I am a one-person operation. Business is good, but it has become overwhelming to manage administration, sales, financing—really all of the activity of the business by myself. Some of my other entrepreneur friends suggest I use a virtual assistant, but I’m not sure how to go about finding one. Any advice?
Entrepreneurs often boast about wearing all of the hats — until the hats get too heavy. I get it. Doing it yourself is ideal, but your eyes need to be on the overall business and chasing additional money-making opportunities. Hopefully, you did not start a business in which you are stressing yourself out and seeking to grow without any help.
COVID-19 could amplify the persistent lack of diversity in higher education—but the pandemic also gives us a chance to fix it
It hit me when the university president’s e-mail landed in my inbox: “We will be suspending all classes, sending everyone home and all instruction will take place remotely.” The national emergency prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic had just upended everything! As a board member, I felt that one of my worst nightmares had been realized. Suddenly, students lost their campus connections and had to move to online instruction. It wasn’t clear what freshman classes would look like or if prospective students would even be able to complete common admissions requirements such as providing certified transcripts or standardized test scores. Read more...
Source: Shirley Malcom, Ph.D., is a regent of Morgan State University
Just 31 percent of women say they are proud to call themselves ambitious, according to a 2020 survey from American Express and The New York Women’s Foundation.
However, despite their hesitancy to claim the label publicly, more than half of survey respondents said they do identify as ambitious.
In other words, while most women are ambitious, they don’t want to admit it. This is because when women speak up and pursue their goals, they often experience something called the backlash effect in which people perceive them as less likable, hirable or promotable. Research has shown avoidance of the backlash effect, not a lack of drive, is what keeps many women from self-promoting and fully embracing their ambitious side.
While the responsibility of addressing these shortcomings lies first and foremost in workplace culture, here are some strategies you can use to take ownership of your ambitions.
1. Identify your ambitions in communal terms.Although goals are often driven by individual interests and values, framing them in communal terms—that is, how they can benefit your company or cause as a whole—could help you feel more comfortable sharing and openly pursuing yours.
2. Share your goals with allies.Although you might experience the backlash effect by sharing your ambitions publicly, confiding in a few trusted allies can give you a valuable support system. These individuals can serve as both cheerleaders by encouraging your progress and advocates by calling out biased reactions to your ambitions.
3. Celebrate your accomplishments.Acknowledging your accomplishments publicly can be uncomfortable, but getting into the habit of celebrating your achievements in private could help you take more ownership of them.
Start by keeping track of your accomplishments in a daily journal, and be sure to appreciate your own ambition. As you start to feel more comfortable with the process, try sharing some of your wins with your allies. Read more..
The Baltimore Metropolitan Women Business Center will be hosting a "FREE" MICROLEARN: The Real Estate Industry webinar. July 29, 2020, at 1:00 pm.
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