When he was laid off at age 52, my father chose to buy a business. And in no time at all, he'd turned the business around and was successful. Today, I run my own business, as do my husband and our two daughters, which raises the question, is entrepreneurship genetic or is it a skill set you can learn?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org <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 decided to put our home of 28 years up for sale. We're nearing the end, and my firmest hope is for a quick sale... and a long closing. So I have a break from this routine and more time before I have to pack. If any of you are about to embark on a similar venture, here's a few pointers on getting your home ready for the sale.
02/25/2013 12:16 EST
People often comment that they don't know how I manage it all. But you know what, I am not so sure that I do. Yes, I juggle a lot. Yes, I am high energy. But there are weeks, like this one, when I want to stop being the hamster on the treadmill. Maybe it's time to get off.
02/18/2013 01:18 EST
When I started blogging over seven years ago, I was doing it purely because I liked to write. Obviously my attitude changed. One of the first inklings I had that I was on the wrong path with this blog business was when I hired a social media intern. She was reviewing all that we did, and was quick to point out that my blog looked "shitty." Her words, not mine.
02/11/2013 05:36 EST
Recently I signed up for and have listened to several business webinars. I don't personally give webinars, but as someone who has started taking them, I do have a few observations to share.
02/04/2013 11:57 EST
We probably all know of someone who could be so successful if she could just, well, get out of her own way. It is hard to ask someone to believe in you, when you don't believe in yourself. And as a result those synchronistic moments can just pass you by.
01/28/2013 05:10 EST
There is no one way to grow and build a business successfully. We all bring our unique strengths and styles to the process. But I guess at some time we do have to grow up and learn to do stuff we don't like.
01/14/2013 12:38 EST
When was the last time you did something completely new to you? So often we get into routines and stuck in our comfort zone. Stepping beyond those protective boundaries we have set for ourselves can end up being scary and a bit intimidating. Here's some pointers to consider as you embark on your firsts.
01/07/2013 05:31 EST
As I reflect back on the past year, I realize I have learned a lot -- some of it the hard way, other lessons were a pleasant surprise, but like everything in life, you have to take the bad with the good, and the key is to learn the lesson and move on.
01/01/2013 05:22 EST
For years I would come up with the usual New Year's resolutions -- you know the ones -- lose weight, get healthy, not work so hard, and by February, they were a thing of the past. So in 2012, instead of making New Year's resolutions that I never keep, I decided to pick three words to live my life by.
12/28/2012 05:22 EST
Fear. For a four-lettered word, it sure carries a lot of weight and for the would-be entrepreneurs in my newbie group, no matter what their business aspirations were, it was an emotion they were all feeling. So how do you overcome that fear of failure. Here are some pointers.
12/17/2012 12:15 EST
Recently, it struck me how much our identity is tied up with our work. I mean, if you are not running your business, who are you? It flagged for me the importance of having a life beyond my business, because when it is over, I want to know who I am and have other avenues and interests to pursue that make my life just as meaningful.
12/10/2012 05:24 EST
Choosing a name for your child can be stressful. But I do wonder what consideration today's parents give on the long-term impact on their child, especially when they choose an obscure name. I am raising this question because I read recently that some parents have named their poor child "Hashtag." I ask you, what sort of name is that for a child?
12/03/2012 12:14 EST
What would your address book tell you? Is it time to start over with a new book too? Do you need to clean house and remove some of the names? Or do you need to check in and recapture a friendship that has fallen off the tracks? Are there new people you want to include?
11/26/2012 12:46 EST
What is it about big corporate sponsors that they don't get that the hard sell just doesn't work any more and that they'd win over more customers if they just gave useful information instead of the sales pitch on how wonderful they are? Boring the audience does not win people over. So here's my tips to corporate sponsors.
11/19/2012 05:43 EST
Growing up I always had my nose in a book. I loved reading, enjoying the way the stories would allow me to learn, glimpse into another world and sometimes escape my own. I've also found comfort and words of wisdom in the pages of some of the books I have read. I wonder if writers ever learn what an impact their thoughts and reflections have on their readers?
11/12/2012 05:36 EST
It is 4.30 a.m. on a Saturday morning when I should be sleeping in, I am wide-awake, thinking of all the work I need to do over the next few weeks. I toss and turn, and eventually give in and get up. I must have a stressful job, you think, and definitely a demanding boss if I can't switch off at the weekend, but the trouble is, you see: I am my own boss.
11/05/2012 12:29 EST
As Nina Spencer stood in her smart business suit and high heels, it seemed incongruous that she'd actually climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. But she did, and she came back changed by the experience. As she shared her story, with wonderful photos so we could literally get the picture, we were in awe of what she'd accomplished
10/30/2012 10:40 EDT
It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as a survivor, I wouldn't go so far as to say I want to celebrate having had breast cancer, but it has made a positive difference in my life.
10/10/2012 07:35 EDT
It is hard to believe that Company of Women is celebrating its 10th birthday. Where did the time go? As I reflect on the past, I share some lessons I have learned -- some the hard way. I guess I bought into the myth that women can do it all and I sure would try. Looking back I realize this was a big mistake
09/24/2012 05:18 EDT
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