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Where Can I Go to Send a Fax? 7 Good Options and 1 Great One.

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With so many other ways to send documents, isn’t faxing obsolete? Surprisingly, the answer is no. Faxing remains a popular way to send documents, especially in particular sectors like finance, healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, and others.

In some sectors, and for some companies fax usage is actually growing!In a 2017 global survey of 200 large firms (500+ employees), 82 percent of them had sent the same or even more faxes than they had in 2016.

Still, many of us don’t send enough faxes to justify keeping a fax machine at home. So where does one go for sending a fax? f you haven’t faxed recently, you may not know where to turn. That’s where we can help out. We go through your best options for sending a fax.

First, Why Even Send Faxes?

Why would someone need to send a fax today? For one thing, it’s a way of sending official documents that has mass acceptance across many industries. For example, even though electronic signatures are considered valid in the vast majority of cases, individual companies may require a real signature. In addition to this, privacy concerns may make emailing certain documents verboten while faxing is acceptable. This is often the case when you are dealing with medical records or contracts. In fact, it wasn’t until very recently that digital prescriptions were acceptable for certain, narcotic medications. Finally, some people simply don’t use email, and they need a way to send and receive documents.

Now that the “why” is out of the way, let’s look at “where” to go. Here are 7 good options, and one great one!

1. Your Public Library

It would be virtually impossible to overstate what your local library can do for you. In addition to checking out books, surfing the internet, and accessing a variety of other resources, many libraries offer faxing services. Even better, the fee for sending documents is nominal, sometimes even free. Before you spend money on more expensive faxing services, check with your local librarian.

2. Your Bank

Take a look at the fine print on your bank account paperwork. In many cases, you’ll find that you have access to additional services. For example, you may be able to have your documents notarized at no cost to you. In many instances, free or reduced cost fax services are also included.

Of course, this all depends on the specific policies of your bank or credit union. Some will only fax documents that are directly related to your business with them. Others may charge a small fee per page, even if you are a customer.

3. Printing/Copying Centers And Office Supply Stores

If you have a nearby source for printing business cards and flyers, there’s a good chance that you can get fax services there as well. This is true for both chain stores like Fedex and UPS as well as locally owned shops as well.

Another option available to you is your local office supply store. Retailers like Staples and OfficeMax will fax your documents for you. They’ll also receive faxes on your behalf. The only downside is that you may have to wait in line when the store is busy. You’ll also pay a pretty steep fee. In fact, you should expect to pay more than $1.00 per page. That can really add up if you have large documents to send.

4. Your Grocery Store Customer Service Center

You may have noticed your local grocery store has begun to evolve. Larger, ‘superstores’ often have postal offices, hair salons, fast food restaurants, banking centers, even office services. Oftentimes, this includes copying and fax services. To find out if this is available at your local grocery store or mass market retailer, just ask. You could take care of your faxing needs and grocery shopping in a single trip.

A potential downside is that the prices aren’t always competitive. In addition to that, if fax services aren’t commonly used, you may have trouble finding an employee who actually knows how to operate the equipment.

5. Your Hotel Front Desk

What can you do if you need to fax something while you’re traveling? Fortunately, you may not have to venture away from your hotel. Check with the front desk staff, they may be willing to send a fax for you.

If you happen to stay at a hotel that caters to business travelers, sending a fax may be even easier. Your hotel may have an office or business center where you can access printers, fax machines, phones, and computers. Be sure to inquire about costs before you use these services. Otherwise, you could find an unpleasant surprise when you’re billed for your stay.

6. Truck Stops/Convenience Stores

For truck drivers and other travelers, a truck stop is more than a place for food and fuel. It’s a place to shower, rest, and connect with the people back home and at the office. To  help with this, truck stops and convenience stores such as Loves Travel Stores offer internet access, Western Union services, and faxing.

As you might expect, you’ll pay for these services. You may also have to wait awhile if lines are particularly long.

7. Co-working Spaces

A co-working space is a shared workspace where you can access many of the amenities that are commonly found in offices. By paying a monthly rental fee, you can make use of printers, desk space, conference rooms, white boards, meeting areas, and also faxing capabilities.

8. A Great Option: Your Computer or Phone

While the options listed above can certainly work in a pinch, they can be pretty inconvenient. As in you actually have to “go” somewhere to send your fax. Naturally, you may have to contend with fees, lines, glitchy equipment, and untrained workers. There’s also no guarantee that you’ll have access to these services when you need them.

Why go anywhere?

An online service like Faxburner lets you send and receive faxes using a computer, smartphone app, or even just email – no matter where you are. Download the app and register online and you’ll be provided with a free fax number. Use it to send faxes with your iPhone or Android or send and receive faxes directly from your email address. You can attach documents or use your smartphone camera to create your fax, add signatures, and more.

What could be easier than that? 

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10 work from home tips to keep you productive and sane

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Working from home (WFH) has been trending for quite some time.

As businesses and offices have shuttered due to Covid-19, remote work has become “the new normal.” That’s likely to backtrack as economies and businesses reopen, but there’s no question that the trend toward remote work will continue.

WFH is everywhere, and it’s here to stay.

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For some, working remotely is an entirely new challenge to adapt to. However there’s a lot of adjustment needed even for those of us who work from home regularly. Our home-office sanctuaries have now been invaded with kids home from school, roommates, spouses or life partners, all doing their own version of distance learning or working at home.

Fortunately, we have some great tips for staying focused and productive while working from home (and a few entertaining WFH memes to keep things interesting). Read on to learn how to make working remotely work for you!

1. Set boundaries with a dedicated work space

It’s important to keep your work and home life separate. This is even more challenging if other family members are now at home due to Covid-19. One way to ensure you get work done is to claim a physical space as your own. And no, we don’t mean your bed.

If you have an office with a door, that’s wonderful. If not, there are still ways to designate your own space.

  • Set up a folding table and chair in a remote spot in the house.
  • Close the bedroom door and use a small desk and chair in there.
  • Clear the dining room table of everything but your work items, and inform everyone else that the space is off limits.
  • Take over a utility room or extra room in the basement.
  • Last resort if you don’t have young kids: Put on headphones and face a window.

With your own space, you can limit disruptions and focus. When you have that physical separation, it will be easier to enter your work space in the morning, and shift into work mode.

Now that you have a space for your home office, do what you can to improve that space. Here are some things to add that will make remote work more comfortable and productive:

  • Invest in a comfortable office chair, or lumbar support pillow.
  • Replace cheap light bulbs with higher quality LED bulbs.
  • Add a plant, photos, or other joy items.
  • Get a dedicated lamp or overhead light for your desk.
  • Buy a wrist rest and gel mouse pad for comfort.
  • Work near a window for natural light and fresh air.
  • Keep a bottle of water and a healthy snack in reach.

Finally, buy proper office supplies. Dollar store pens and scrap paper may seem okay now, but you’ll appreciate having the nice stuff once you’ve been working remotely for a few weeks.

2. Create morning and evening transitions

Without even thinking of it, many of us do things on our way to and from work to prepare us to start and end our days. When you remove that commute, it can be difficult to make that transition. Try creating morning and evening routines to help you transition between working from home, and living at home.

Do you have a favorite, ‘morning zoo’ radio show that you listen to each morning? Do you put in earbuds on the train to listen to a podcast? Do the same at home. You can also add in other activities to help. Take the dog or the kids for a walk around the block, if you are able. Get in a morning workout.

Don’t forget your evening ‘commute’ as well. The ride home can help you unwind, and improve your mood. At the end of the day, take a bit of time to play a few video games that you like. Read a few chapters of a book. Call a friend for a quick video call. This transition will help you make sure you’re in a great frame of mind for the rest of the night.

3. Be prepared for sharing resources and sending documents

One of the hardest things we have to adjust to when working from home is not being able to work face-to-face to review documents, whiteboards, and other information.

We also lack photocopiers, printers and fax machines that help us deliver these documents in a timely fashion. Therefore, it’s vital that you plan ahead to make sure you can still collaborate, review, and transfer information.

Miro is a fantastic tool for creating remote whiteboards that you can share and work on with other people.

Slack is great for quick communication and as well as sharing of documents of all kinds.

Video and screenshare applications like Zoom and Google Meet facilitate face-to-face discussions and meetings.

In an ideal world all information could be shared digitally and we could encourage our colleagues and clients to go paperless. Of course, physical documents are still widespread, and some businesses are still dependent on faxing for daily communications.

It’s important to find a way to send documents without ordering a brand new fax machine to your house. Faxburner makes it easy to send faxes from your phone or computer, using a mobile app or your email.  If you find yourself needing only a one-off or occasional fax, a free account may be sufficient.

If not, affordable monthly packages are available that allow you to send 500 or 2000 faxes per month. With your own permanent fax numberyou’ll be able to send and receive faxes from anywhere without hassle.

4. Be open, honest, and communicate like never before

This working from home experiment is new for everyone. It impacts you, your family, your roommates, and your coworkers. Expect rough patches and difficult adjustments. Then, use communication to stay on top of things, and make others feel like you are taking their needs into consideration.

Let’s start with your boss and coworkers. Here, clear expectations are the best thing. Get and give very clear feedback from your boss and underlings as to how often communication will happen, and when. Come to an agreement on the tools and technologies you’ll use to communicate as well. As time passes, you will likely need to make adjustments, but getting everyone on the same page will help you maintain positive working relationships.

Don’t forget that communicating with members of your household is also important. When you work at home, your schedule impacts everyone. Be sure to keep one another informed of various activities, and schedule changes. Consider using a shared calendar or other tools to ensure that your home life runs smoothly. It only takes a little time to update a calendar or send a text.

5. Get dressed for work

During your first few days of working remotely, you might be tempted to live in your pajamas. Unfortunately, you might find that’s a bit too comfortable. It’s easy to relax a bit too much, and have a slower start to your day. When you work remotely, try dressing for the job a bit.

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That doesn’t mean you have to wear business attire. More than anything, it’s the ritual of changing into designated work clothes. These can be anything you might wear to go out and be productive. Comb your hair and wash your face while you’re at it. You’ll feel awake, confident, and ready to work. It’s also a good way to restore some normalcy that you’ve lost.

There’s another benefit to this. Do you really want to be in your grubby clothes when people from your office suddenly loop you in for a video conference? If nothing else, make sure you’re wearing a decent shirt.

6. Stick to a clearly defined schedule

When you’re working from home, day and night can run together if you don’t have a schedule. Yes, working remotely usually means a flexible schedule. However, as you learn how to work from home, you’ll realize that time management is important. This is especially the case if your work is collaborative in nature. Stick to a similar schedule as your coworkers to make sure you can communicate effectively.

Many people find that the accountability of a time schedule works well for them too. Having a designated time for getting up and going into the office can really help. Conversely, having a clear end to your day is also important. It clearly designates when it is time to stop work, and enjoy some hours with the people you care about. Burnout is a legitimate concern when it comes to remote work. You need time off each day.

But in between is where the magic happens. Use a calendar to block off meetings. Give yourself set times for lunch and breaks (see tip 7). Then organize the remaining hours in a way that maximizes productivity and flow. Consider when you are most productive and prioritize high-value, high-focus activities during those times.

Your predictable schedule not only helps you, but the people in your household as well. If they must avoid disrupting you, or entering your work space, it’s important that they know when those restrictions are in place each day. If you have younger children in particular, it’s good for them to know what time you ‘get off of work’.

7. Take breaks

People who work in an office need breaks. That’s equally true for those of us who work from home. Give yourself the freedom to take a mental vacation every now and again. Without a commute, you probably need some extra physical activity as well.

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Get up. Listen to some music. Stretch. Dance. Play a game. Meditate. Unwind. Then get back to work with a clear refreshed head.

8. Don’t let distractions become too distracting

Breaks are one thing. Unplanned intermittent lapses are another.

Inexperienced remote workers are often surprised at how easy it is to get distracted. That’s why one of the key tips for working at home is learning to avoid and eliminate temptations. Avoid the call of cleaning, social media, or catching up on the news – as tempting as that may be during the Corona-virus pandemic. Leave these distractions for post-work time instead.

One tool that might help while you are working remotely is a timer. Considering downloading a Pomodoro app for example, which helps you practice the Pomodoro technique. Twenty-five minute periods of work are followed by 5-minute mini breaks. After four work periods you get a longer 15-20 minute break. It’s pretty effective.

Of course, you can alter the technique or time to suit your style and workflows. As long as you’re systematic about avoiding distractions you’ll be ahead of the game.

9. Social interaction is key to remote work success

We’ve provided plenty of tips for working from home successfully. This one is just as important to your productivity and well-being as any other. When you go home to work, you miss out on many of the day to day social interactions that you enjoy at the office. At the time, these short interactions in the break room or passing coworkers in the hallway don’t seem important. In reality, it’s a way to feel connected to others.

You can help meet your need to connect by finding other ways to reach out to your coworkers. Use Zoom, Skype, phone calls, text, slack, FaceTime, and other tools to stay connected. Even just reaching out for a five-minute chat can really help.

Do you have a work best-friend? If so, try to carve out even more time for someone on one connection with them. Meet over zoom for lunch. If you’re in an area that allows it, you can even have a social distancing meet up in a parking lot or your driveway.

When you get off of work, you also need time to socialize with the friends and family members you can’t see in person. Use the same technologies mentioned above to connect with one another. Create a group chat. You can even use JackBox to get everyone together for a great game night. Of course, you can create a watch party to catch up on your favorite show together. Making the effort makes isolation that much more manageable.

10. Stay flexible

Keep in mind that working from home is an adjustment, for everyone. Understand that things won’t go perfectly. People won’t always cooperate. Things will go wrong.

Try to stay flexible with your expectations for yourself, your coworkers, and those around you. It might take some time and getting used to, but you’ll find your happy place.

Parting Thoughts

Hopefully these tips will help you make the adjustment to working from home. That’s a major adjustment to tackle, and the addition of Covid-19 related stress can make things seem more overwhelming. Fortunately, with a good plan, some ways to relieve stress, and a commitment to productivity, you should be able to find your stride as a remote worker.

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How To Fax Your Senators or Congressional Representatives

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In the U.S., elections are looming.

Elections are always big events, but this particular election cycle has more at stake than usual.

Additionally, there are significant bills and proposed legislation on the ballot. These address polarizing concerns such as climate change, taxation, and immigration. Concerned citizens are always on the lookout for ways in which they can be heard by the politicians who represent them. They want to share their opinions, and have their voices heard, so that they can have a voice in the policies that will impact them.

One way that you can engage with your senators and representatives during an election is through faxing.

In this article, we’ll not only help you find the right number to fax your senator or representative, but also show you how to do it for free, even if you don’t have a fax machine.

Why fax your Senator or Congressional Representative?

It may not always seem that way, but politicians really do want your feedback. They want to understand how issues impact their constituents. Many are even interested in hearing the opinions of people across the nation.

Why faxing instead of email or phone calls? There are some unique advantages to faxing politicians. If you call, you may be stuck talking to voicemail or speaking with a low-level staff member. It’s hard to tell if an online contact form is ever read by anyone who can take action. Even emails can end up in the ether. With a fax, you can articulate your thoughts in writing, send it, and receive confirmation that it has arrived. A fax will go directly to your senator or representative’s office.

According to fivethirtyeight.com, PA senator Pat Toomey’s office “treats [faxes] like letters, meaning that each one gets its own response in the mail.” Impressive response.

How to fax your Senator or Representative

  1. Both legislative branches have an online directory. You can use these to find your senator, and your representative. You can locate your senators by selecting your state. Use your zip code to get your representative’s contact information.
  2. Once you have found the representative you need, their information should either be on their contact page, or the Offices page. You should be able to find the fax number to their DC office, and possibly the number to their local office.
  3. Keep in mind that each senator or representative can customize their pages, so you may spend a minute or two to locate the fax number.
  4. Once you have the number, you are ready to send a fax. With an online fax tool such as Faxburner, you can do this easily using your smartphone or email. Simply enter the senator or congressional representative’s fax number into the app, compose your letter or choose a document to attach, and send. You can send up to 5 pages for free.

Bonus: Faxing an absentee ballot

If you are unable to vote in person, it is your right to cast an absentee ballot. This makes it possible if you are in the military stationed abroad, on a business trip, or cannot make it to the polls for any other reason. You can even submit an absentee vote by fax if you can’t access reliable postal service.

There are two ways to accomplish this using an online fax tool.

Requesting an absentee ballot

The Federal Voting Assistance Program states that absentee ballots are available to citizens who are traveling or living overseas, and to members of the military. They may submit an application to receive an absentee ballot. You can request an absentee ballot here.

Faxing in your absentee ballot

You’ll receive your ballot as long as you meet the conditions for voting absentee. Once you do, simply fill it out, and return it. You may be able to do this via fax and can contact your local voting office to verify. The Federal Voting Assistance Local Election Office Search will have the information you need. Just select your state, to find your county official.

You can follow the same procedure as above to fax your absentee ballot using FaxBurner – no fax machine needed.

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Faxburner’s online faxing utility is a fast, easy, and free way to fax your senator or congressional representative, vote via absentee ballot, or communicate with other politicians. You can send documents right from your phone or laptop and even sign them digitally. This is a convenient way to be an active and involved citizen.

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10 Top Female Entrepreneurs – The First, Best, and Brightest

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Women have made monumental contributions to the business world.

They don’t always get the recognition they deserve, but that’s hopefully changing. In fact, 4 out of 10 businesses in the United States are founded by women, representing a staggering 58% increase between 2007 and 2018.

In this post we wanted to honor some of the best and brightest women entrepreneurs who have built companies, and business empires, from the ground up.

Who is the First First Female Entrepreneur?

Madam C. J. Walker is widely regarded as the first, female entrepreneur in the United States. She, along with women like Lillian Vernon and Olive Ann Beech are credited as being trailblazers for women like Estee Lauder and Coco Chanel. Thanks to all of these role models, women today are stepping up and launching their own enterprises like never before. Today, women helm businesses notably in the areas of fashion, technology, cosmetics, broadcasting, and more. They deserve to be celebrated for their contributions and accomplishments. Here are some of the top female entrepreneurs in business today.

Huda Kattan – A Beauty Mogul

Huda Kattan started her career in the financial sector in Dubai. Unsatisfied with that, she saw an opportunity in a simple, but essential product for many women. Kattan realized there was a real shortage of high quality, false eyelashes for women. So, she developed her own line of faux mink eyelashes as a way to provide better services to her customers as a freelance makeup artist.

Her product quickly won the approval of celebrity and influencer Kim Kardashian. Thanks to that, her lashes sold out within one day of going to market. That success was no flash in the pan.  As of 2018, her business, Huda Beauty has allowed Kattan to obtain a net worth of $500 million.

Arianna Huffington – Founder of Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington is a successful entrepreneur who has launched two enterprises. The first is New York based news and opinion website, Huffington Post. More recently, Arianna Huffington has entered the health and wellness space by launching Thrive Global. This is a brand that is dedicated to helping to end the epidemics of stress and burnout that impact so many people.

Both brands are undeniably successful. The Huffington Post is globally recognized as one of the most powerful media outlets online. Since its foundation in 2016, investors have been eager to back Thrive. The company easily obtained 37 million dollars in VC funding. It has also established partnerships with businesses including, AirBnb, Uber, JP Morgan Chase, and Uber.

In addition to leading two popular brands, Huffington is a published author, serves on the boards of several corporations, and frequently appears on television as a respected expert. Arianna Huffington has amassed a personal net worth of $50 million.

Vera Wang – A One Woman Design Powerhouse

Vera Wang is mostly recognized as a fashion designer whose clothing regularly appears on the red carpet. She’s also exceptionally famous for her intricately designed wedding dresses. Many people don’t realize that her products also include jewelry, eye-wear, kitchen products, fragrances, shoes, and other products. She certainly has come a long way from her days at Vogue magazine, and working under Ralph Lauren.

Today, Vera Wang is a true example of female entrepreneurship. Her products are found in bridal stores all over the world. There are also several Vera Wang flagship stores across the globe. Thanks to her hard work, she has enjoyed an illustrious career. Today she is worth $630 million.

Sara Blakely – Female Entrepreneur, Shark, And Billionaire

Today, Spanx is one of the most well known products targeting a largely female audience. As popular as the product is today, Sara Blakely didn’t have an easy start in her career as an entrepreneur. Blakely first conceived the product that would become Spanx as a sales trainer in Florida. Her idea was rejected by multiple companies, mostly helmed by men who didn’t see the value in her product. Finally, the head of a hosiery company agreed to help her with her design. Blakely was eventually able to get her finished product on the shelves of Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Saks, and Bergdorf Goodman.

This certainly helped her company thrive. However, it was Oprah Winfrey who played a key role in taking the company she founded to the next level. A gift basket of Spanx products she sent to the Oprah Winfrey studios really impressed the media mogul. In November of 2000 Oprah Winfrey included Spanx on her famous list of favorite things.

Today, the business she founded is wildly successful. This is in spite of the repeated rejection she faced early in her career. Spanx is a top selling item for women all over the world. As the result of her hard work, Sara Blakely has built a huge enterprise and amassed a personal worth of over $1 billion. As one of Shark Tank’s newest sharks, she expanding her portfolio, and her potential.

Tory Burch – Fashion Icon

Tory Burch is widely recognized as one of the top female entrepreneurs in fashion. Thanks to her business acumen, she was listed as Forbes magazine 73rd most powerful women in 2015. This placed her among female entrepreneurs and leaders such as Michelle Obama, Anna Wintour, Miuccia Prada, and Lucy Peng. Tory Burch earned her place on that list thanks to her success as a female business leader and philanthropist.

Before launching her own fashion brand, Burch was fortunate to nurture her career working for some of the top entrepreneurs in the industry. This included Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang. Clearly she learned quite a bit working for these wildly successful businesses.

Today, Tory Burch remains one of the most successful women entrepreneurs in the world. Thanks to her hard work, she has earned a net worth exceeding $800 million.

Martha Stewart -The Original Lifestyle Guru

Martha Stewart is a pioneer in the lifestyle niche, and has helped paved the way for many other women entrepreneurs in her niche including Rachel Ray, Blake Lively, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Martha Stewart’s empire dates back to the 1970s when she founded a catering company. This led to several other ventures including opening a gourmet food store and publishing several cookbooks. Eventually, her television show and brand, Martha Stewart Living was launched. Today, she is a beloved presence on TV, social media, and in print. She’s even managing to impress a new generation with her VH1 show Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party. Her magazine, also titled Martha Stewart Living still draws thousands of subscribers.

There’s no doubt that Martha Stewart is one of the most successful women entrepreneurs of all time. Her companies, investments, and holdings add up to a total personal wealth of $300 million.

Cathy Hughes – An African American Media Pioneer

Cathy Hughes may not be a household name, but her brand Urban One is responsible for creating and distributing a large share of content intended for Urban audiences. In fact, subsidiaries of Urban One include Radio One, a media conglomerate that owns radio stations in markets across the United States.

Ms. Hughes is the first black entrepreneur to helm a publicly traded business. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Black Affinity Network Pioneer award from Babson College, and the Media Mogul award. As a top female leader in the world of media, she is credited with providing audiences of color with radio and television content that is relevant to their lives. That’s very impressive for a woman who once faced homelessness.

Thanks to her business savvy and hard work, Cathy Hughes continues to enjoy the fruits of her success as a female entrepreneur. Her net worth is $460 million.

Naomi Simson – Experience Gift Entrepreneur

Naomi Simson is the founder of Red Balloon, and one of the top ranked Australian entrepreneurs. Her company was founded in 2001 with the goal of offering individuals and business leaders the opportunity to provide the gift of experiences instead of objects. Today, many brands in Australia use the company as a resource for gifts and incentives for customers, business partners, and employees. The company has expanded its offerings to include gift hampers, location based gifts, and event gifting.

Today, Simson takes a less active role in the daily operations at Red Balloon. Instead, she spends her time investing in and providing advice to other entrepreneurs on Shark Tank, writing books to share her knowledge and insights, and public speaking. Thanks to her business success her estimated net worth is $40 million.

JK Rowling – Novelist And Film Producer

It would be impressive enough if JK Rowling was simply known as the author of the Harry Potter series. Of course, that’s only one of her successes. Rowling is also a film producer. Her book series has expanded into a wildly successful business that includes merchandise, theme parks, games, and apps. Rowling also enjoys a prolific social media presence.

There is no doubt that she has earned her place among top female entrepreneurs. Not only is she a popular author, she is tremendously successful. JK Rowling has accumulated a net worth of $54 million.

Eva Wong – Financial Technology Entrepreneur

FinTech refers to the business niche that combines finance and technology. Eva Wong is a leader in this niche, and one of the top entrepreneurs in Canada. She is the co-founder and COO of Borrowell. Her company is a personal finance brand that uses technology to assist customers in reaching their financial goals.

Evan Wong is known for building diverse teams that are capable of reaching their goals and solving problems.  She’s also a leader at packaged meats company, Maple Leaf Foods and management consulting firm Oliver Wyman. Her net worth is unpublished.

More Top Female Entrepreneurs

There are so many more trailblazing female entrepreneurs than are listed here. These entrepreneurs are responsible for employing millions of people, and are represented in virtually every industry.

Who is the most famous female entrepreneur? That depends on who you ask, and the criteria you set. There’s no doubt that media mogul Oprah Winfrey would make the list for many. So too would entertainment icon Beyonce Knowles. If finances are a key criteria, then there is no doubt that Chinese business mogul Zhou Qunfei would be a top contender.

In any case, while underrepresented in the past, female entrepreneurs play a big part in the global economy – and fortunately, their numbers and contributions are rapidly rising.

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6 Different Types of Entrepreneurs – Which Are You?

Which type of entrepreneur are you?

When you think of an entrepreneur, do you think of an intense, type A personality who is relentless about success? Do you think of someone who is fiercely independent? You wouldn’t be entirely wrong. There are certainly entrepreneurs who fit that description.

What you may not realize is that there are many others who do not. As it turns out, entrepreneurs vary widely when it comes to goals, working styles, and personality types.

Here, we’ll explore six different types of entrepreneurs, and how each can use their talents to succeed.

Which one are you?

1. The Opportunity Seeker

Opportunity seekers are predictors and trend-watchers. They know what is likely to be popular with customers in the near future, and are able to rush to market with products and services that meet those needs.

Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean capitalizing on the emerging trend itself. Many good opportunists have found ways to cash in by starting businesses in complementary industries.

For example, as smartphones became more popular, and more expensive, people began to realize that there was a big market for accessories and repair services. Today, you can find stores in every city that will replace broken smartphone screens, and sell you a variety of accessories.

In addition to being able to sniff out great opportunities, these folks are experts at sales and promotion. They enjoy the process of marketing their products, and engaging with potential customers.

There are a couple of potential negatives though. Many opportunity seekers tend to be a bit impulsive. In addition to this, not all opportunities pan out.

This is an entrepreneurial type that should be prepared to temper excitement with thoughtful planning. Or simply be prepared to absorb some losses alongside your successes.

2. The Serial Entrepreneur

Some people are in love with being in love. Serial entrepreneurs are in love with launching new enterprises.

While many start a business with the dream of growing it long-term and passing it onto their children, serial entrepreneurs have a different plan. They will grow a business until it’s a success and move on to start another company.

In many cases, the serial entrepreneur earns their money by selling the companies they start. Others create long term profitability by positioning their companies for franchising. Some simply build a powerful team to run things while they busy themselves with their next venture.

If this resonates with you, that’s wonderful. You’ll just need to be aware of a few things. Serial entrepreneurs have to be relentlessly honest with the people they work with. Even if you aren’t one for long term commitment, chances are you will work with people who are putting their hearts and souls into your business.

When you are ready to move on to your next business, be certain to do so in a way that is ethical and considerate.

3. The Multi-Talented Entrepreneur

Some people are drawn to the idea of starting a business because it allows them to learn new things, and engage their talents in many ways. These are the entrepreneurs who are heavily involved in every aspect of their business. They are truly, hands on business owners.

The multi-talented entrepreneur can do a little bit of everything. They make it their business to be able to jump in and help with any problem. People who work for a multi-talented entrepreneur can count on them to stay and work late when the going gets tough.

Just be aware that there’s a fine line between being willing and able to help, and micromanaging. Use your skills to hire great people, train them well, then trust them to do their jobs!

4. The Hustler

Fubu founder Daymond John created his company with a collection of sewing machines in his mother’s apartment, and marketed his business via graffiti. He’s the classic example of a hustler entrepreneur. He started small, worked with what he had, and built his company from the ground up.

Hustlers are talented at getting friends and family members to pitch in, and help them with their budding enterprises. They are the entrepreneurs who will take on second jobs, cut expenses, and bootstrap whatever funding they can to move forward.

In addition to this, they are great motivators. Nobody works as hard as a hustler, and that makes a big difference when it’s time to ask the rest of your team to put in extra effort.

There are a few risks though. Hustlers are prone to burnout. They can also overwork their team members, or leave them feeling unappreciated. Finally, there comes a time when a good entrepreneur should focus on getting funding from investors, not simply by working harder.

5. The Buyer

Some people start businesses, only to realize life as an entrepreneur just isn’t for them. Sometimes, they simply close up shop. In other cases, they seek out a buyer to take on their company, and continue making it grow. They buyer is on the other end of these deals.

A buyer seeks out businesses to buy, and grow. They are talented at assessing a business, and determining its growth potential. They can spot undervalued assets and opportunities. Buying is often low risk, as long as there’s a proven market, and the existing business is stable.

There are a few potential drawbacks here. It takes quite a bit of capital to purchase a business that has potential. It’s less expensive to buy a struggling business, but also significantly riskier. Unless of course, the buyer has a track record of turning around struggling businesses – perhaps in a particular niche.

6. The Expert

The expert works hard to develop their talents, then they use those skills to launch a successful business. The expert is the talented software engineer who goes on to launch her own tech startup. They’re the master woodworker who goes on to build a company making custom furniture.

Because they are so good at what they do, the expert is often able to grow their business through referrals and recommendations. Many prefer to keep their businesses small in order to provide the best possible service. When they do hire employees, they tend to keep training in house. This helps them to ensure consistency.

One issue is that experts can sometimes be resistant to business growth. They want to be successful, of course, but they are driven more by their love or passion for their craft, than by pursuit of profit. This is admirable, but can be frustrating to investors and partners.

Summing up types of entrepreneurs

Which entrepreneurial type describes you? No matter which one (or ones), successful entrepreneurs have all kinds of personalities, backgrounds and talents. Knowing your type simply provides insights into the ways in which your style can work for and against you. With dedication, any entrepreneurial style or spirit can make the future bright.

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