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By Rieva Lesonsky The world of serial entrepreneurs—people who love the thrill of startup so much, they can’t stop with just one business, but keep

via Are more women becoming serial entrepreneurs?.

This is a personal choice and should be researched in-depth before a decision is made.

Sole Proprietorship -Using your legal name. In some cases you can choose a business name and file a DBA or Doing Business As. You are personally responsible for the liabilities of the business

LLC (Limited Liability Company) -Your personal assets are protected. It is basically a mix of a corporation and sole proprietorship.  Your business income is filed along with your personal. When taxes are filed, include a Schedule C

Corporation– Dictionary.com describes a corporation as an association of individuals, created by law or  under authority  of law, having a continuous existence independent of the existences of its members, and powers and liabilities distinct from those of its members.

In my opinion, a sole proprietorship or LLC is easiest for a small business. Before making a decision, weigh the pros and cons of each entity. Also consult and advisor, mentor, lawyer and/or accountant to find out which structure may be best for you.

Accounting  http://www.yoursimplebookkeeper.com/

Legal http://www.legalzoom.com/

Mentor http://www.score.org/

Start Up Costs

An entrepreneur should not go broke starting a business. Make sure you buy only the essentials for your business. Look for deals and discounts wherever possible.  This is a list of expenses may apply to your home business

  1. Legal fees -Local business licenses and trademarks.  Do your research and find what licenses are required for your business type. Register your business name. You may also want to trademark your name. Check www.legalzoom.com for online legal services
  2. Website and Logo- If you are not a designer, hire a professional.  Your website and logo attract customers and represent your image. Check out www.diva-designz.net. The company offers a full range of web and graphic designs at reasonable prices.
  3. Advertising – Use social media in the beginning to keep costs down (Twitter, Facebook, Myspace…). Do an internet search for free online ads. Tell family and friends. Make flyers and business cards or use www.vistaprint.com. They sell a range of low-cost advertising and promotional products for business and personal use.
  4. Office supplies- Purchase the basics such as pens, computer paper, paper clips and even file folders to keep records organized.
  5. Accounting- It is imperative you keep accounting and tax information in order.  Accountants make sure your business starts out in a good financial position. Consult a professional before you launch. Check out www.yoursimplebookkeeper.com. The company provides affordable virtual bookkeeping and accounting services for small businesses.

Cash is the last key. Make sure you have money in savings for unexpected expenses. A successful business woman will have all of these in place.

I have not made many recent updates to my blog. School is in session again and I loaded with homework daily. Education is an important part of becoming an entrepreneur. I understand formal education is not for everyone, but please make an attempt.

1. http://www.score.org-They provide great information for entrepreneurs.
2. Online education-Life is hectic with work and family, but many community colleges and 4 year universities now offer online courses.
3. Read! Educate yourself. Whatever business you want to start, read everything and anything you can find out the subject.
4. Search the internet Bookmark sites that provide information on your industry
5. Trade magazine-There is a trade magazine for every industry.
6. NETWORK!-Network with women in the same industry. Find a knowledgeable mentor.

As an entrepreneur, being aware of your industry is crucial. Educate yourself,then sell yourself.

Everything She

Everything She.

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!

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.

So You Want to Be Your Own Boss . . . – WomenEntrepreneur.com.

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