Apr 18

Working Mom Interview – Samantha Herring

Samantha: “When I was first married, the thing I wanted more than anything else was children. I have been blessed with two beautiful girls, ages 17 and 21. When my first was born, I put my college career on hold. Once my youngest daughter was in high school, I decided to finish my degree. I am now a proud ECU alumna and have a dream job working as the communications manager for Extension of You Home Care. (You know how I love to write Haley – I couldn’t write this part in less than 2-3 sentences.)”
Samantha Herring

Samantha Herring

Interview Q & A

1. Do you stay at home, work at home, or work-outside the home?

For 20 years, I stayed home with my daughters. I kept very busy outside the home, volunteering for things at their school and in church.

2. How many kids do you have? 

Two amazing, almost-grown girls.

3. What’s your go-to dinner during the week? Do you care to share a recipe?

Well, funny you should ask. During most of my married life, I have been responsible for family meals. A couple of years ago, my husband decided that he really enjoyed cooking and took over that responsibility. He actually loves to go to the grocery store too, so I let him. I don’t mind one bit. Most of the time, I don’t even have to think about what’s for dinner. It’s a bit of a role reversal I suppose—one that we are both very happy with.

Go-to recipe: Cincinnati Chili. The whole family absolutely loves

Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati Chili

4. What are your best tips for staying sane?

Yoga, meditation, music, and staying positive. I believe that the energy you put out into the world is the energy that you get back, so I try really hard to be positive. I truly believe that good things will come to me (and they have!).

5. What are your favorite tools for time/household management?

My calendar. We are now a Mac household, so I can sync all of my Apple products so that I am (almost) never without my calendar. Sometimes I still manage to forget things though.

6. Do you have pets?  If so, what kind?

Our family has a gray Boston Terrier and a white English Bulldog. They are currently eating their way through the baseboards and sheetrock in our house. They are very destructive puppies, but they have great personalities and we love them bunches.

7. What are your hobbies? 

Since I started back to school, graduated, and started working outside the home, I haven’t had a lot of time for hobbies. I do love to travel immensely — especially internationally. I love learning new things, reading, riding my bike on the local greenways, practicing yoga, and singing in the CFX Praise Band at First United Methodist Church Cary.

8. What’s on your bucket list?

I’ve been blessed to have completed a lot of things that were on my bucket list already: hike the Swiss Alps, spend time in Italy and Sweden, fly in a small prop plane and a helicopter (over the Grand Canyon), sing backup in a band, graduate from college, edit a published book, be on a television commercial, help create a television commercial, learn how to play the guitar, participate in a study abroad program (in Poland!). Still on the list?  Hike Machu Picchu in Peru, go on an eco-friendly trip to somewhere in Africa, discover my German descendants and visit the area in Germany where my family is from once I do. It’s hard to say what’s still on the list. I don’t really spend a lot of time thinking about it. I just try to be ready to grab an experience when it comes within my reach.

9. If you work, what do you do?  How did you decide?

I am a communications major, and I work as communications manager for a home care agency. When I returned to school several years ago, I chose a degree that sounded like it would be fun. I really like writing, and that’s a large part of communications.

10. If you work, what’s the most rewarding part about it?

The work I do helps bring assistance to those who need it. That’s something that I can believe in and feel passionate about. It’s rewarding to have such a multi-faceted job: I am responsible for public relations, communications, and marketing functions. Things change daily, so I never have a chance to get bored.

11. If you could choose any career, what would it be?

The one I’m in now. I’m living the dream.

12. If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Learn to take things in stride.

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Apr 17

Thriving as a Female Entrepreneur in the 21st Century!

~by Donya Zimmerman~

As a female entrepreneur, you must learn to discover the “true you”. You cannot be like anyone else if you want to have a thriving business. You must know your niche and how to get your message across to your ideal customers.

Being a “true entrepreneur” involves being genuine, unique and different. The most successful women entrepreneurs are those with integrity. Also, successful women entrepreneurs love what they do and have no problem sharing their gifts with others. 

Many female entrepreneurs are a success because they are spiritually grounded.  Many women business owners have learned to take their special gifts and talents given to them by God and use them in a positive way. Female entrepreneurs must learn to stand out from the crowd and try not to be part of the “in crowd”.  Also, women business owners must realize that they cannot run their business like other business owners. They should run their business in a way that suits them and is comfortable for them. 

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As a female entrepreneur it is okay to be unique, authentic and out of this world.  Many female entrepreneurs have realized that the way they run their business is right for them, and find no reason to change their daily operations to please others.  Successful women entrepreneurs are seen as pioneers and beacons of light for up and coming female entrepreneurs.

Romans 13:11, “And that knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”  As a female entrepreneur, the number one way to fail at a business is by your “thinking”. Many women desire to start their own business, but have the “mindset of poverty”. Many women have the following thoughts of why they should not start a business:

  1. They don’t have the time to start a business.
  2. They can’t do it.
  3. They are too scared to start their own business.
  4. They don’t have the money to start a business.
  5. They will not be successful at it.


Many women are afraid to start a business because they feel that their business will take up too much time. Also, they will not have time to take care of others (especially family). Women must get out of the “mindset of poverty”. God created women in His likeness and this means He wants women to use their gifts and talents to uplift others. Also, women should use their God-given gifts and talents to make a better life for themselves and their families. 

It is time to create a “mindset of prosperity”. It is time to get rid of the “shackles of self-doubt”, and become free to live out your dreams. Get rid of the “slave mentality” that you can’t do it, and create the “freedom mentality” that you can do it. Women entrepreneurs have to understand that some opportunities only come once in a lifetime, and they must grab every opportunity and run with it. 

Time to wake up from your sleep, my sisters, and get going on that business idea.  Time waits for no one.  As God states, “It is high time to awake out of your sleep and receive your salvation.”
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Meet the Author: Donya Zimmerman

Donya Zimmerman

Donya Zimmerman

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience. Donya is also a public speaker and aspiring author. 

She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) and Powerful Biz Woman (subsidiary of FACMBC), both of which are based in Baltimore, MD.

Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance; Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance; and Business Organization Assistance. 

If you are thinking about starting your own small business or non-profit organization, do not hesitate to contact me because I can show you how to do so.

For more information about Donya:

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Apr 16

Increase Your Business Success With the Power of Positive Thinking

It’s no secret that with entrepreneurship brings huge amounts of stress, but learning to maintain a positive

 business outlook can be a learned skill. It will help to stay upbeat, productive, and help keep order and balance in

life.

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Here are the best ways to maintain, and even increase, a positive attitude to multiply success in your life and

business.

Give. Negativity can be caused by concentrating on what you think are negative parts of your life… or by focusing

on what you DON’T have. You can immediately change your negativity by giving to others and share your skills

with the people around you. Helping others always creates positive emotions and forces you to focus on others,

rather than on yourself and what you think you’re lacking. Never hesitate or doubt your value. Even the smallest of

gestures you share can cause a massive change in another’s perspective and attitude, and when you see what a

difference you can make in others, you will feel better and more positive about yourself.

Show Appreciation. One of the easiest ways to increase your positivity is to express appreciation. Showing

thankfulness for what you already have will let go of any negativity that you may be holding on to. Gratitude

immediately puts you in the feeling of love, and wherever love resides, fear and other negative emotions cannot.

The most effortless ways to put more gratitude in your life is to show it every morning. When you wake up tell

yourself at least 5 things you are thankful for – it can be spoken aloud or in your head, but they must be detailed

and come from the heart. Close your eyes and feel it in your body and mind, think of how grateful you are for all

that you have and has happened to you. The feeling of positivity and happiness immediately upon waking is the

perfect way to start your day and will make your day more successful and far less stressful.

Imagine Your Success. Many of the world’s greatest and richest people use the power of attraction and

visualization to magnetize toward them everything they want in their lives.

To use the power of attraction, just close your eyes and think of a positive event that has happened before. Think

of it exactly as it happened and place yourself within it. Feel the emotions you felt when this positive event

occurred. Keep yourself in this positive feeling and imagine your day and events of your day going exactly the same

way – they go exactly as you want, with yeses and positivity throughout your day. When you have a particularly

important event or meeting, use this method to prepare your power for the attraction of positivity.

Control Your Breathing. There is a common belief that those that can control their breathing can control their

lives, and the more balance you have in your breath, the more balance you’ll find in your life. Think back to a time

when you feel you lost control of a situation – What happened to your breathing pattern? Your anxiety or anger

caused your breathing to become quickened and shortened.

Once you learn to control your breathing, then you will better understand the effect it has on your emotions, both

positive and negative. To learn better breath control, escape to a quiet space. Take a breath in through your nose

and feel the air enter your body and go deep into your lungs. As soon as it hits the deepest parts of your lungs,

breathe out through your mouth to release all tension.

 

Haley Gray

Haley Gray

Meet the Author: Haley Gray

As founder and owner of Leadership Girl, Haley Gray offers Business Coaching, support and resources to entrepreneurs. Whether you want to get a new business off the ground, or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

To learn more about Leadership Girl’s Business Coaching Services, please visit our Services Offered page: http://leadershipgirl.com/services-offered/

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Apr 15

Entrepreneur Interview – Karima Mariama-Arthur

Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq. is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WordSmithRapport™. Prior to this, she spent more than a decade working exclusively with corporate litigation based firms where she focused on corporate compliance, commercial transactions, and complex foreign litigation. Karima is also an author, corporate speaker, expert facilitator, strategic leadership advisor, professional development expert, and executive communications consultant… and she speaks both spanish and english fluently.

Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq.

Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq.

Interview Q & A:

1. What is your business/Business Name?  What does your business do?

WordSmithRapport. We’re an executive consulting firm specializing in professional development. We work with individuals, corporations and their executive teams to solve performance challenges in the areas of leadership and communication.

2. Why did you get into this field?  What opportunities did you see?

I wanted to utilize the amazing skills that I mastered as an attorney to expand my reach. As a consultant, speaker, trainer and coach, I empower my clients, add value and provide them with tools that they can access for the long-haul. I saw an opportunity to help every client improve their condition.

3. What have been your biggest challenges?

Not making key decisions sooner. Looking back, I realize that doing certain things with a sense of urgency could have made the road much easier. But those challenges have empowered me to make better decisions in the present.

4. What has been your greatest reward?

Seeing the powerful transformation that clients go through after working with me.

5. If you could change something, what would it be?

I would have given myself permission to make more mistakes, and therefore be committed to taking action on a larger scale.

6. If you could give a new entrepreneur advice, what would it be?

To take action in spite of fear, and to move forward with a strong sense of urgency.

7. Social Media.  Yay or Nay?

It’s a critical component of branding and increasing your business footprint.

8. How do you market your products?

N/A for now.

9. Is your business a service or a product?  If you are a product, how do you handle production? 

Services. We have new products coming out later this year.

10. What is unique about your business?

We offer customized services for every client.

11. Sell me your product/service.

Everyone has blind spots. Our job is to help you find yours. If you dare to go from good to great, we look forward to working with you.

12. How can people get in touch with you?  What’s your website/Contact information?

WordSmithRapport

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Apr 13

Beware the Social Media Trap

~by Haley Gray~

LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Pinterest… the list goes on. There are so many different social media platforms that it boggles the mind. It used to be that you could advertise on the TV or radio, and know that you were reaching most of your target audience. Nowadays, that’s not true anymore, as more people have quit cable, and are instead on Hulu, Netflix, or hanging out on the internet on their computers, cell phones, or tablets. The market has segmented wildly, which means that it can be harder than ever to find your ideal clients. Don’t fall into the Social Media Trap!

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It’s tempting to start opening accounts on all the different platforms, then creating a YouTube channel, an email list, a blog, and then try to maintain all of those as a startup company. Even if you had a dozen people working for you managing social media, it can be an incredible time sink, and you may not even be reaching your ideal clients on all the platforms because they may not even hang out there. Or, you may fail to respond to inquiries because you have so many points of contact that you lose business.

Neither scenario is particularly pleasant, so what is a business owner supposed to do?  In short, you need to do a little bit of research, and think about who exactly your ideal client is, and figure out where they hang out online. Then you create an account in that place to reach them. For example, for Leadership Girl, my ideal client is a female over the age of about 25, who has job experience, and is in a leadership role, or is contemplating owning her own business. My ideal client for my Home Care business is actually the daughter of the client. She will typically be between the ages of 40 and 65, and likely will still have children at home, or recently graduated from college. In both cases, those ideal clients tend to hang out on Facebook and Pinterest. That’s where I focus my time, and focus on engaging clients. 

I make sure that where I’m spending my time is where that ideal client spends their time.  I limit the amount of time I spend on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and SnapChat. I’m pretty sure I’m not ever going to find a client on SnapChat, so I don’t even have an account there. 

In the words of one of my friends, time is money, so unless a particular platform is going to be bringing in clients, and thus money, don’t bother with it. Don’t try to open a gazillion accounts that you then have to monitor for activity. Don’t do it. That way lies madness, and you won’t have time to focus your time and energy on doing the things that matter the most to your business. 

Subscribe to the KISS principle when it comes to social media. Focus on the ones likely to bring you revenue, and ignore the rest. You can’t be everything to everyone, so it is not even worth trying. 


Haley GrayMeet the Author: Haley Gray

As founder and owner of Leadership Girl, Haley Gray offers Business Coaching, support and resources to entrepreneurs. Whether you want to get a new business off the ground, or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

To learn more about Leadership Girl’s Business Coaching Services, please visit our Services Offered page: http://leadershipgirl.com/services-offered/

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Apr 11

Working Mom Interview – Rachel Brenke

Rachel Brenke is an author, photographer, lawyer and business consultant for photographers and bloggers. She currently helps creative industry and blogging professionals all over the world initiate, strategize and implement strategic business and marketing plans through various mediums of consulting resources and legal direction.

Interview Q & A


1. Do you stay at home, work at home, or work-outside the home?

Rachel Brenke

Rachel Brenke

I manage several businesses of my own. Some of that is done in my home, but some of it requires I go to our studio.

2. How many kids do you have? 

Five: Three boys and two girls.

3. What’s your go-to dinner during the week? Do you care to share a recipe?

Grilled chicken and veggies – super easy and don’t have to think about it. If it’s not chicken we do steak. In the winter and busy season I’m a big fan of crock pot recipes, but my husband gets a bit tired of those.

4. What are your best tips for staying sane?

Schedule everything! I use lists with deadlines. I also have calendars that are color-coded by operations, personal etc.

5. What are your favorite tools for time/household management?

This is the same answer as #4. I schedule everything and take breaks when needed. I’m big on prioritizing what I need to do and I outsource what I can’t physically find time to do. When it comes to outsourcing, I really like the app, Slack, for keeping all of my communications in one place.

6. Do you have pets?  If so, what kind?

I have a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix named Archer.

7. What are your hobbies? 

I love traveling, and I’m a pretty avid runner as well.

8. What’s on your bucket list?

I’d love to: visit Australia, run a marathon, and finally have a formal wedding (we eloped to courthouse).

9. If you work, what do you do?  How did you decide?

I have several businesses: TheLawTog, Blog Legally, and SnapSpace Studios. The first two businesses use my legal expertise along with my experience as a photographer and blogger to provide customizable contract templates specifically for photographers and bloggers. SnapSpace is a studio that photographers can rent for their photo shoots.

I decided to start these businesses while my husband was in the military. I had a law degree, but couldn’t always practice where we were, and in those times I was offering my photography services. In the end, I decided to combine everything to create my businesses.

10. If you work, what’s the most rewarding part about it?

Knowing that my financial return and flexible schedule are a direct result of my actions.

11. If you could choose any career, what would it be?

I’m actually doing pretty close to what I want, but I would love to volunteer more in the court system with child abuse victims.

12. If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?

Pick your battles – especially in business. If something is too hard, too mysterious, or just takes more time than you have, then get help!

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Apr 10

Roadmap to Self-Improvement

~by Maria Marc~

If you’re on the road to self-improvement, you may find the path can be challenging, especially if you are averse to change. Ultimately you know it’s worth it, but how do you move beyond your fears, doubts, habits, and complacency?

‘I can’t think of anything worse than living a stagnant life, devoid of change and improvement’, said John C. Maxwell (2009).

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I believe any individual with a growth mindset would agree with Maxwell. People with a fixed mindset prefer a more predictable life where change is not a constant.

Ironically change is something we can’t always avoid and we all have to deal with at some point in our life. At the end of all growth remains an option.

Committing to self-growth remains a personal choice, and few are willing to take the steep road towards improvement.

Personal growth expert John C. Maxwell stands behind a few discipline principles as a roadmap to self-improvement:
  1. If you aspire to the success journey, you must live a life of growth. The only thing you have the capability to improve is yourself.
  2. Avoid the ‘one of these days’ syndrome and start growing today. Growth is not automatic, and growing today will give you a better tomorrow. There is no time like right now to get something started. Growth is your responsibility.
  3. Focus on self-development, not self-fulfillment. The purpose of development is to help you attain fulfillment and reach your potential.
  4. No matter how much you are thriving today, don’t get complacent.
  5. Make yourself a continual learner… Learn something new every day.
  6. Develop a specific plan for growth; it is the key to a life of continual learning and improvement. An hour a day is a good start!
  7. Success takes effort, it requires discipline… Be willing to pay the price.
  8. Find ways to apply what you learn; develop positive daily habits. 


Climbing the mountain of personal potential might be time consuming, yet it is a journey you will never regret. It is an investment nobody can take away from you.

“The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way we can grow is if we change. The only way we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we are exposed is if we throw ourselves into the open.” – C. Joybell


So what are you willing to give up to keep growing?

 

Maria Marc

Maria Marc

Meet the Author: Maria Marc

Maria is a blogger and freelance writer. She also has experience with online marketing, including content marketing, search engine optimization, social media, and web analytics.

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Apr 09

4 Ways to Listen to Your Customer

When learning the lessons of becoming an entrepreneur, one of the most important is how to listen to your customers’ wants and needs. Listening to your customers can transform your business, but how do you get started with what can be such a difficult lesson to learn?

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Listening to your customers can be as simple as getting on Facebook or having them fill out a form for feedback to get a deeper understanding about your business. Here are 4 great ways to get constructive criticism from your customers for a better business.

Look to Social Media For Feedback. Using social media has grown exponentially in the last 5 years, and this is for all age groups! With the growth of the use of social media, so has the ease of gathering customer feedback through these platforms.

It’s easier than ever to collect customer feedback since customers have an outlet open 24/7 to give it. Social media also helps with clearing up customer concerns in real-time. This will keep them happy and help to catch and fix any problems immediately. More than ever before, we can build customer relationships through social media and maintain them with these platforms, our websites, and in our face-to-face or phone conversations.

Ask for Feedback Through Your Website & Email. Besides social media, the easiest way for customers to give input will be through your website’s contact form and/or email. Be sure that your contact area or email address on your website is clearly denoted so it is easy for them to get in touch with you. Label with a sincere phrase (i.e., more than “Leave us feedback”) to show you sincerely care about what they have to say, and you do! Have an autoresponder set up to show that you received their message or email, then follow up within 24 hours to their feedback – positive or negative – to build a strong customer relationship.

Use Customer Surveys. Surveys have been gathering feedback for decades. Though they aren’t an interactive way to gather customer information, they can still provide valuable insights on you and your business. A survey’s main purposes are to identify what you’re doing that is great, and if applicable, what you’re doing that isn’t so great. Customers can give feedback through anonymous means and can help with breaking through to those people that are otherwise too anxious to criticize or give their opinions.

Use a Combination of These Tactics. The best way to gather the most complete view of you and your business is to employ a combination of the approaches listed above. There isn’t one best method to get feedback since it’s entirely up to the customer which way they will get in touch with you with their opinions.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you are gathering this information for a reason. The very worst thing to do is to ask customers for feedback and their criticism then never do anything with it. Be sure to gather the information, consider it, then employ the customers’ input into solutions to better both yourself and your business.

 

Haley Gray

Haley Gray

Meet the Author: Haley Gray

As founder and owner of Leadership Girl, Haley Gray offers Business Coaching, support and resources to entrepreneurs. Whether you want to get a new business off the ground, or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

To learn more about Leadership Girl’s Business Coaching Services, please visit our Services Offered page: http://leadershipgirl.com/services-offered/

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Apr 09

Entrepreneur Interview – Donya Zimmerman

Donya Zimmerman is the principle owner of Powerful Biz Woman (DBA of FACMBC) and is a business consultant, aspiring author, and public speaker/trainer. Donya received her Juris Doctorate (JD) in Law from University of Baltimore Law School. Donya is a contributing writer with the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper, and has made article contributions to the Simply Inspirational Women in Business Journal for 2014 published by Dr. Cheryl Cottle. Donya has also conducted several workshops and speaking engagements on business startups and female entrepreneurship.

Interview Q & A

1. What is your business/Business Name?  What does your business do?

Donya Zimmerman

Donya Zimmerman

My business is Powerful Biz Woman (DBA of Family Law & Community Mediation and Business Consulting). Powerful Biz Woman provides business development, business consulting services, and guidance to women who have the dream and desire to start their own small business or non-profit organization. Our services are organized into three areas: business development, business consulting and workshops/training seminars geared towards women who desire to start their own business. Also, we conduct speaking engagements on the following topics: aspiring women business owners, female entrepreneurship and spirituality, how to start a business, and legal aspects of starting a business. 

2. Why did you get into this field?  What opportunities did you see?

I decided to go into business consulting, business development and training development because I wanted to teach others how to properly set up a small business or non-profit organization. Powerful Biz Woman and FACMBC is my second business. My first business I had to close because of financial issues, mismanagement and lack of support. 

The opportunities I see with my new businesses is that I can assist women from 30 years old to 60 years old with starting their own business or non-profit organization.

I found that there was a great need for business development and business consulting services in the Baltimore, MD metro area for women in this age bracket. And there is a great need to provide valuable resources and guidance to women who would like a second chance in life. I wish I had these resources available to me when my first business was in operation.

3. What have been your biggest challenges?

My first biggest challenge was trying to sell my services to my targeted customers. I had to figure out a way to offer my services to potential customers. I had to revise my Marketing Plan to think of resourceful ways to market my services to my ideal customers. 

I realized that I had good services to provide to customers, but no products to go with the services. I had to figure out the best products to develop to show off the services offered by Powerful Biz Woman. By drafting a Marketing Plan, I was able to determine the best products to market the services offered by Powerful Biz Woman.

The two products that I discovered would be beneficial to marketing and promoting my business were books and training materials. The books and training materials would be beneficial because they are something tangible that customers can have and use as references. Also, with books and training materials, I can create workshops on the topics discussed in the books and training materials.

I have completed two Marketing Plans regarding Workshops and Publishing Books.

4. What has been your greatest reward?

My greatest reward so far has been doing the Marketing Plans to grow the business, implementing those Plans, and seeing the results from the Plans.

5. If you could change something, what would it be?

There is nothing I would change in this process of starting a new business.  I would just ensure that I have the right team of individuals to assist me with running my new business.

6. If you could give a new entrepreneur advice, what would it be?

The best advice I give to new entrepreneurs is to ensure that they have a plan written out, have the right support team, and the tenacity to stay with it. They should stay the course no matter what issues or problems may come up when starting a new business.

7. Social Media.  Yay or Nay?

Social media is key to running a successful business.

8. How do you market your products?

I market my products and services by promoting them on my different social media platforms. I do guest spots on other entrepreneurs’ radio shows, TV shows, and internet shows. Also, I am a contributing writer to various newsletters and magazines. Plus I have my own blog site to promote my business.

9. Is your business a service or a product?  If you are a product, how do you handle production?

The business is mainly a service oriented business that provides products to promote my business services. The products are mainly books and training materials.

10. What is unique about your business?

What is unique about my business is that I understand the journey my ideal customers face with starting a new business. I understand the journey, because I have been through it and I am still going through it right now.

11. Sell me your product/service.

At Powerful Biz Woman, we assist women with making their dreams of starting a business a possibility and reality. If you have the desire to start your own business or non-profit organization, we will provide you with the tools and resources needed to make it a reality.

12. How can people get in touch with you?  What’s your website/Contact information?

Powerful Biz Woman

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Apr 06

Listen to Your Heart, for Business’ Sake

~by Haley Gray~

So many times in business we do things that don’t feel right – because we don’t listen to our heart or conscience. The cool thing about being a business owner is that you get to listen to your heart, and to take your business in the direction that your heart wants you to go. I think that it is critically important to listen to that inner voice when making critical business decisions. 

I’ve found when I didn’t listen to my heart, and instead ignored it, I ended up making the wrong decision. Obviously, in business you have to have numbers, and focus on numbers, however,  there is a fairly large amount of intuition that goes along with being an entrepreneur, and you have to make calculated risks, and decide what you’re going to do based on those risks. 

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Sometimes we make decisions that feel “icky” in business. If something feels bad, then don’t do it. Because if you make decisions in your business that are counter to your feelings and intuition, you are going to feel uncomfortable about them. And after all, if you own a business, it is your heart and soul, and where you are focusing most of your energy. You’ll be giving yourself lots of icky vibes. 

Or… you can listen to your inner vibe, and make sure that your business decisions are made in a way that you feel comfortable, and are in tune with. You’ll be happier, and you will do better in your business because you’ll have a vibe that you’re happy with.

Haley Gray
Meet the Author: Haley Gray

As founder and owner of Leadership Girl, Haley Gray offers Business Coaching, support and resources to entrepreneurs. Whether you want to get a new business off the ground, or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

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