Bootstrapping Tips New Entrepreneurs Need to Know

~by Lizzie Weakley~   We live in an exciting world, and technological advancements have opened up opportunities for new entrepreneurs that used to seem like a dream. Whether you are prepared to start up a large industry or plan to keep your work closer to home by engaging in online marketing, the sky’s the limit. No matter what you’re planning, however, there are some tips you should be aware of to make the most of your efforts.   Startup Hang-ups Humans are innovative beings, and we’re constantly coming up with creative ideas to make things more convenient. However, it takes

4 Ways Women are Breaking into the Technology Field

~by Rachelle Wilber~ It is a very exciting time to be a woman interested in the technology industries. From gaming to apps and all points in between, it has never been easier for women to enter the tech world. Here are four examples of how women are breaking down the barriers and finding their way into the tech industry. Gaming Long seen as a boys club, women are increasingly active in the gaming field. Kim Kardashian’s game, Hollywood, was a massive success, while the popular game Cities: Skyline was developed by Colossal Order studios, whose CEO is Mariina Hallikainen. Women

Starting a Family Business? 5 Ways to Ensure Success

~by Lizzie Weakley~ . Running a family business can be as challenging as starting a business with an associate or former coworker, if not more so. There are personal feelings to consider as well as bruised egos. Plus, they’re people you love. And if you don’t have a plan in place, dissension can easily detract from results. If you’re starting a family business and looking for ways to better ensure its success, consider these helpful tips. 1. Select a Leader Whether it’s you or your older brother, designate someone as leader of your management team. This should be the person

Entrepreneur Interview – Nicole Martinez

Nicole Martinez is the author of Midday Meditations, Spring Dream, The Logan’s Tree, and the upcoming release Intentional Business. She is owner of Heart of Ink Publishing and director of the Believers in Business community. She devotes much of her time as a speaker and small business owner consultant. Entrepreneur Interview Q & A — 1. What is your business/Business Name? What does your business do? My company is Heart of Ink Publishing, so my business is essentially being an author, but I also speak and consult through mentoring and coaching. 2. Why did you get into this field? What

Entrepreneur Interview – Elizabeth Pampalone

Elizabeth Pampalone started her company in 2007 after moving to a new city. Her many companies that followed were born of her observations of the struggles that small businesses face. She has helped start over 10 companies and has created over 300 websites. Entrepreneur Interview Q & A —– 1. What is your business/Business Name? What does your business do? The Web Design Chic. We focus on women-owned businesses and provide them with beautiful, functional web design and branding. 2. Why did you get into this field? What opportunities did you see? I went to an HTML class at the

Advice for New Entrepreneurs from Entrepreneurs Who’ve Been There

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ . I am so blessed to be part of a community of entrepreneurs and experts in their field. They all have so much to offer, and I wanted to share their tidbits of wisdom with other entrepreneurs — especially for those who are just starting out. So I posted this question in my Facebook group, Women’s Entrepreneur Network: What is one piece of advice you would give to new entrepreneurs? We received so many awesome responses; here are just a few: .Petra Monaco: Create a vision of what you want to create and be clear on

Entrepreneur Interview – Jennifer McDonough

Jennifer McDonough is originally from the cheese state of Wisconsin and moved to Raleigh, NC 12 years ago with no plans to be any where else soon! She has 2 children, ages 8 and 5, who keep her on her toes. She enjoys reading, movies, and always learning! Entrepreneur Interview Q & A —– 1. What is your business/Business Name? What does your business do? Modere. My business is a Clean Living company that sells consumable products for you and your home such as vitamins, hair care products, men’s products, weight management, laundry and dish detergent and so much more!

How to Build Trust Using Your Experience

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ Experience matters a lot in business and in life. Think about it this way. You want to hire a lawyer who has a law degree. You look for a degree from a good school as well as other professional certifications.  If you hire an attorney, you want to know that they have a history of doing great work for their clients. You want to know that your attorney is going to uphold your interests and act in your best interest. If you’re in the middle of a tough custody case, you may choose someone who is

What Happens When You’re Consistent in Your Business?

~by Haley Lynn Gray~   Many people start a business and then give up too soon. They ask a couple of people for sales, then they give up when they don’t get as many as they’re hoping for. The reality is that it takes being consistently consistent and a lot of asking to get to those large sales numbers that everyone talks about as being possible. When my daughter is selling Girl Scout Cookies, she has to ask about 20 people for every sale she makes on a $4 box of cookies, which everyone is pretty much familiar with. In

How & Where Should You Tell the World About Your Business?

~by Haley Lynn Gray~   Want to tell the world about your business? One of the suggestions I make to entrepreneurs and business owners is that they find and join either Facebook Groups or LinkedIn groups where they can share their business.  The next question I get is just how to find the groups that I’m recommending people look for. To start, go to the search bar at the top of Facebook, then type in the search terms for what you’re looking for. That could be something like “Raleigh Community Information”, or “Raleigh Women in Business”, or “Female Entrepreneurs”, or