Monthly Archives: July 2013

Day 17: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |July 31st, 2013|

Day 17 of Operation: Create Your Own Path and some more great advice from our featured military spouse business owner! One of the most important steps in beginning a business is evalutating whether there is a need for your product or service. Will people buy what you have to offer? To find out, you have to know your market.

Kara Varner

A Platinum Resume

http://www.aplatinumresume.com

“The one piece of advice I would give anyone starting a new business is to do research- research about the market/industry you are pursuing, price points, licenses needed, competitors and branding. It is also important to take a personal inventory of your strengths and check in with your family to make sure they are on board with the new business undertaking. If you can – start your business while you are still working to make your transition easier!”

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Day 16: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |July 30th, 2013|

Can you believe it’s day 16 of OPERATION: Create Your Own Path? Are you considering starting your own business? Building a business often provides an opportunity to build your confidence and skillset. Today’s featured spouse and small business expert both offer the great advice of challenging yourself to expand your comfort zone.

Sandra Sawyer

Ardyss International

http://www.ardysslife.com/sbsawyer

“To achieve success in business, diligence, perseverance, commitment and a winner’s attitude is required. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box and outside of your comfort zone; it’s necessary to live the life of your dreams and achieve your goals. Last but certainly not least, surround yourself with like minded persons, those persons who understand and support your entrepreneurial journey.”

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Day 15: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |July 29th, 2013|

We have reached the halfway point of OPERATION: Create Your Own Path and we couldn’t be more excited. Many of our featured military spouse business owners have found great success through working with a mentor. But where can you find one?

Lori Clinton

Your Yeoman

http://www.youryeoman.com

“The first thing I wish I would have done when I started my business was to get a mentor. I waited a little to long to get one, but I made sure they were a good match. I also surrounded myself with like minded people. People with similar goals and understand what I am trying to do and going thru. And if you find someone that is years ahead of you, they could save you from wasting time and money.”

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Day 14: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |July 28th, 2013|

It’s day 14 of OPERATION: Create Your Own Path and the end of week two! And it’s time for more resources! When you are ready to start your own business, it’s important to use all of the rescources available to you. And there are so many free or low-cost options, we just had to share.

Cindy Yates

Following Orders, LLC

https://www.facebook.com/FollowingOrders

“Seek out resources that can help you. There are so many out there and most are free. Also, never be afraid to ask for help, I have met the most amazing people on my journey.”

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Day 13: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |July 27th, 2013|

It’s day 13 of OPERATION: Create Your Own Path! One of the best traits of entrepreneurs is their persistent optimism. But, in order to be successful, they must often take a step back and understand what it really take to make a business idea work. They must be dreamers, but they must also be realistic.

Nicte Cuevas
Nicte Creative Design
http://www.nictecreativedesign.com

“Having your own business has many challenges, it’s the reality. When you decide to start your own business be sure to choose something that you are very passionate about! Why? Well, when you have to deal with the not-so-fun business matters, your passion for achieving your dreams will keep you focused. Success in your business will require hard work, patience, and persistence—when you really want it, you will achieve it. Your passion will be the DRIVE to push through it all.”

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Day 12: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |July 26th, 2013|

Day twelve of OPERATION: Create Your Own Path has arrived! Today our featured military spouse small business owner offers business advice on a skill that most military spouses are already familiar with…building a support network.

Charlotte Moore

My Active Child

www.myactivechild.com

“Find yourself a mentor or group of people who are doing something similar and build a support system as you build your business. Having someone, or a group, to bounce ideas off of is better than trying to figure everything out on your own, especially when it comes to troubleshooting the problems and decisions that will inevitably come up!”

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Day 11: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |July 25th, 2013|

It’s day eleven of OPERATION: Create Your Own Path, and today our featured military spouse small business owner hits on a theme that the military community is very familiar with…resilience. The same skill that helps military spouses handle the challenges that come with deployments and frequent relocation also applies when you are starting a business.

Melanie Robbins

Treasures By Melanie For Every Home

http://www.treasuresbymelanie.com
“Love what you do and do what you love but also remember that something that doesn’t work today won’t mean that it won’t work, it just means that it didn’t work today! The attitude you receive, if you take those to heart, will help you to reach your goals!”
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Day 10: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |July 24th, 2013|

It’s day ten of our month long event, and today our featured military spouse small business owner hits on one of the unique challenges of owning a small business as a military spouse….PCSing. And anyone who has been through a PCS can tell you that getting organized and knowing the steps you need to follow can help ensure your household goods and your family make it to your next duty on time and without any major issues.

Setting up a business is very much the same. And with each move, many of the steps must be repeated. Jennifer offers some things to think about when you move, and we’ve followed her words of wisdom with a list of steps, chock full of resources and tools from the Small Business Administration to help you set up and move your business.

Jennifer Speer

Soaring Pride Designs

www.soaringpridedesigns.com

“Make sure it is something you love and are passionate about doing. It will take a lot of hard work and long hours to get things up and running, perhaps a significant monetary investment, and it may take a while or longer before you see decent returns and profit. You may need to apply for a new business license and rebuild your customer base each time you PCS. I am not only passionate about creating art and designing, but about my military pride subject matter as well. Being in love with what you are doing makes it so much easier to push through all of that, and helps you stay committed, determined, and strive to new heights to build your business.”

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Day 9: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |July 23rd, 2013|

It’s day nine of OPERATION: Create Your Own Path! Today we are sharing some advice from our featured military spouse business owner along with low-cost or free training resources for anyone who is thinking about starting a business.

Dawn Warnaar

Creative Type Designs

http://creativetypedesigns.com
“Figure out where your passion lies. It’s as simple and as hard that! When you figure out how to combine your passion with your business, I think you’re giving yourself the best shot at success.
Owning your own business and/or freelancing requires a lot of time and if you don’t put that time in, it won’t succeed. I actually started a résumé writing company a few years ago simply because it’s what I was qualified to do. While I was good at it, I quickly realized it wasn’t something I wanted to do long-term and eventually I dreaded the thought of writing another résumé. I’ve always been the creative type so eventually I realized Graphic Design would be the perfect fit for me so I went back to school again.Everything just started to fall in place and now I willingly spend hours working.
And guess what? I truly love every second because it doesn’t feel like work and that’s a really amazing feeling.”
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Day 8: OPERATION: Create Your Own Path

By |July 22nd, 2013|

Today we start week two of OPERATION: Create Your Own Path, and day eight brings us some sound advice on being patient.

As part of this event, we have asked all of our featured military spouse business owners to share their best advice to anyone who might be considering starting their own business. And we’ve combined their words of wisdom with a little bit of great advice from a small business expert.

Jessica Schecter

Melaleuca

http://www.melaleuca.com
“Have patience. Starting a business takes work and you won’t get immediate results. Put in the effort and give it some time, and you will see your dreams of being a successful business owner come true.”
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