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5 Women Entrepreneurs Who Will Change The Way You Think About Work

5 Women Entrepreneurs Who Will Change The Way You Think About Work

When most of us think about ‘work’ we picture office jobs, working 9 to 5 and colleagues who inspire various levels of admiration or irritation. The concept of work, however, doesn’t have to be rigid and regular. These five women entrepreneurs have shaken things up for themselves and the people they work with. Read through and be inspired by their courage, vision and contradictory approach to career building.

1. Carrie Green: Female Entrepreneur Association

Carrie Green - Female Entrepreneur Association

    Carrie Green – Female Entrepreneur Association

    After building her own global mobile phone unlocking business to help her get through her law degree, Carrie Green realized that she wanted to continue down an entrepreneurial path. The isolation that she felt as an online entrepreneur inspired her to reach out to women looking to build their own business. A few years later, the Female Entrepreneur Association was alive and kicking!

    Today, the Female Entrepreneur Association has over 140,000 followers, a monthly magazine, titled ‘This Girl Means Business,’ a membership platform and monthly training bundles for women entrepreneurs. Carrie has been featured in leading UK news publications and recently gave an immensely inspiring talk to TedX Manchester on ‘Programming Your Mind For Success.’

    This solopreneur is the epitome of someone who identified a dream and a need and then went for it. Carrie’s passion and determination should inspire you to choose your own path in life and then make it happen.

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    You can connect with Carrie at: www.femaleentrepreneurassociation.com

    2. Marie Forleo: MarieForleo.com

    Marie Forleo

      Marie Forleo – Credit: Eric Michael Pearson Photograhpy

      Well-known for her candid and sassy approach, Marie Forleo has built an online empire around the concept of building “a business and life you love.” With her own online TV show, Marie TV, and the highly acclaimed B-School, a business and marketing course for entrepreneurs, Marie Forleo uses her infectious personality and business experience to motivate entrepreneurs around the world.

      Raised on the Jersey Shore, Marie knows that loving your unique personality and using it to build your brand is something we should all take advantage of. Her no nonsense approach to business embraces quirkiness, fashion and femininity. She has been featured alongside mega stars such as Oprah and Richard Branson and is now considered a celebrity personality as much as she is a business guru. Marie Forleo can teach us all a thing or two about how being yourself and working hard can attract your dream audience.

      Find out more about Marie at: www.marieforleo.com

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      3. Tamara Hackett: Your Pretty Pages

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        Tamara Hackett – Your Pretty Pages

        Canadian-based entrepreneur Tamara Hackett is an organization, planning and productivity queen. The mom of two has built an online business, with a passive income model, around her lifestyle. Tamara’s business, Your Pretty Pages, provides home-based and small business owners with beautiful, downloadable business tools. From business planning worksheets to client questionnaires, Tamara provides entrepreneurs with solutions to their administrative, marketing and customer management needs.

        Tamara’s business is an example of how a love of beautiful visuals and a mind for practicality can be turned into a profitable venture. She keeps ‘fun’ and ‘feminine’ present in even the most straightforward business tasks and inspires business owners to make organization a priority. Going beyond her products, Tamara writes an inspiring blog with a ‘Featured Entrepreneur’ section, interviewing the business women she works with.

        Learn more about Tamara and her business at: www.yourprettypages.com

        4. Reshma Chamberlin and Elizabeth Buchanan: Muzio App

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        Muzio App

          Reshma and Elizabeth – Muzio App

          While this pair technically turns my ‘5 Women Entrepreneurs’ into six, they’re both definitely worth a mention. Best friends Reshma and Elizabeth share a belief that “beautiful design can inspire great happiness.” They set out to bring the concept of art curatorship to everyone via an app that allows users to collect, display and share information in a beautiful way.

          Muzio App enables you to create and edit inspired collections of memorable moments using photos, video and voice, audio, and text. The idea is expandable, offering a platform that works for both individuals and businesses looking to share their work and inspiration. This inspirational pair show us how even a traditional artistic concept can be brought into the technological world.

          Discover Muzio App today at: www.muzioapp.com

          5. Amy Porterfield: AmyPorterfield.com

          Amy Porterfield

            Amy Porterfield

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            Social Media Strategy Consultant and online business expert Amy Porterfield is the go-to person for advice on building an online platform. Amy helps others build a life out of what of they love by teaching effective self-promotion and online marketing techniques. It’s no surprise that the former online marketing advisor to Tony Robbins and co-writer of ‘Facebook For Dummies’ has an enormous online following.

            Amy’s brilliance is not only in her vast experience and knowledge but also in her understanding that small businesses don’t want to spend hours each day marketing themselves. She has developed strategies and programs to help entrepreneurs and public-facing people build an online presence in a simple and effective way. Her ‘work’ is all about helping others to do well in theirs — something the world can always use more of.

            Check out Amy’s social media how-to’s at: www.amyporterfield.com

             

            Have these women inspired you to break away from the 9 to 5 and launch your own business? If there’s one thing they can teach us, it’s that living your dreams is possible. If you’re looking to take the leap yourself, put on your planning cap and get to it. In the words of Barbara Sher, “It’s only too late if you don’t start now.”

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            Last Updated on August 6, 2020

            6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

            6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

            We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

            “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

            Are we speaking the same language?

            My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

            When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

            Am I being lazy?

            When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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            Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

            Early in the relationship:

            “Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

            When the relationship is established:

            “Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

            It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

            Have I actually got anything to say?

            When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

            A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

            When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

            Am I painting an accurate picture?

            One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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            How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

            Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

            What words am I using?

            It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

            Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

            Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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            Is the map really the territory?

            Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

            A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

            I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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