with Aliza Sherman
If you own a business - home-based or otherwise - this is the blog where you'll find practical tips and smart ideas about entrepreneurship. I've started and run 4 different businesses so "been there, done that." I'll also invite successful entrepreneurs to share their best advice with you.
To learn more about Aliza, check out her profile on Work It, Mom! and her website, www.mediaegg.com.
I attended the Mom 2.0 Summit in New Orleans last weekend and really relished the opportunities to meet other mom entrepreneurs and innovators and to attend some sessions.
At the panel The Other New Normal: Entrepreneurial Strategy in a Post-Recession, Post-Web 2.0 World moderated by Stephanie Smirnov (@ssmirnov) and with panelists Erica Diamond (@womenonthefence) Shelly Kramer (@shellykramer), Gabrielle Blair (@designmom), Stephanie and Erica shared their personal stories about being entrepreneurial moms which I always find so valuable. I learn more from women’s stories of personal experiences than from text books or by more formal learning methods.
Shelly Kramer, founder of V3 Integrated Marketing, had some great tips after she spoke about the birth of her twin girls (now 5 years old) and her work/home life juggle.
1. Don’t assume everyone knows your story. Tell your story, what you do. If you don’t talk about it, people won’t know about it.
2. Collaborate, learn, solve problems. Shelly really emphasized the importance of working with others, emphasis on the collaboration part.
3. Raise your hand. Identify something someone needs done and offer to do it. Again, Shelly advises to take a pro-active stance. You make your own opportunities.
4. Be very careful when taking on a partner. While she encourages collaboration (see #2), Shelly also stresses that you need to have an agreement in place. Don’t give away a company. Don’t give away your ideas. Put things in writing.
What are some of your favorite tips for women entrepreneurs?
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