How You Can Leverage the Rising Optimism, Revenue and Power of Women in Business By: Carol Roth
Apr09

How You Can Leverage the Rising Optimism, Revenue and Power of Women in Business By: Carol Roth

If Small Business is the economic engine for America, then women are the engine’s fuel.  Women are starting businesses at twice the rate of their maleWomen-in-business-300x300 counterparts and recent research by Bank of America highlights that women are increasingly optimistic about their businesses’ futures.

So, with rising optimism, revenue and power amongst women in business, how can you leverage that momentum?  I recently moderated a Google Hangout presented by Bank of America, which included NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Chair, Darla Beggs, Inc. Magazine’s Editor-at-Large Kimberly Weisul and Bank of America Small Business National Sales Executive Jill Calabrese Bain, and we generated fantastic insights on the state of women in business and tips for you to apply in your own business to increase your success.

You can watch the full event here, but some of the key takeaways included:

Embrace Your Differences as Strengths- Speaking in generalizations, while men put their self-confidence forward as a business differentiator, women focus on their creativity, empathy and ability to multi-task. Using these as your strengths can help set apart your business from the competition and allow you to lead effectively. 

Technology Drives Growth and Time Management– Technology, which has become very accessible and affordable for small business owners, is not only a way to streamline operations, but a great way to get precious minutes back in your day.  Look at areas in your business and your business day where you can make better use of technology. 

Create and Emphasize a Personal Brand- A personal brand can help you take your business to the next level.  Not only does standing for something set you apart from competitors, giving you visibility, it can also add to your credibility.  You can get an edge by enhancing your status as an expert because everyone wants to hire the person thatwrote the article over the one who has read the article. 

Help is Not a Four-Letter Word…- Women are often afraid to ask for help, fearing it will make them look weak.  But seeking help is truly a strength in business.  Surround yourself with fantastic advisors who can help you see the forest when you are a little too close to the trees.

Work Life Balance is a Myth- It’s a continual struggle to take care of your business, your family and yourself. Put aside your notions about what balance is and focus on prioritizing what’s most important and urgent at that time.  At the end of the day, don’t worry about chasing balance—build the business that suits you and your goals and objectives, and don’t focus too much on what others are doing. 

Build Relationships with a Variety of Mentors- Having people around you who have been there, done that can help you avoid time consuming and costly mistakes and also help you find a quicker route to growth.  Seek very specific, limited advice as you build up relationships and source that advice from a variety of people to give yourself the power of extra expertise and differing perspectives.

You can get more details on these tips and some additional tactics to help you gain even more momentum in your own business by watching the 30 minute video of the event.  Make sure to make the time to do this and pursue other strategic endeavors where you can work on your business, not just in it. It’s worth investing a half hour of your time to take your business to the next level!

 


This post is provided through syndication from entrepreneur, CNBC Contributor & bestselling author Carol Roth (www.CarolRoth.com).  You can visit her blog at (http://CarolRoth.com/blog) or connect with her on Twitter @CarolJSRoth (http://www.twitter.com/CarolJSRoth).

 

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April TEW Meet-Up + Book Signing
Apr09

April TEW Meet-Up + Book Signing

Join the crew for an impromptu book signing, author chat, kids and adults
welcome!

[TEW] Creative Meet-Up + Book Signing #2
Author chat featuring books by local authors:TEW2Book Launch DSC_0216-001
Juana Wooldridge, Julie M Holloway and Jasmine Holloway!

As we do with every event, we love to ask….

  • WHAT’S YOUR WHY?
  • WHAT DO YOU DO? WHY DO YOU DO IT?
  • WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? WHY DO YOU WANT TO DO IT?

Now, let’s get to work! Dreams are real, and we have great work to do, lives to inspire and goals to meet!

 

MEET THE AUTHORS

Meet Juana!
https://www.facebook.com/jwooldridgejr?fref=ts

Meet Jasmine
www.jmhcandles.com

Meet Julie
www.tewyou.com // www.juliemholloway.com

 

‪#‎letsconnect, collaborate and inspire‬!

 


 

It’s time that you face the fact that you CAN succeed, and that you will go far if you follow your dreams and bring your passion to life. Half the battle of being an entrepreneur is loving the battle of being an entrepreneur. Start your road to success today with “The Entrepreneur Within You.”

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April book signing, author chat, kids and adults TEW2Book Launch DSC_0216-001welcome!
Apr09

April book signing, author chat, kids and adults TEW2Book Launch DSC_0216-001welcome!

Join the crew for an impromptu book signing, author chat, kids and adults TEW2Book Launch DSC_0216-001welcome!

[TEW] Creative Meet-Up + Book Signing #2
Author chat featuring books by local authors:
Juana Wooldridge, Julie M Holloway and Jasmine Holloway!

As we do with every event, we love to ask….

  • WHAT’S YOUR WHY?
  • WHAT DO YOU DO? WHY DO YOU DO IT?
  • WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? WHY DO YOU WANT TO DO IT?

Now, let’s get to work! Dreams are real, and we have great work to do, lives to inspire and goals to meet!

 

MEET THE AUTHORS

Meet Juana!
https://www.facebook.com/jwooldridgejr?fref=ts

Meet Jasmine
www.jmhcandles.com

Meet Julie
www.tewyou.com // www.juliemholloway.com

‪#‎letsconnect‬!

 


 

It’s time that you face the fact that you CAN succeed, and that you will go far if you follow your dreams and bring your passion to life. Half the battle of being an entrepreneur is loving the battle of being an entrepreneur. Start your road to success today with “The Entrepreneur Within You.”

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5 Must-Have Apps for the Busy Entrepreneur
Apr08

5 Must-Have Apps for the Busy Entrepreneur

By Zach Taiji

 

Being an entrepreneur and growing your startup can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences, but the road to success is never easy. It’s a demanding and often times 24/7 job, requiring an effective work-life balance in order to be successful (and happy).

cloudmagic

Thankfully, the little rectangular devices that live inside our pockets for most of the day contain powerful features that can help entrepreneurs manage their day-to-day routines and inspire success.

 

You might be thinking, why would I have time to use these apps when I’ve got a million other things to do? Good news: many apps are designed with busy people in mind, and require only a few minutes of your attention each day. Below are five apps that help make a busy entrepreneur’s day easier:

 

CloudMagic (Free – $5 per month)todoist

Checking and writing email is necessary part of any entrepreneur’s daily routine, albeit time consuming. CloudMagic is an email app for iOS and Android that features full push notification support, a unified inbox and connections to your other productivity apps like Evernote and Salesforce with “Cards”.

 

Todoist (Free – $3 per month)

Todoist is a cloud-based todo list app that syncs tasks across almost every mobile or desktop device imaginable. Busy users can take advantage of colored labels, filters, recurring tasks and notifications to make sure you don’t miss anything important. Gmail users can even add their emails as tasks.

 

1Password (Free – $9)1password

For iOS, Android and desktop devices, 1Password helps manage all of your passwords, payment card information, software licenses and more. The iOS version features Touch ID support and the app syncs passwords securely across multiple devices. A must-have for busy entrepreneurs who have several online accounts. $9 and up gets you additional features.

 

Audvisor (Free)

Audvisor is an app for iOS and Android devices that features quick three minute audio tips from 100+ experts, including Seth Godin and Guy Kawaski. There are currently over 1,000 audio clips covering over a dozen topics, ranging from entrepreneurship to marketing.

audvisor

 

SignEasy (Free – $5)

Signing and sending contracts is never a fun task, especially if you don’t have a scanner or computer in front of you while on the go. SignEasy allows you to securely sign and collect signatures on iOS, Android and BlackBerry. One of the most affordable signing app options, the first 3 documents are free and 10 additional documents are $5 each.

 

signeasy

Zach Taiji

Zach works as a freelance writer/photographer by night and a public relations professional by day. He has over 4 years of writing experience in general technology trends, marketing/PR, social media and web design – and has helped place articles in various publications including Wired, PC Mag and 9to5mac.

 

Read More
5 Must-Have Apps for the Busy Entrepreneur
Apr08

5 Must-Have Apps for the Busy Entrepreneur

By Zach Taiji

 

Being an entrepreneur and growing your startup can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences, but the road to success is never easy. It’s a demanding and often times 24/7 job, requiring an effective work-life balance in order to be successful (and happy).

cloudmagic

Thankfully, the little rectangular devices that live inside our pockets for most of the day contain powerful features that can help entrepreneurs manage their day-to-day routines and inspire success.

 

You might be thinking, why would I have time to use these apps when I’ve got a million other things to do? Good news: many apps are designed with busy people in mind, and require only a few minutes of your attention each day. Below are five apps that help make a busy entrepreneur’s day easier:

 

CloudMagic (Free – $5 per month)

 

 

Checking and writing email is necessary part of any entrepreneur’s daily routine, albeit time consuming. CloudMagic is an email app for iOS and Android that features full push notification support, a unified inbox and connections to your other productivity apps like Evernote and Salesforce with “Cards”.

 

todoist

 

 

 

 

Todoist (Free – $3 per month)

 

 

Todoist is a cloud-based todo list app that syncs tasks across almost every mobile or desktop device imaginable. Busy users can take advantage of colored labels, filters, recurring tasks and notifications to make sure you don’t miss anything important. Gmail users can even add their emails as tasks.

 

1Password (Free – $9)1password

For iOS, Android and desktop devices, 1Password helps manage all of your passwords, payment card information, software licenses and more. The iOS version features Touch ID support and the app syncs passwords securely across multiple devices. A must-have for busy entrepreneurs who have several online accounts. $9 and up gets you additional features.

 

Audvisor (Free)

Audvisor is an app for iOS and Android devices that features quick three minute audio tips from 100+ experts, including Seth Godin and Guy Kawaski. There are currently over 1,000 audio clips covering over a dozen topics, ranging from entrepreneurship to marketing.

audvisor

 

SignEasy (Free – $5)

Signing and sending contracts is never a fun task, especially if you don’t have a scanner or computer in front of you while on the go. SignEasy allows you to securely sign and collect signatures on iOS, Android and BlackBerry. One of the most affordable signing app options, the first 3 documents are free and 10 additional documents are $5 each.

 

signeasy

Zach Taiji

Zach works as a freelance writer/photographer by night and a public relations professional by day. He has over 4 years of writing experience in general technology trends, marketing/PR, social media and web design – and has helped place articles in various publications including Wired, PC Mag and 9to5mac.

 

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