Personal Empowerment: How Business Ownership Can Create Wealth And Personal Happiness

We all want personal fulfillment and empowerment, especially in these uncertain times. We want to be in control of our time, our jobs, and our earning potential. And, some of us know that working for someone else is simply a necessary means to an end. You go to work, you do a good job, you get paid for your productivity and efficiency and your value to the company, you bring home your paycheck and you get up the next day and do it all again. But, do you really feel a sense of personal empowerment and happiness? What are the odds that you are going to create “personal wealth” working for someone else? You are more likely contributing to someone else’s personal wealth!

Please keep reading if you would like to know more about personal empowerment and how business ownership can create wealth and personal happiness.

Americans as a whole, are very entrepreneurial people. Small businesses and small firms are the backbone of our economy, in good times and in bad. According to statistics by SBA.gov, office of Advocacy. small businesses:

  • Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
  • Employ just over half of all private sector employees.
  • Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll.
  • Have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years.
  • Create more than half of the non-farm private gross domestic product (GDP).
  • Hire 40 percent of high-tech workers (such as scientists, engineers, and computer programmers).
  • Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises.
  • Made up 97.3 percent of all identified exporters and produced 30.2 percent of the known export value in FY 2007.
  • Produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms; these patents are twice as likely as large firm patents to be among the one percent most cited.

Please note the astonishing statistic that 52% of small businesses are home-based!

With the above statistics in mind, I think it is safe to say that being a successful business owner and entrepreneur empowers you and can give you control over your financial future and your personal happiness. I also think it is safe to say, that, even if you are making a good living working for someone else, you probably aren’t going to “create wealth” while working for someone else.

People who own their own businesses express contentment, even when they own stressful businesses. The small business owner understands that he is working hard and enduring long hours because is working for himself. He and his family will be the direct beneficiaries of all that hard work. Many businesses are “family-owned and operated.” If you are working for someone else, can you pass your position on to your son or daughter? A family business is a legacy! And, even if you don’t pass your business down to your children or grandchildren, can you sell your current position when you decide to retire? A business is an asset. Your current job is just that: a job.

It has long been known that personal empowerment,and business ownership can create wealth and lead to personal happiness. I’m not saying that owning your own small business is easy, but, we all have to work, and most of us work pretty hard. So, what I AM saying is this: if it’s worth doing, it is worth doing for yourself!

You owe it to yourself to at least look into owning your own business: You’ve probably thought about it a million times. Give yourself the gift of personal empowerment and find out how business ownership can create wealth and personal happiness for you and your family.

Women Empowered Through Business Ownership

Helen Reddy said it best in the 70s: “I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore…” The 70s may have had some bad clothes and disco music, but the 70s also opened the door for women, and in many ways, became the Decade of The Woman.

Women have become empowered over the last 30 to 40 years in wide variety of ways, but one of the biggest ways women have become empowered is through business ownership.

The statistics on woman-owned businesses are impressive and empowering enough on their own:

Women In Business:

  • As of 2008, there were 10.1 million firms owned by women. (Ownership is defined as owning 50% or more of a company.)
  • These businesses employ over 13 million people, and (as of 2008) had generated $1.9 trillion in sales.
  • Women-owned businesses make up over 40% of all privately held companies.
  • One in five companies reporting revenue in excess of $1 million is a woman-owned business.
  • 3% of businesses owned by women report revenue of $1 million or more.
  • According to score.org, 69% of women are more likely to seek business advice than their male counterparts. Only 47% of men will seek advice. (Does this really surprise anyone, give the whole “men won’t ask for directions” thing?!)
  • Women-owned business have been growing at twice the rate of all U.S. companies.

Women Of Color And Business Ownership:

  • Women of color owned 1.9 million businesses in 2008.
  • These businesses generate $165 billion in revenue annually, and employee 1.2 million people.
  • Between 2002 and 2008, women of color owned businesses grew more quickly than any other privately held companies.

Clearly, women are a very entrepreneurial group! Studies have long shown that women are capable multi-taskers, effective problem solvers, creative in approaches to many aspects of daily life, and are often the financial planners at home. These unique skills have lent themselves beautifully to the empowerment of women through business ownership.

Women often create successful businesses because they have identified a need through a specific set of circumstances. Women have created hair care products specifically due to the lack of products they want or need and can’t find. Mother’s Helpers and Home Fairies came about because women have long wished that “they had a wife.” Niche businesses developed for women by women are hugely successful simply because women identify with other women on a very specific level.

There are many opportunities in today’s market for an enterprising woman to develop her own business, big or small.

In an article by ask.org, these six start-up business ideas were marked as “Hot Markets For Small Businesses:”

  1. eBay drop-off sites
  2. Search Engine Optimization and Internet Marketing
  3. Performance Apparel
  4. Niche Health and Fitness
  5. Technology Security Consulting
  6. Service/Products For the Hispanic Market

However, the list for starting your own business is virtually endless. Take a look around you and see if there is a business need that can be filled.

Other ideas for women-owned businesses include:

  • Tutoring
  • Free-lance article writing for online business promotions
  • Gourmet Food production and sales (Think Mrs. Field’s cookies!)
  • Personalized Gift Basket Sales
  • Resume Writing
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Pet Sitters
  • Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Online Affiliate Marketing
  • Internet Marketing Mentoring and Coaching

Many of these business ideas can be started with little working capital. Not all businesses take a large investment for start-up costs. Many of the ideas listed above can be done from home with no employees and no overhead costs such as rent, insurance, additional utilities, etc. And, many work-from-home businesses are entitled to a tax break because you are using your home as an office.

If starting your own business is appealing to you, or starting your own home-based business is an idea you’d like to turn into a reality, then pick a direction, research what you would need to get you started, and join the millions of other women who have been empowered through business ownership!

There really is something to that “I am woman, hear me roar,” song. Thanks, Helen Reddy!

Hair Salon Business Ownership: Online Marketing That Draws Traffic

Online salon marketing can be used for hair salon business ownerships, nail salon business ownership as well as any beauty business ownership. One of the keys to staying in business is making sure you are using proven marketing strategies.

YouTube is a great low to no cost marketing strategy that can help any business get placed on the map and draw more traffic to their physical location as well as virtual location – website.

Cross Promoting and Collaborating with others in your industry can be beneficial. Check out below different ways you can cross promote your hair salon business.

1. Video Guest Promotions: You can use your skills and education as a hair salon business owner and cross promote using videos with a hair stylist. He or she could be featured in your online salon marketing video. Simply take clips or ask the creator to send you a video of them answering a specific question, showing a new technique or giving some good advice.

2. Video Teasers: You can use clips from a fellow collaborator highlighting whatever you all decide. This can work both ways. You can send them a clip of something or some topic you would like to promote as a teaser to get viewers interested and clicking for you.

3. Video Shout Outs: Owning a hair salon business involves more than just you operating the day-to-day of the salon. Being a hair salon business owner you have a responsibility to the hair and beauty community to stay on top of the latest trends and ideas. By researching prospective collaborators or cross promoting you can give a shout out to other YouTube channels and creators in your salon marketing videos. This builds goodwill, gives the audience more information and it helps to distinguish you as an expert in the industry – It lets people know that if you don’t have the answer, you know someone who does.

4. Tip: Remember you can use annotations and links in your description of the video. Make sure you place the link to your fellow collaborators channel in your description.

5. Click Like: Something as small as clicking like on others YouTube channel is a form of cross promotion. Your subscribers will be able to see your activity and see whose channel you like. You can also use this same concept by leaving a comment and marking the video as a favorite.

6. Subscriber Sharing: Using your hair salon business ownership status as influence when you subscribe to a fellow YouTubers channel that subscription is broadcast to your own subscribers or anyone visiting your channel page. This allows your viewing audience to indirectly see who you are promoting. This is a great way to help other salon owners, hair stylists, nail salons and beauty experts.

7. TIP: When you subscribe to someones channel send them a message asking them to subscribe to salon channel. Let them know that you would like to promote them and their business and you would appreciate the same. When they subscribe to you then you will show up and be indirectly promoted to their existing subscribers.