Increase Productivity in Your Small Business with these Tools

Do not take the term “small” to be something that defines your business; instead, work towards removing that prefix from the description once and for all. Of course, that is easier said than done, but as long as you work hard and smart at the same time, it’s achievable. In fact, thanks to the digital age we are living in right now, increasing the productivity of your business is a much easier and faster process than it was before. There are enterprise-grade digital tools, platforms, and services … [Read more...]

Organizing Your Workspace With 21st Century Considerations

Covering All Your Bases If you’re running a small business in Texas, California, Colorado, or anywhere in the US today, you’re going to have a lot of legal red tape that must be overcome for successful and profitable operations. This is, like so many things in life, easier said than done. One of the best ways you can be sure you overcome such difficulties is to employ the right people. But even if you have the right people, employee management is only one aspect of the many you must learn … [Read more...]

Design Own Marketing Material Without Experience – Here’s How

Have you ever looked at marketing material and wished you could be creative and design your own pieces? Well, what if you could? No, we aren’t talking about going back to school and getting experience as a marketing professional, we are talking about the tools, techniques, and tips you can use that can help you create your own marketing material even if your background has nothing to do with marketing. Yes, You Can Do it All Let’s face it, as women we know we need to be able to do it all – … [Read more...]

Take the Next Order: How to Strengthen Your Business’s Cash Flow

Running a business is difficult enough as it is. The market is quickly becoming more competitive due to the increasing number of small and home businesses operating today. There are more challenges to overcome and you may need to invest more time and energy in order to take your business to the success it can potentially reach. The best way to ensure success when running a business is by covering all the basics. A good system, a strong team, and an efficient workflow can really help your … [Read more...]

Hurdles Women Face in their Quest for Professional Success

Do women find it more difficult than men to achieve professional success? Let’s see now. Women are better qualified! More than 50% of the students entering college in western countries are women. According to the results of a study conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, around 36% of millennial women of ages 25 to 34 have a bachelor’s degree or higher qualifications as compared to men. But, do higher qualifications translate into better professional success and equal … [Read more...]

How Big Data is Changing Businesses

Any company looking to the future must start focusing on big data. It has changed the business operations of many companies across the globe, and it shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. So, whether you run a large or small organization, it is worth looking at the diverse ways big data can transform your business. Improved Business Intelligence If you want to become a successful businesswoman, you can use big data to analyze your operations. Business intelligence is now providing … [Read more...]

Reasons To Make Your Business Official

Let Your Female-Run Business Roar It can be difficult to conduct a business that’s privately owned, especially if you’re a woman. Oftentimes the business community will refrain from properly respecting your operation for one reason or another, so if you want to ensure you get the exposure you deserve, it is imperative that you dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s”. Additionally, you want your business to be as visible as possible. The greater the visibility on the internet, the more … [Read more...]

Why Finance Needs More Women

It’s no surprise that the world of finance is male dominated, especially at the leadership level. While there are lots of women graduating from college with finance degrees, there still aren’t as many women CEOs and women on Wall Street as you might think. In fact, 4.4% of Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies have female CEOs, according to Catalyst. While about 74% of the industry's assets are run by men alone, only 2% of these assets are handled by women alone. The remaining 14% is made up by a … [Read more...]

Seven Sisters Wine Rises To Top Of Industry Out Of Poverty

Many people think wine is intimidating. Amateur sommeliers often speak at length about each aspect of the wine, from the look and color to the aroma to how the taste plays about the tongue. The entire wine experience can be prohibitively pretentious. That's why it is so exciting to see someone like Vivian Kleynhans dominate in the wine industry. Vivian recounts her early days entering the wine industry in 2003. She confides that she had absolutely no clue what she was doing or what she was … [Read more...]

Happy Women’s Small Business Month

If you are a woman who is interested in starting or is currently running your own business, the next two weeks are dedicated to you! Join us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about our resources and the amazing women who used them to start and grow their businesses. When to Change Your Business Plan‏ Sometimes you need to stick to your business plan to make it work. Even a mediocre strategy consistently executed over time is better than a series of brilliant strategies that keep going … [Read more...]

The Women of the Fortune 500 List: Traits and Strategies to Learn From

Although there are plenty of female CEO's and entrepreneurs making headlines these days, historically the Fortune 500 list has been reserved mostly for males, with women only accounting for 4.4% of the list as of October, 2015. In other words, out of 500 members there were only 23 female CEOs (last year there were 24). On the bright side, Mary Barra reached #6, obtaining a higher spot than any woman CEO to come before her. These stats can motivate businesswomen everywhere to take action within … [Read more...]

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Development

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Development (ILO-WED) programme has been empowering women entrepreneurs in developing countries and supporting them in starting and growing their businesses since the mid-2000s. The programme works with service providers promoting entrepreneurship development (financial, non-financial, public, private, associative, freelance etc.) and builds their capacity to better support women entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. It also works towards creating a … [Read more...]

Why More Women Than Ever Are Choosing Entrepreneurship

Over the past twenty years or so, businesses which are owned and operated solely by women have dramatically increased in popularity. According to official reports, the rate of growth is at least 70% since 1997, with over nine million women-owned businesses operating in 2014 alone, an increase of almost a million new businesses when compared to the previous year. This significant growth pace, which has doubled in just three years and continues to see steady increases, has helped to generate over … [Read more...]

Overcoming Fear of “Entrepreneurship”

Mary Kipsang’ lives in Mitume area within Trans Nzoia County Rift Valley, Kenya. She is one of those women entrepreneurs who have always dreamed of venturing into a business but were scared of failure. This fear was mainly nurtured by the lack of sufficient capital and business knowledge. After some period of unemployment, she decided to attend a workshop called Jitihada Business Plan Training for Entrepreneurs during which she closely interacted with some of the participants. She was inspired … [Read more...]

4 Tips on How to Wow with Your Presentation

Wouldn’t it be great to walk away from a presentation knowing that you’ve absolutely nailed it? Whether you’re speaking to your clients, boss, or even the CEO, you definitely want your audience to be impressed. When you’re giving a presentation, the goal is for the people listening to you to feel motivated, impressed, and maybe even slightly jealous of your great presentation skills. However, it’s not always easy to achieve this, with loads of different obstacles which could get in the way. Read … [Read more...]

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