Tag: Women

Becoming a Solo Entrepreneur….

What is it like to be your own Boss? What kind of person does it take to go SOLO?
What exactly are the qualities to posses when thinking about becoming a Entrepreneur. Well let’s see:
* A burning desire for the financial and creative freedom of entrepreneurship without strapping yourself to boredom and unhappiness working for others.
* Seeing themselves as entrepreneurs with a vision, a personal drive, and a passion to fulfill their dreams.
* A deep longing to succeed in their chosen area of expertise and always wanting to learn more to improve any outcome.
* Believing in themselves and being passionate about what they do.
* Being committed to their quest to be “solo.”
* Comfortable using technologies such as the Internet to promote their business, collaborate with others, and learn.
What are the changes that have occurred in society that support individuals desire to take on a whole new way of life?:
* Corporate downsizing or being “FIRED”
* Economy and its leadership changes and viewpoints
* Family Background or Continuation of a legacy built from the ground up
* Dissatisfaction with how things are managed in current employment
* Not wanting the BIG guy to treat you like a NUMBER and they get all the glory, $, and BIG bonuses
* Corporate Big wigs earning the bonuses, when it is the little guys who do all the work. And the government basically handed it over
* Dissatisfaction with Corporate Authenticity
* And so much more, I could go on and on!
Now the hard part! What are the Challenges that face the Solo Entrepreneur?:
* Having a desire to be solo, with no idea of where to start or of what is possible.
* Working through the initial start-up phase and not giving in to the temptation or pressure to go back to a corporate job or other “safe” haven.
* Having skills, products, and/or services that are in demand, but little experience or knowledge of how to package, market, and sell.
* Understanding how to fit together the relationships and elements that are part of running a business.
* Determining how to create a unique and solid brand and message for their business that helps position their strengths.
* Having a desire for self employment, but not knowing how to build a support network.
* Developing ongoing personal leadership skills.
* Finding a way to transition from doing “tasks” to managing and building their business.
* Figuring out that you don’t have to do everything and Delegating the tasks and responsibilities to others or finding Strategic Alliances
* Finding a support system and/or mentor to help make smoother transitions into the Solo Entrepreneur arena
* Determining how to embrace their new career move and establish realistic and achievable goals.
* Scheduling your business like a business and sticking to the plan
* Juggling multiple clients and business processes in a day.
* Financing your business efforts whether it be a personal financial float, SBA loan, Angel Investors, Family, etc. Somewhere along the way these will have to take place.
* I could go on and on about this too!
Here a re just a few places to go to find out more information in the local area about where to start!
SCORE http://www.raleighscore.org/
SBA http://www.sba.gov/localresources/district/nc/aboutus/index.html
Women Business Center http://www.ncruralcenter.org/guidebook/ViewResource.asp?ID=290
NC Institute of Minority Economic Development http://www.ncimed.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=33
SCORE Women’s Success Blog http://tiny.cc/yu9y4
SHARE YOUR DREAM WITH THE WORLD! Build upon your expertise and share your PASSION!

Valentine’s Day Makeovers!

Be the first to find out all the latest in beauty inspired by spring’s hottest runway trend. You’ll get all the latest application tips and tricks for a fashion-forward, fresh look. Plus, you’ll get lots of great one-on-one attention from my beauty adviser. And while you’re hanging out with me and the girls, you also can feel great that you’re doing something good – you’re partying with a purpose.
You’re supporting a Company that does good. And that’s always in fashion. Can’t wait to see you!
Mary Kay is a green inspired company that started with a positive circle of influence, to do good works and give back to the community.
It’s partying with a purpose, and it couldn’t be prettier.
So relax. Enjoy the quality pretty time you deserve today! You want to look good for your MAN!
Special of the evening:I will pick a “Mystery Hostess” for a demonstration and the winner gets to choice a Hostess Gift of either Free Product, A Discount or actual Gift.
RSVP no later than Feb. 8
We will meet in the restaurant in the back Library room.
*guests are highly suggested to order a meals.

Winning Women Wednesdays

Winning Women anchors women by inspiring them to stay on course and achieve success. This supportive group shall provide the tools that enable women to be the leaders in their businesses, careers, lives, and families that they were born to be. Women business owners and professionals whom want to challenge themselves to excellence by belonging to a community that will not accept anything less than greatness. We will network and connect with others to create possibility and reach our goals.
The group will meet the 1st Wednesday of every month to empower ourselves as women to establish our business, professional, and personal endeavors through partnership, information, and support.
Please sign up:   http://www.meetup.com/winningwomen/
Presented by: Tonya Palmer Powell &  A+ Consulting, Inc
Event Coordinated by: Christina Blandi-James & CBJ Promotional Avenues

Southern Wake WIM “Women on the Move, Hear us Roar!”

Southern Wake WIM, July 20th @ Cafe Carolina @ 9am. Speaker/topic needed.

I would like to see a topic maybe about how to market to non profits and what kinds of marketing they need….Anyone interested in speaking from experience?
We have a good group going so far! Some great ideas, plans and future events/participation ! We are in the process of solidifying plans to participate and raise funds for The Women Build project for Habitat for Humanity. Do you want to be a part of it? More details to follow.
Come out and join on the move Southern Wake Women In Marketing…sharing ideas, contacts and referrals!
RSVP to the event posted for Linkedin.
or cbjpromotionalave@nc.rr.com
Hope to see everyone there!