Entrepreneur Candi King is a mom of four children, ranging in age from 9 to 14. She has worked with wood extensively, and makes a variety of different wood items, including puzzles, doll houses, and barns. She also sews, and makes reusable cloth gift bags. What is your business/Business Name? What does your business do? I am co-owner of an ETSY shop called Wooden Ya Play. My mom and I make wooden toys and other crafts as well as eco-friendly reusable fabric gift bags. Why did you get into this field? What opportunities did you see? My parents started a
~by Haley Lynn Gray~ People who get out there and make their own business from scratch are called Entrepreneurs and they can be male or female. However, male and female entrepreneurs do things very differently when it comes time to run a business. Female entrepreneurs tend to be more sensitive to the clients’ needs and her employees’ needs than a male entrepreneur will. Female entrepreneurs want to make sure their employees are taken care of so they do not have a high turnover among workers. Not only do they want to take care of their workers, but they will ensure
Picture this. You had a beautiful logo created that reflects your brand exactly. Then you created sizzle reels, had a photo shoot, and created the perfect copy for your website. You create your signature course, or product. Then you launch it. And… You get crickets. Nada. Zip. In fact, it’s like people are actively avoiding you. You start to wonder what’s wrong. Sometimes people will tell you it’s a mindset problem. That’s a favorite with coaches when they run into this type of situation. You’ll come across coaches who will tell you to fix your mindset, and do X,Y,Z, to
We’ve all been there: our best client calls asking for a sit-down regarding the last project or purchase. As a business owner, it’s a stomach-dropping moment; mind racing over the past delivery: Did we mess up? Did the product fail? Were we good enough? It’s never a happy ownership moment when the client initiates a review. Sometimes, the fixes can be easy. Patch a tear, add a comma, straighten a sign. Other times the fix can be a bear. The client hates the final product and wants a major rework, or-gulp!-a refund. The time to manage your client’s expectations is
Everyone will talk about how problems in the workplace abound for women in business: day-to-day discrimination, the fight to secure funding for endeavors they’re passionate about, and queen bees buzzing about waiting for other girls to succumb to burnout. Each workday is a statement against sexism and a delicate balancing act — one that every woman who’s made any headway in business has learned to take in stride. What no one will tell you is that when women entrepreneurs leave the office, the struggles don’t stop. They just follow us home. And no one ever tells you what happens there.
I guess you could say I grew up eating, drinking and sleeping business. Ever since I can remember everyone I knew owned businesses. My grandparents owned a finance company, that was started by my grandfather’s parents. My aunt and uncle owned a furniture store. My parent owns rock quarries that his father started and my sister and her husband are buying. My mom owned her own salon. My brother has owned businesses, my husband has owned businesses…I think you are starting to get the picture. Our family holidays and dinners are all business chatter. Taxes, employees, customers, great years, bad years,
My perspective on leadership is somewhat different from most. Anyone can yell orders or coerce others into doing what they want through a variety of strategies. But there is one way that will lead you straight into people’s hearts forever, and it’s not for the weak of stomach. It’s leading with a servant’s heart. That means putting yourself out there and taking care of those you are leading. There are so many examples of it in literature, from the story of Jesus washing feet, to Mother Theresa, to the Dalai Lama. Showing up and doing the hard stuff. Digging the
~by Jenny Park~ . There are times when we try to look witty we tend to do unfortunate stuff that makes us look stupid instead. Some people tend to experiment with unusual words and even put on an excellent poker face when speaking, which, based on studies, can blow you up straight in the face. We have this feeling that we can be successful, that we can make our small ideas big. Those may bring you millions, and eventually, you will get famous because of your innovative ideas. Do you feel this? Do you expect it to happen because you
~by Haley Lynn Gray~ If you’ve been to a few networking meetings, chances are you’ve accumulated a healthy stack or two of business cards. I collect them by the cartload. The question then becomes, “What in the world do I do with all of these business cards?” There are some things you should do, and then there are some things you absolutely should not do if you don’t want to face prosecution and fines. Wait, what? If you collect business cards, do not go back to your office and add each of those people to your email list.
~by Haley Lynn Gray~ . I’ve built my Facebook Group the Women’s Entrepreneur Network on Facebook up from 0 to over 60,000 members in just over 2 years. It has been an amazing experience in a lot of ways, and I’ve learned so much while growing the group. Building a Facebook Group for networking purposes can be a fantastic proposal and idea for your business. Think of it this way: you build a group filled with your ideal clients while providing amazing content for them to engage with, and ultimately you bring them into your business. It’s a win-win because