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Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Gender Equality

4 Tips to Conquer Your Career

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This post is brought to you on behalf of the Forté Foundation. The content does not necessarily reflect the views of the Forté Foundation.

Until ten years ago, I had never actually met a professional woman – an educated female that made a living wage. Growing up in fundamentalism, I was raised in a culture that did not acknowledge gender equality and restricted women to very limited roles as wives and mothers. I had no idea what developing a career involved or even how to get started. The majority of my homeschool education had been focused on the domestic arts – childcare, cooking, cleaning, etc. – and neglected subjects like math, science, and finance (all the things you wouldn’t find in the job description for a housewife).

My junior year of college, I finally encountered a real-life professional woman – a visiting professor of biochemistry. She was confident, educated, and owned her own house. I knew I wanted to be just like her, but I had no idea how to get there.

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Entrepreneurship/ Ranch Living

How to Run a Business from the Middle of Nowhere

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Remember Raymond Tusk from House of Cards?

The Koch-inspired billionaire who headquartered his company in Missouri (of all places), lived in a modest house with his wife, and spent his free time roaming the Ozarks bird watching? Despite living thousands of miles away from politic power houses and industry hubs, Tusk’s enterprises extended their reach into international markets from the Show Me State, all the way to China.

While I’m not much like Gerald McCraney’s House of Cards character (we exist in totally different tax brackets), we do have one similarity – running a business from the middle of nowhere.

Throughout business school, I carefully researched up and coming metro areas and startup communities, trying to identify the “perfect” place to headquarter my consulting firm.  Continue Reading…

Entrepreneurship/ Freelancing

3 Tips for Dealing with Mean Clients

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Sometimes you just hit the jackpot – a dream client that is a pleasure to work with sends you fabulous referrals, and always pays on time.

Other times, you find yourself tethered to a client from hell – a psychopathic cheapskate that’s a grab bag of ageism, sexism, and racism, threatens to slander your business name and is always late on their bill.

Joy.

Mean clients have a way of taking something you love – your work, your company, and your entrepreneurial lifestyle – and turning it into a complete nightmare. The dark clouds of doom these bad clients bring along with them leave you second guessing your skills, your career, and even yourself.

Don’t let mean clients ruin your business.

Follows these three tips for dealing with mean clients successfully and enjoy the benefits of business again:

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Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Gender Equality/ Higher Education

My Career Take-Off

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I paid for my college education by training horses and selling cattle; it was hard work, but the proceeds were enough to cover a four-year degree during the middle of the Recession — at a time when scholarships and part-time jobs were scarce. Even though I was negotiating prices, researching market trends, and promoting my livestock, I never thought of myself as a business person.

I didn’t think I was good enough at math, I didn’t think I had the capability to make tough management decisions, and in all honesty, I didn’t think there were many opportunities for women in business— an industry I unfortunately perceived as the ultimate “man’s world.”

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Entrepreneurship/ Money Matters

7 Tips for Raising Startup Capital

Guest Post: ​Elena Tahora

 Startup companies do not run on just ideas.

There is equipment involved, a place to operate and of course, people to hire. This is where ‘seed funding’ comes into play.

The seed funding is initial capital a company raised to fund the startup. The seed funding can come from the owner’s own pocket but most of the time it comes from outside. In order to raise the money you need, you have to negotiate well with investors.

Raising seed funding can be quite hard so we have gathered a few tips that may help you along the way!

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Entrepreneurship/ Freelancing/ Money Matters

5 Things to Do When Your Business Isn’t Making Money

When I started my business, I knew I was gonna make millions.

Yeah, it didn’t quite work out that way…

Chances are, when you started your company, you were planning on cashing in as well.

But what happens when hitting the motherlode Month 2 doesn’t?

What can you do when your business isn’t making money?

Does a zero profit margin mean you have to say “goodbye” and “no more” to your business brain child, or is there a few Hail Mary’s you can claim to give your entity a fighting chance?

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Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship

What Keeps Entrepreneurs Going After Serious Setbacks

Guest Post by Salma El-Shurafa 

​Entrepreneurship is about untying knots and finding solutions.

Setbacks are an inevitable occurrence. The journey as an entrepreneur has twists, turns, bumps, bruises, and even roadblocks. These events are designed to restructure one’s purpose and passion for making an even greater breakthrough than before.

Ups and downs are what great business is all about. These fluctuations are comprised of the elements of life.

Admittedly, motivation is difficult to summon when we are faced with defining times. I will teach you how to stimulate and drive your performance after experiencing serious setbacks.

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Entrepreneurship

Kansas City’s Startup Scene

Kansas City’s one of those surprising Midwestern entrepreneurial hubs, at least that’s what I’m told when networking in NYC and SoCal.

A quick look at Kansas City’s industrial history, especially within the realm of agriculture and energy, will reveal ample evidence supporting the City of Fountains’ long standing tradition of entrepreneurial innovation.

In 2015, Cushman & Wakefield ranked Kansas City (KC) as one of the top tech cities in the nation. Since then, KC has continued to maintain top rankings in the realm of entrepreneurship and technology, proving there’s more to this former-flyover city than may initially meet the eye.

As a non-Midwestern native, I met KC’s recent headlining as “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City” with great skepticism. I’d previously regarded the KC area as a landlocked metro surrounded by wheat fields, and inhabited by 1980’s-era conservatives.  Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Money Matters

3 Tips for Dealing with Startup Growing Pains

Not everything about starting a business is fun.

In fact, a lot of the work during the early growth stages just, well, sucks.

Yes, you read that right. 

Startups can be stressful; however, the sucky, pull-your-hair-out growth stage isn’t forever. In fact, the not-so-fun startup phase can provide you a lot of information about both your business and your market – what works and what doesn’t work – that will shape your company’s future. Being able to weather the startup storm, and respond to the growing pains of your baby biz can be a “make it or break it” phase of your entrepreneurial career.

Here are three tips for making the growth phase less “sucky”:

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Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Freelancing/ Networking/ Social Media

5 Ways to Curb Entrepreneur Loneliness

All my besties were made at work or school.

Maybe it’s because that’s where I spent all my time; maybe it’s because I’m just lazy on the friend-making arena and never wanted to venture out.

Or maybe I’m one of those people – the kind that prefers all socialization to be task oriented. I seem to recall a name for that from my undergrad psychology classes…

Anyway, I’m quite limited on the friend making means, something that forced an abrupt realization when I left my job and grad school to work for myself – alone, as a “solopreneur”.

While not having to deal with annoying coworkers, overbearing bosses, and other workplace antics beautifully illustrated on almost any episode of The Office, was nice, I did miss my work friends. While these friendships were rarely close, they were convenient and predictable.  Continue Reading…