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Network! Network! Network! This is my personal list of social networking site for women. Network will provide great friendships and possible customers. This is my personal list of social networking sites. Not all are business related, but they feature extraordinary women

1. http://mlmblackwoman.ning.com/ -Join our Social Network for Women of Color in Direct Sales. Explore and Share!

2. http://mybbwo.com/ A Social Network for Women in Business, Women Entrepreneurs, and Bloggers

3. http://nawomenrise.com/ To bring smart business related strategies, support and tips to aspiring & existing women entrepreneurs.

4. http://womenentrepreneurs.shepreneur.com/ Magazine for Women in Business

5. http://womenspeernetwork.com/ Internet Marketing and Personal Development

6. http://diversitywoman.ning.com/ Executive network for women of all races culture and backgrounds

7. http://divas101.ning.com/ DIVAS are Spirit-led, purpose driven & mission focused individuals.We are Strong Independent people who have a great appetite for success.

8. http://nbwenorg.ning.com/ We are a diverse, innovative, emergent organization seeking enthusiastic members and alliances with organizations who cater to womenpreneurs

9. http://workathomedivas.ning.com This site was created to support work at home divas and those seeking legitmate work at home or business opportunities.

10. http://sweethorn.ning.com/ We collectively share an arsenal of marketing strategies. This is a community where businesses and community connect!

11. http://divahype.ning.com/ A community where women support each other, through networking,building relationships,gain resources to grow in their business

12. http://theceomamma.ning.com/ social network for women entrepreneurs

13. http://www.homebasedpreneurs.com This Network is for Serious, Inspired, Motivated. Homebased Business Owners. Joining Together Makes a Difference.

14. http://fabbygirl.com/ A community where fabulous women voice the latest on beauty, fashion, celebrity news, lifestyle, relationships, and more.

15. http://www.astonishingwoman.com/ The place for the woman entrepreneur, her business and every other aspect of her life!

You have an idea. Now what? You need a business plan. Your business plan is your dream, idea, plan, product or service on paper. Not all business owners have them, but to be a success your vision should be in print. If you are looking for funding from a financial institution, a business plan is a must. The lender will need to know if concept is valuable and profitable. There is no standard content for a plan, however there are a few topics the plan should cover.

*Executive Summary–The basics. What is your vision?
*Company Summary–A detailed description of the company. Include a short history of your industry
*Business Description–What do you offer? What makes your idea stand out?
*Market Analysis-This is your market size, how the business will grow, your profits and more
*Strategy and Implementation-How will you make money with your product or service?
*Management Summary-Who are you? What is your background
*Financial Plan-Your budget and financial statements.

I know this seems like a lot, but the internet has an abundance of beneficial information. Sites such as http://www.score.org offer business plan templates for several business types in PDF, Word and Excel versions. Bookmark SCORE.org. SCORE offers free online and in-person advice to entrepreneurs.

A business plan takes time, but this is essential for your business even if you are not seeking financial help.

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.
–Denis Watley

Scentsational Woman

Networking allows you to meet amazing women. Itiel McVay “Smell Goods Lady” is the owner of Smell Goods ’98. This superwoman is a wife, mom and entrepreneur. Check out her website at http://smellgoodspa.com/

My Dream…My Brand

My information is meant to empower and motivate women to start a business from home. I will provide valuable information that can be used to start a business and generate success. I seek to inspire and stimulate an entrepreneurial spirit.

I am a single working mother from North Carolina. I have been a telecommuter in the insurance industry for nearly 10 years. After months of soul searching, I decided to return to school. My major is Business Administration. Learning more about the world of business sparked an interest in starting my venture.  I immediately began searching for legitimate work at home opportunities.  La Bella Baskets turned out to be the perfect fit for me. I am looking for additional opportunities. I firmly believe in multiple streams of income. I am working  on a business plan for an e-commerce site and several other undertakings. I will update any information I find beneficial. Leave comments. Ask questions.  Network with me.  Send me information on legitimate ways to build income.  Email me @ makemoneymama74@yahoo.com. Make $ Mama is me. Check regularly for updates. Make $ Mama tees and other items to come….

Don’t be afraid to close your eyes & dream. Then wake up & see where you are.     -Sean Combs

Speaking from experience, being a mom is tough. Doing it alone is even tougher. Sometimes money and alone time is limited. You may feel unrecognized for your hard work. La Bella Baskets supports single moms.

When you buy gifts from La Bella Baskets you are directly contributing to the Basket of Hope Program.

La Bella Baskets believes in the power of giving with the Basket of Hope Program. They are helping Single moms who are experiencing hardships and challenges in life. Every month they choose a deserving mom and them a Basket of Hope. They are creating smiles and touching hearts. A gift basket may not mean a lot to some, but to a hard-working mom it could make their day.

What Do I Need In My Office?

Look around your home. Where can you put a home office? If you are not fortunate enough to have extra rooms available for an actual office you only need room enough for a corner desk. The perfect desk will have at least two levels or some sort of storage. Desks are usually inexpensive and can be put together in a matter of minutes. Try Wal-Mart, Target or even Craigslist or yard sales.

Next your computer. Almost everyone has a computer these days, but if you are in the market check out Wal-Mart, Target or even warehouse stores such as Costco.  And again, you can always check Craigslist or even get your old computer upgraded-its cheaper. You need enough speed and memory to handle multimedia and videos. Your system should be able to handle any software you may need.  The most important part of your computer is virus protection. Check our Download.com for software to keep your system safe.

The phone is next. My Blackberry is with me always. I do not know what I would do without it. My Blackberry has every app I need for business – Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, WordPress, 5 of my email accounts, a calendar, address book, a memo pad and even The Bible. There is an app for whatever you can imagine. I have an unlimited plan which includes talk, text and email. There are many phone companies and plans. Most companies offer free or minimal fee phones just for signing  a 2 year contract. If you are not ready for that type of technology, a regular home phone will do. Just make sure you have an answering machine or service so no message will be missed.

The next piece of equipment is an all-in-one printer, copier, fax, scanner. They do it all. I bought mine from Amazon.com for less the $60. It’s an Epson and works wonderfully.

A shredder would also be ideal. You do not want any personal or financial information in the wrong hands. Keep financial and personal paperwork in a secure place. Find some time of locked filing box or cabinet for this paperwork.

A few storage bins, pens, folders, envelopes, etc and you are ready. Try shopping at Dollar Stores, Wal-mart, Target, Craigslist, Amazon.com and yard sales. Try asking friends and family for items they are not using.  A home office does not have to be expensive.

Top Social Network Sites For Women Entrepreneurs

On a earlier post I mentioned the importance of networking. This could one of the most important steps when beginning a new business. The first to receive information about your new venture should be friends, family and connections. The best way to connect is through social networks. A. Michelle Blakeley compiled a list of the top 9 networking sites for women entrepreneurs.

1. Empower Me! – From blogs to websites to networks and everything in between, there is something for every woman. @talentdiva

2. Diversity Woman – Executive network for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds.

3. International Black Women’s Collaborative – The perfect platform for creating new personal and business connections. Live Local and Think Global!

4. Ladies Who Launch – Find information on successful women entrepreneurs as well as resources for women. Ladies Who Launch is an online and offline social network that provides opportunities for women to move their businesses and personal goals forward.@ladieswholaunch

5. Minority Women on the Rise – profiles successful women entrepreneurs from coast to coast, who are successfully running thriving businesses. @sylviabrowder

6. Pink Magazine – PINK represents more than a color. It´s a badge of honor celebrating a global mission of equity and opportunity – a movement acknowledging all that women are today and will be tomorrow.

7. Savor the Success – is a social network that connects entrepreneurial, professional, and creative women while helping to build big dreams in a real way @savorthesuccess

8. Women Owned – information, tools, networking opportunities and advice that has helped hundreds of thousands of women. Women just like you – starting or growing their business.

9. Women’s Peer Network – Only join if you want to improve your business contacts.@thebizwoman

A.Michelle Blakeley is the Founder and CEO of Simplicity, Inc.; a progressive small business development firm. She manages her clients’ business expectations and prevents information overload via Micro Business Therapy™ and Micro Business Action Plans. She is featured in Forbes.com as one of 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter and the host of Simple Truths: Intelligent. Insightful. Informed. on BlogTalkRadio.com.

Teleconferences

I just attended the “How to Transition From a Job to Small Business Ownership” teleconference hosted by Melinda Emerson.  The information was extremely helpful. One of the topics she addressed was attending teleconferences and expos to educate yourself. Even if you have to pay – the information will be valuable.

For more tips on how start or grow your small business subscribe to Melinda Emerson’s blog www.succeedasyourownboss.com.

Melinda Emerson “SmallBizLady” is a Veteran Entrepreneur, Small Business Expert and Social Media Coach who hosts #smallbizchat on Twitter. #Smallbizchat is the trusted resource on Twitter to discuss everything entrepreneurs need to know about launching and running a profitable small business. Melinda’s first book is Become Your Own Boss in 12 months! A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business that Works!

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