SCORE, the nation’s most extensive network of volunteer, expert business mentors, recently released their Spring 2018 The Megaphone of Main Street data report on the state of women’s entrepreneurship. The document covered key findings in women-owned business, financing and female entrepreneurs, and the impact of mentoring on business success. While the entire report was incredibly […] The post These 5 Qualities Are Proven to be the Most Valuable in Business Mentors appeared first on The Work at Home Woman.
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Melinda Emerson, @SmallBizLady offers advice and encouragement to more than three million entrepreneurs every week online. She is the publisher of succeedasyourowboss.com. Forbes magazine named her the #1 woman for entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter. She has a 20-year track record as a successful businesswoman as CEO of Quintessence Group, an award winning marketing consulting firm based in Philadelphia, PA. She is a social media expert, journalist, and dynamic keynote speaker and she’s a professional single mom. I sat down with her for an exclusive interview on the eve of the release of her new book, Fix Your Business that was released March 6,2018. For details log on to www.FixYourBusiness.com Q: You’re an amazing role model for all entrepreneurs. Can you tell us your story? SmallBizLady: I was 26 when I started my company Quintessence Group. I knew I didn’t know much about running a small business. I am journalist, so I approached starting a business like a research project. I read and took business courses to learn how to run my business and be a leader. After about seven years in business, I was doing very well. I had numerous professional accolades and awards, and I had the largest female-owned production company in my city. Then my husband and I got pregnant, and I was immediately put on bed rest with a high risk pregnancy. I went from being the worst workaholic in the world, to not being about to leave my home and Wi-Fi was not available yet. My business really suffered. In fact, I almost went out of business that year. Unfortunately, I built a business that couldn’t run without me. However, when I had six months to sit and think, I came up with a million-dollar idea. I realized all the expensive mistakes I had made in business and it also occurred to me that unless I started educating people about the right way to run a business, they must struggle that way I did. The first thing I did after my son was born, and I adjusted to motherhood, was write my bestselling book, Become…