The world today is relatively supportive of women who are venturing into business. The examples of the following women who became successful entrepreneurs, helps inspire other women to venture out in this field and even teach them about the obstacles along the way.
Before becoming the co-founder of the billion dollar fitness franchise Curves, Diana was working in newspaper advertising. She was married to Gary Heavin and both shared a love for fitness.
The husband and wife duo were always keen on opening their fitness center. It was Diana’s vision that there should be a franchise solely dedicated to women, as gyms usually catered to the needs of men. Her idea was to build a place where women felt comfortable as they worked out.
The couple came up with a proper business plan, invested their savings and saw Curves become one of the fastest growing franchises worldwide. The major drive behind this success was Diana’s vision which catered to a niche market and her hard work in making it a reality.
Business can be simplified as selling a solution to a problem. Diana identified a problem women had, which was access to no proper area to work out, and provided the solution. Her success cannot just be attributed to a great idea. Diana put in the work and effort to properly flesh out her business plan. Any good idea can become worthless if it is not well thought out.
For women or any one in general, looking to become entrepreneurs, it is essential that they come up with a strong and efficient business plan. The marketing and advertising comes much, much later.
Genevieve Thiers started SitterCity in Chicago based on an idea she had in college. As she herself recalls, she saw a lady posting fliers to hire a babysitter. The woman was noticeably pregnant and prompted Genevieve to think along the lines of making the procedure of finding a sitter easier.
Genevieve had to face a lot of naysayers in the beginning. Many investors turned her down. But she believed in her idea and eventually launched her website in 2001.SitterCity went on to become an international success, earning various accolades in the process. The main drive of the company is to connect parents to sitters who are perfect for their needs.
SitterCity is the first company in America to offer such services. If there is one thing to be learnt from the success of SitterCity, it is to never give up. Before success, there is always failure. It is perfectly okay if people do not agree with your dream. What’s not okay, is, you yourself, losing faith in your idea.
Julie Aigner-Clark was a high school English teacher, who quit her job in order to raise her child. While she no longer remained a teacher, her love of teaching stayed with her. After her baby was born, Julie realized that there were no proper tools that she could use to teach her baby about science or art. So she thought about overcoming this gap by making educational videos she labeled as Baby Einstein.
Baby Einstein took a year to perfect and when the project was ready, Julie decided to market it to retailers. One of these retailers decided to go ahead with her concept, and sold out 100 videos in 2 days. Baby Einstein videos soon became a success and eventually branched out to make educational toys for kids. Baby Einstein was later acquired by Disney and is the inspiration behind the Little Einsteins show.
Julie Aigner-Clark did not have any experience in business, she simply saw a need and she filled it with a great idea. Her success is through the fact that she decided to solve her problem herself, which was effectively teaching her kids.
As the youngest on this list, Ashley Qualls is one of the few self made millionaires, who were successful before they even got their driver’s license. As a teenager, Ashley managed to make millions by setting up a site that essentially did not sell anything.
WhateverLife.com was a site that started off as a hobby, which provided users with MySpace layouts and HTML tutorials for kids her age. The site ran only on revenue generated by adverts. Ashley worked out of the basement of her home, with friends and family supporting her with the work. The first month of Whatever Life generated 70,000$ and Ashley became a millionaire by the time she reached 17.
Ashley’s main goal for her site was to provide users of all kinds with “information and fun things”. She has refused to sell her site to many interested buyers and has earned over 7 million in advertising revenue. A great take away from her success can be that success is not defined by zeroes, but rather, by things you are passionate about and believe in.
Be prepared at the beach with these helpful gadgets
Be prepared at the beach with these helpful gadgets that make your life easier and more enjoyable.
ECOXPRO Waterproof Case
This durable waterproof case for smart phones also doubles as a speaker. Not to mention, has pockets to store credit cards, license, etc. The ECOXPRO is a useful gadget to jam out to on the beach OR float next to you in the water while protecting your phone from the elements.
CGear Sand-Free Tote
This is every person’s dream at the beach…
Are you ready for it?
A sand-free bag for the beach! Are you tired of having sand everywhere or worried about it ruin your phone, in the lunch you brought, getting all over your car, or in your house? Also, it is durable with extra-strength straps for cans of soda or beer *wink* and an ocean-themed pattern which is aesthetically pleasing.
Well isn’t this S’well
S’well Textiles Collection Water Bottle
Stay hydrated, look cool, and help others all in one water bottle by S’well. S’well water bottles have absolutely beautiful hand-painted pastel marble designs AND the best part is when you buy a S’well bottle, some of the proceeds go to helping provide clean water and sanitation to communities in-need in Africa. Also, if it couldn’t get any better, a S’well bottle keeps a beverage cold for up to 24 hours.
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Liquid Image Model 305 Hydra Series HD 720P
This high-tech dive mask has an HD camcorder to shoot wide-angle footage in high definition with audio, can capture still images, continuous shots, and waterproof 130 ft under. Take the plunge with the liquid image model 305 Series HD 720P.
Do you get anxiety when your phone battery gets low? The WakaWaka charger is compact and light to solar charge your phone to full charge in two hours. The key is to make sure the WakaWaka Charger soaks in sun rays to solar panel or charge with a USB before going out. It also comes with a beacon light for emergencies. But the best part is that for every WakaWaka Charger you buy, another is sent to a family in-need in the Philippines.
What’s better than your feet in the sand, a refreshing drink by your side, and a good book to read? Here are our top picks for
What’s better than your feet in the sand, a refreshing drink by your side, and a good book to read? Here are our top picks for vacation reads for the beach, mountains, or wherever you may journey. There are different themes for all: whether you are in a light-hearted chick flick mood, an intense on-the-edge of your seat thriller, a child-told fantasy book, or an emotional book about internal struggles of living in this chaotic world. Read on to find out which book grabs your attention the most for a great holiday read.
By Elin Hilderbrand
Are you looking for a laid-back beach read? If chick flicks are your guilty pleasure movies, then try The Rumor a book about two best friends, Madeline and Grace who go on double dates for the summer drinking cocktails at sunset, but a rumor arises and changes everything. The rumor snow balls and the question is… will their friendship ever be the same?
Girl on the Train
By Paula Hawkins
Girl on the Train is a psycho thriller that will make you question the lives of others.
Rachel has recently gone through a loss and one way she copes is seeing the happiness in a suburban house that she passes on her morning commute. She only has about a minute to glance at the loving family before her train moves on but she is content.
Something drastically changes when Rachel witnesses something in that small moment of time and wonders if she should tell the police what she saw. From then on she is immersed and may be hindering rather than helping.
Girl on the Train is a thriller you won’t want to put down.
By Emma Donoghue
Room is a place of love and comfort for Jack, but for his ma, it’s prison; a place she has been trapped for seven years by Old Nick. With Ma’s strong urge for Jack to live a better life, she concocts a plan to escape. But did Ma think about what happens after they do escape and what other world is out there?
Room is a brilliant book of fear, resilience, and bond. Did we mention, the book is told from the perspective of five year old Jack.
Where are you Bernadette
By Maria Semple
Bernadette is bold, blunt, and outspoken. She’s a revolutionary architect and mother/best friend to fifteen year old Bee.
They live in Seattle and the people and atmosphere has become too much for Bernadette and overtime has developed agoraphobia. However, Bernadette had promised Bee a trip to Antarctica if she received an “A” on her report card and as a matter of fact, Bee did, but Bernadette has disappeared.
Bee goes on a search for her mom and has to face the world head on.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are tons of talented singers in this world, but did you know that some singers have written top hits for other famous artists?
There are tons of talented singers in this world, but did you know that some singers have written top hits for other famous artists? Not all singers are songwriters, but Sia is an extraordinarily talented singer AND songwriter who is known for her incredible voice and mysteriously hidden face has written top hits for other artists. Be surprised and check out the list of songs below Sia has written from vulnerable lyrics to vocally challenging and catchy choruses.
Top Songs Sia Wrote:
“Expertease (Ready, Set, Go)” by Jennifer Lopez
“Opportunity” by Quvenzhané Wallis
“Diamonds” by Rihanna
“Making the Most of the Night” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“Chasing Shadows” by Shakira
“Get Over U” by Neon Hitch
“Blank Page” by Christina Aguilera
“Brightest Morning Star” by Britney Spears
“My Heart Is Open” by Maroon 5 featuring Gwen Stefani
“Double Rainbow” by Katy Perry
“Kiss Me Once” by Kylie Minogue
“Battlefield” by Lea Michele
“Boy Problems” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“Perfume” by Britney Spears
“Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé
More Songs Written by Sia:
– “Godzillionaire” by Brooke Candy
– “Guitars and Microphones” by Kate Pierson
– “We Are One (Ole Ola)” by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte
– “Pop Rock” by Brooke Candy
– “Matrix” by Kate Pierson
– “Acid Rain” by Alexis Jordan
– “Any Day Now” by Cheyenne Jackson
– “I Will Get Over You” by Prischilla Ahn
– “These Hands I Hold” by Bo Bruce
– “Gentlemen” by Jessica Sanchez
– “Crush Me With Your Love” by Kate Pierson
– “Bound to You” by Christina Aguilera
– “God Made You Beautiful” by Beyoncé
– “She’s Pretty, She Lies” by Cheyenne Jackson
– “Freeze You Out” by Marina Kaye
– “Rise Up” by Beyoncé
– “Knock You Out” by Bingo Players
– “Don’t Look at Me” by Cheyenne Jackson
– “Kill, F—k, Marry” by Nikki Williams
– “Rock Bottom” by Marco Mengoni
– “Unite” by Jessie J
– “Bottoms Up” by Kate Pierson
– “Stronger Than Ever” by Christina Aguilera
– “You’re Mine” by Lea Michele
– “Opulence” by Brooke Candy
– “Mister Sister” by Kate Pierson
– “Break the Walls” by Fitz and the Tantrums
– “Strange Birds” by Birdy
– “Radioactive” by Rita Ora
– “Round Your Little Finger” by Katharine McPhee
– “Tears Fall” by Jacquie Lee
– “Breathe” by Jessie J
– “Firecracker” by Cheryl
– “You Don’t Know” by Will Young
– “The Game” by Kelly Rowland
– “You Lost Me” by Christina Aguilera
– “Bring Your Arms” by Kate Pierson
– “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” by Ne-Yo
– “All I Need” by Christina Aguilera
– “Green Card” by Oh Land
– “Standing on the Sun” by Beyoncé
– “Invincible” by Kelly Clarkson
– “Loved Me Back to Life” by Celine Dion
– “Utopia” by Belinda
– “Time Wave Zero” by Kate Pierson
– “Flashlight” by Jessie J
– “Cannonball” by Lea Michele
– “Who Am I?” Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhané Wallis
– “I Am” by Christina Aguilera
– “If You Say So” by Lea Michele
– “Let Your Tears Fall” by Kelly Clarkson
– “I Am Me” by Willow
– “The City’s Yours” by Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis
– “Try Everything” by Shakira
– “Passenger” by Britney Spears
– “Pulls You Under” by Kate Pierson
– “Sexercise” by Kylie Minogue
– “Throw Down the Roses” by Kate Pierson
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