~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
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!
~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
~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
~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
~by Natalia Levey~ Is there one household chore you absolutely hate doing? Laundry? Never found this one hard. As a kid growing up in Russia, we had no washing machine or dryer; all the laundry was done by hand in the bathtub. Needless to say, we were a lot more careful about getting our clothes dirty. Today the machines are smarter than ever – they do all the work for you. Just pre-spot, toss stuff in, transfer to the dryer, fold – done! What used to take hours is now down to 10-15 minutes. Ironing? Back to my laundry
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.
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