This is the culmination of years trying different things, taking two steps forward-three steps back, finding my `voice` as a solo and sticking with what works.
Madaan Group Ltd. publishes specialty newsletters, articles and reports for solo entrepreneurs. I use The Solo Gazette blog to communicate with my market and as a branding tool for the publisher.
As the hub of Madaan Group, my objective is to help more women solo entrepreneurs start, grow and succeed in their lifestyle businesses.
I operate using a business model built around `extreme teams` - contracting with other professionals to help give my subscribers and customers the best actionable information available to succeed as solo entrepreneurs.
Paul Mitchell used this business model to start his Paul Mitchell salons years ago, I liked this business model and have built my solo publishing business around it.
Since that post back in May, I moved forward. After getting feedback from the women in my circle who did exactly what I proposed, the time frame was accurate.
The idea originally came from information on the SBA site stating starting a business in 6 months was doable, I wanted to test the theory.
What may have confused some of you was the difference in `starting` and `operating` long term. In my own business it did take roughly 6 months to iron out specifically my marketing methods, back-office kinks and getting an advisor team that meshed...but it was done.
Thank you all for not giving me feedback too soon....it forced me to do branch out and connect with the women I needed the feedback from.
I`m in that "Boomer" range, born 1953 and that`s as far as I`m going with that
I`m considering a subscription/membership site for women (51+) who are still in the job market full time but want to start a lifestyle business part-time. My idea is to take them from where they are to a real part-time income generating business in 6 months. At the end of 6 months, if they want to "go big" then they have a working business plan, a viable business idea and information to figure out how to do that.
If they decide, nah - I don`t want a big business, they can do that too but they`ll still need the rest of `operating a profitable business` tools and information.
My question to the other women here specifically: Would this have helped you get started or help you get started if you haven`t?
Ok, guys you can answer too. Seriously, I`m looking for answers.
Thank you in advance.
I running a survey for you business owners. There`s no money in it nor freebies nor anything more than helping out a colleague.
I know what would have helped me getting started with my first business (probably wouldn`t have started it either) but I want to know what would have helped you.
Most entrepreneurs figure if they just had more money at startup it would have been easier, as a business owner we know that money isn`t going to help a bad business idea nor magically give you `instant expert` knowledge to run a business.
I`m looking for answers to help women solo entrepreneurs get going and succeed. I see too many forum posts, answer sites with the same tired questions: How do I get a loan/grant/angel investing (with no business experience mind you) and make a million dollars?
I want only those who have been in business a minimum of 6 months (that critical `stick or quit` period). It`s only 7 questions - and nope, it`s not for money. Sorry about that
Here`s the link What Would Have Helped You?
and thank you. I`ll come back here in a month or so and let you know what the top results were - this should be interesting.
Just a thought, narrow what `women` you are targeting, what styles will you specialize in (evening wear, career, sports, etc.) and talk to women!
We`re all different, even in the same country! Some of us are Town & City, some are NightLife, some are Down Home and some are Extreme Experimentalists.
You`ve got guts - trying to know what women want
All the best!