The W.E. – M.E.E.T. Center for women is now officially open!

Are you struggling to find a place to hold your meetings in the Capital District?  I know I was.  I couldn’t find private space that I could afford and the free space was either too noisy or not really private.

So, I decided to create space to host my own meetings and now I am opening it up to all women entrepreneurs in the Capital District.

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What legacy do you want to leave behind?  What do you want to me known for?

In my post about high heels, I talked about the legacy of Louis the XIV who turned high heels into a status and fashion statement.

I’m sure he wasn’t thinking long term when he started wearing heels, but look at the way it turned out.

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Louis XIV had high heels designed for him in 1688 and declared that only nobles could wear heels that had red on them.  And no one was allowed to wear heels taller than his.

In effect, Louis made heels a bit of a fashion statement and started a trend of design, color and height that lasts today.  Although men have dropped the traditional high heel, women carry on with the fashion making heels a sign of their personality.

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Do you remember when VCR”s were hot?  The ability to watch a movie at home and pause, rewind and fast forward was such a cool thing.  Now, VCR’s are things you try to explain to your kids who have never seen one. LOL

But my point here is someone had an idea – let people pick and choose what movie they want to watch, when they want to watch it, and give them control over pause, fast forward and rewind.

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On June 6, 1884 the first roller coaster opened on Coney Island.  What a rush those first riders felt.

The roller coaster was a totally new experience and people had to discover first hand if they were going to love it or hate it.

The up’s, down’s and twists are not for everyone but for those that love the thrill of the ride, they were hooked.

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In my conversations with women over the past few years, I have noticed a very common mistake that many of them make.

They dream and dream and dream but never take any action!

There are several reasons for this.

1)  It is fun to dream and remain in the fantasy where it is all possible.  Reality is by nature much harder than fantasy-land.

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Today we have the luxury of creating businesses that can be run for less than $100 per month.

When you are sitting down with your business idea, take a look at your personal finances. 

What can you afford a month to operate your business?

What can you afford to spend to start up your business?

These are two different figures.  Many women make the mistake of not allowing for start-up expenses.  You will need services, software, equipment and supplies in most businesses. 

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Fear can cause you to freeze or fear can cause you to move faster than you ever have before.  The really cool thing is you get to decide which reaction you want to have.

Fear Paralysis

When you look at all the things you need to do to be a successful business owner, you can be easily overwhelmed which leads to fear that you can’t possibly succeed in the face of all those to-do’s.  That’s when paralysis sets in.

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You want to be your own boss and start a business but what should you do?

Start with what you love. I don’t mean a hobby – I mean something that you love to do and that people are willing to pay you to do it.

That is the sweet spot.

Make a list of the things that you love and then sit with a friend – one who isn’t afraid to tell you the truth – and go over your list.  Would she be willing to pay for you to do some of the things on your list?

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I used to be a Facebook hater because I didn’t know how to use it.  I am still baffled by Twitter and Instagram is beyond me.

Can you relate?

I can say tho that after deciding to just pick one piece of technology and blocking the others out, I was able to get past the feeling of “technology” overwhelm get on with building my business.

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