This post from LegalZoom which was recently updated in September 2023 highlights the top ten mistakes made by new business owners. The list includes:
- Not having a business plan
- Not having a marketing plan
- Not forming the right business entity
- Thinking you don’t need insurance
- Not having a written agreement with your business partners
- Failing to protect intellectual property
- Thinking you can do it all yourself
Check out the link to read more detail about what to do if you think you are falling short in that area as the post goes into depth on each item in the list.
Even if you are a small business, you can still be thinking about ways in which you can reduce your environmental impact. This article posted in Entrepreneur shares 8 items to consider when determining practical ways to reduce your company’s impact on the planet. From energy efficiency in the office to flex scheduling to rethinking the office supplies you purchase, every change we make helps to make a difference.
In this recorded webinar from May 2023, Andrea Ippolito, founder and CEO of SimpliFed and Director of Women Entrepreneurs in STEM at Cornell University discusses the opportunities and challenges women entrepreneurs face when launching a business while raising young children. With two small children of her own, Ms. Ippolito is an expert on starting a company and watching it grow while concurrently ensuring that her children thrive.
This article in Fast Company looks at the summer blockbuster “Barbie” movie and explores some of the film’s inspirational messages of resilience and strength. Specifically, it lists the importance of never giving up, knowing that any goal is possible, dreaming big and embracing that you are enough. Check out the article to read more about how those themes are woven through the movie!
Whether you run a small business that relies on remote and/or hybrid workers, you are part of a large organization navigating how the post-COVID workplace looks or you are a remote worker yourself, figuring out best practices to support this work arrangement is critical for corporate success.
This post on Business.com discusses critical best practices to consider to ensure that remote work is a success including technology adaptations, work scheduling and IT security concerns to name a few. The piece also discusses the important of outlining a remote work policy and provides tips on how to navigate that process.
This post published by the US Chamber of Commerce provides some helpful advice for small business owners who are looking to expand their local networks. Specifically, the piece shares suggestions such as volunteering with local nonprofits, attending trade shows, exploring digital networking and collaborating with other local businesses for cross-promotion and support. Check out the post to see other tips!
This blog post from SCORE (which stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives) highlights eight points to ponder when considering whether to turn your side hustle into a full time business. Specifically, the piece mentions the importance of considering what automation tools you will use to help you scale efficiently (for tasks like scheduling, accounting, inventory, etc) as well as considerations about your marketing plan and customer base. Check out the blog post for more tips!
The COVID pandemic has worsened existing challenges for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women entrepreneurs. Many AAPI-owned businesses have been hit hard, especially in industries heavily affected by the pandemic.
Language barriers and a lack of banking relationships have limited their access to loans and capital. AAPI women face a wage gap and have shouldered increased caregiving responsibilities. Despite these obstacles, AAPI women entrepreneurs remain resilient and determined to overcome the challenges they face. See this April 2023 post from CNBC to read more.
Owning your own business offers flexibility, creative freedom, and unlimited income potential. Lacking financial resources doesn’t mean you are out of luck! According to this article in Forbes, it is possible to still start a business with limited funds. no money. Some tips from the article include: keep your day job while working on your business during your free time, choose a business idea that doesn’t require upfront capital (such as freelance writing, virtual assisting, or social media management), scale up gradually, and utilize free resources and networking opportunities. Check out the link to the article to read more!
This article in Entrepreneur offers five practical ways to support women-owned businesses. These include shopping at women-owned businesses to support owners, employees, and the local economy; spreading the word about these businesses through social media and personal networks; attending events organized by women-owned businesses to show support and foster community; writing positive reviews to boost visibility and influence potential customers; and partnering with women-owned businesses to collaborate and mutually benefit. These actions can bring about significant changes in behavior and contribute to empowering women entrepreneurs while promoting economic growth and diversity in the marketplace.