10 Things Every Woman Business Owner Should Know How To Do.

Being a  business owner is not easy, being a women business owner is even harder.  Although this is true there are a few things every women business owner should know.

1. Purchase a domain name. 

2.  Know how to add content to your website or blog. 

 3. Use social media for marketing.

 4. Create a new email address using your domain.  Create a professional email address yourname@yourbusinessname.com. I hate when I see business that do businessname@gmail.com.  To me it is not very professional.

 5. Access your web hosting administrative area. 

6. Use no cost or low cost online tools to grow your business. 

7. Contact your web hosting company. 

 8. Determine who is visiting your website or blog. 

 9. Find the backup of your website.

 10. Use your smartphone for more than making calls.

Everyone of these I learned how to do on my own and I am so thankful I did.  Knowing these 10 easy things will save you time and money.  I also think it is pretty cool that I’m a women and know how to do these things.

Source of Article: http://www.divacafe.net/page/10-things-every-women-business-owner-should-know-how-to-do

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Tips for the Traveling Entrepreneur

Traveling for business use to be a difficult thing, but now more and more people are running business on the go.  You can now go pretty much anywhere and pick up the Internet.  With smart phones you can type or say what you need and next thing you know, you have directions.  Traveling and running a business is becoming such an each thing.  When I go on vacation I always bring my computer to do a little work.  Here are 4 tips to help you out the next time you travel.

1. Internet– Locate a backup Internet source. You may have the best Internet carrier that provides awesome coverage no matter where you’re at, but…you never know when it could go out on you, causing you to miss an important deadline.

2. Office Supplies – You can pick up most of your office supplies, like printer ink and printer paper at Wal-Mart, but for a better selection, you’ll want to search for Office Depot, Office Max or Staples.

3. Art Supplies– An art supply store is must for a creative person. Stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby offer a great selection of supplies for all artists.

4. UPS – Whether you need to ship or receive shipments, UPS is a great resource. You can find a UPS store on almost every corner now. You can also pickup stamps and send out your mail.

Have fun and happy travels!!

Source of Article: http://womenentrepreneursecrets.blogspot.com/

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9 Ways To Pamper Yourself

As work at home moms, pampering ourselves may be the last thing on our minds.  From work to kids to daily errands, who has the time to pampered themselves?  Being a work at home mom things get crazy and we often forget about ourselves.  I have read several articles that basically say take care of yourself and the rest of the stuff will fall into place.  Your husband will be happier, the kids will be happier.  So, take a little time out and here are nine ways to pamper yourself.

1.  Give Yourself a Makeover

2. Cook Yourself a Gourmet Dinner

3.  Learn Some New Tricks

4.  Take a Vacation

5.  Book a Day Spa

6. Get Lost in a Book

7.  Go for a Long Walk or Run

8.  Take a Luxurious Bath

9.  Have a Movie Night at Home

Source of Article: http://www.everydayhealth.com/longevity-center-pictures/9-ways-to-pamper-yourself.aspx?xid=fb_eh_20110815_longevity#/slide-1

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6 Keys To Successful Entrepreneurship

Starting a business is no easy task.  Creating a successful business is even harder.  I’m on my second business and I still don’t know if I have it right.  Being a business owner is definitely one of the best things I have ever done, but at the same time the hardest.  It is something I don’t know if I could ever not do.  I know many people dream of entrepreneurship, but never take that leap because they are scared of failure.  Here are six keys to that success.

1. Spend a lot of time figuring out what business you want to be in.  When I say a lot, I mean a lot!

2. Don’t raise money or worry about an exit strategy. Look for FREE ways to get your business going.  They are out there.

3. Get customers early.

4. Work your butt off!!!  It will pay off.

5. Commit!  Don’t give up when times are tough.  Fight throuh it.

6.  Geet great partners.  If you can do it early and make sure they are smart.

Your key to success my follow this exact order, but it is okay if it does not.  No matter what…fight for it.

 

 

Source of Article: http://theentrepreneursblog.com/successful-entrepreneur/

 

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22 Free Things To Manage Your Business & Your Life

Who doesn’t love FREE things?  When it comes to running your business free things are good, especially if they are going to make your life a little easier.  Starting and running a business is no easy task and can  potentially take a lot of cash to start and keep running.  In today’s economy we need all the help we can get.  Here are a few things to help you manage your business and maybe just your life a little easier.

1. Docstoc.com–the premier online community to find and share professional documents. Docstoc provides the platform for users and businesses to upload and share their documents with all the world, and serves as a vast repository of documents in variety of categories including legal, business, financial, technology, educational, and creative. All documents on docstoc can be easily searched, previewed and downloaded for free.  I found some great budgeting and forecasting documents on here and know you’ll find some document that’s helpful to you!

2. Zen Habits–I am a HUGE fan of Leo Babauta’s blog–he truly walks the zen walk and teaches us how we can do the same, both personally & professionally.  Remember that killer postabout how to make Gmail your ultimate productivity center? Yup, that came from Zen Habits.  I suggest you subscribe to Leo’s blog. You can thank me when you’ve reached entrepreneurial nirvana.

3. Picnik.com–Picnik makes your photos fabulous with easy to use yet powerful editing tools. Tweak to your heart’s content, then get creative with oodles of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames. It’s fast, easy, and fun. (Upgrade to a Picnik premium account for just $24.95 per year for even MORE amazing photo tweaking fun.

4. Jooners–An online planning tool for scheduling tasks and organizing groups, Jooners makes group coordination easier.  When your committee members sign up for a task they see what others in the group have volunteered for and can add keep track of their tasks on the Jooners’ calendar.  If you are the “task master” responsible for organizing your group, Jooners provides plenty of helpful templates to get you started assigning roles.  (30 day free trial)

5.  SkypeWe all love something for nothing.With Skype’s free software that works seamlessly with your internet connection, you can chat away with free Skype-to-Skype calls and never worry about cost, time or distance. Share the love and get your friends to download Skype so you can talk, instant message (IM) or make video calls for nothing. The video calls are the coolest–you can see relatives that live far away or interview people for your business.

6. W3Schools–a totally free site that offers  tutorials on HTML, CSS, Java, XML and a number of other web building languages that are so far over my pea brain. They also give you try-it-yourself examples, web building references and the option to become certified in HTML, Javascript, XML, ASP and PSP. W3Schools makes it SO EASY to learn some basic web building, even for those of us sans pocket protector.

7. Seth Godin’s Blog–y’all know I adore Seth. There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t share his posts with you. Go straight to the purple cow’s mouth and subscribe to his blog for an insider’s look at the mind of a marketing magician.

8. PayPal–PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online. The service allows members to send money without sharing financial information, with the flexibility to pay using their account balances, bank accounts, credit cards or promotional financing. You can save yourself a TON of money by using PayPal for payment on your ecommerce site/shopping cart instead of establishing a merchant account that’ll cost you hundreds per year.

9. Go To My PC–the fast, easy and secure way to access your PC from any Web browser in real time. Access files, programs, email and network. Increase your productivity and flexibility. Work on your office PC from home. Travel and use your PC remotely. Take your office with you wherever you go with Go To My PC.  (30 day free trial and then rates start at $19.95/month)

10. Clicky–Clicky Web Analytics is simply the best way to monitor, analyze, and react to your blog or web site’s traffic in real time.  I love Clicky–it totally appeals to the stats addict in me and the real time thing is sooo cool.

11. Alexa–Alexa’s Web site is built on the notion that timely and relevant information is essential to a vital web experience. Makes sense, especially if YOU have a website for people to experience. Read more about the awesome Alexa and why you should use it here.

12. Submit Your Site to Google–why wait for Google to crawl your website? Submit your URL to them and get it done faster.

13. FileZilla–FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface. It’s easy to use and is absolutely essential if you’re DIYing your blog or website. I make changes to my blog design all the time and do so using FileZilla.

14. Simple Mom–SimpleMom’s tagline is “Live simply, stay sane. Life hacks for home managers.” and that is right on.  While I love all the information I find on SimpleMom, I especially love these FREE worksheets and downloads that will help any mom with almost every aspect of life.

15. Survey Gizmo–easy to use survey software that offers intuitive and fast survey design. All the features you need with more than 20 question types. Nothing to set-up, nothing to download, 100% web based. One click reporting, no contracts and support galore, Survey Gizmo is a MUST if you want to get to know your customers better so you can make your product or service better.

16. Alibaba.com–”the world’s largest B2B marketplace”, Alibaba is a global trade website that puts products, suppliers and buyers in touch with each other.  If you make a product and need to find materials for it or manufacturers to produce it, Alibaba is the site for you. I found my Chinese manufacturer through Alibaba and had a fabulous experience from start to finish.

17. Gmail–Gmail is built on the idea that email can be more intuitive, efficient, and useful. And maybe even fun. After all, Gmail has less spam, mobile access and lots of space, which means you’ll never have to delete another message.  Read this post to find out more about Gmail and why you should use it.

18. You Send It–send, receive and track large & important files. I used to use You Send It all the time when I was working with a graphic designer to create packaging, brochures and logos-it’s so easy and safe to use.

19. Randomizer–random sampling and random assignment have never been easier! The program uses a JavaScript random number generator to produce customized sets of random numbers. Why would you want to use Randomizer? If you host contests and giveaways and need to “randomly” select a winner, of course!

20. Odiogo–give your text content voice…and legs! Odiogo’s media-shifting technology expands the reach of your content: It transforms news sites and blog posts into high fidelity, near human quality audio files ready to download and play anywhere, anytime, on any device. Save time and listen to your favorite blog posts OR give your own blog readers the opportunity to do so. Odiogo is oh so cool.

21. BillShrink.comBillShrink is an independent service providing unbiased and personalized recommendations to save you money. Tell them a little bit about your bills, get money saving alternatives to match your needs and keep it up with savings alerts. Save hundreds on gas prices, cell phone plans, credit cards and more.

22. HARO’s Gift Bag List–sell a product that you’d love to get into celebrity gift bags without paying insane amounts of money? Then you MUST sign up for Peter Shankman’s latest brainchild.

Source of Article: http://www.themogulmom.com/2009/05/another-22-free-things-to-manage-your-business-your-life/

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5 Health Tips For Busy Work At Home Moms

As a busy work at home mom one of the most important things we need to take care of is our health.  Even though we know this, our health is one of the last things we think about.  By being a stay at home mom we are in a great position to take care of ourselves. 

Here are 5 tips for staying healthly and best part they are pretty easy.

1. Play with your kids.

No exercise regimen would ever compare to playing with your kids.  Not only it is good for the heart, it’s also good for your soul.  A Harvard study states that playing with your kids for an hour can burn as much as 356 calories.  Playing child games like hop-scotch or jacks can burn as much as 444 calories.

2. Get your vitamins.

Just like their kids, moms should regularly take vitamins to stay healthy.  Although a balanced diet ensures that you get all the necessary nutrients, the fact is, sometimes we really forget to eat a balanced meal.   Some of the most important vitamins that you must take are vitamin C (to boost your immune system), vitamin E (to fight off free radicals), and calcium (for stronger teeth and bones).

And don’t forget to get some vitamin D. Step out of the house and into the garden for a few minutes and soak in the sun’s rays.  The best time to do this is between 6 AM to 8 AM when the sun is not so bright. Remember that staying out for too long may cause sunburn.

3. Stretch it baby

Many work-at-home moms stay on the computer all day long.  That’s a no-no!  Take a short break for every hour you spend in front of the computer to do stretching exercises.  You can keep the blood flowing by wiggling your toes, shaking your hands, and massaging your neck.

4. Clear your mind.

Take a few minutes off to clear your mind.  Work-at-home moms tend to think of too many things at once that they sometimes suffer from information overload.  It’s important that moms take some time off to clear their minds by meditating, taking a short walk, or just doing nothing.  This makes sure that you don’t lose your focus and that you don’t spread yourself too thinly.

5. Remember to eat properly.

Don’t make it a habit to eat in front of the computer or eating while working.   Eating too quickly may cause indigestion and you certainly don’t want that to happen.   If it’s meal time, do yourself a favor by eating properly at the dining table. Make it a habit to dine with your family for some bonding time. Occasional snacks are fine to give you an energy boost but never skip meals because you’re working.

Have fun and stay healthy!

Source of Article:http://www.yourbalance.com.au/health-tips-for-a-busy-work-at-home-mum/

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5 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business With Your Spouse

Starting any kind of business can be very risky.  Starting a business with your spouse can be down right crazy.  When you go into business with your spouse there are a number of thing to think about and discuss before you jump right into it. Here are 5 questions to ask before you risk your marriage and business.

  1. Who owns the business, who’s the boss, and who does what job? From a technical standpoint, you may indeed be co-founders, co-owners and co-sharers of profit and loss responsibility. (Although data suggests husband-and-wife businesses are more successful when one spouse just “helps” and total equity is a moot point.) But from an emotional standpoint, if you work together well, it’s probably because you have different strengths. Play them up, not down. I worked for a co-founder couple who would angrily contradict each others’ instructions when our team was on a deadline (I was a middle manager). This is business suicide. Make a plan — get your job descriptions down on paper.
  2. Are you really prepared to work together? Successful businesses, generally speaking, don’t start with good intentions — they start with a great idea and a smart business plan. If it turns out your spouse or life partner is perfect for a key executive role that needs to be filled in your company, great. But review how you both respond to personal crises. If you have had major blowouts over important issues such as risk management and budgeting, it’s safe to assume these will become major issues in your business. And when they do, you won’t have a spouse to confide in privately about it.
  3. Can you live, day-to-day, with a shared burden that never really goes away? I mean never. You wake up, roll over, and there’s your partner. Intimacy spills over into work disputes. Boundaries need to be drawn. Tempers get stirred up. And at day’s end, you still go to bed together. Come again? Saying you’ll have date nights and “no business talk at dinner” is great. Following through is harder. Half the couples I know today don’t even share bank accounts or contribute equally to household finances, let alone invest all of their assets in a single business venture. Entrepreneurship is isolating with or without the romantic element.
  4. What financial risks are you willing to take? If you go into business full-time together, you could also go broke together. What about your kids, or your future kids? What about your nest egg or aging parents? From special tax concerns  to funding your Social Security to the possibility that either your marriage, the business, or both will fail, your entire financial future is at stake. Creating a plan can be uncomfortable, like talking about a prenup. Can you define each partner’s equity in terms of actual dollars? What will you do if one partner wants to quit? You’ll have to make these decisions in administrative ways (from payroll to stock certificates to insurance) anyway. While you’re at it, firm up an exit strategy.
  5. Which really comes first: relationship or business? Hint: the answer is not, “It would never come down to that.” It could, and it very well might. When the going gets tough — you’re facing a lawsuit, or considering bankruptcy — which relationship goes on the chopping block first? We decided recently that if we needed to shut our doors to regain our sanity and keep our relationship safe, we would. Other couples, particularly those with very separate roles in growing businesses, may choose otherwise, or find out that a business can continue when a marriage ends. If that business is your only source of income, you might not have a choice. Can you handle that possibility?

Source of Article: http://theyec.org/5-questions-to-ask-before-starting-a-business-with-your-spouse/

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6 Daily Habits for Facbook Marketing Success

For those who know me well, know I love Facebook for a number of reasons.  I think it is one of the best ways to promote your business no matter how big or small you are, but it can be a little overwhelming at times.  If you know what to do and how to promote your business Facebook will not be a problem for you.  Here are 6 habits to do daily for successful marketing:

1) Become addicted to problem solving~ Offer regular expertise and insight.

2) Talk to individual fans daily ~ Comment on people’s post 3-5 times a day.

3) Track your activity daily ~ This can be done through Facebook Insights.

4) Change what’s not working and move on ~ Figure out what is not working, fix it and move on.

5) Post fresh content~ Make sure you post content that educates, empowers, or entertains.

6) Spread the love ~ Share good posts and acknowledge your fans.

Source of Article: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/6-daily-habits-for-facebook-marketing-success/

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5 Steps To Grow Your Business

When you first become a business owner, one of the first things you think about is how do I grow this thing.  I know it was for me.  Growing a business can be difficult and at times you may feel you are doing everything right, but your business is stagnant. Here are 5 ways to grow your business, no matter if you are starting out or been in business for a while.

1. Make a list of ten clients or customers you adored working with in the past year ~ Call each one and see how they are doing, if they need anything, or how they are enjoying their product.  Don’t sell to them

2. Make a list of five businesses that are complimentary to yours ~ Contact 2 of them and see about partnering with them.  See if you can write blog posts, see if you can combine product or services, or see if you can feature each other on a newsletter.

3. Make a list of five business owners you admire, follow or look up to. ~Email one of them and introduce yourself.  Tell them the reasons why you admire them and love their work, let them know how much you learn from them just by following their progress. Be genuine, sincere and specific.

4. Find one person just starting out in your niche. ~ Email them and Introduce yourself. Tell them why you like what they have to offer. Be sincere. Ask them how things are going, invite them for a coffee (or a phone call) to chat some time, or let them know about something going on they might be interestedb in.  It is always great to build relationships, even with people in the same field as you.

5. For two weeks take a complete break from your niche and target market ~ During your break follow other businesses or blogs that are completely new to you.  Jot down ideas that catch your attention and then find ways to apply those ideas to your business.

What are some ways you are grown your business?

Source of Article: http://www.themogulmom.com/2011/07/grow-your-business/?utm_source=The+Mogul+Mom+Subscribers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=f8d60f13dd-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN

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5 Thing To NOT Do On Social Media

Now days just about everyone is taped into some form of social media.  I am on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and a few others.  I love social media and use it everyday!  Social media is growing leaps and bounds and if you are not taped into it somehow, you are so behind the times.  Although you are active in the social media world does not mean you get to do anything and everything you want.  Here a 5 things not to do on social media:

1. Avoid the LinkedIn Boilerplate Template ~ take the time to at least write a reason why you want to connect, or tell me where we met before or where I should know you from, why should I care?

2. Ensure You Get Recommended~ If you’re going to ask for a recommendation on LinkedIn then DO NOT use the boiler plate text.

3. Don’t Opt-Me In~ Don’t add people to a newsletter, let them do it themselves.

4. Don’t Spam People’s Facebook Wall~ Don’t put spam on people’s FB Page.

5. Leave Twitter Links Alone ~ Don’t RT some one’s link and replace it with your own.

Source of Article: http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com/entrepreneurs/don%E2%80%99t-you-dare-do-these-5-things-on-social-media/?utm_source=Highflyer+Subscribers&utm_campaign=fdd2175fb6-July+17&utm_medium=email

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