As a small business owner, the support of sponsors for my events and projects has been a huge help with off-setting my costs, reaching a broader demographic and providing a platform for other entrepreneurs and small business owners when I host events – both virtually and face-to-face.
Learning is a continuous process. Throughout my entrepreneurial journey I have had the opportunity to connect with some amazing female entrepreneurs who have shared a plethora of knowledge with me directly and indirectly.
One of the greatest things about the Internet is the accessibility of information and being able to learn from others anytime from any place.
Below is a list of 10 women who I have learned from over the years as a blogger, entrepreneur, social media consultant and, even, from my days as a direct sales consultant.
(Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links.)
The nitty gritty of this article are specific actions to take to make the most out of your online communities – especially Facebook groups which are very popular and can cultivate wonderful collaborations.
As the popularity of Facebook groups grew, groups began popping up about anything and everything. And that is fantastic. I love that I can join groups and connect with people that are passionate about my many different interests and ideas – from entrepreneurs, bloggers, motherhood, direct sales and even quick and easy meal ideas for busy families. It’s awesome, I know!
Side Note: Please do not automatically add people to your groups. Send them a quick note or invite and give them the option to join or request that you add them. It is a pet peeve of many.
Think about anyone you know who is incredibly successful.
Do these people do everything themselves? Do they do it all themselves?
Think of J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books. She writes the books, but does she do all the legal work, all the marketing, distribution, printing, advertising and public relations?
No of course she does not.
She has a “success team” around her.
Goal setting is important for any business – without the proper establishment of goals based on a business’ mission, there is no direction for the business itself or its employees. However, goal setting alone is not enough. Here’s what you need to do if you’re going to turn those goals into reality.
Before goals can be set, the definition of success needs to be established. Will it be an increase in sales by five percent, opening of more branches of the business, or opening of a new division within the business? Your goals should all be focused around what you consider to be success for your business. Read more
Goal setting is crucial for attaining what you want in your personal and professional life. Think about the times you’ve created long-lasting changes in your life. Examine what you’ve achieved and you’ll discover that there was most likely a planned and well executed goal behind it. Goal setting is very important and something that I am passionate about and attribute much of my success in my home-based business. Read more
Do you have confidence in your business? When asked about what you do how articulately and effectively are you able to share your passion with others?
If those questions made you pause, do not fret. Many women in business struggle with this. Female entrepreneurs are starting businesses at record numbers in today’s society. They are confident and secure selling products and being behind the scenes, but ask them to speak in front of others and fear enters in quickly. Read more
Each month I meet with a group of women in Columbia, South Carolina and discuss our progress towards reaching our personal and professional goals. Many of the women in the group have specific business goals they are working towards this year and it is exciting to work with them, celebrate their successes and work through their obstacles along the way.
3 Steps to Achieve Your Business Goals
1. Target in on your goal: Your goal must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Remember: Some goals must be big and some goals must be long-range. Read more
This article (and the accompanying video below) shares 4 steps I take that I contribute to the success of my home-based business. A couple of these are action steps I took while I was still working full-time outside of the home and the rest are steps I had include after some “ah-ha” moments after I took the leap to full-time entrepreneurship. Read more
This article, Support Is A Two-Way Street, originally appeared on my blog, Divas With A Purpose – a website that provides tools and resources for women to succeed in their personal and professional lives.