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Weekly Round Up (May 30 – June 3): A Mashup of Startup News & Advice For Women

Here’s a mashup of all of the Startup News & Advice you should know:

Weekly Round Up (May 30 – June 3): A Mashup of Startup News & Advice For Women - Lioness MagazineDid you miss a day or two of startup news this week? Did you forget some tips you wanted to implement at your startup? It happens. You’re out there trying to rule the world for crying out loud. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Here’s a mashup of all of the Startup News & Advice you should know:

Things To Add To Your To-Do List

  1. Do you have a YouTube Channel that is sitting defunct? Video is one of the fastest growing mediums to use to reach your audience. But how do you even get people to tune in? We found a YouTuber who took her channel from 200 subscribers to more than 200,000 in a year. She tells you how you can start a YouTube channel and gain subscribers fast.
  2. You might want to consider only working five hours per day. And here’s the kicker, believe it or not, you currently probably are only putting in five real hours of work anyway. Here’s what to do about it and how to become super productive.
  3. Take a cold, hard look at your finances. Did you know making tiny adjustments could increase your retirement by 12%? Get the scoop on what to do.

Things To Meditate On

  1. It’s never too late to go after what you want in life. Waking up means you have a new day to try new things. We gave you the findings from a recent 2015 Kauffman Report that suggests that the best time for you to start your own business – at any age – could be right now.
  2. You could be in a season of no. However, to get to your season of yes, you must keep plowing forward. Dr. Julie Kuriakose writes a personal piece of how she turned negative feedback into fuel to open her successful practice in New York City.
  3. You can not save everyone. We know so many women who sit on boards, juggle motherhood and marriage, manage staff, run their companies and STILL say yes when someone else asks them to take on one more task. We have to learn to say, “Unfortunately, I am going to pass on this opportunity” or “With regret, here’s my letter of resignation from this board.” Waving the white flag does not make you a quitter. It means you can’t be superwoman all of the time. Rachel Rojas writes a poignant, honest column about questioning whether or not she should be doing what she’s doing at all.

What Your Peers Were Doing This Week

  1. Dawn and Natasha are having a lunch time workshop in partnership with CoWork Springfield on Tuesday, June 7. Web experts from Oak Web Works is teaching women how to make money from their websites. While the workshop is taking place in Massachusetts, you can join us from anywhere virtually. Grab your tickets here.
  2. Celebrities and entrepreneurs are gearing up for The American Black Film Festival in Miami this month. In addition to film debuts, creative talks and workshops, the festival creates unique opportunities and partnerships, as well as working to diversify Hollywood.

Last But Not Least (some empowerment)

There has to be a time when you become laser focused. Forget multiple this or that or having your hands in many pies. There needs to be an intense time of grinding. A time where you keep your head down and do the work of working on your business. Yes, maybe you need to hire a new employee or work on a new marketing slogan. But before you get sidetracked yet again with another to-do list item, you need to sit down and write out a strategy for the next 60-90 days and then execute it with absolute precision with no distractions. If something comes up that is not urgent, put it on the back burner – no matter how much you think it is important or will offer short-term relief. That’s why you’re scattered now, because you’re always working on short-term strategies with no long-term game in sight. Your business can’t grow as it should if you’re busy working in it instead of on it. If you’re not sure how to properly develop a strategy for your problem, schedule a free hour-long strategy session with Coach Dawn. Come on, ladies. Let’s get fierce and focused.

About the author

Natasha Zena

Around age eight Natasha Zena was told it was a woman’s job to take care of the home and since then she has built a career out of telling women they can do whatever the hell they want to do. She is the co-founder of Lioness, the go-to news source for everything female entrepreneur. Natasha was recognized as an emerging leader in digital media by The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists. She has mentored women entrepreneurs and moderated panels at a number of national accelerators, Startup Weekends and conferences such as The Lean Startup Conference, the Massachusetts Conference for Women, Women Empower Expo and Smart Cities Connect. Natasha is also the author of the popular whitepaper, "How To Close The Gender Gap In Startup Land By 2021." In her spare time, she writes short fiction and hangs out with her son, Shaun.

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