Lessons in Growing a Business

Starting, building, growing a business… is an exercise in personal development. 
 
Growing a business tests you in so many ways. It tests your self-discipline, your intelligence, your communication skills, your focus, and so much more. 
 
The real world of business can be very unforgiving. 
 
It’s a world where success is rewarded and mistakes are not forgotten. 
 
What is the benefit in that? 
 
It keeps you honest. 
 
I’ve learned that you cannot settle for weakness, you cannot be unwilling to do the work, you cannot pursue bad ideas, and you have to invest time and money in your continued education… or your business will fail. 
 
Some people can’t handle the pressure of running their own business. The risk of failure becomes a serious issue. I’ve learned that risk helps you grow and it makes you stronger. 
 
An entrepreneur who fears risk is like a swimmer who’s afraid of water.
 
Growing a business has allowed me to grow; it has made me aware that I am woman who can handle a lot more than I thought myself capable of. 
 
I’ve learned to pace and challenge myself. To trust myself and others, to work (very) hard, to stay focused under pressure, to let go of what doesn’t serve my mission, to learn from others, to find a balance between family and business, and still enjoy the ride.

Which lessons has growing your business taught you?

Please share in the comment section below.

Originally Published on: Oct 16, 2012

ETTWomenTV at the Progressive Achievers Inc. Mother & Daughter Tea #RedCarpet with Joi M. Stanley

#ETTWomenTV is on the Progressive Achievers Inc. Mother & Daughter Tea Red Carpet with founder Joi Mikki Stanley-Smith!

We had an amazing time supporting the wonderful work the organization accomplishes through their mentorship programs for your girls. In 1995, Joi M. Stanley founded Progressive Achievers Inc., an organization dedicated to researching innovative ways to help women and children. As the group began to grow, fundraisers and community awareness took on a major role in supporting organizations such as Children’s Miracle Network, the NAACP, The National Council of Negro Women, Breast Cancer Research, and Literacy for Children. Their mission is to create global teams and chapters that are committed to making a difference in the lives of women and children. ProgressiveAchievers.org

ETTWomenTV: Vanessa Coppes at GAIA Women Lead with Elizabeth McLaughlin

We know that when powerhouse women get together, there’s nothing they can’t accomplish! Our Co-Founder Vanessa Coppes interviewed Elizabeth McLaughlin at The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership first LIVE event in New York.

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The speakers and attendees were fabulous! Iconic women leaders came together to collaborate, innovate, and create change for women around the world.

We heard from Daily Worth’s Amanda Steinberg, Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce, and women’s health expert Dr. Samantha Brody, leadership and spirituality guru Lindsay Pera and IBM iX Chief Creative Officer Joanna Pena-Bickley, and more!

This gathering gave ETTWomen members the opportunity to reach conference guests in a very special way as they contributed to the fabulous gift bags everyone took home! A special thank you to:

  1. V+Co. by Vanessa Coppes
  2. Primerica, Lynette Barbieri
  3. Nicholas Pool, Theodora Sergiou
  4. Beauty from Inside and Out, Angela Serritella
  5. Psychological Services, Dr. Julie Davelman
  6. The Eclectic Chic Boutique, Kristen Zachares
  7. Essential Bodywear, Cheryl Brennan
  8. Jing Ai Organic & Natural Cosmetics, Donna Cristino
  9. KYSS – Keep Yourself Smelling Sweet, Renee Marshall McKinley
  10. Jersey Cookie Girl, Nicole Borota
  11. Balance Your Life, Judy Banks
  12. Efrance Beauty, Cassandra Maguire
  13. Swank Salon, Michelle Longo
  14. Wholetrition, Alesha Lazan
  15. Four Paths to Wellness, Christine Whitmore

 

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We hope these women owned businesses inspire you and that you made Gaia Women Lead an opportunity to be part of a global conversation on how women become the powerful force for change we are meant to be.

The Beauty Of A Detox with Dixie Lincoln-Nichols

Throughout the ages, health experts have praised the benefits of cleansing and restoring the body with detoxes. So what is a detox? Does it even work, and is it right for you? I can assure you, it’s more than a beauty buzz word. Truth be told, not all livers are up the the task of eliminating toxins effectively. I’ll be sharing the benefits of supporting the body’s natural detoxification process, who the best candidates for a detox are, and how to determine your detox potential.

Dixie L Nichols is a wife, mama, science educator, author, certified self-care & wellness practitioner, and entrepreneur. After teaching high school biological science for 14 years, she took a leap, quit my job and founded Dixie Bits Bath & Body, which has been featured in media outlets like, Redbook, Natural Health, Instyle, Working Woman, Huffington Post, Essence Online, Tampa Tribune and more.
Dixie is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and The College of Naturopatic Medicine in the UK. She is currently immersed in her wellness practice and the chief self-care connoisseur at Inside Outer Beauty, where she curates content supporting women to live beautifully inside and out. Dixie will soon be launching the Inside Outer Beauty Subscription Box.

Join us for Dixie’s LIVE workshop on May 19th, 2017 at 11 am, complete details HERE!

Join ETTWomen at #GAIAWomenLead!

We are proud to be a sponsor for #GAIAWomenLead!

When powerhouse women get together, there’s nothing they can’t accomplish! Join #ETTWomen and Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin May 17 through 19 in New York City for GAIA WOMEN LEAD, a global conference for change-agent women leaders.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE:http://gaialeadershipproject.com/gaia-women-lead/

This is the Gaia Project’s first LIVE event, and the line-up of speakers is stellar, a collection of iconic women leaders living completely in their gifts to collaborate, innovate, and create change for women around the world. From Daily Worth’s Amanda Steinberg, Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce, and women’s health expert Dr. Samantha Brody, to leadership and spirituality guru Lindsay Pera and IBM iX Chief Creative Officer Joanna Pena-Bickley, and more, this gathering is guaranteed to inspire you.

Gaia Women Lead is an opportunity for you to be part of a global conversation on how women become the powerful force for change we are meant to be. We hope to see you there!

First Impressions and 15 Habits That Can Ruin Them

Things have changed in the he business world. It has become much more relaxed and that’s a fabulous thing!

In some instances, however , it might not be as accepting as you think. I am very much about being authentic, but other people still make judgments on the basis of first impressions.

I am most definitely more about being the kind of person YOU want to do business with. It’s a karmic synergy and you’ll be more likely to attract more like-minded people to you and your business.

People looking to partner, hire, or buy from you will carefully dissect you if they are looking to engage and do business with you.

It’s what I like to call and am sure you’ve heard of: The KLT Factor (Know, Like, and Trust Factor).

The deeper the engagement or commitment at hand, the more they will want to know. It may not be fair (or even conscious), but some of our habits can trigger an adverse reaction.

So what do you do? Conscious reframing by doing your best to avoid them or correct them. Your success may depend on it.

Here are 15 Habits That Can Ruin a First Impression:

1. A weak handshake.

Handshakes in American society are still very telling. A solid handshake may go unnoticed or it may even send a jolt of positive energy. But a weak handshake may leave the receiver questioning your confidence and energy.

2. Inappropriate Attire.

So halter tops look great on you…AWESOME! But clothing that’s too revealing will get you attention, but quite possibly not the kind you want. Boring doesn’t equate to appropriate. Choose a style that fits your industry and make it your own within reason. Few industries will welcome you in yoga pants.

3. Chewing gum.

You may like the taste and the motion, but chewing gum while meeting someone gives an impression of immaturity.

4. Arrogance.

The great speaker Walter Bond said: “Confidence is arrogance under control.” Learn the difference and people won’t think you are a jerk when they meet you.

5. Sloppy clothing.

Shabby chic does not mean dirty. Your clothes should be clean and neat. You can tell the difference between intentional business casual style versus someone who doesn’t wash or iron their clothes.

6. Bad breath.

This one is tough because you may halitosis and not even know it. And the truth is, no one really wants to tell you. Most bad breath issues come from food or poor dental hygiene. The good news is that you can remedy both. Keep fresh mints handy for after meals and take care of your teeth and gums.

7. Excessive texting.

When meeting people, if you can’t stop looking at your phone, or responding, you will send a signal that you find no one more important than yourself. You seriously CAN last 15 to 30 minutes without knowing what your kids are up to. Be present in the moment, that has more value than you believe.

8. Body odor.

Like bad breath, you may be unaware, and people struggle with telling you. Solution? Take showers, use deodorant, and wash your clothes. Also, lay off the perfume. Aromizing BO only makes it worse.

9. Being intolerant.

The PC police is overrated at times but in truth, most people really don’t want to offend others. When you engage in the business world, you make a conscious choice to deal with people of all types. When you show people you are intolerant, it makes them wonder what’s wrong with you. By all means, create conversations, but be prepared to handle difference of opinions with grace. It can be done.

10. Sexism.

Men and women will likely never completely understand each other, but that doesn’t mean they have to be disrespectful. There are natural and distinctive masculine and feminine traits that can appear in either sex. Learn to deal with people as individuals and professionals, not based on their gender.

11. Complaining.

If you are always seeing the glass half empty, you are projecting that you are a difficult and dissatisfied human being. No one wants to work with an unhappy person. Decide to change the way you see things, because happiness IS a  choice.

12. Self Rambling.

A good story about how and why you got started in business can always be entertaining. But when it turns into a continual droning about nothing but you, it will send others running for the door as soon as they can.

13. Eye-rolling.

This habit can be entertaining among your friends, but in a first meeting it comes off as rude. Show people you are open and eager. You can eye-roll together once you have an established relationship.

14. Unkempt hair.

Hair is a highly noticeable way to show people how you see yourself. Styles that are modern and well kept will signal that you know who you are and care about detail. Dirty hair says you don’t care enough about yourself to bother, at http://besthairflatirons.com/ you will find the best utensils to keep your hair always looking great.

15. Not listening.

Everyone wants to feel important and appreciated. Be the type of person you want to meet and take a reciprocal approach. Be the first to offer your focused attention.

Treat your new relationships kindly. No one needs to know about your bowel movements or relationship woes at the first encounter. Leave others wanting more; be the type of person you want to meet!

Any pointers on how you handle first encounters? Were these tips helpful? Please share if so. Would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below!

The Truth About Raising a Child Today and What You Can Do Now

heaI’ve raised four children in New Jersey, so yes, I know how expensive it is to raise a family today.

And while I’ve said that children should come with instructions, we all know that doesn’t reallyhappen. We also know, that if we could foresee everything that was involved with having children before we actually had them, it’s possible we may have waited right?  The honest truth is that most of us would actually never trade any of it, not even for a split second, but knowing some things in advance so we could be could become more prepared could certainly help.

Deciding to have a child is a life long commitment. It is usually not a decision we take lightly. Think about all the time and money we spend on planning for our new addition. We research what to feed them, what furniture to buy them, where to buy their clothes and what car seat and carriage to buy and so much more. But did we ever stop to think about what it will cost to raise your child? I am here to tell you that it is extremely important to be as financially prepared as possible the minute you are even contemplating become new parents.

Here are some hard financial statistics taken from the US Department of Agriculture: The cost of raising 1 child from birth to 18, for a middle-income family, is approximately $245,340 dollars! That is roughly $12,800 – $14,970 per child per year. Yikes! That’s a lot of formula and diapers right!

Yes this can be scary, but if you can do these 6 things in preparation of your new arrival it will make for less anxiety.

  1. Get your budget straight – Make sure you have your debt under control and focus on building an emergency fund. Be ready for the unknown expenses that can arise.
  2. Protect your income – Consult with a financial professional and see how much simple term life insurance it will take to protect your household income in the event you pass, or your partner passes, so your child and family will be properly protected.
  3. Do not overspend – Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses. It is easy to look at all the cool stuff that is out there for a new baby. All that new stuff also comes with a hefty price tag. It is o.k. to do some research and shop for like new second-hand items for the baby, and use some hand me down clothes that the baby probably had on for an hour maybe once! They grow out of everything so quickly no need to spend top dollar. Save the money for more important things.
  4.  Look at college savings options – Ask your financial coach about the options available to start saving towards the baby’s college. You can also use the gifts you get from family members in these accounts. Ask about their tax benefits.
  5. Learn about Tax credits – Consult with your tax preparer about the tax credits available when you have a child that the government offers to you. You may also benefit from using a daycare or your employer may offer a spending account for you. You can ask your human resources department and find out your options.
  6. Analyze your health insurance – Now more than ever you need to understand your coverage, what it entails when you are having a child and when you have the child. Know your options. Call and consult with a healthcare specialist.

No matter how hard we try, we may never be fully prepared for the undertaking of raising a family. In reality who ever is? What we can do is be a prepared as we can. If you or any of your family members suffer of any health conditions such as anxiety or depression please visit www.kratomcrazy.com to find out about a natural drug that can help you get better.

Getting your finances in order, and learning what is available to help you will certainly lessen the stress in the financial department and leave you more time to enjoy your new family!

Have questions? I’ll be happy to answer them in person! Join me this Friday at our ETTWomen Meeting in Marlboro. Complete details HERE!

 

#ETTWomenTV: Cheryl Brennan, The Bra Lady

Cheryl Brennan is a Senior Bodywear representative for Essential Bodywear. Brennan has been a part of the ETTWomen community for several years. Her love for her business, passion and support can be felt especially when she is professionally fitting women in uplifting and comfortable bras that instantly make them look and feel better about themselves! If finding the perfect bra has been a challenge for you, we promise you, Cheryl has got you covered!

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