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Contributing Author: Brett Lindenberg
There are many paths to success on the road to entrepreneurial success.
In this post, we will examine how four female entrepreneurs were able to reach the goal of owning their own businesses.
While each woman took their own unique journey, each were able to reach their desired destination of building a profitable company.
Jan Adams - JMA Solutions
Jan Adams began her journey in the armed forces serving in the United States Air Force for over 20 years. After retiring from the military it would have been pretty easy to live off a well deserved pension. But that wasn't the path that Adams found herself heading down.
She had a burning desire to start a business of her own.
Soon after retirement she founded a business based on what she had learned in her previous career. During her time in the military, Adams identified a pain point with federal agencies that needed to recruit new employees.
Not surprisingly being government agency, there was a lot of red tape associated with hiring new staff. Adams created a business that cut the red tape, the time, and cost associated with hiring critical government staff. In 2011, her business grossed over 10-million dollars in revenue.
Not bad for a business less than 10-years old.
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Melinda Emerson - Succeed as Your Own Boss
Melinda Emerson has a unique path to entrepreneurship. She was first inspired to start a business by watching the talk show host / media mogul Oprah Winfrey. For Emerson, the Oprah Winfrey Show encouraged Emerson to find her calling, set personal goals and take specific actions in an effort to achieve those goals.
Emerson eventually discovered that one of her personal callings was to help small business owners. Emerson now provides consulting/coaching for small business owners on her own terms.
She has also been featured by the Wall Street Journal, NBC, and Forbes as a subject matter expert in addition to publishing her own book titled, "Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months: A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business that Works."
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Lori Greiner - QVC's Clever and Unique Creations
If you watch the home shopping network QVC, you're probably familiar with Lori Greiner's products.
To date Greiner has created 350 unique products, many of which are cosmetic, jewelry, or kitchen products that have been marketed through the QVC network. According to Forbes, Greiner has acquired an estimated net worth of 2.5 billion from her entrepreneurial efforts.
Greiener's first product idea was a simple earring organizer for women.
After developing a sample of the product, marketing and selling the idea direct to customers she took the money from her initial venture and reinvested her earnings into other product concepts, over time creating a home shopping empire in the process.
Image Credit: Twitter.com/LoriGreinerage
Barbara Corcoran - The Corcoran Group
Barbara Corcoran leveraged a paltry investment of $1,000 and the sale of one property into a multi-million dollar real estate firm that sells high-end properties in places like Manhattan, New York, and South Florida.
Corcoran used her primary business to grow her influence into other areas like investing, writing, speaking and even television.
Corcoran is now a regular contributor on NBC's hit television show, The Shark Tank, where she provides advice to wanna-be entrepreneurs.
Corcoran's estimated net worth currently sits at $40 million.
Image Credit: BarbaraCorcoran.com
Brett Lindenberg is the owner of 500aMonth.com, a website dedicated to helping the home-based entrepreneur.
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