#FabFriFeature: Sophie Ash (Toronto)

We are excited to highlight Sophie Ash as our Fab Friday Feature.  Read up on her success tips for women in business.

  • Your name?: Sophie Ash
  • What is your business?: Helping people with stomach problems
  • Name three things that a female entrepreneur needs to be successful and fabulous in business?: Tenacity, exuberance, specialized
  • Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone – what are three things that you love about being your own boss?: Creativity, flexibility, and exposure to inspirational people.
  • What was the biggest challenge when you went from working for a company to working for yourself?: Staying focused without getting distracted by new opportunities.
  • What are your tips for those who come up against blockades as an entrepreneur? : Get a business mentor! It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about being an entrepreneur?: That we work less hours than people in conventional jobs.
  • What are your “must-haves” to keep your business going strong? : Monthly targets and regularly reviewing my progress towards them.
  • What money management tips to you have for female entrepreneurs?: Learn bookkeeping or hire a bookkeeper and keep track of all of your accounts accurately from DAY 1.
  • What does “success” look like to you? : Being able to decide how I want to spend my time, where I want to be, and who I want to be around. Complete freedom!
  • Company URL: www.onyourplate.ca
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/sophieashNT
  • Instagram : sophieash23

Fab Fri Feature: Christine Culbertson (Toronto)

We are excited to highlight Christine Culbertson as our #FabFriFeature this week.  Read up on her success tips for women in business and life.

  • Your name?: Christine Culbertson (Boyle)
  • What is your business?: Building business, Leaders and Big lives with new thinking and bold strategies through customized training and coaching programs.
  • Name three things that a female entrepreneur needs to be successful and fabulous in business?: Boldness, Focus and Self-Care
  • Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone – what are three things that you love about being your own boss?: I love the Freedom of choice and being the Visionary of my business and unquestioningly – Living on the Edge!
  • Who was your mentor/inspiration to strike out on your own?: My Dad, who believes in me from sunrise to sunset. His belief in my business has never wavered and he’s always been there as my sounding board offering a helping hand whenever I needed it. Thanks Dad!
  • What was the biggest challenge when you went from working for a company to working for yourself?: Believe it or not, I continually have to reign in my drive to over-achieve and over-work. Managing my work-life balance is always a struggle because I’m so passionate about what I do and helping others succeed.
  • How do you stay motivated? : Remembering and cherishing my client’s wins (small and large) replenishes my spirits. Knowing the value others gain because of our time together is rewarding and keeps in focus and the why I do what I do and how it serves others.
  • What are your tips for those who come up against blockades as an entrepreneur? : Have a team of experts, champions and cheerleaders with a variety of strengths to draw on for support. Take holidays! Down-time for Self-care and Patience for Self-compassion!
  • Can you share your most memorable experience as an entrepreneur? : There are two that really stand out: When I was approached to be a presenter on the same platform as Microsoft and Canada Post and the second is being accepted into the by-invitation-only Forbes Coaches Council.
  • Can you give some tried and true advice about building a following?: I’m not very good at social media, but this is what I live by day-to-day: Live your values, be yourself and deliver on your promises. When you delight others they become invested in helping you and helping others whom you can help in the same way. When people truly believe in you they naturally become one of your champions.
  • When do you feel the most fulfilled?: When I’m enjoying a sumptuous romantic dinner with my hubby. In business: when a client takes a brave step forward expanding their potential.
  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about being an entrepreneur?: LOL – “That working from home” means you don’t really “work” – you’re slacking off because of your environment. Honestly, I work more hours having a home-based office vs a ‘corporate’ space.
  • What are your “must-haves” to keep your business going strong? : Hands down – Long-term vision and short-term actions and they must be aligned.
  • Looking back, is there anything you would approach differently? : Oh Yes! I would allow myself the generous gift of patience and understanding. I would know that while my plans and goals are crystal clear I would give myself the gift of time to achieve them in a slower, more gentle and paced way.
  • If your personality could be captured in pair of shoes, what would they be? : Expensive and understated, curvy and elegantly styled with a delightful slim high heel!
  • Why do you think it’s important to women to maintain “feminine” in business? What advantages can this bring?: We are women! Plain and simple we are gifted with the feminine aspects and these are to cherish and celebrate in all areas of our life. Drawing on this in business allows the full expression of who we are!
  • What does being “sexy” mean to you?: ... I like to strike a unique blend of being feminine and flirty and the No-nonsense Lady-Boss who’s got it together, who knows what she wants, her worth and value and yet is soft, feminine and a bit sexy too.
  • What are three ways that your business makes money?: Individual business and personal coaching, group coaching, corporate training and facilitation … and coming soon – on-line DIY products!
  • What money management tips to you have for female entrepreneurs?: Hire professionals! You can’t and shouldn’t do it all. Track expenses and earnings and look at comparative results then re-examine, re-tool and re-calibrate for efficiency and growth.
  • What are your top three tips to be wealthy… in heels?: Focus. Focus. Focus!
  • What does “success” look like to you? : Balancing family, fun, friends and a running a thriving business is what I strive for. I envision my business expanding, creating partnerships with others and delivering leadership programs to the business world that focuses on developing people first and profits to follow. That’s my bigger business dream: change the world one person and business at a time
  • What does “being wealthy” mean to you?: I love life and the adventures it brings and I enjoy having a successful business too! Living my life boldly, honestly and purely with the intention to be the best I can for me and to others are my core values. For me being wealthy is much, much more than monetary. My bucket overflows when my clients’ have an achievement they never imagined; when my hubby crinkles his nose at me in pleasure, when my daughter laughs and my new baby grandson blows me a raspberry. It’s these simple things that are the riches of my life.
  • Company URL: www.fusionenterprises.net
  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/coachchristinebiz
  • Twitter : @christinebiz

Business & Financial Teaser Program- Expires September 2nd

For the month of August, Laura Furtado will be offering 5 spots her SuccessBABE Business & Financial Teaser Program.  This is your opportunity to gain a wealth of insight about your success and financial plan and to become more financially savvy.

5 SPOTS ONLY!

A true independent woman is someone who is confident, empowered and self-sufficient, in all areas of their life- including finances. When it comes to money, women are “scared” to talk about it, are less confident and less likely to take revenue-generating risks, as compared to their male counterparts.  This one-on-one training will improve your relationship with money- and help you have a “wealth” mindset.  Who says you can’t be smart, sexy and successful?

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Laura Furtado, still in her early 30s, has successfully been an entrepreneur for over 9 years, building a millionaire net worth and two sustainable and profitable businesses. She is a serial entrepreneurial, being Founder/Owner of DivaGirl, Sexy & Wealthy in Heels, Divas Abroad #SuccessBABE Business Training.  Being bi-coastal between Toronto & Vancouver, she is on a mission to empower women. Through her two community based businesses, she has successfully built a membership, licensee and franchise business model, having established a presence in major North America cities and having over 25 women on her leadership team.

Here is what others have said about the training:

  • Laura’s experience and knowledge in money management is top notch and has allowed me to develop and plan my future financial journey.  I appreciated that she listened to my concerns and desire of what I wanted. The solutions and strategies that she helped me implement will stay with me for a lifetime.  Today is a new beginning.  Truly one of the best investments I made was to take the Money Management Training with Laura.  She is an amazing person and business women.
    Devi Ramlu- Aspiring Entrepreneur
  • I had attended Laura’s Money Management for Ladies interactive course.  It was informative and extremely inspiring to see other strong women have their finances in control. This is something that I’m continuously working on to improve. I used to be one of those women who turned a blind eye to my finances. But now I’m hungry to learn and take back control. And I have to thank you for spreading the message.  Your passion inspires me to do more!
    Anchelaa Thiru- Wellness Coach
  • Empowering. Engaging. Enlightening.  Laura’s Money Management for Ladies workshop should be mandatory for all women. It is so important that we have an intimate relationship with our finances so that we can achieve our best possible lives. I took away so much useful information and it definitely put me in the right mindset with respect to my money.  Thank you Laura for putting together this incredible workshop! I will be attending all your future Money Management courses! 
    Vishala Ramoutar- Aspiring Entrepreneur
  • Before working with Laura, I was really overwhelmed, stressed beyond maxed and wanted to just give up! I knew if I wanted to take my business to the next level I needed help and I knew Laura would be the one to help. After just a few sessions, I had a new found hope that my business still had hope on surviving. We have been working one on one and I feel enlightened by her expertise, knowledge, wisdom and passion in helping women build their dream empire. I am happy I took the leap of faith and because of that I am in a better place and looking forward to growing with my business. Thank you Laura for everything. I can’t thank you enough for helping me realign me with my goals and guiding me in the right direction.
    Michelle Soares- Leadership & Empowerment Coach
  • I met with Laura for some coaching and found her to immediately zero in on the first steps that needed to be attacked!  She gave me great follow up activities and I ha e been implementing the “do things” that she suggested with great success!  She was sensitive but firm – the perfect combination, and she has “been there, and done that”, so she knows how to relate to any stage having started from the bottom up!  I highly recommend Laura for anyone looking to move forward in their business and personal lives.
    Susan Evoke- Aspiring Entrepreneur
  • Read additional testimonials here.

This training is right for you if:

  • You are always struggling to pay your bills
  • You want to learn how to better manage your money
  • You want to build additional residual income in your business
  • You don’t feel confident in your financial situation
  • You want to take your finances to the next level
  • You are saving for the next big purchase in your life

You will learn how to:

  • Take charge of your money; not let your money take charge of you
  • Be smart with your money
  • Set healthy monthly goals- in business and life
  • Get on-track for living a sweet life of being “debt-free”
  • Effectively track your cash inflows and outflows
  • Earn and save more
  • Leverage small financial tips to achieve explosive results
  • Avoid certain money pitfalls
  • Create your 12-month financial vision map
  • Be the true independent woman that you want be

Investment:

  • $219 + HST (includes three hours of consulting time; valued $475)
  • Hours must be used up by December 31st, 2017.  No refunds or extensions
  • DivaGirls and/or Sexy & Wealthy in Heels’ members receive 10% OFF
  • Contact hello@sexyandwealthyinheels.com to reserve your spot today

Fab Fri Feature: Elise Manolakos (Toronto)

We are excited to have Elise Manolakos as our Fab Friday Feature this week.  Read up on her success tips for women in business.

  • Your name?: Elise Manolakos
  • What is your business?: EMbitious.ca Health Community
  • Name three things that a female entrepreneur needs to be successful and fabulous in business?: Enthusiasm. Confidence. Relentless.
  • Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone – what are three things that you love about being your own boss?: Freedom. Flexibility. Decision Making.
  • Who was your mentor/inspiration to strike out on your own?: Melyssa Moniz
  • What was the biggest challenge when you went from working for a company to working for yourself?: Too much time. Little Income.
  • How do you stay motivated? : Faith. Patience. Dedication.
  • What are your tips for those who come up against blockades as an entrepreneur? : Use them to learn and grow thick skin.
  • Can you share your most memorable experience as an entrepreneur? : Personal Training Executives.
  • Can you give some tried and true advice about building a following?: Be consistent.
  • When do you feel the most fulfilled?: After serving my clients to the best of my abilities.
  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about being an entrepreneur?: Self-Serving.
  • What are your “must-haves” to keep your business going strong? : Morning ritual
  • Why do you think it’s important to women to maintain “feminine” in business? What advantages can this bring?: Soft skills. More receptive to clients needs.
  • What does being “sexy” mean to you?: Body Positive – Looking in the mirror and loving yourself
  • What are three ways that your business makes money?: Personal training. Group Class. Retreats.
  • What money management tips to you have for female entrepreneurs?: Be a minimalist.
  • What does “being wealthy” mean to you?: Family. Health. Financial freedom.
  • Company URL: www.embitious.ca
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmpowerWomen1/
  • Twitter : elisemanolakos
  • Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/embitious_health/

7 Ways to Save More this Fall

Saving money is no easy task.  Though most people know that they need to save consistently, many don’t.  One of the main reasons why is because of financial literacy, or lack of, which is especially higher among women.  1 out 5 Canadians consider their financial skills as “poor,” yet the average Canadian still holds an average of $27,000 in consumer debt (not including mortgage debt).

In addition, on average there seems to be a direct co-relation with education and higher earned incomes.  And those “wealthy” top 10% who earn more than $150,000 annually, were over 2.5 times more likely to say they are putting money aside for retirement than those earning under $30,000.

There is no better time to start saving than now.  And the longer you wait, the more you miss out on financial benefits, such as compound interest.  Here are 7 tips to help you get saving this fall.

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1.Make it a priority.
How much do you REALLY want to save?  Are you saving for a home?  A down-payment?  Or a big project?  When the act of “saving” becomes top of mind, attached to an emotional connection, you are more likely to stash away cash.  Determine a goal that you are working towards and make sure you are personally connected to it.

2. Pay yourself first. 
In simple terms, paying yourself first means taking money out of your chequing account and putting it somewhere else immediately- in an account that is dedicated for long-term results, such as retirement.  Paying yourself if KEY to financial success.  And if you can’t save, perhaps it’s time you review your monthly expenses and adjust, as you should be saving at least 10% of your earnings.

3. Set monthly financial goals and a tracking system.
Without goals, it is hard to create a process.  Set monthly goals and find a way that you can track your results.  Get real with your outcomes, track results and review on a monthly, or even weekly, basis.

4. Automate your savings. 
Automation is the best (and somethings ONLY) way to ensure that savings will happen.  Most people automate their monthly expenses, such as rent, taxes, utilities and your pay cheque- why not your savings?  Making saving a “mind-free” task.

5. Pay with cash.
It is easy to build up debt with credit cards, as it tempts you to complete impulse purchases… with money you don’t currently have.  Credit card debt is one of the worse type of debts out there, due to high interest rates.  If you do carry a monthly credit card balance, try switching your transactions to cash; this way, you can see where your money is spent and become aware of your spendings.

6. Build a budget. 
Most people do not create a personal monthly budget.  Want to know where your money is going or where you can save on costs?  Track your inflows and outflows for 30-days, to be more aware of your cash flow.  Create a monthly budget that is manageable for you… and stick to it.

7. Have an accountability partner.
To ensure that you are serious about your financial goals, it is highly suggested to have an accountability partner.  Someone who will hold you responsible for your results- such as a friend, partner and/or coach.  Share you goals and plans with others to ensure they become a reality.

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I have lived by these terms consistently for over 10 years, and because of this I have been able to pay off two condos, fund my business and save over 40% of my annual revenue to long-term goals.

The conclusion?  Make savings a priority in your life and spend it on things that matter, such as experiences and loved ones.  In addition, get educated and learn to be financially savvy.

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To help females with their savings plan, I’m excited to be hosting my Money Management for Ladies seminar in Toronto on November 5th.  In this intimate seminar, we will take about how you can take control of your financial life.  Register today.

Written by Laura Furtado
Fab Female Entrepreneur Empowering Women

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Laura Furtado is an international Dancer, Instructor, Choreographer, Presenter and Consultant. She is the Founder/Owner of two female-based communities: DivaGirl- a lifestyle community that empowers women (having 6 franchised communities) and Sexy & Wealthy in Heels (licensed in 20 Canadian/USA cities). She is working on her first non-profit trip experience, Divas Abroad, and will be heading to Belize this November with her team. She is on a mission to empower women.

#FabFriFeature: Jemi Smith (Durham)

This week, we are proud to highlight Jemi Smith as our Fab Fri Feature.  Read up on her success tips for women in business.

  • Your name?: Jemi Smith
  • What is your business?: Moms Go To Durham
  • Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone – what are three things that you love about being your own boss?: Freedom to spend more time with my children, making a difference, challenges me everyday
  • Who was your mentor/inspiration to strike out on your own?: My mom. She taught me as a child to never rely on just a job, no matter what it is
  • What was the biggest challenge when you went from working for a company to working for yourself?: Letting go of my benefits, regular pay, and a job I love to something that is unknown
  • How do you stay motivated? : I listen to motivational speeches, watch what my competition is doing, and always finding ways to reinvent my business
  • What are your tips for those who come up against blockades as an entrepreneur? : Failure is inevitable, it’s how you rise from them that make you who you are. Hire people when you get too busy. If you work from home, learn to block time for your family and time to work.
  • Can you share your most memorable experience as an entrepreneur? : The moment when a mother shared her postpartum depression story with me and said “if it weren’t for your group, I don’t know where I would be” We both cried
  • Can you give some tried and true advice about building a following?: Have a facebook group that are your primary customers but do not post business. Make it strictly about your industry with advice, questions, and a way for your customers to communicate with you. For example, if you are in makeup, have tutorials, hot trends, etc…
  • When do you feel the most fulfilled?: When I am able to spend my days with my children and bring them with me to work
  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about being an entrepreneur?: that you are your own boss. Your clients and customers are your bosses. And even though you work your own hours, you are never “off the clock”
  • What are your “must-haves” to keep your business going strong? : I have several agendas, 1 for my marketing calender, one for my everyday, and a weekly one to put them all together.
  • Looking back, is there anything you would approach differently? : Yes. I would of tested my services first before making them public
  • If your personality could be captured in pair of shoes, what would they be? :
  • Why do you think it’s important to women to maintain “feminine” in business? What advantages can this bring?: I think as mompreneurs, we aren’t taken as seriously. I believe that if we stand up that even though we are moms, we can still be successful entrepreneurs.
  • What does being “sexy” mean to you?: Owning who you are
  • What are three ways that your business makes money?: Sponsors. Ad space. Events.
  • Company URL: www.momsgotodurham.com
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/momsgotodurham
  • Instagram : @momsgotodurham
  • Your Email: jemi@momsgotodurham

Fab Fri Feature: Caryn Parchment (Toronto)

We are proud to feature Caryn Parchment from Toronto as our Fab Fri Feature.  Read up on her success tips for women in business!

  • Your name: Caryn Parchment
  • What is your business?: Fashionable Foodie Toronto
  • Name three things that a female entrepreneur needs to be successful and fabulous in business?: Organizational Skills, Great Communicator, Eager to Learn new skills and business knowledge
  • Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone – what are three things that you love about being your own boss?: 1. Setting my own hours 2. Having a job that makes people feel good about themselves 3. The opportunity to create something bigger than just me that could leave a legacy behind
  • Who was your mentor/inspiration to strike out on your own?: My inspiration is Rachel Zoe. She is a self taught fashion stylist that created an empire, and I wanted to do the same, as the current economic climate is shifting to a lifestyle from the early ages where people worked for themselves and not others. I wanted to create something that no one could take away from me.
  • What was the biggest challenge when you went from working for a company to working for yourself?: Keeping myself accountable. When you’re an entrepreneur, it’s easy to get sidetracked, or say “I’ll just do it tomorrow” mindset. To solve that issue I recently joined an accountability group that I go to twice a week. Please contact me for more information on how you can get involved.
  • How do you stay motivated? : By always keeping the big picture in mind.
  • What are your tips for those who come up against blockades as an entrepreneur? : To keep going to reach the other side. So many entrepreneurs come up against blockades, and they turn back to what is familiar. If you just push through to the other side, you’ll realize the next day that is yesterday’s high is today’s low point, you’ll keep moving forward on your path.
  • Can you share your most memorable experience as an entrepreneur? : My most memorable experience is receiving high praise from an agency model. She told me that out of all the stylists she has worked with, that I am the best and have a real eye for putting things together that no one else would.
  • Can you give some tried and true advice about building a following?: You have to have a social media calendar, and be consistent about it. I have themes for each day of the week, and I follow them diligently. In addition, it’s all about the hashtags. You need strong hashtags to increase your following. Last word of advice, double-check what you wrote before you post it, not only for spelling mistakes, but to make sure your message is coming off clear and concise.
  • When do you feel the most fulfilled?: When people recognize my work, come up to me and introduce themselves, and when I get a new business opportunity.
  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about being an entrepreneur?: That you have so much free time on your hands every day. Building a business takes a consistent effort of time and work.
  • What are your “must-haves” to keep your business going strong? : 1. Re-occuring clientele 2. Multiple streams of revenue 3. Up to date technology 4. Testimonials
  • Looking back, is there anything you would approach differently? : I would have done it sooner. I tried to become an entrepreneur years ago, and then side-lined it for a corporate career.
  • If your personality could be captured in pair of shoes, what would they be? : Christian Louboutin Iriza Pump that always stylish with a little flair of je ne c’est quoi
  • Why do you think it’s important to women to maintain “feminine” in business? What advantages can this bring?: By maintaining the “feminine” in business, you stay true to who you are, and why you created your business in the long run. If women get caught up in a “man’s world” themselves and their business can get lost in it’s authenticity. Therefore the advantage to staying “feminine” is that you we always be known for being authentic, and people trust genuinine and authentic businesses in today’s world.
  • What does being “sexy” mean to you?: Being in love with who I am. For years I questioned why women and men thought I was sexy. At the time I didn’t know that being sexy means being and owning your true self. Every day I feel sexy as long as I love the skin I am in, and dress it with clothing that I love.
  • What are three ways that your business makes money?: 1. Fashion Writing or Blogging 2. Consultancy to Fashion Businesses 3. Personal and Editorial Fashion Styling
  • What money management tips to you have for female entrepreneurs?: Entrepreneurship is a lifestyle. Therefore, make sure that you live below what you are making, so that if the money fluctuates you don’t have to stress about going into debt.
  • What are your top three tips to be wealthy… in heels?: 1. Have multiple streams of revenue in your business 2. Always look for ways to diversify yourself 3. Never buy anything at face value
  • What does “success” look like to you? : Success to me is waking up every day, being able to do what I love with passion in my Christian Louboutins.
  • What does “being wealthy” mean to you?: Being wealthy to me is being able to do whatever I want in life without having to worry about the price tag of doing so.
  • Company URL: www.fashionablefoodietoronto.wordpress.com
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FashionableFoodieTO/
  • Twitter : www.twitter.com/fashionablefoodieto
  • Instagram : www.instagram.com/fashionablefoodiet

#FabFriFeature: Odette Laurie (Toronto)

We are excited to have Odette Laurie as our Fab Friday Feature this week!  Read up on her success tips for women in business.

  • Your name?: Odette Laurie
  • What is your business?: Business Coaching
  • Name three things that a female entrepreneur needs to be successful and fabulous in business?: Sales, Vision planning, mindset (I can do this!)
  • Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone – what are three things that you love about being your own boss?: time and money freedom, live MY vision
  • How do you stay motivated? : being coached, being around only supportive people, exercise, knowing that a breakdown is the first step to a breakthrough
  • What are your tips for those who come up against blockades as an entrepreneur? : blockades will ALWAYS be there, it’s your attitude that matters. Change “I can’t” to “How can I?”
  • Can you give some tried and true advice about building a following?: be a speaker, speak everywhere and share your story – they will come
  • When do you feel the most fulfilled?: when I see the look of clarity, motivation in a client’s eyes, and then they take the action they need to (whether easy or not !)
  • What are your “must-haves” to keep your business going strong? : a good coach, a never give up attttude and sales skills
  • Why do you think it’s important to women to maintain “feminine” in business? What advantages can this bring?: BE who you are. Feminine is well rounded.
  • What does being “sexy” mean to you?: confident, fun, lover of your self
  • What are three ways that your business makes money?: Speaking, online marketing and programs, 1:1
  • What money management tips to you have for female entrepreneurs?: money is energy – needs to flow in and out of your business -spend money on your business that is in alignment with your vision plan
  • What are your top three tips to be wealthy… in heels?: learn to sell, learn to love rejection, ask someone everyday to work with you
  • What does “success” look like to you? : your business plan fits into your life plan, which fits into your vision plan
  • What does “being wealthy” mean to you?: creating an impact in someone’s life
  • Company URL: www.businesswomenontop.com
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/odette.laurie OR https://www.facebook.com/businesswomenontop
  • Twitter : https://twitter.com/bizwomenontop
  • Your Email: odettelaurie@businesswomenontop.com

#FabFriFeature: Sherry Corbitt (Durham)

We are proud to introduce Sherry Corbitt as our #FabFriFeature!  Read up on her success tips for female entrepreneurs.

  • Your name?: Sherry Corbitt
  • What is your business?: Mortgage Agent and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
  • Name three things that a female entrepreneur needs to be successful and fabulous in business?: Motivation, a strong support system, the ability to dream big.
  • Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone – what are three things that you love about being your own boss?: There is no ceiling. Your limitations are what you set so don’t set any and amaze yourself at what you can do.
  • How do you stay motivated? : My family
  • What are your tips for those who come up against blockades as an entrepreneur? : Reach out and ask for help. You can’t do it alone so build a trusted tribe to help you.
  • Can you share your most memorable experience as an entrepreneur? : One day my broker turned to me and said “I really want to mentor you but honestly, I have no clue how you do what you do but it is working for you” – this was a major compliment because our styles for marketing are so different that I appreciated he could see the unqiue style I had.
  • Can you give some tried and true advice about building a following?: Chose a cause you are passionate about and donate your time and energy there. You can’t fake passion and having passion is what will get you noticed so choose what feeds your soul.
  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about being an entrepreneur?: That you have to work 24/7./ The truth is you do work extremely hard and more hours then you might as an employee but it is 100% acceptable to shut off and have your own time. If you miss out on one opportunity because you went on vacation with your family then that is just the cost of business and the balance you have to decide on.
  • If your personality could be captured in pair of shoes, what would they be? : Flip Flops! I can be dressed up or casual and love making my clients feel comfortable.
  • What money management tips to you have for female entrepreneurs?: Have the strength to say no to advertising ventures that do not aline with your vision or budget
  • What does “success” look like to you? : Be recognized as an expert in my field and by be noticed in the community as a charitable contributor.
  • Company URL: www.mortgagesindurham.com
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/mortgagesindurham

#FabFriFeature: Michelle Rosetta (Toronto)

We are excited to have Michelle Rosetta as our Fab Friday Feature this week.  Read up on her success tips for women entrepreneurs.

  • Your name?: Michelle Rosetta Hamer
  • What is your business?: BEE23 Natural Beauty
  • Name three things that a female entrepreneur needs to be successful and fabulous in business?: clarity focus faith
  • Please answer at least 7 questions below (feel free to complete more). Answer at least one question under the WEALTH category.:
  • Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone – what are three things that you love about being your own boss?: Freedom to make my own schedule, I reap the full rewards of my efforts, the observation of the transformation of self through your vision
  • Who was your mentor/inspiration to strike out on your own?: My parent’s own their own business and I was closely tied to the horse world and my equestrian coach was a strong female entrepreneur
  • What was the biggest challenge when you went from working for a company to working for yourself?: lol I had kids, worked for a government contract position for a year with no benefits and then had more kids. I never had the benefit or experience of working for a company. I’ve always had my businesses. When I was a teenager I had an odd jobs/landscaping business, trained horses and gave lessons. I carried on my with my equestrian lessons late into my 20s. I don’t know what it’s like to be cared for or not cared for by a company.
  • How do you stay motivated? : My passion for a healthy environment and to see our communities empowered to make positive choices is closely tied to my business. I always feel like I am fulfilling my purpose when I am doing my business. As well, I like to make money and feed my family. Having a roof is always motivational.
  • What are your tips for those who come up against blockades as an entrepreneur? : Keep on going until you figure it out. I’ts all a learning process. The problems I thought I had last year are now resolved because my abilities grew and I was able to find clarity in what I thought was difficult previously.
  • Can you share your most memorable experience as an entrepreneur? : There are too many. My business is closely linked to my life and my own personal transformation. I love making my customers feel good. Every time a customer comes back to me and gives me hug because they feel I have made their life better there is no other feeling like it. I have also had many (rewarding) and seriously humiliating moments with bringing my children with me because I had to. I once had to drop an order off at a store and my son called me from school to say he wasn’t feeling well just as I was set out to drop it off. I needed to drop this order off because we actually really needed the money for that weekend. I figured he probably wasn’t as ill as he thought he was and I decided to bring him with me. He said his stomach wasn’t feeling that well and I told he we just had to do one stop. When the manager was going through my order at the front till my son turned white and threw up all over their front carpet by the till. I died a thousand deaths. I first felt bad that I had brought him with me when he wasn’t feeling well and obviously I felt mortified that he had thrown up in their store. Nonetheless, as the moral of story goes I did get paid and now 2 years later they are carrying my full line of products but in the moment it was bad. There are so many more stories like that I can’t count.
  • Can you give some tried and true advice about building a following?: I build a following by continuing to offer superior customer service and offer a true relationship with my customers. Because I continue to produce my product line and customers continue to share it I organically build a following BUT this is something I am working on. I am not great at sharing my day online or conversing because I want to be doing other things. Your following needs to know that you are interested in them and what they are doing, this takes work and commitment. And you have to be consistent. My newsletter and email marketing has driven sales up and my communication with my audience because I have finally maintained some consistency in what I am doing. You must maintain consistency even when you don’t get the feed back until you do.
  • When do you feel the most fulfilled?: I felt incredibly fulfilled yesterday because I had just got paid from my distributor, I had online sales come in meanwhile I was able to get my children off to school, go for a run, sauna and swim before 10 am and then I worked on some numbers. Not everyday is like that but to feel like I have fed my family, cared for myself and have my own agenda feels amazing.
  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about being an entrepreneur?: I think that reality television shows and other media have really skewed our view of how a business grows. Perhaps in silicone valley and in IT you can make an app and then you are a millionaire the next day but even that took previous learning. When you are building a business it takes an organic amount of time put in to mature. Your branding, your own knowledge, your following, your product and your reach all take time to mature. When someone told me it would take a good 5 years to even start really making my business move, I was like “that’s too long.” And then if it’s your own brand add several years onto that. I truly believe your business grows with where you personally are. I’ve been working on this for a good 8 years now and 4 in Toronto. If someone had said to me 5 years ago that they loved me and were going to invest 1 million dollars I would have never been ready. My product wasn’t ready, my brand wasn’t ready and I wasn’t ready. It’s really important to know that you are making money in your current moment so you can pay the bills but true growth depending on what your vision is takes time. The other myth that I think has been left over from the 80s is that we all have to conquer our market and make millions of dollars to consider ourselves successful. That isn’t true. It’s a totally patriarchal view of economics and it is actually hurting us as a society. There is no reason at all that making a gross of whatever amount that houses and feeds your family, allows for you to contribute to your community in a positive way and offers the ability to have some luxury in life and not go bust is not successful. We have this idea of scarcity when we start businesses that there may not be enough room for us but in reality there are so many people on this planet if you do your job well there is absolutely no reason you cannot capture part of that audience to provide for yourself.
  • What are your “must-haves” to keep your business going strong? : I’m not sure what “must haves” you mean whether material or personal. Online access for everything, access to a large population and the availability of raw resources. Personally I need to keep an agenda, goal list and focus.
  • Looking back, is there anything you would approach differently? : It’s a personality trait that I always create these huge visions, put the cart before the horse and then realize the small steps that are actually required to get to where you want to go. It’s too hard to say now. I made choices that I could have waited on that cost money but they were ultimately part of moving forward. I think I would have a lot of good advice now for others starting out so they had clarity in their direction.
  • If your personality could be captured in pair of shoes, what would they be? : BAIT Piper Red Heels https://www.baitfootwear.com/
  • Why do you think it’s important to women to maintain “feminine” in business? What advantages can this bring?: I would have answered this different 10 years ago but the main business reason I decided go full on feminine in my marketing was firstly because when I went to my first big environmental trade show that should have had a good female representation in business it was all suits and men with walk by children being hushed. It totally disappointed me and plus it’s just boring how we see proper corporate attire. I also didn’t want to fit in. I had to look entirely different if I was going to stand out in that suit crowd. Secondly, I was so tired of seeing the women that were getting ahead in business with investor interest closely resemble their male counterparts in stature and attire. They fit some type of ideal in our western world of what was allowed to do business or be respected. My stature was working against me and 1 it pissed me off and 2 it made me want to exaggerate my femininity even more. I ride motorcycles, horses and snowboard and very rarely wear dresses but I saw it as empowerment by embracing the dress and flaunting it when I walked into a room. And I do not feel there is anyone that has sat down with me a table and doesn’t know I mean business. The look is also my wild card because it is disarming to many which gives me an upper hand without having to do by being 6 foot tall and male.
  • What does being “sexy” mean to you?: Fully present and comfortable in your female mind and body with the focus and ability to manifest what you want.
  • What are three ways that your business makes money?: Retail, online and direct sales.
  • What money management tips to you have for female entrepreneurs?: Know your numbers and keep a budget. Even if it doesn’t go to plan the ability to know you went out of budget is a step.
  • What are your top three tips to be wealthy… in heels?: Treat yourself like a queen don’t wait for someone else to do it, know what you really want and not what you are willing to settle for. Don’t be scared to use your voice and say what you need and want.
  • What does “success” look like to you? : A life where I care for myself, my family and my community well, while I have a healthy bank account that allows for me to do the things I want to for myself and my family. Independent financial abundance and a healthy share in the cosmetics market:) Being seen as an expert in what I do.
  • What does “being wealthy” mean to you?: I really loved my day yesterday. I was able to run along a beautiful path by a gorgeous body of water with trees everywhere, there was food in our fridge, I’ve finally found a gorgeous 3 bedroom condo here in Toronto with a balcony that I can have a morning tea on, along with underground parking for my motorcycle. My children left the house happy in the morning and I made money. It felt really good. Wealth has always meant a full table to me with food, love and family as cliche as it sounds. I always feel the most abundant when I see everyone gathered around the table talking and eating together.
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