• During my recent trip to Disney World with my Hubby and 5-year old daughter, I was able to enjoy a full week of worry-free rest and relaxation, knowing that my business was running smoothly.

    Okay, so maybe a week in Disney with a 5-year old is not what you would call "rest and relaxation." But I did get to spend the week totally focused on family fun.

    How was I able to spend a week away, with total confidence that my business was still operating efficiently and earning me income? By automating.

    The 5 Areas to Automate in Your Business:

    1. Sales:
      If you want to be able to take vacations (or go to lunch, or take the kids to school, or sleep) and still have money coming in, you need to automate your sales process. To do this, you need to have an online shopping cart.

      Your shopping cart will:

      • Give you a link to put on your web pages for people to click and purchase your products
      • Collect payment information from customers
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  • By Aimee Lee Ball

    Women own over 10 million businesses and employ more than 13 million people in this country, says Susan Sobbott, president of OPEN from American Express. OPEN helps women entrepreneurs through a program called Make Mine a Million $ Business. (It provides money via loans and lines of credit, as well as mentoring, marketing, and technology tools.) "Having a million-dollar mind-set includes setting a goal and being serious about it," says Sobbott. "A woman who has it can describe what she's doing succinctly and compellingly, having honed her focus so she can sell it to anyone, whether customer, creditor, or investor. Clarity of thinking is what allows you to cultivate believers who buy into your success." Sobbott's best advice:

    RELATED: Who Am I Meant To Be?

    1. Figure out what only you can do, then get other people to do the rest. "Women tend to be good at multitasking but have trouble delegating, probably because of their sense of accountability and desire to be

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  • by Amanda Greene

    Whether it's your self-assured best friend or that coworker who always garners respect, some people just seem to have a natural air of authority. But while it can feel like a quality you're either born with or not, this type of boldness is actually an attitude you can learn to project. From dressing the part to mastering proper email etiquette, the following simple behaviors can help you exude confidence in every situation-read on to learn how.

    Stand up while you're on the phone.

    It may sound silly, but getting up out of your chair while you're on an important call-whether it's to your insurance provider or a potential employer--can help make your voice sound more authoritative. "Your voice is closely linked to your body and physicality," says Susan Berkley, author of Speak to Influence and president of The Great Voice Company. "When you're standing up and gesticulating, you're going to have more energy than if you're sitting down, relaxing in your chair.

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  • Have you noticed that it's really hard to buy a rice cooker when hundreds of people on Amazon have very strong opinions about which rice cooker is the best?

    In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz writes about how the ever-expanding panoply of choices (consumer and otherwise) simply paralyzes people: give shoppers three types of jam to choose from, and they'll pick one; give them eighty types of jam and they'll get overwhelmed and decide they didn't need any jam after all.

    If I had gone to a suburban KMart in a neglected strip mall and found a single rice cooker, I would have bought it, and it would almost certainly have cooked rice. Instead, I spent two hours reading all of the rice cooker reviews on Amazon: this one exploded in someone's kitchen! This one makes enough rice for a family of four, but this one has a steaming basket that accommodates broccolini! Someone always bought a certain brand of rice cooker and then couldn't get that brand anymore and bought

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  • By Patricia Sellers, Fortune Magazine

    China's Yang Lan and Avon CEO Andrea JungChina's Yang Lan and Avon CEO Andrea JungFortune and Yahoo! (YHOO) are teaming up to present weekly content -- stories and videos -- about Most Powerful Women. This is the first in a series of Postcards that will appear on Yahoo! Shine and Fortune.com.

    It's the start of Most Powerful Women season at Fortune Magazine.

    This is the time we begin hunting in earnest for the most successful women in business around the world. Fortune launched Most Powerful Women (MPW) in 1998 when corporate America was the bastion of white men -- white men without facial hair, to be frank. This was a time when the corporate world was clean-cut, prescriptive, and even more conservative than it is today.

    We decided to rank, not just list, the MPW because guys, which make up the bulk of Fortune's reader base still, are into rank and status and size. Keeping score, maybe you've noticed, is a classically male thing.

    Women are different. We view power horizontally -- it's about making an "impact

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  • By Amanda Greene

    Whether you're searching for a new job, are interested in a career change or just want to reinvigorate your professional life, having guidance is essential. But mentors can be hard to come by in today's dog-eat-dog world. So, we spoke with 10 women-from a bank president to a Hollywood sound engineer-who've succeeded in their respective fields, and got their advice on getting ahead. To find out the best way to achieve a work-life balance, how to make an opportunity out of a setback, and more, read these practical and inspirational words of wisdom.

    Anne Lynam Goddard
    President and CEO of ChildFund International, a global child development organization dedicated to helping children in poverty thrive and bring positive change to their communities

    What advice would you give women who are considering a new career?
    Learn as much as you can about your chosen field from every perspective. Take on jobs or responsibilities that you're not crazy about so you

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  • Source: Be a LinkedIn Whiz: 5 Don'ts For Online Networking

    Networking online may seem like a piece of cake - all you have to do is just befriend people on LinkedIn and send them messages asking for help, right? Well, LinkedIn isn't just a Facebook for professionals, and there are specific techniques you can use to up your game and your chances of finding your dream job. I shared with you some "dos" for networking on the web yesterday, but it's also very important to stay far and away from LinkedIn faux pas. Krista Canfield, the senior PR manager for LinkedIn, shares a couple of things you need to avoid when you're trying to leverage your online network:

    • Don't just network when you need something. A "gimme gimme" mentality is a surefire way to lose professionals contacts and get deleted from people's networks. Instead, make sure you take the time to help others in your network, not because you're expecting something in return, but because you truly want them to succeed.
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  • 5 Ways to Network Like a Pro

    By Anna Davies, REDBOOK

    Whether you work in an office or at home, or just have an idea for a project you'd love to get going, you need to add networking to your routine. "It's really about cultivating new friendships that might open some doors for you both professionally and personally," says Cynthia Shapiro, author of What Does Somebody Have to Do to Get a Job Around Here . Shapiro shares smart ways to effortlessly add to your career contacts.

    1. Perfect the Art of Small Talk: Practice striking up conversation-make a joke to the woman standing in line with you at the bank, or share a witty observation with the guy next to you in spin class. Soon, you'll feel more comfortable having casual chats with near strangers-and networking anywhere won't feel forced.

    Related: Fall in Love With Work

    2. Have Your Intro Ready: Before you head to an event, practice a 10-second introduction of yourself and your goal or area of interest. Then, find someone who's also on her own or approach a large

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  • Four ways to beat work stress and burnout. (Thinkstock)Four ways to beat work stress and burnout. (Thinkstock)By Amy Levin-Epstein for CBS MoneyWatch.com

    Ever call in sick because you physically don't think you can make it to the office? That burned out feeling - so humorously portrayed in movies like Office Space - is no joke. In fact, workplace stress can lead to serious health issues, like obesity and cardiovascular disease. But preventing burnout, and treating it early, can help you stay both healthy and productive.

    Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive, a new book by psychologist Joan Borysenko, Ph.D, addresses this important issue. She dealt with her own burnout as a busy mom and Harvard Medical School instructor, when she was working with AIDS patients for 80 hours a week while also tending to her own small children.

    Borysenko's first tip? Know that being fried is both natural and progressive: "It starts with sincere commitment to work that leads to overwork. Then self-care goes down the drain, your priorities shift away from family and friends to more work, you lose empathy for

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  • Conde Nast Digital StudioConde Nast Digital StudioValerie Frankel, SELF magazine contributing blogger

    For most of us, looking for more at work is a given. The trouble is, we assume more means a promotion and a bigger paycheck. But in today's job market it's not enough to focus on your net worth; you have to first maximize your self-worth by developing skills employers prize most. If you super-size your strengths, you'll not only gain confidence (the earned kind, not the delusional kind), you'll also become more valuable. Think of it as egonomics: the science of improving self-esteem for fun and profit.

    "In the past decade, we've come to rely mostly on technology to get things done," says Ellen McGrath, Ph.D., founder of Bridge Coaching Institute in New York City. "To compensate, workplaces have had to hire people with good interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence," in other words, the same traits you'd want in a mate: flexibility, humor and empathy. The advice below is your crash course in egonomics. Ace it and your job

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