Women Offer Business Advice

Back to our roots of helping women in business, we believe there isn’t enough available to women. There is a gap between how many men get into business for themselves and women as well as advice for women vs. men. Just came across this great post from NRToday.com and an article written by Emily Hoard where she did an interview with 2 sisters that offer some advice for women getting into business for themselves –

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As women own 36 percent of all U.S. firms, women business owners from Douglas County offer their stories and advice for fellow entrepreneurs.

Merrilyn Jovin owns Roseburg-based Tropiceel Products, selling chemical-free wellness and pain-relief creams in 42 states in the U.S. and across the world. Jovin sold her first jar of cream at the Douglas County Fair seven years ago.

Her husband Pat’s extreme liver and immune system issues inspired Jovin to research topical alternatives to ingestible medicines, leading to the production of the creams that use herbal and nutritionally-based topicals.

Jovin is certified with the National Association of Women Business Owners.

“Women in business need to be progressive and proactive about being supportive and networking with each other,” Jovin said. “It’s important to realize that if somebody has been there before you, they might be able to help you over a hump.”

Jovin said her business is a family effort, as she gets help from Pat, her two sons and her nephew. Before Tropiceel, Jovin owned an auction company and was a national trainer for cosmetic companies with Empro Software, which encouraged women to get involved in business.

Jovin said women entrepreneurs should surround themselves with supportive “yes people” and read books about success stories.

“Read books by women who have done it,” Jovin said. “There are so many women out there, and it gives you encouragement and strengthens your spirit and heart so you know you’re not alone in your journey.”

Tammy Eichmann, owner of Countryside Veterinary Service in Canyonville, started her business out of her Days Creek home in 2004.

Read the entire article here  – http://www.nrtoday.com/news/19863929-113/women-in-business-offer-advice

Women that have great ideas need to go ahead and jump out and take the leap and get into business for themselves. At least find someone that you can talk to about your business idea, don’t just put it on the back burner and say you will get to it someday. Try and find a woman entrepreneur that you can get advice from and start doing – TODAY!


Great Qualities In Sales People

This article caught my eye because of the picture – the late great Steve Jobs.

Many of us, including business owners are involved in sales in one capacity or another, and having great sales techniques and frame of mind can make the difference in make or break. The article is from BusinessInsider.com and goes through the top 20 things that makes a great sales person –

Steve Jobs was a master salesman – Image Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty

To succeed in life and in business, you have to be a great salesperson, whether it’s selling yourself, your ideas, or your product.

“Great salespeople are literally the engine of every economy in the world,” says Grant Cardone, a sales expert and the author of “Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life.

So how does one become great? We caught up with Cardone, who shared the 20 qualities that he thinks set great salespeople apart from everyone else.

This is an update of an article originally written by Vivian Giang.

Image Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty

1. They don’t think in terms of sales but rather in terms of building a business. Great salespeople are working to build a business, not just trying to make a sale. When you think beyond a sale, you get other people’s attention much more easily. They’re going to be more interested in what you have to say, since you want something that’s going to survive beyond one sale.

2. They build their businesses one customer at a time, and always leverage the last customer into more customers. Don’t ever just make a sale and forget about that client. The last sale you make should always open the door to new relationships and clients.

3. They listen more than they speak, getting an understanding of the customer’s needs and then finding a solution. Great salespeople always ask their clients why they want something done. In listening more than talking, you can better accommodate what they are looking for.

4. They deliver more than they promise, and always promise a lot! There’s an old sales mantra that says “under commit and over-deliver,” but Cardone advises that you should “over commit and over-deliver.”

Read the full article here

We highly suggest if you are involved in sale or even a business owner that you go ahead and take the time and read the entire article on their site, it is well worth the read!

New Movie ‘Joy’ Celebrates Something We Already Appreciate: Entrepreneurs

Okay, so we are putting up our first post to make sure everything is okay with the site. And we are going to go in a new direction with this post because – well, because we can! We are actually looking forward to a movie that is coming out on Christmas Day – “Joy”.

We have been hearing a lot of great things about this movie and we hope it doesn’t get passed over because of Star Wars. This movie is about a woman, and what else? Only what we love most – ENTREPRENEURSHIP!

We don’t want to spoil the movie for you, but from what we gather it is loosely based on Joy Mangano and her invention of a mop that keeps your hands out of the dirty water when mopping. In our experiences some of the most simplest of ideas can make a lot of money, especially if it is something that people do quite often and it makes the job easier.

Here is an excerpt from an article we found about the movie that also has 5 more movies listed with great lessons for entrepreneurs –

“A household mop may at first glance seem like an unlikely character for a major motion picture, especially one featuring three of the biggest movie stars on the planet: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. But, hang on. This is not just any ordinary mop.

It’s the Miracle Mop, a QVC mainstay in the early 1990s hawked by its inventor, Long Island housewife and single mother of three, Joy Mangano. The reason this mop went viral (1990s-style) and three years after its 1992 debut was selling $1 million worth per year — was its innovative self-wringing feature, which frees users from having to touch a dirty, icky mop head.

There’s more: The mop’s plastic handle is lightweight, and its head’s 300 feet of continuous-loop cotton can clean an expansive floor space, then — hallelujah! — be popped off for a sanitizing run in the washing machine.

But, back to the movie, Joy, which opens Christmas Day nationwide and has thus far attracted mixed reviews, is worth a look because it signals that — yes! — entrepreneurs have arrived: Their stories are sexy enough for the silver screen and may even have lessons to teach budding startup entrepreneurs. Mangano’s certainly does.”

Read the full article here: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/254283

Also, here is a quick trailer –

The movie is out on Christmas Day and we intend on seeing it not soon after. After we do we will be sure and update this post to let you know what we think about the movie. It can’t be that bad, after all it has Robert De Niro in it!