There is a buzz these days about crowdfunding and how it is a great tool to raise money for your project, your business or even your trip. But what is not said, is this isn't easy money. Here are some pointers that I hope will help others succeed.
Founder, Company of Women
Anne Day is the Founder of Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business -- <a href="http://www.companyofwomen.ca" rel="nofollow">www.companyofwomen.ca</a>. <br> <br> She is the author of <em>Day by Day - Tales of business, life and everything in between</em>. and Editor of <em>One Red Lipstick</em> Contact her at email@example.com <br> <br> She has recently launched Full Circle Publishing to help authors take their books from concept to completion. <a href="http://fullcirclepublishing.ca" rel="nofollow">http://fullcirclepublishing.ca </a>
We are measuring ourselves against society's definitions of success, which may not necessarily be a fit with our own. So often people measure success by how much money you make, as if the dollars earned equate to happiness. I run a successful business, but I don't measure it in financial terms, but more by the number of people positively impacted by being part of our organization.
06/17/2014 12:59 EDT
Part of the problem for women in the workplace, is that they believe if they work hard, it will pay off. They will get recognized, promoted and move up the corporate ladder. Wrong, claims the authors. As they say "it's not enough to be good." You need more.
06/04/2014 12:17 EDT
Think about your business. Have you found the recipe for success? Often people are so focused on their end goal, that they put on blinkers, and truly miss the side trips along the way, that yes, may take them a bit off track, but the scenic route can also lead to unexpected opportunities.
05/04/2014 10:10 EDT
Part of me questions how that pays the bills, or pays off the debt you've incurred in getting these qualifications? What I would advocate is not locking yourself into a career or job, finding you don't like it, and thinking this is forever. You need to explore what is out there and not feel trapped. Plus with maturity comes clarity.
04/18/2014 06:06 EDT
Much is written in business circles of visualizing your success. Well for astronauts, it is quite the reverse, they spend considerable time visualizing failure; simulating what they would do if something went wrong -- and in space, the scope is unlimited. As business owners we need to do that too and be prepared for what could go wrong, with a plan B (or C) in our back pocket.
04/09/2014 12:47 EDT
Life on the fast lane takes its toll. I am so used to going at high speed, that to amble along in the slow lane is challenging. But as you whiz along, you miss out. You miss seeing the natural beauty around you. You miss socializing with friends, or just being on your own, with time to reflect and catch your breath.
04/04/2014 12:46 EDT
Recently I received a call from a woman who wanted to take her program on the road. She wanted my advice on how to proceed and how to take her business to the next level. I cautioned her about leaping in and trying to expand too quickly, especially if she didn't have the staffing or resources in place to manage the growth.
03/04/2014 12:34 EST
Have you ever read <em>The 5 Love Languages </em>? It is an interesting book, and one that can help you better understand your partner and other important relationships in your life. I believe in building your business relationships, that you also have to tap into the same languages.
02/21/2014 12:16 EST
Years ago in another life, I used to teach a parenting course and lately I am finding that the lessons I learned and taught in that program have some relevance to what I see today, and especially in running a business.
02/14/2014 12:26 EST
I think the whole concept of entrepreneurialism should be part of the curriculum in elementary and high school, so that those who are not university or college bound, and not everyone is, can look at developing an entrepreneurial mindset and actually give consideration to starting their own business as a career option.
02/07/2014 12:24 EST
As our athletes set off for the Winter Olympics, whether you are into sports or not, we wish them well. It is a tough journey
01/29/2014 01:06 EST
Placing my mother in a seniors' residence was the last thing I ever wanted to do. It seemed so final, so rejecting. It marked the end of an era. In reality, it was just a new phase in our relationship and it was one of those tough decisions that had to be made.
01/27/2014 05:18 EST
Sandy, in a recent conversation, shared that it took over six months for the insurance company to approve the purchase of a wheelchair, by which time she could hardly get out of bed, let alone use it. Having that wheelchair earlier might have improved her quality of life. Why does it take so long, especially when someone has limited time?
01/21/2014 12:14 EST
Like others in Ontario, the ice storm caught us by surprise and we spent a very chilly few days without power and, living in the country, without water too. To be honest we weren't that prepared. We are now, I can tell you. But as business owners, we also have some lessons to learn from those tough few days that we can use in our business lives.
12/31/2013 12:32 EST
Have you ever noticed that history has a way of repeating itself, especially if you haven't paid attention and learned the lesson the first time around? I say this because I have just realized that I am facing the same situation I first dealt with when I was 14. A couple of months ago we moved full time to our farm, just an hour from where we used to live. Now, I can see that I need to focus my energies on making new friends.
12/19/2013 12:17 EST
Where were you on November 22, 1963? For some of you this may be before you time, but for me, I was a 12-year-old living in Edinburgh, Scotland and it is a day I will never forget. And for those of you who have no recall of what happened 50 years ago, it was the day that John F. Kennedy was shot and assassinated.
11/20/2013 05:24 EST
When I first started in my business, I was pretty insecure. I spent time, too much time, watching what my competition did and basically focused my energies on them, instead of what I wanted to do and achieve. How foolish is that?
11/18/2013 01:26 EST
One story that Shapiro shared was of the challenges facing Houston Airport, where luggage would be available within eight minutes but passengers were at the luggage carousel within one minute and disgruntled about having to wait. The answer: airport staff created a longer path to collect luggage which took eight minutes, so luggage and passengers arrived at the same time.
11/02/2013 06:43 EDT
Jung describes synchronicity as "a meaningful coincidence of two or more events, where something other than probability of chance is involved." And that is what I have found. When I am on the right path, I meet the people I am meant to meet and suddenly my journey has more meaning and depth.
10/28/2013 12:23 EDT
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