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Too often in life we spend time worrying about the next thing, especially women. There are always more things on our to-do lists than hours in a day. This October, in honor of women's small business month, take time to take stock of how far you've come and think about where you are going next. Here are some ideas for celebrating Women's Small Business Month. Record Your Success With the ups and downs of entrepreneurial life, it is hard to remember all of the little successes we have achieved in a day, let alone during the course of our career. It is critical that we stop and celebrate all of our small wins so we have the energy, confidence, and encouragement when times get tough. Check out this article for ways to integrate a little bit of celebration time into your day-to-day life.

Share Your Story and Be a Mentor Every woman entrepreneur has a story to tell, a story that will inspire future women leaders. Take time this month to share your story on social media. Additionally, by having already overcome so many of the stumbling blocks of ownership, you’re literally one of the most valuable resources available to beginning business owners. Your experiences not only help pave the way for others, but your insight brings clarity and confidence to others.

Hone Your Skills or Learn a New One We all know that it is vital to keep learning and discovering. Whether it’s a new technology, social media trends, or changes in our business, the world is always changing. Improving our skills or learning a new skill also provides us with more opportunities. Whether driving business into new areas or changing direction, growing our tools help us create a brighter future for our businesses.

Join an organization and Network Numerous organizations around the country support small businesses. By networking with other like-minded women, you’re not only able to learn about growing your business but you can also share your experiences and be a voice for others. Some organizations we recommend are:

If local organizations are lacking in your area, help start one.

Create a Road Map to Your Dream Life

If you aim high, even your failure will be higher than those who aim for average.

There are several different ways to document what you want your future to look like. Vision mapping is one such process. To be clear, vision mapping is not the same as a vision board. A vision board doesn't necessarily have a specific plan for how you will reach your goals. A Vision map, however, clearly shows where you are, where you want to be, and what steps you need to take to get there. To learn more about the process, check out this article. No matter what you do this month, take a moment and raise a glass to celebrate how far you've come. Taking time to celebrate and dream in your business are things you deserve, atta girl!

Being a woman business owner is tough and you've had the audacity and strength to make it down that path.

Celebrate you!!!


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