and know that you are loved. Regardless of the situation, you
are more than anyone's opinion of you.' ~M.E. Waters
M.E. Waters a/k/a Mary Elizabeth Waters,
author, speaker, consultant received her master's degree in business management
from National-Louis University, McLean, Virginia. She is a business etiquette
consultant to new Christian recording artists. Ms. Waters is originally from
Charleston, South Carolina, where she learned business skills and how to deal
with people from her grandmother, 'Big Lizzy.' Also, she learned business skills
and received guidance and inspiration from Precola DeVore, owner of Precola
DeVore Modeling Agency and Charm School, Washington, D.C., and her sister,
Ophelia DeVore, Grace Del Marco Modeling Agency, New York. They encouraged her
to write her first children's book.
She began to write women's business books after being inspired by authors such as Maya Angelou and Terry McMillan. She started writing in high school with small articles for the school paper. Later, she started writing books after one of her college professors called her out in front of the class to say that 'she has a unique style of writing and that she should continue in this field.' Ms. Waters self published her first book, 'The Little Red Blanket,' a multicultural book which introduces children to the homeliness issues. Though she was only homeless for a few weeks after her house burned down, that experience enabled her to identify with this issue. She wrote the book in hopes to heighten the awareness of homelessness in this country and to give something back to her community.
Her most recent book, 'Easy Business for Women with Little or No Money,' explains how easy it is to start and run your home-based craft or art-related business. It is chosen as the official text book for the Women's Art Business Center. The book is also recommended for men. She recalls getting up at 4 a.m., to drag herself to the computer for about an hour, then out the door for work at 7:30. Ms. Waters has an agent now to help manage her career and get the work out to her readers. She is an active member of the American Society for Training and Development, National Craft Association, Association of Image Consultants International, and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.
Easy Business for Women with Little or No Money
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Paperback & Hardcover, 220pp.
ISBN: 0759605963, 0759605971
Publisher: 1stBooks Library
Pub. Date: September 2002
About the Book:
The decision to be your own boss and take control of your life is most people's dream, but many never take the first step to do anything about it. So, congratulations! I applaud your commitment to becoming a successful woman business owner. There are many books to read on the success of a business once it is up and running but few will discuss the phases you need to go through to get to that point. This book will cover the start-up phases of a business. It will explain what to expect within the first few years of any business start-up. If you know what to expect early on, it will help to alleviate some of the fears you might have about starting your own business.
The information I share with you in this book is based on my knowledge, research, and personal experience. We have heard the saying "people perish because of lack of knowledge." You have also heard that "understanding is knowledge." The more understanding you have about what you are getting into the more confidence you will have in yourself. The more confidence you have in yourself and in your business the more successful you will become.
Like many people who want to become successful business owners, you may not know how to begin. There are many questions that you will need answers to such as "Who do you call?" "What questions do you ask?" This book will answer these questions and many others to start you on the road to being a successful business owner.
It suggests ways to gain more knowledge in the areas where you are weak. Also, what to do if there is a time constraint and you need immediate assistance. By hiring someone with the particular knowledge and expertise that the business needs, you may solve some of your management problems. A form of good management is to "Recognize the skills that you do not have and get someone in your organization to do that work."
This book explains the different types of businesses to help you decide which form is best for you. If you want to get started right away, there are nine easy businesses to start with little or no money. Do you want to know how to get your work into the multibillion dollar arts and crafts industry? It also suggests ways for artisans to sell their products. It emphasizes the importance of preparing a business plan. It stresses that the business plan is the blueprint for the business. This book contains certain highlighted areas that the entrepreneur should concentrate on to properly manage their finances. Contrary to what most people believe, there is money available to help start your business. See the list of traditional and nontraditional ways of finding money for your business. Once you receive the money, you need to know how to prepare a budget and manage your cash flow to make the most of the funds available to you.
When starting a business, you will find that you can ask for help and received it from several people and organizations. You may contact the Small Business Administration (SBA), your banker, lawyer, and accountant. You may join professional organizations. You may also attend trade shows and seminars at the local colleges to gain more knowledge on starting a business. You will also have your friends and family members to turn to for help.
The success of a business depends upon "sticking with it," which includes planning, working hard, managing your time, knowing where to go and whom to ask for help, meeting your deadlines, offering quality work, and exhibiting high performance.
Here's to your business success, M.E. Waters
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