Advice & Tips

Advice & Tips

Interested in starting a business or growing the one you have? Explore our articles offering advice and tips for women entrepreneurs, as well as select resources curated by our editors, for every stage of the entrepreneurial journey.

Choosing Entrepreneurship

Thinking about starting your own business? What does becoming an entrepreneur really mean? Before you invest your time, energy and savings into a small business, find out about the ins-and-outs of entrepreneurship.

To the outside observer, it may appear as though Dominique Reighard-Brooks performed a professional 180 with her 2014 career change. But she finds plenty of crossover between modeling and moving. (Credit: Kristen Yates)

How 1 Woman Strategically Used Her Talents to Go From ‘Top Model’ to Top Entrepreneur

Talk about a career change: Dominique Reighard-Brooks started on “America’s Next Top Model.” Today, she co-owns E.E. Ward, the oldest black-owned business in America.

Social entrepreneurship is a term used to describe entrepreneurs who start businesses with a goal of solving a social problem. (Credit: Greg Rakozy on Unsplash)

How to Start a Socially Responsible Business

When it come to social entrepreneurship, successful startups Warby Parker, TOMS and Casper have proven that you can build good into your business model.

April Chen (right) and a team member at her pop-up in Boston.

For Young Entrepreneurs, Starting a Business Is a Juggle

April Chen, a recent graduate of Babson College, looks back on balancing a startup business with student life.

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Startup Basics

You know entrepreneurship is for you. But what are the steps to starting a business -- and what's the best business to start? We've got answers to all your questions, including how to find great small business ideas, choose a name and write a business plan, in our startup basics library.

You need to know how to start a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status if you hope to secure donations or grants. (Credit: Unsplash)

Feeling the Love? How to Start a Nonprofit Corporation

Deborah Sweeney of MyCorporation outlines types of nonprofits and how to seek nonprofit status if you’re not interested in a for-profit business.

Social entrepreneurship is a term used to describe entrepreneurs who start businesses with a goal of solving a social problem. (Credit: Greg Rakozy on Unsplash)

How to Start a Socially Responsible Business

When it come to social entrepreneurship, successful startups Warby Parker, TOMS and Casper have proven that you can build good into your business model.

If you're a business owner, try these strategies to help determine your estimated tax payments. (Credit: Rawpixel on Unsplash)

How Do I Figure Out Estimated Tax Payments?

Tax expert Barbara Weltman has advice for self-employed business owners and sole proprietors on what they can expect to owe — and how to calculate it without penalty.

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Finding Support & Guidance

Finding a mentor and learning how to network is critical to business success. Peer advisory groups can help you make better business decisions. As you grow your company, you'll want to tap the expertise of successful women entrepreneurs who have already navigated the entrepreneurial journey.

Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey - better known as Chloe x Halle - are rising stars thanks to superstar mentor Beyonce. Talk about women helping women. (Credit: Chloe x Halle Facebook page)

Chloe X Halle Went From YouTube to the Grammys, Thanks to Beyoncé

The singing sisters’ career was launched when Queen Bey herself took notice of their tight harmonies and rich vocals in their YouTube videos.

Dominique Reighard-Brooks with her mother, Dellon Reighard. Reighard-Brooks says her mother taught her invaluable lessons by setting an entrepreneurial example. (Credit: E.E. Ward)

A Top Model Turned Top Entrepreneur Reflects on 3 Lessons Her Mother Taught Her

Dominique Reighard-Brooks, once a successful model and entertainer, now co-owns moving company E.E. Ward, the oldest black-owned business in America.

From loan delays to suspended contracts, women business owners say the government shutdown is hampering business. (Credit: Andy Feliciotti on Unsplash)

What the Shutdown Means to Business Owners: ‘Time Kills Deals’

We asked women entrepreneurs how the longest government shutdown in the nation’s history is affecting their businesses.

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Business Funding

If you want information about small business funding, you've come to the right place. We've rounded up the most common sources of funding for startups, from friends and family money to Kickstarter campaigns, from SBA loans to venture capital. You'll also find some information about small business grants for women.

Serial entrepreneur Tina Sharkey is one of several women who made major money moves in 2018. Scroll on to learn more about 6 multimillion-dollar business deals made by women this year. (Credit: Ken Yeung)

6 Major Money Moves Made by Women in 2018

We’re looking back on six multimillion-dollar business moves made by women this year. Read all about the cash these enterprising women either raked in or plunked down in 2018.

How to find grants is difficult for any social entrepreneur. Rana Dajani of We Love Reading took a scientific approach. Plus, she was persistent.

How a Social Entrepreneur Won Millions of Dollars in Grants

Rana Dajani of We Love Reading has transformed a tiny nonprofit into a sprawling social enterprise. Here’s how she got funders to come to her.

How Kindness in Business Pays Off for Leaders

How Kindness in Business Pays Off for Leaders

Science says performing kind acts boosts happiness and life satisfaction, and leads to workplace success.

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Branding & Marketing

It's time to shout it from the rooftops! You've got a great product or service. But how do you get publicity -- and how do you find customers? Read about small business marketing strategies, from social media and public relations to SEO and email marketing.

We're all for fun publicity stunts - but not many can pull off something as ridiculous as this. And we're not sure Meghan Trainor did. (Credit: Disney/ABC, Flickr)

Meghan Trainor Broke the Internet With This Bonkers Press Release

Don’t try this one at home, folks. We’re all for publicity – but not many people can pull off something as ridiculous as this.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the new congresswoman for NY-14 - and a queen of social media. (Credit: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Facebook page)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a Living Master Class in Social Media Strategy

The freshman Congresswoman’s online presence is equal parts radical and powerful. Learn from an influential millennial who grew up in a tweeting, snapping world.

If you're making as much as Elon Musk, you can send a car into space to generate buzz for your biz. But if you're not - and we're guessing you're not - read on to see what you can learn from that and other publicity stunts pulled off by companies in 2018. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

5 Marketing Stunts That Turned Heads in 2018 (And What We Can Learn From Them)

Tesla, Nike and Payless made big splashes this year with savvy, buzzy publicity stunts. Look back on them with us, and read about women entrepreneurs who have tested similar waters.

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Managing Your Business

It takes a lot more than great ideas to run a strong company. Smart entrepreneurs have a keen sense of business management. Increase your knowledge in areas like finance, markets, human resources, communication, technology and business policy and strategy.

When it comes to small business tax deductions,, there are a number of special elections you can consider. (Credit: Rawpixel on Unsplash)

Don’t Forget These Small Business Tax Deductions

Want to lower your tax bill? Tax expert Barbara Weltman has these tips for self-employed business owners and sole proprietors.

The U.S. is the only advanced industrialized nation with no paid maternity leave. (Credit: Pixabay)

Why Bill and Melinda Gates Cut Paid Parental Leave to 6 Months

Last week, the foundation run by the power couple cut back paid family leave to 6 months, halving the time-off arrangement they had announced in 2015. It’s still better than most.

The central bank, which monitors economic growth, raised interest rates numerous times in 2018. Rate hikes impact the cost of borrowing. (Credit: Rawpixel on Unsplash.)

5 Ways Higher Interest Rates May Affect Your Business

Tax expert Barbara Weltman explains how even a small increase in the federal funds rate can cost your business significant dollars.

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Growth Strategies

Whether you want to grow steadily as a lifestyle business or achieve rapid growth as an investor-backed startup, we can show you how successful women entrepreneurs have done it. What's your growth strategy?

She Got Her Products Into Target – And It Nearly Destroyed Her Business. Here’s How She Rebuilt

Funlayo Alabi, founder of Shea Radiance, tells us how she rebuilt her business after almost being forced to closed several years ago.

Kristy Allen of The Beez Kneez on her invention, the Honey Cycle. (Credit: The Beez Kneez)

How A 6-Pack Of Beer Inspired This Beekeeper’s Sweet Invention

What happens when a beekeeper, a bike mechanic and beverages get together? Behold the Honey Cycle.

Dianne Berkun Menaker

Thanks to This Musical Disrupter, the Chorus Is No Longer a ‘Uniblob’

Dianne Berkun Menaker’s Brooklyn Youth Chorus is tackling everything from race and identity to gender and sexuality — and making students’ voices heard.

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Becoming a Leader

You don't have to be born with leadership skills. You can learn them. Whether you're an introvert or extrovert, you can learn everything you need to know about decision making, public speaking and managing people with finesse.

Fast fashion is being challenged in its relationship with the fashion industry by the likes of Kim Kardashian West. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Kim Kardashian West Just Knocked Fast Fashion. That’s a Good Thing

Entrepreneur and superstar Kim Kardashian West took to Twitter to decry fast fashion after a brand unveiled a knock-off of her 1998 Thierry Mugler dress. She’s not the only businesswoman standing against the practice.

Gisele Bundchen

You Know Her Face, But Do You Know Her Story? Inside Gisele Bundchen’s Billion-Dollar Empire

Behind the world’s most popular football player is the super-successful wife whose career (and net worth) eclipses his.

Dolly Parton built the ultimate personal brand thanks to her confidence. (Credit: pipilongstockings, Flickr)

The 1 Thing That’s Helped Dolly Parton Stay On Top

The world-famous singer and businesswoman led her own tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards. That doesn’t surprise us.

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Work & Life

The juggle is real. Learn from other women entrepreneurs about how they manage work-life balance. It's too easy to be a workaholic when you're an entrepreneur, so read about stress management techniques, how to spot burnout symptons and how to plan a vacation.

April Chen (right) and a team member at her pop-up in Boston.

For Young Entrepreneurs, Starting a Business Is a Juggle

April Chen, a recent graduate of Babson College, looks back on balancing a startup business with student life.

Smart goal setting doesn't have to be complicated. (Credit: Unsplash)

Got Goals? Good. Need a Way to Achieve Them? Then Read This

Marketing expert Lorrie Thomas Ross offers simple life hacks for smart goal setting that will help you achieve business and personal success.

8 Ways Women Entrepreneurs Stay Motivated on Tough Days

How to Stay Inspired When You Really Need a Boost

We asked more than 30 women entrepreneurs what they do to stay motivated in their business on those inevitable tough days. Their answers will inspire you.

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