I have met via social media more so Facebook. Many of them are coaches, speakers, and authors who have been through some tough times getting their businesses off the ground. These women have a story and are sharing some tips with you to help you make the right decision in your professional success.
ShaChena Gibbs shares: Do not second guess yourself. If you want to start a business, Go for it! Do not let anyone or anything discourage you. http://www.realsistersrising.com
Eula M. Young shares: The one tip and advice I would give woman is to not leave your day job until you know for sure that your business can sustain you and your family. Some business takes over 4 years to break even, so you must take that into consideration when you start your business.
Alive Mag shares: As an established business owner, I would encourage those that seek to establish a business is to identify your purpose and explore how living your purpose can be turned into a business. Once you identify your purpose, identify your platform. Once your purpose and platform are identified, everything you do relative to your business should contribute to these areas. If it doesn't then you should pass on the opportunity.
Shalonda CoachTreasure Williams shares: Work the steps! It is very easy to attempt to find short cuts to business success. We want to see things take form right away like it does for others, but what we fail to realize is that they have done the work already to get where they are. The only shortcut that I suggest is to invest in yourself and get a coach, mentor or program that can help you side step some common mistakes. However, you must remember that pitfalls will happen, they are necessary for your growth and strengthening. Take constructive criticism and use it if it is necessary. But, above all DO NOT TRY TO CHEAT THE PROCESS! It'll only because you more stress in about 2 or 3 years when you have to start right back from scratch!
Veronica Conway shares:The most important thing to master in business is how to sell something, anything. You have to know how to ask for the money, preferably a lot of it. Also, you have to correctly identify a market that can pay, gladly, for what you have to offer. Most women get so focused on their content, they forget about the revenue
Tina C. Hines shares: You cannot do it all and sometimes you have to hire someone who can relieve a little stress. If something is not your area of expertise, fine someone reputable who is capable of following through on your vision.
Tammy Barbee shares: Networking with other liked-minded people who share your vision is a plus. Also, look for a mentor to assist you in areas that you are not familiar with in your business.
Tiffany Braxton shares: Be clear on what your Purpose is and you’re WHY...Why you are doing your business, and who you intend to serve.
Edeline Francois-Dryden shares: Don't give up! "Quitters never win because Winners never quit"
Bernadette M. Johnson-Hairl shares: Don't rely SOLELY on internet research, especially when it comes to accounting and legal advice. Spending a little bit upfront can save you lots of headaches down the line. Prevention is always cheaper than the cure.
Emily Walton Robinson shares: Outsource the things you are not good at or take you away from building your business.
Cassandra Mack shares: Invest in your growth. Read trade journals from your industry. Stay current on the trends in your industry. Find a good mentor or coach who can help you get to the next level.
Aminah Cole shares: Always remember to remain humble and that you are a vessel and here to help make someone else's life easier.
Felicia Lee shares: One tip that I live by and I am still learning as well is surrounding yourself around Like minded individuals, who are doing the same things as you are. Because Friends or not, no matter how long you have had a friend in life, If your proactive and their not, it’s almost as if you wrote a check to remain stagnant. Some "Friends" will try to hold you back. Know when and how to separate friends from business.
Stephanie A'neitra Watson MzVisionary shares: I encourage businesses to institute a viable marketing strategy for their company that is realistic and achievable that will yield ROI- (return on investment) additionally, I suggest that an operating budget be put in to place for the fiscal year. Proper preparation yields success in Business.
Feona Sharhran Huff shares: You only want to take advice from someone who can practice what they preach. Just this morning, I was on a conference call with a business coach and I questioned what qualified her to be an expert in her field. She quickly responded that she is passionate about what she does and follows the advice she gives. Plus, she said, she is an expert in book publishing. And, it's true. Her highly visible and well-received books speak volumes that she knows what she's doing. Anybody talk. What you want to do, however, is listen to someone who has "been there, done that" and who has a track record to back up their talk.
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