As a woman business owner, I’ve found that empowerment comes to us in two ways: 1. Access to external sources of inspiration and knowledge 2. Self-respect and self-confidence You can sit around and wait for someone to empower you, or you can take the bull by the horns and take action to empower yourself. I will always vote for the latter of the two because it gives you more control over your entrepreneurial destiny. Although women own nearly 30 percent of U.S. small businesses (according to the Status of Women in the United States website), I find that [...]
Successfully married and working together in a successful business, Nellie and Philip Akalp share 5 tips on starting a business, running a business, and staying married...Happily!
While many people may think that parenthood and running a business collide like oil and water, I can tell you from direct experience they’re mistaken. My family has always fueled my successes rather than stand in the way of me achieving them. And as Mother’s Day 2016 approaches, I’ve been reflecting on the many ways being a mom to my four children has made me a more effective and intuitive entrepreneur. I want to share them here because I believe other entrepreneurial moms (and moms-to-be) out there should feel confident in embracing how motherhood strengthens them professionally, too. [...]
Work/life balance. Thanks to all the hype about it, you might find yourself feeling like a bit of a failure if you’ve yet to achieve it to perfection. My advice to you: Don’t beat yourself up about it! A faraway land where forest animals sing, pumpkins turn into coaches, and where work and home life demand equal amounts of your time every day simply doesn’t exist.
As part of a new series here on The Startup Starting Line, we will be interviewing CorpNet clients to get their stories and advice to other entrepreneurs. Today, meet Michelle Vrakelos, who leveraged her 25-year dance background to open her unique fitness studio, M6 Movement in 2008.
It’s a good time to be a female entrepreneur. While there are still fewer of us than male entrepreneurs, the numbers are rising: between 1997 and 2015, the number of women entrepreneurs has risen 74%. Women own 30% of businesses in the U.S. I’d love to see that number become 50% (or more!).
I try to count my blessings year ‘round, but there’s something about November that just gets me really thinking about all the things I’m thankful for, including being a business owner with a good sense of work/life balance. Here are a few of the things on my list of gratitude.
Everywhere I go, people seem to really identify with the fact that I started my business with my husband, Phil. They love hearing our story, as well as our advice to other husband/wife teams. We both feel lucky to have found this path to entrepreneurship together. Here are some highlights.
Celebrating the birthday of CorpNet CEO Nellie Akalp
I’ve got four kids, all of whom I raised while also launching and growing two different businesses. I know the challenges of having a newborn and/or toddlers in the house when you’re trying to grow a business. It’s a tremendous amount of pressure.
It seems like no matter how hard women entrepreneurs try, we will never catch up to our male counterparts. Or will we? The state of small businesses owned by women has risen significantly over the past few decades, and seems to be speeding up.
With Mother’s Day this weekend, families everywhere are honoring those women who nurture them and help them grow. But for me, Mother’s Day is just as much about my children; after all, without them, I wouldn’t be a mother! I’m pretty proud that my kids get to see firsthand how I operate as an entrepreneur, and as a CEO. Here’s what I imagine -- and hope! -- they’re learning from me.
Thank goodness tax time is over, right? I, like most small business owners, find this time of year a bit stressful. So after April 15 passes, I’m all about rejuvenating and recharging my battery. When you run a business, whether you’re the only staff or you manage a team of ten, it is essential that you make time for yourself. Otherwise, you’re a stressed out ball of tension that puts your business —and your health — in jeopardy. We’re all in the same boat here, so I thought I’d share how I decompress.
As people -- more specifically as entrepreneurs -- many of us feel obligated to put up a shield to hide what’s really going on. When we’re asked how things are going with our businesses, we’re more inclined to focus on the highlights rather than the brutal truth. That truth might be that we’re working too much and getting sick a lot. Or that business has ground to a halt. Whatever that truth is, we feel it makes us vulnerable, and we feel like that compromises our ability to succeed.
There has been a great deal of focus on creating work/life balance for entrepreneurs — more so for female entrepreneurs — over the past several years. The quest for this Holy Grail often leaves its seekers unsatisfied. The truth is, you’ll never permanently achieve this balance. Trying to do so may cause even more stress than the actual imbalance you’ve been experiencing. Here’s why you should set aside your search for perfection and settle for “good enough.”
I recently wrote a blog post about 10 lawyers that left the law to follow their passions which was well received by the legal community. The post was meant to inspire dissatisfied lawyers and show them that it is in fact possible to be successful in other industries. I decided to make these kind of lists into a more regular series in which I profile lawyers who have gone on to do amazing things outside of the law. Below is a list of 5 talented women who have successfully used their JDs to pursue alternative careers.
There I was, stopped at the intersection outside my office's parking lot. I had been at this very spot hundreds of times before, but this time, my body shut down. I couldn't breathe, my heart raced, the walls of the car were closing in on me, and I couldn't move a muscle. I truly, honestly felt that I might die.
While the obvious lessons we learn about entrepreneurship come from our own professional experience, I find that sometimes they pop up in unexpected places. Like my children.
Think back to your playground days. I’m willing to bet you know more than a girl or two who ruled the roost. Who played teacher, commandeering the boys in her class to act as students, or who coordinated games.
In addition to being Frozen Food Month and Supply Management Month, March is Women’s History Month. Celebrated across the U.S. and in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada*, the month-long celebration of women’s contributions to history is a proud tradition that’s been happening every March since 1987, with origins dating back to 1911’s first-ever International Women’s Day. It seems like one hundred-plus years is a long time ago, but it’s just three generations – the oldest of whose members were born into a world where women didn’t have the right to vote and had only recently gained the ability to legally own property.