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Spark & Hustle Conference - Resources: Overcoming Fears and Building Confidence

Spark & Hustle Conference - Resources: Overcoming Fears and Building Confidence

Here are some key points I covered in my talk.

1. Women need to ask -

2. Women need to learn how to negotiate -

3. Women need to learn how to take risks -

4. Run your business like a business, not a hobby -

5. Follow the Money!

Here are some resources and take these risk assessments!

Resources: Overcoming Fears and Building Confidence

Spark & Hustle, Pittsburgh, August 9, 2012

Resources:

Further Reading:

 Women Don’t Ask by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever (2003)

 Ask For It by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever (2009)

 The Big Moo by Seth Godin (2005)

 Eyeballs Out by Donna Sturgess (2011)

What She’s not Telling You by Mary Lou Quinlan (2010)

The Atlantic “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” by Anne-Marie Slaughter (July/August 2012       

 Risk Assessment Tools:

o    http://www.themanagersguide.co.uk/quiz-managing-business-risk.html

o    http://mncore.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Entrepreneur-Assessment.pdf

 Further Education:

 If you’re interested in starting or growing your business, or just networking with other women in business like you, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship has programs for you. From in-depth entrepreneurial training programs to networking breakfasts and an online learning community, CWE offers a broad range of business skills development opportunities. Visit www.chatham.edu/cwe today!

Mompreneurs!

Moms (or as they are now called mompreneurs) start businesses for a variety of reasons. Some want the flexibility of spending more time with their kids. Others uncover a need — often inspired by motherhood — that no one else is filling. I started a parenting paper in 1991 in Toledo, Ohio because I had just had my daughter and had moved to Toledo, and couldn’t find any way to connect with other moms and get information about programs for kids.  That business turned into a million dollar company which produced multiple products (baby paper, city paper, back to school fair, etc.). Women entrepreneurs are expected to create up to 5.5 million new jobs nationwide by 2018, according to the Guardian Life Small Business.