3 Startup Financing Myths You Should Avoid

Leading Blog

I F you are building a startup, you’ll find no shortage of people who are willing to give you advice, particularly when it comes to raising financing. For some entrepreneurs, raising financing can seem like a full time job, particularly in these trying times. My first institutional financing came from people who were in the “MIT” network. These are just some of the many myths that are given as advice when entrepreneurs are trying to raise financing.

Retirement and Your Finances – From the Women on Business Archives

Women on Business

The start of a new year is a great time to re-evaluate your finances and retirement savings plan. With that in mind, I thought it would also be a good time to take a trip through the Women on Business archives to find some great articles about retirement and finances that you might have missed. Retirement and Savings finances retirement savings

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How would you describe the “back office” functions at your company (finance, procurement, legal, HR, etc.)?

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Our reader poll today asks: How would you describe the “back office” functions at your company (finance, procurement, legal, HR, etc.)? Eighty percent of you report your back office functions like procurement, finance, legal and HR only occasionally add value (30%) or even worse, rarely add value or make your life extremely difficult (55%). Business Toolkit Career Leadership Poll Project Management

Guest Post: Keeping Your Finances Afloat While Working From Home

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Finances are one of those issues. Where income is the life source of finances while working at home, billing is the vehicle through which that income arrives. Budget Tips Career Inspiration Prioritization Time Management Uncategorized Work/Life Balance Home office inspiration Life Tiny House work from home photo credit: Jeremy Levine Design. Note: This article is a guest post by the smart and talented Dave Landry Jr. - please see his bio at the end of the post!

Five Mistakes Pastors Frequently Make With Finances

Ron Edmondson

I came into ministry after a long business career, so I’m sometimes considered unique in my involvement or interest in our church finances. I work closely with our Business Administrator and finance committee on the budget and administration of our church finances. Working with different churches over the years, I’ve seen lots of approaches by pastors in this area of finances. I quickly find someone on our finance committee or our Business Administrator.

Recommended Resource – Finance Without Fear

Strategy Driven

Finance Without Fear : A Guide to Creating and Managing a Profitable Business by William S. Hettinger and John Dolan-Heitlinger About the Reference Finance Without Fear : A Guide to Creating and Managing a Profitable Business by William S. While newly ascending managers may not have this knowledge, they should seek and be provided this information early in their management careers. You just finished reading Recommended Resource - Finance Without Fear !

Money-Making Job Opportunities in Accounting Career: Exploratory Guide

Strategy Driven

This title demands a deep understanding of finance, and it requires, at the least, a four-year bachelor’s degree in accounting. JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN ACCOUNTING CAREER. Accountants work with numbers.

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What Will It Take to Make Finance More Gender-Balanced?

Harvard Business

It is no wonder we came to fear our gender would keep us from achieving the same level of success as our male peers in finance. Because one of us (Malin) grew up in Sweden, considered to be one of the most gender-equal countries , with f amily-friendly policies that emphasize both parents’ responsibility of raising a family, we wondered whether gender equality in the finance industry in Sweden had progressed further than it had in the U.S. shutterjack/Getty Images.

Traditional male-dominated careers still find few takers in women

HR Digest

Personal Finance Advisors. Personal finance is again a male-dominated industry, and it is projected to grow 29.6 Sports and associated careers. Sports commentating, coaching, management, medicine, all are still male-dominated careers. Women have made significant progress in entering male-dominated jobs like finance, law and medicine in the last several decades. Featured HR News made dominated fields male dominated careers

How to Improve Your Finance Skills (Even If You Hate Numbers)

Harvard Business

If you’re not a numbers person, finance is daunting. Even if you don’t need to know a lot about finance to do your day-to-day job, the more conversant you are on the subject, the better off you’ll be, according to Richard Ruback, a professor at Harvard Business School and the coauthor of the HBR Guide to Buying a Small Business. Stop avoiding finance because you’re afraid of numbers. “Finance and accounting are very simple.

Finance Can Be a Noble Profession (Yes, Really)

Harvard Business

When I ask students graduating from Harvard Business School what they’re doing next, I often get some version of “I’m going into finance but…” Then they quickly explain that finance is just a way station on the route to nobler goals. Recently, I asked a few students how people react to their choice to go into finance, and I was greeted with nervous laughter. The usual reactions to misbehavior in finance are outrage or regulation.

How to Turn Traveling the World into a Career

Strategy Driven

The biggest obstacle people face when torn between staying and leaving is usually their finances. You just finished reading How to Turn Traveling the World into a Career ! The post How to Turn Traveling the World into a Career appeared first on StrategyDriven. Practices for Professionals Professional Development career management strategydriven

Can You Afford to Change Your Career?

Harvard Business

Who wouldn’t want a meaningful career and better balance between work and home? For many of us, it’s finances that keep us from making a career change. We worry and wonder: What would a career change do to our bank accounts? Sometimes we think (or we know) that the career we’d love would fill our days with more meaning but pay us less (significantly less, even). What drove them to abandon established careers, steady incomes, and security?

How to Beat Mid-Career Malaise

Harvard Business

” These questions are especially agonizing for mid-career professionals who may be searching for fulfillment while juggling demands at home and intense financial pressures to earn. How should you address a mid-career crisis? Mid-career malaise runs deep. Even people who have achieved a great deal of career success aren’t immune to these feelings, says Whitney Johnson, an executive coach and the author several books including Build an A-Team.

5 Money Management Tips for Entrepreneurs

Strategy Driven

If you feel that your career as an entrepreneur is being held back by a lack of knowledge on your part in the art of money management, then make sure to check out the five pieces of advice below. In order to turn over a profit in your career and grow your entrepreneurial portfolio as a result, you must, first, be able to manage your money on a personal level. As an entrepreneur, you know how important money management is.

A Simple Way to Map Out Your Career Ambitions

Harvard Business

It’s easy to be confused about how to grow in your career. Since the 70-20-10 ratio says that experiences best accelerate your development, you’ll want to understand which experiences will build your career and, more importantly, the few, most powerful experiences that can close your from/to gap. A personal experience map shows which experiences you want to acquire in the next two to five years to grow your career. franckreporter/Getty Images.

Avoiding The 5 Mistakes That Can End Your Leadership Career (before it even gets started)

Terry Starbucker

That was the bomb that nearly killed my leadership career, just as it was just getting started. And, he wanted to finance it privately, without taxpayer money. My boss wanted three layers of them, to satisfy the needs of all the business and political players that wanted to wine and dine their clients, and, more importantly, to help finance the place. That was Mistake #1 on the road to near career killing.

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6 Ways to Take Control of Your Career Development If Your Company Doesn’t Care About It

Harvard Business

We are now in the era of “do-it-yourself” career development. Unfortunately, organizations today are unknowingly leaving employees with skill gaps and blind spots that can derail careers and organizational effectiveness. Here are six things you can do to take control of your own career. Developing expertise in a nascent area of growing importance can lead to promotions and other career opportunities. Career planning Managing yourself Digital Article

3 Ways to Use MOOCs to Advance Your Career

Harvard Business

Maybe you can show off your new knowledge of finance by helping with your department’s budget. Why wouldn’t you find a way to use it to improve your skills and career? Career planning Managing yourself Digital ArticleThe vast majority of people who sign up for a MOOC—a massive open online course—never complete it. More than 50% consume less than half of the course’s content.

Glass Elevators: Why Elevator Speeches Matter

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Until… a good friend of mine in Finance (p.s. always have a good friend in Finance) batted the conversation my way. Own Your Own Career Take Risks being real career development elevator speech mentoring mentors networking risk taking straight talkYesterday I attended an important meeting with important people. I was not scheduled to speak. A gift. What’s our channel’s mission? How are our results? What’s our team best at?

Navigating the Emotional Side of a Career Transition

Harvard Business

Let me begin this post with a personal confession: Although I’ve talked with many managers about career transitions over the years, I’ve never had a career transition myself until now. All things considered (interests, age, health, finances), early 2016 seemed like the right time. Staying with one firm for an entire career is unusual amid today’s serial job progressions and longer life spans.

5 Money Management Tips for Entrepreneurs

Strategy Driven

If you feel that your career as an entrepreneur is being held back by a lack of knowledge on your part in the art of money management, then make sure to check out the five pieces of advice below. In order to turn over a profit in your career and grow your entrepreneurial portfolio as a result, you must, first, be able to manage your money on a personal level. As an entrepreneur, you know how important money management is.

Leadership Skills: You and $$$$$$$

Women on Business

Career Development Communications decision-making Finance Leadership Management personal development Women On Business Work-Home Life business business communications Communication Patterns work-life balanceFor the love of money! One of the best leadership teachers in any era comes in the form of paper or metal. We love it , hate it , covet it , or disdain it. Our romance with money belongs in every leadership development program on the planet.

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How to Make the Business Case for Change

Lead Change Blog

Determine the budget lines that will pay for your proposal or describe the financing for it. Professional Development change strategy business leadership career development change leadership lead change Leadership DevelopmentMcKinsey & Company’s research suggests that 70 percent of change efforts fall short of their objectives or fail altogether. That creates a challenge for you as a leader to obtain approval for change initiatives, when you are not the ultimate decision-maker.

How Military Veterans Can Turn Their Skills into a Corporate Career

Harvard Business

Transitioning from a military career to the corporate world can be a fraught process for the nearly 360,000 U.S. In addition to networking their way into new professional circles and learning new cultural mores, veterans have to face down the even more fundamental questions: what career will best suit them? “I felt very intimidated” by undergraduate classmates who had gone into more traditional corporate careers, he told me.

Effective Ways to Cut Your Business Expenses

Strategy Driven

You can minimize staff turnover by offering competitive pay and benefits, praising your staff for their work, and offering regular career advancement opportunities. Managing Your Finances business management employee turnover recruitment remote working strategydrivenAll businesses cost money to run and involve necessary expenses such as employee salaries, office overheads, and supply costs.

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Six Types of Stakeholders Leaders Need to Influence

Career Advancement

Her mentor helped her to map out the key people she needed to influence at this stage in her career, and this is what they came up with. Plus, these executives often have direct influence over promotions, so gaining influence with them is critical to career advancement. Finance departments. Finance departments are another group of stakeholders that leaders must influence in order to gain their trust as well. “Leadership is not about a title or a designation.

What to Do When People Don’t Support Your Next Career Move

Harvard Business

Most new businesses do fail, and many women who take time off work to raise children have a hard time returning to the career track. If you’re planning to launch a startup, for instance, your colleagues might have highlighted concerns about your finance skills. When it comes to your career, the decisions — and the regrets — are ultimately yours. Decision making Career planning Professional transitions Digital Article

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The Cost of Business

Women on Business

Books for Businesswomen business development Businesswomen Bloggers Career Development Communications customer service decision-making Female Entrepreneurs Female Executives female executives Finance Human Resources Issues job satisfaction Leadership Management Online Business personal development Strategy UncategorizedIn our current situation many companies are cackling about how much money they have saving on services and are doing their fair share to keep pushing prices down.

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Things to Consider Before Applying for Personal Loans

Strategy Driven

You need to understand that if you want a personal loan, then the stability of your professional career also plays a role in making it possible. Managing Your Finances Business Loans business management Loan Agreement strategydrivenMillions of people apply for personal loans around the globe for a multitude of reasons. We seek loans to acquire a property, pay for unexpected expenses or simply, to improve our lifestyle.

Global Ocean Trust: Protecting the Blue Planet in New Ways

Harvard Business

Following a successful career in finance, Torsten Thiele has devoted himself full-time to the challenging cause of ocean conservation and stewardship. Social responsibility Sustainability Finance & Accounting AudioHarvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Thiele discuss how changing the narrative is imperative when looking for ways to solve big problems.

If You Can’t Find a Spouse Who Supports Your Career, Stay Single

Harvard Business

Their stories were typical of research I have been conducting on dual-career couples. Her husband continued his career. Anything in between ends up being a morale- and career-sapping morass. ” And into marriages billed as equal, as long as the man’s career isn’t disturbed by his wife’s success. They applaud and support them — until it starts to interfere with their own careers. Gender Career planning Digital Article

CEOs Who Began Their Careers During Booms Tend to Be Less Ethical

Harvard Business

” Imagine you were sitting in the audience that day, about to begin constructing your career. For instance, people who entered adulthood during economic depressions tend to be attuned to economic and national security throughout their adult lives , and particularly cautious with their personal and professional finances. CEOs who began their careers in prosperous times tend to use riskier financial strategies than CEOs who first entered the workforce in recessions.

Is Higher Education Too Expensive for the Middle Class?

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However, many boomer college students decided to take more liberal education options having little fear of finding careers that paid well. Career Current Affairs Leadership Memes Skills American priorities financing higher education georgetown university income distribution poorer middle class student loans university of michiganThe middle class has traditionally believed that higher education was crucial for climbing the success ladder and making money.

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End-of-the-Year Tax Tips for Last Minute Savings

Women on Business

Still an active writer in the business and financial investing fields, Perry began her writing career at the Cincinnati Enquirer as a Personal Finance and Business reporter. Finance Guest Posts end of year tax tips tax tipsGuest Post by Perry Sheraw (learn more about Perry at the end of this post). Many of the business owners we work with say they’re ready to get 2011 behind them.

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4 Ways to Help You “Never Give Up”

Michael Lee Stallard

It was both the first start of his college football career and his final college football game as a player. Steve Jobs led a struggling Apple and had to seek financing from his rival, Bill Gates. Career Advice Character Career Challenges Encouragement Never Give Up PerseveranceA number of leaders I know are beginning 2016 facing extremely challenging business and/or personal situations.

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To Win the Game, You Have to Play

First Friday Book Synopsis

Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, and plan networking, your career and your life.” Here is an excerpt from an article contributed by Lynne Morton, President, Performance Improvement Solutions) to the Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. To read the complete article, [.].

The 5 Mistakes That Nearly Killed My Career (And Can Save Yours)

Terry Starbucker

” That was the bomb that nearly killed my career. And, he wanted to finance it privately, without taxpayer money. My boss wanted three layers of them, to satisfy the needs of all the business and political players that wanted to wine and dine their clients, and, more importantly, to help finance the place. “They can’t see the scoreboard? What, ARE YOU KIDDING ME????”

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Learn How to Manage Stress

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Coupled with this, we sometimes stagger under the weight of our personal burdens, everything from managing the home to maintaining relationships, handling workplace issues, addressing health concerns, finances, and day-to-day decisions. Source: When Doing It All Won't Do: A Self-Coaching Guide for Career Women--Workbook Edition--Paperback .

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How to Build a Meaningful Career

Harvard Business Review

Everyone aspires to have purpose or meaning in their career but how do you actually do that? Here are principles you can follow to find a career — and a specific job —­ you don’t just enjoy, but love. You might find it rewarding to advance the math skills of 80 students in one year, or build six desalination plants over the course of your career. When you’re already deep into a career. Buckle down on your finances.

Why HR Gets a Bad Name

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I spent the first decade of my career in HR. I spent the next decade keeping my HR and Finance partners as close as possible. Authenticity & Transparency Career & Learning Results & Execution how to be a better support partner SHRM Why HR gets a bad name I’ve been noticing a pattern with some of my clients when I utter the word “HR”–the proverbial eye roll. “What does HR say?” ” Queue the eye roll.

Managing the Strong, Arrogant, Obnoxious Type

Let's Grow Leaders

Or the balding dude from finance who can out-gun anyone with a spreadsheet at twenty paces, who won’t even hear your argument for more funding unless you can outwit his wittiness. But deep in your heart you know they’ve got career stalling flaws. But I’m deeply concerned that the way you’re showing up is going to derail your career. Authenticity & Transparency Career & Learning They come in all shapes and forms.

Four Innovative Initiatives to Attract and Retain Diverse Women

First Friday Book Synopsis

Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, and plan networking, your career and your life.” Here is an article written by Tina Vasquez (Los Angeles) for The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. What makes this article especially valuable is the wealth of [.].