Dressing for success includes more than just choosing the right outfit. To complete your professional look you must also consider accessories and personal grooming.
You should always dress to impress clients, investors, and customers, because a winning sales pitch is not enough to seal the deal. A woman's professional appearance needs to support her professional accomplishments.
If your business attire is distracting because it is too sexy, drab, or colorful, your business contacts may focus on how you look, not on your business skills. Here are some personal grooming tips for business women to help you look your best without going over the top.
Research now shows that sitting for prolonged periods can be life-threatening and it has even been dubbed "sitting disease." Scientists are just beginning to explore what it means to our health but most agree that sitting for prolonged periods is bad.
In a 2010 article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Elin Ekblom-Bak of the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences reports, "After four hours of sitting, the body starts to send harmful signals." She conveyed that the body's genes regulating the amount of glucose and fat begin to shut down.
Thanks David Waring, writer for FitSmallBusiness.com for listing my articles on commercial real estate leasing as a resource in your own article, "Commercial Real Estate: What You Need to Know Before Leasing." Your article contains great information about brokers and real estate attorneys, as well as general information about business space.
Looking for commercial space? Here is information to help you get the best deal possible.
If your female boss bullies you, undermines your work, won't promote you, or treats you badly because you are also female, you are not alone. A study conducted by the American Management Network reported that 95% of survey respondents claimed to have been undermined by another woman at some point in their career. Additionally, women seem to target bully women more often than men do. Men who bully at work tend to do so regardless of gender (they pick on both men and women.)
If you are dealing with a difficult female boss, the key to your success is not in finding ways to exact your own revenge, but focusing new ways to be your own best advocate.
You launch your business and quickly realize that your ideas is just not bringing you the income you had planned. One of the most common rookie entrepreneur mistakes is targeting the wrong market. Your products or services might be great, but if you are not putting them in front of the right people you will never achieve independent wealth. Here are some valuable tips to help you survive your first year and identify problems quickly to get the cash you need rolling in.
Although now expecting a child, Brazil Biologist Juliana Machado Ferreira has not slowed down one bit in her work or passion for protecting animals. "Being pregnant has given me even more energy to try to do things. I feel responsible of course for her happiness (it's a girl) but also for the next 70 or 80 years. I am putting someone into the world who will consume resources so I have to be responsible for that as well. I really want to raise a person who will contribute in a positive way to the world."
And this remarkable woman is doing just that: contributing in many positives ways sure to inspire you.
Be sure to read the latest from guest writer, Joe Hefferon, Profile of Brazilian Biologist (and angel) Juliana Machado Ferreira, PhD: Part 1 and Part 2
What do three different business women share in common? They took advantage of promoting their business on About.com's Women in Business site. Here are their inspirational submissions and start-up stories!
You can join other business women who have shared their start-up stories: How Did You Get Your Start In Business?
- Business Start-Up Stories - Queens of Weaves - "I feel that I was born to educate and sell. I have a college background in education. Long story short, since middle school I have always had a passion for hair weaves. I have spent thousands of doll..." More
- Business Startup Stories - Consignamania - "When I started my sale, there were over 60 established sales in the Middle Tennessee area within a 1 hour radius of Nashville. Each season, I participated in dozens of sales. As a stay at home mom, I..." More
- Filanthropists.com - An Online Shopping Mall For Causes - "When Filomena Laforgia's son Dean was diagnosed with Autism in 2006 at age three, she made a commitment to herself and her son to raise awareness of this condition. A former marketer, Filomena's first..." More
Also, be sure to check out "Meet Michelle Patterson," a powerhouse women who will surely inspire you!
In business settings it is almost always better to dress on the conservative side and avoid "high-cut/low-cut" attire.
Wearing a too-tight or super short dress/skirt or showing off your cleavage is not a skill; it is not making a powerful business statement -- it is a fashion statement that also speaks of your values, and more often than not sends the message to others that you may be relying too much on your physical appearance and not enough on your other attributes.
How often do you see an employment ad that reads "must be willing to show lots of cleavage?" Admittedly, there are some jobs where an employer wants to exploit your outer beauty, but for the general workplace, most employers expect you to simply dress appropriately for the office and not provocatively.
There is a big difference between dressing for success and dressing for attention, learn the difference in "Are You Using Your "Female" Assets To Get Ahead In Business?"
Women Making A Difference: Kathy Eskritt, Horse Trainer
..."As we walked down the aisle to see the other horses, a terrified, shaking grey mare pressed her body into the far side of her pipe corral. They said she had been abused and that only two people at the shelter could catch her in her stall.
I reached my hand into her stall and told her how sorry I was that people had treated her that way and that no horse should be so afraid. She gradually stretched forward as far as she could and touched my hand. The workers at the shelter were shocked! It was so clear that she was mustering up her courage and that this was a now or never situation for her. "
Read about how Kathy Eskritt, a Los Angeles-area horse trainer uses her skills and resources to help horses in crisis. Kathy Eskritt, A Horse Trainer Saving One Life At A Time
Civil lawsuits are a lot easier to file than criminal charges, and, there is no shortage of attorneys willing to take claims for everything from an accident at work to inadequate security that may have contributed to someone on your property being a crime victim. Although in most states worker's compensation laws may prohibit an employee from suing, a patron or guest of your business could still sue you if injured on your premises.
Information About Interns And The Law
Laws That Require Employers to Pay Interns - Paid vs. Unpaid Internships Under Federal Law. Federal employment laws have guidelines that dictate when an employer must pay an intern. Some state laws are even tougher. How much should interns be paid? Do they get overtime? Find out!
Are Interns Considered At-Will Employees?
Interns and At-Will Employee Laws. Many states have enacted "at-will" employee laws. This means that unless you have an employment contract an employer can terminate you without notice for any reason (or for no reason) as long as it is not otherwise a violation of your civil rights.
Are Interns Covered Under Workers' Compensation Insurance?
Worker's Compensation Laws for Paid and Unpaid Attorneys. All states, except Texas (where worker's comp is voluntary) require employers to provide workers' compensation insurance (sometimes also called workmans' comp) to their employees and in most cases, to paid and unpaid interns.
Do Paid and Unpaid Interns Have Civil Rights at Work?
Civil Rights Laws That Protect Paid and Unpaid Interns at Work: Information about sexual harassment, gender, age, race, and other forms of discrimination against interns and what you can do to assert your civil rights.