But I surprised myself. But I didn't cry. I didn't kick anything. I didn't steal light bulbs or toilet paper or toner cartridges. Instead, as I walked past the cubicles that comprised my second home, I felt the last thing I expected to feel: pity. Not for me, but for them.
Half of small businesses fail within five years. Couple that with additional biases women face in obtaining critical capital to get them started, and it's astounding that women-owned businesses are outpacing the national average.
Society, and culture, has changed around us and with us over the past few decades. It's evolution at work, or perhaps another revolution, as where we are now seems to be a high-tech iteration of somewhere we've been before.
Of course, it shouldn't take a serious recession to remind us that we should be grateful for our good fortunes. But in a world where it's all too easy to lose sight of what's going right, there may be long-term gains from short-term losses.
Detroit entrepreneurs start companies that are high-growth and high-technology, but also require very specifically-skilled people in order to grow.
The JOBS Act has opened the floodgates for small-time investors. Now there just needs to be a comprehensive platform that attends to this area. Such a tool could maintain momentum for the entrepreneurial renaissance occurring around us.
Whether this is a customer's first interaction with your product, or 100th, they want to feel comfortable in the fact that you are easing their specific frustrations rather than simply selling something. Focus on one or two key product benefits that address their concerns, then use personal stories, specific examples, and custom demos to relate to your audience.
One of the main reasons people tweet from the wrong account is because they mix personal and business accounts all in one app. The easiest way to solve this problem and from what I've found most effective is to use two different apps for business and personal use.
To meet the demands of business, it's absolutely necessary to keep abreast of the technological trends driving the marketplace. The challenge comes in when you have to figure out what in the world to do with the old stuff.
Always start negotiations with a back-up building in mind. One of the secrets of successful negotiating is being able to walk away if the landlord is not, for whatever reason, ready to deal.
In the United States, women fill fewer than 17 percent of leadership positions and corporate board seats -- even though we represent about 50 percent of the workforce. So, is it possible for today's woman to break through these barriers?
Social media isn't some magic remedy for your marketing dilemmas. It's also not something you can just "turn on," and expect to see results. But with regular updates and enough time and strategy invested in your efforts, you can turn your presence into a widely influential empire.
One of the most common questions I get asked when talking about the history of Shutterstock is: "Did everything change after the IPO?" And my answer is always the same: "Hmm... Nope!"
As employees travel over the river and through the woods this holiday season, there's a good chance they are taking company data with them. Many businesses generate significant revenues over the holidays and at the end of the calendar year, so key employees, like sales, support, logistics and accounting, need to stay on top of business while away.
Always smiling and engaging with customers, it is hard to believe these men face a constant and frequently dangerous battle: competing with other food vendors.
Not all brands are created equal.
Men could learn a lot from women about building strong customer relationships. Here are three things we learned from women business owners that could help all entrepreneurs increase their success.