Is Fear Running the Show?

Is Fear Running the Show?

Doubt Kills More Dreams Than Failure Ever Will cardDo you find yourself holding back in fear that your business will fail? That you will attempt something new and it won’t succeed? Are you pretending to be busy instead of REALLY building your business? If you don’t give your best and it fails, it will be less painful, right?

What if I told you that failure is essential to your success? In life and business, you WILL make mistakes. You WILL fail. You WILL screw things up. That’s inevitable. You have got to be willing to learn from your failures when they happen. A willingness to be vulnerable, to make mistakes and to fail is crucial to your success. 

“Failure is simply a price we pay to achieve success.” –John Maxwell

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Are you the CEO of Your Business?

Are you the CEO of Your Business?

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You have probably heard that eight out of ten businesses fail in the first two years. Most people guess the reason is money. It sometimes is. There are other explanations too. The market changes, suppliers fail and complicated regulations make it challenging to run a profitable business. According to a recent Gallup study, one cause rarely mentioned is entrepreneurs. This means the business owner is an important key to success.

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3 Ways to Collaborate to Get More Clients

3 Ways to Collaborate to Get More Clients

executive-534416_1920We continue our focus on collaboration. There are a lot of different ways to embrace it in your business. Here are three super tips to embrace:

Cross Promote

What businesses compliment yours? If you are a makeup artist is there a photographer that would like to promote that could promote you? Can you post someone else’s event and ask them to promote yours? This works very well.

Connect with the Competition

Often times we meet people that do something similar to us and we think of them as competition when they could in fact be our best collaborators of all. Get to know others in a similar business to you and find out where you do not overlap and where you can refer business to each other. They could become your best referral source. Continue reading “3 Ways to Collaborate to Get More Clients”

Women Entrepreneur Self-Care, It is Not What You Think

Women Entrepreneur Self-Care, It is Not What You Think

Laurie Z Digital 3 graphicAs women we hear often about the importance of taking care of ourselves, by making sure we exercise, get enough sleep and eat healthy. As women entrepreneurs there are other self-care to-dos we do not talk about enough. Here are three women in business ideas to review and see what you can do to take better care of you and your bottom line.

 Stand Up for Your Business

As women we are raised on the idea that being nice and agreeable is the way to be. As a woman on a mission, I am sure you have found that nice does not always get the job done. Standing up for your business is like speaking up for yourself. Be sure you are letting your team of vendors know when something is not working. People cannot do better if we do not tell them we need something different. Is there a place you need a better result?

Expect Excellent Service

As a business mentor to women I often hear stories of vendors who vanish or contractors who act like they are doing a favor by working on a project. Make sure you are expecting excellent service from who ever you are paying and if you are not getting great service, ask for it. If you still do not get it, find another solution, you deserve it.

Communicate Your Expectations Early

When starting new relationships with team members or new vendors, sometimes women are unconsciously focused on being liked and being perceived as easy to work with, rather than being clear about what the expectations are. If you have an expectation that every task is completed or every call returned within 24 hours, say that. The clearer you can be about your expectations the better your business will go.

Take care of yourself by taking care of your business. One of the ways you take care of your business is taking a few minutes to take advantage of all the TWIBC resources we have for you. Visit:  www.twibc.com for more great articles, event listings, expert interviews and more.

Are Your Limiting Beliefs Moving You Forward or Holding You Back?

Are Your Limiting Beliefs Moving You Forward or Holding You Back?

African elephant with dumbbellThis is part three in a series on how to create your best year ever as an introverted woman entrepreneur. If you have not read part two, you can read it here.

Being an entrepreneur requires personal growth in all areas of your life. Beliefs you never knew you had can come up and stop you in your tracks. You can know everything there is to know about growing a business, but until you do your inner work to break through limiting beliefs and other blocks holding you back, success will be a struggle. It is critical to work through these beliefs.

A limiting belief is one of the four main blocks to success. It is something that you accept about life, yourself, the world, or people in it, that limits you in some way. These beliefs turn down your bright light.

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BE “ALL IN”

What is required to be a successful woman entrepreneur? Hernan Cortez, was a Spanish conquistador who in burned the ships that brought his 600 men to the shores of Mexico for battle. He did not want them to have any retreat and to fight as such. I see it all the time, women who are “in” business but not “all in” business. They are still considering retreat. This is like having a conversation at a party with someone who is looking past you to see if someone more interesting is around. You can tell they are not fully engaged in the situation they are in.

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Legendary Women Entrepreneurs: Past and Present Innovators (Episode #22)

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Today on the show I have Jaime Nack and in honor of women’s history month, we’re discussing legendary women entrepreneurs: past and present innovators.

Jaime is an active member of the National Women’s Business Council and before we jump into the interview, I wanted to give you a little history on the jaime-nack-legendary-women-entrepreneurscouncil itself.

Founded in 1988, The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.

As the government’s only independent voice for women entrepreneurs, The National Women’s Business Council continues to be a leading voice in advancing the agenda of women entrepreneurs and advocating for broadening the pathways to success for women business owners across America.

The NWBC consist of a council of prominent women business owners and women business leaders to serve as advocates in promoting the women’s entrepreneurship agenda.

Here are a few highlights from our chat:

  • Discuss who Jaime would consider to be her favorite legendary woman innovator and why
  • Talk about the key areas of focus for the council
  • Discuss what are some concrete ways to support women innovators in their start-up phase.

About Jaime Nack

Jaime Nack is an active member of the National Women’s Business Council and the President of Three Squares Inc., a cutting edge sustainability consulting firm specializing in developing comprehensive sustainability plans for corporate entities, government agencies and academic institutions. In 2013, Nack launched One Drop Interactive – a cloud-based employee engagement platform maximizing sustainability management and cost savings. The program was designed to allow companies to improve environmental and economic performance from the inside out, equipping employees with the education and resources to implement sustainable business practices.

Nack has a Master’s degree in Public Policy/International Trade from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Economics with a minor in Urban Planning. She proudly serves as one of Vice President Al Gore’s presenters for The Climate Reality Project and as a federal appointee to the National Women’s Business Council, an advisory council to the President of the United States, Congress and the Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. Nack was named the “2013 Environmental Conservator of the Year” by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, she was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Power of One Day for Entrepreneurs

As I speak to different groups, I hear what makes a difference in people’s lives—how one conversation, one sentence, one meeting, one phone call, one radio program can put an idea in someone’s head that sticks there and won’t leave until action is taken, and things become different. Continue reading “Power of One Day for Entrepreneurs”