You want to start a jewelry line? Open a stationery store? Become a florist? These women left behind corporate offices and dead-end jobs to follow their dreams-and they're giving you the benefit of their wisdom.
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Be Open to Anything
"A friend asked if I wanted to do a food trade show with her. I brought a few products with me, not expecting to sell or anything-and suddenly we got all these orders! I had no idea how we were going to package or prepare so much so quickly, but I never say no unless I completely understand why it can't be done. I think how you approach obstacles is a big part of being successful-you can't give up."
-Alisa Barry, Chef and Owner, Bella Cucina Artful Food
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Make an Announcement
"I sent out an email to everybody I knew, announcing what we were doing. For me, the act of saying 'I'm starting a literary magazine' was as brave as actually doing it.
- Oprah.com | Power Your Future – Thu, Jul 14, 2011 1:30 AM EDT
You want to start a jewelry line? Open a stationery store? Become a florist? These women left behind corporate offices and dead-end jobs to follow their dreams-and they're giving you the benefit of their wisdom.Read More »from The smartest advice we’ve heard from real women who made the leap
By Patricia Sellers, FortuneRead More »from This beauty queen is no girly girl
You might think that a woman who sells $20 billion worth of beauty products in a year would have been, in her youth, a girly girl.
Not Gina Drosos. "I was a total tomboy," she says.
The top boss of Procter & Gamble's (PG) global beauty division is, like quite a few of Fortune's Most Powerful Women, a recovering jock. Growing up in Atlanta with a brother and a neighborhood packed with boys, Drosos was a basketball star. She played shooting guard for the Ridgeview High School girl's team, which named her MVP. At P&G, where she started 24 years ago as a summer intern and marketed Spic 'n Span floor cleaner early on, she has spent her spare time coaching basketball--her daughter's grade-school team.
In fact, it was as coach of her daughter and a team of sixth-grade girls, that Drosos learned her best lesson in balancing work and family. A couple years ago, when a mandatory business trip to Asia clashed with a basketball tournament, Drosos promised the kids
Got game? That is, are you on top of your networking game in the summer or a little lax, behind the 8-ball perhaps? Never fear. Even if you're not in job search mode, there's nothing better than summer socializing to keep your skills sharp and intact. And what's even better is for people who loathe to network or "don't know how," you may not even realize you're doing it! The summer provides a plethora of opportunities to simply "get out there" and in turn, by enjoying your summer you may add a few new important contacts along the way.
Here are 4 ways to keep your summer networking skills sharp.
- Pursue activities you enjoy doing! For instance, I recently returned from tennis camp in upstate New York. The purpose was to play a ton of tennis and get world-class instruction while enjoying the camaraderie of my friends. You can imagine what happened next. During one of the meals at communal tables, you start talking to each other. Next thing you know, we're exchanging cards and
By Anna Davies, REDBOOKRead More »from 4 ways to stand out at a job fair
Career fairs used to be populated primarily with recent college grads eager to jump into the hiring pool. Not anymore. Now, potential hires of all ages and skill levels attend in the hope of creating a connection with a company that could eventually lead to a job, explains Jennifer Grasz, a Careerbuilder.com spokesperson. Here, the need-to-know basics, plus how to stand out from the pack.
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1. Find a fair. The newspaper, job sites such as Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com, and local colleges are good places to start. Fairs generally take place at hotels or community event spaces, and some are virtual, where applicants and employers meet online in a chat room. Fairs can be either general or industry-specific-be sure the one you attend is looking for hires with your skill set.
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2. Do your homework. "There may be 25 companies represented, so before you go, decide on a few you're
- Oprah.com | Power Your Future – Mon, Jul 11, 2011 5:11 PM EDT
Photo: Saverio TrugliaBy Susan HauserRead More »from Career Changer: From stressed-out cop to Buddhist monk
For Cheri Maples, enlightenment began in a chiropractor's office. It was 1991, and the Madison, Wisconsin, policewoman needed treatment for a back injury-she'd been hoisting a stolen moped out of a car trunk; in the waiting room, Maples flipped through a copy of Being Peace, by the Buddhist monk and activist Thich Nhat Hanh. "It was so simple, so no-nonsense," she recalls. "He described what mindfulness and meditation actually look like in day-to-day life. It gave me the desire to know more."
Seventeen years later, Maples had traded her crisp police blues for earth-toned robes when Nhat Hanh ordained her as a Buddhist dharma teacher. As head of the Center for Mindfulness & Justice, founded in 2009 and based out of her Madison home, Maples travels the continent leading workshops and retreats for cops and others in the criminal justice system-where she spent 25 years variously serving as a police captain, head of probation, and assistant attorney general.
- How Good Grows | Power Your Future – Fri, Jul 8, 2011 6:46 PM EDT
Kim Holstein of Kim and Scott's Gourmet Pretzels
by Sarah B. Weir
Sometimes the best ideas are the most twisted. That's what Kim Oster Holstein discovered when she launched her business, Kim and Scott's Gourmet Pretzels, in 1995. After reading an article about a soft pretzel stand at a local Chicago green market, Kim became obsessed with the idea that she could turn the pretzel concept inside out - literally. She envisioned stuffed pretzels in funky flavors like cinnamon roll and grilled cheese, a whole new spin on a classic American snack. At the same time, her dream was to create a company that would serve the community as well as turn a profit.
When Kim heard that pretzels were invented in 610 by a monk who gave them to children as gifts for good scholarship, her vision of "Pretzels W ith a Purpose" started to feel like fate.
Though many people shot down her idea, Kim's future husband, Scott, encouraged her to "go for it." The couple met at a book signing in 1994, and within months, Scott was helping her bakeRead More »from Surprising success from pretzels and positive thinking
Photo: RTimages/iStockphotoBy Susan ChoiRead More »from Your brilliant (next) career: How to find it
One day at work, the computer system Kylie (not her real name) depends on to get her job done collapsed in a total meltdown. The tech support people, five states away in Virginia, wouldn't pick up the phone. Kylie's colleagues wouldn't get off her back-they were literally hanging over her shoulders, demanding to receive what she had no way to give them until the system started up again. In the end, she was glued to her chair for six unbroken, miserable hours. For Kylie, who grew up in Midwestern farm country, who loves to hike and ride horses and work with her hands, this six-hour imprisonment in her chair was the worst thing of all. At home that night, she felt as if she'd been beaten up. "I looked ahead at the next 20 years and thought, 'If it's more of this, I'll slit my wrists.'"
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More alarming was that lots of days felt like this. There hadn't been a single last straw, Kylie realized; there were haystacks of them. At some
By Nell Casey, REDBOOKRead More »from 4 tips to help you launch your business
Starting your own business can be a little intimidating-to say the least. Here are some tips to make sure your entrepreneurial debut is a success.
1. Get to know your market: Surf the Web to research competitors and find out what they charge for their products or services. "Talk to your ideal core audience," suggests Ellen Parlapiano, cofounder of mompreneursonline.com. "Find out if they're interested in your product and what they'd pay for it."
2. Plan for your success: "To get financing from investors or a bank, you'll need to write a business plan-or at the very least, come up with a mission statement and objectives," Parlapiano says. For guidance on writing a business plan and more check out business.gov.
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3. Play by the rules: Investigate whether or not you'll need special certification or permits for your venture. If you're dealing with cosmetics, for example, Parlapiano says, you'll need a Board of
Photo: ThinkstockBy Ronna LichtenbergRead More »from 3 Signs You're in the Wrong Job
It's easy to know when you're in the right job, and it's a piece of cake to recognize an awful one. But what about the position that seems only okay? How can you tell the difference between a bad day and a bad fit-especially in a shaky economy when the voices of reason all suggest that having a job, any job, is a good thing? In my many years in management and consulting, I've noted signs that it's time to move on.
1. It's not just that they don't pay you enough, it's that they couldn't ever pay you enough to make you feel good.
People who feel underpaid always think that more money will make them feel better. Sometimes it will, but sometimes it won't. And I can prove it. If your biggest complaint about your job is the salary, consider whether an amount 10 percent higher would make you happy. Then think of a number that is 20 percent higher. If a 10 to 20 percent increase would make you feel well compensated, you're in the right job-you just need to work on
Business Women Exchanging Business CardsLike your American Express card, you should never leave home without your business cards. Business opportunities can pop up at any time - it could be at the grocery store, in line at the movies or at Starbucks.Read More »from User post: Business cards—a lasting impression
When a business opportunity presents itself, you need to take advantage by having a business card available.
The business card is a lasting impression that is left behind after you are gone. You need to make it work for you. The appearance of your business card says as much about you as your physical appearance.
As the tangible evidence of your meeting, it should reflect your style, grace and class. You should never pass out a business card that looks "used" - torn, folded, frayed corners.
A business card case should be mandatory. It doesn't have to be a fancy sterling version from Tiffany's. You need something to keep your cards clean and prevent folding and fraying.
Another business card no-no is to distribute outdated cards. If your cards contain outdated information, do
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