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Ellevate Keys to Success: 8 Steps to Starting Your Own Business

Ellevate Keys to Success: 8 Steps to Starting Your Own Business

It’s estimated that as of 2016, there are approximately 11.3 million women-owned business in the United States — that’s an increase of 45% in the last 9 years. Why are so many women turning to business ownership and entrepreneurship? They want to be their own boss — and these days it’s easier than ever to get started.

Now, that’s not to say you should just quit your 9-5 today to follow your passion. There’s a lot to do, consider, and prepare for if you’re thinking of starting your own business. Lucky for you, 27% of Ellevate’s community is made up of business owners, and lots of them have shared their insights on what it takes to make the big leap — and stick the landing. Check out some of the Network’s best pieces on how to start your own business.

Want To Start a Business? 6 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself

First thing's first: if you want to start a business, make sure you can answer these six questions from Jane Stein first. Answering them will help you figure out a lot of important things, like the kind of business you can afford to create now and the audience you plan to target. 

Practical Thoughts on How to Start Your Own Business

Who better to take advice from on this topic than Sallie Krawcheck? Here, she covers the basic steps you should expect to take when becoming an entrepreneur.

Networking 101 (Webinar)

It takes a village — so you'd better know the basics of networking, because you'll need a support system and a community of possible investors, mentors, business partners, and drinking buddies (for the bumps along the way). Ellevate Network President Kristy Wallace knows a thing or two on the subject.

Tired of Business Plans? Try the Canvas Instead

Business plans are a necessary evil. But if the thought of creating one intimidates you, Ellevate member Deborah Meyer offers some tips on how to use a Business Model Canvas instead.  

Finding the Money: 5 Ways to Finance Your New Business

You're going to need some money. Ok, a lot of it. Jane Stein talks about your options when it comes to funding your new small business or franchise.

Hire With Wisdom + Fire With Grace (Webinar)

When it's time to build your team, make sure you build it right the first time. CEO advisor and Leadership Coach Susan Drumm shares some hiring strategies for finding the right people... and for letting go of the wrong ones.

Five Keys of the Entrepreneurial Mindset

At many points along your journey into entrepreneurship, you're going to need to check yourself and make sure you're thinking like a business owner. Joanne Verkuilen gives us the 5 keys of an entrepreneurial mindset she learned along her own path.

What to Expect When Deciding to be an Entrepreneur: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Webinar)

No matter how much you prepare, there are going to be some things thrown your way that will threaten to knock you off your feet. Once again, take it from Sallie Krawcheck, who has been there — expect the unexpected.