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The essential guide for female entrepreneurs who want to “go big,” which shows you how to turn that creative idea into a million-dollar-plus business. American women are starting businesses at nearly twice the rate that men are, but only three percent of female business owners have revenues of over one million dollars. Most women entrepreneurs are stuck at the “mom and pop” The essential guide for female entrepreneurs who want to “go big,” which shows you how to turn that creative idea into a million-dollar-plus business. American women are starting businesses at nearly twice the rate that men are, but only three percent of female business owners have revenues of over one million dollars. Most women entrepreneurs are stuck at the “mom and pop” level, just getting by, or in many cases, running out of cash. Julia Pimsleur shares her inspiring story of building her own company and raising millions in capital in a guide for women like her who have a great idea and need to find the resources to take it into the big leagues. In Million Dollar Women, Pimsleur introduces you to seven women who, instead of “leaning in,” simply left corporate America and “marched in” to the world of entrepreneurship. They have raised capital, developed powerful networks, and generated multimillion-dollar companies from scratch. When Pimsleur herself started Little Pim, a company that produces a program for young children to learn foreign languages, she wanted to create an exceptional experience. But soon she realized that she had to think and behave differently to become the head of a multimillion-dollar company. Eventually she transformed from a creative person with a business idea into a CEO running a business with a creative idea at its center. Million Dollar Women will teach you the concepts, the lexicon, and the steps for taking a business big. It shows you how to network, when to delegate, and when to get extra coaching. Above all, it provides help for overcoming the kind of emotional hurdles you have to jump to join the million dollar-plus business owners—and cheers you on in overcoming every obstacle. With her friendly, pragmatic advice, humor, and an appendix of exercises to take your ideas from theory to practice, Julia Pimsleur’s book is an invaluable reference.


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The essential guide for female entrepreneurs who want to “go big,” which shows you how to turn that creative idea into a million-dollar-plus business. American women are starting businesses at nearly twice the rate that men are, but only three percent of female business owners have revenues of over one million dollars. Most women entrepreneurs are stuck at the “mom and pop” The essential guide for female entrepreneurs who want to “go big,” which shows you how to turn that creative idea into a million-dollar-plus business. American women are starting businesses at nearly twice the rate that men are, but only three percent of female business owners have revenues of over one million dollars. Most women entrepreneurs are stuck at the “mom and pop” level, just getting by, or in many cases, running out of cash. Julia Pimsleur shares her inspiring story of building her own company and raising millions in capital in a guide for women like her who have a great idea and need to find the resources to take it into the big leagues. In Million Dollar Women, Pimsleur introduces you to seven women who, instead of “leaning in,” simply left corporate America and “marched in” to the world of entrepreneurship. They have raised capital, developed powerful networks, and generated multimillion-dollar companies from scratch. When Pimsleur herself started Little Pim, a company that produces a program for young children to learn foreign languages, she wanted to create an exceptional experience. But soon she realized that she had to think and behave differently to become the head of a multimillion-dollar company. Eventually she transformed from a creative person with a business idea into a CEO running a business with a creative idea at its center. Million Dollar Women will teach you the concepts, the lexicon, and the steps for taking a business big. It shows you how to network, when to delegate, and when to get extra coaching. Above all, it provides help for overcoming the kind of emotional hurdles you have to jump to join the million dollar-plus business owners—and cheers you on in overcoming every obstacle. With her friendly, pragmatic advice, humor, and an appendix of exercises to take your ideas from theory to practice, Julia Pimsleur’s book is an invaluable reference.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    3% of women business owners make it over the $1 million revenues mark. Triple win: Meaning, Money, Mobility 1. Are you thinking big enough? 2. What part of your business might be scalable? 3. What would more money provide your business? What would running your business "at scale" (at its full potential) look like? Research has shown the people who work with others to reach their goals have a higher chance of success. Pay it forward: "Taking meetings like this is just what we do. Someday you will do 3% of women business owners make it over the $1 million revenues mark. Triple win: Meaning, Money, Mobility 1. Are you thinking big enough? 2. What part of your business might be scalable? 3. What would more money provide your business? What would running your business "at scale" (at its full potential) look like? Research has shown the people who work with others to reach their goals have a higher chance of success. Pay it forward: "Taking meetings like this is just what we do. Someday you will do it too." Is there a point at which fundraising is most important? Yes, after you hit a million in revenues. Because by then you have probably figures out what you are really good at and what the business model looks like. Hitting a million means that you passed a test, that you actually have something that enough people want, and that you have clawed your way there. You probably have some entreprenuerial chops and you are in the top 6 percent. At the end of the day, investors are investing int he idea and the people. Only 6% of venture captial partners are women. As a rule of thumb, investors typically expect about half the growth and double the expenses that entreprenuers project! At the early stage, the only sure thing about financial projections is that they are bound to be wrong. I have worked with enough investors to realize that a no is often a "convince me a little more." A must read for every entreprenuer: Growth sucks cash. Here is the rub: Not having cash will actually hamper your growth. While there certainly are businesses that use their annual profits to finance growth and thereby avoid raising money, they are int he minority. THe majority of entreprenuers need captial to take their business to the next level. That's why it's called growth capital. We went from $500,000 to $1mil in revenues with just three full-time staff and a handful of consultants and interns. (note: so scale when and how you can) When is the right time to raise venture captial? After you have raised money from angels and seed funds. It's like a ladder: you have got to step on the first rung to get the second rung and to get to the third rung. Venture capital is the third or fourth rung, it's not hte first. Fundraising is not an occassional inconvenience like a head cold. It is a continual and vital part of your job as CEO. There is a saying among fundraisers, "The best time to raise money is when you don't need it." That's because fundraising is about relationships and these take time to build. To succeed as a leader, you need to build three types of networks: 1. Operational - people who can accomplish routine tasks 2. Personal - kindred spirits who can help you move forward 3. Strategic - people who will challenge you to reach objectives Make sure you are not the smartest person in the room: I have a "hire up" policy. I make sure to hire people who know more than I do. Sometimes this means hiring someone only part time because I can't afford his full time rate. How important is networking? In your twenties and thirties, what matters most is performance currency, which is about how you do your job - are you good at it? having a reputation of always delivering is important. Performance currency gets you recognized, gets you paid and promoted. But as you get more senior in your career, it is really all about the relatioships, because your ability to move up is a function of someone's judgement: Can Julia handle this/ Is she ready for the challenge? Will she motivate the team? Your career at that stage is linked to your ability to influence a decusion maker based on your relationships. How do you nurture those kinds of relationships? You don't have to go out and meet people all the time. You just have to continue to find ways to stay in front of people. The internet is a beautiful thing. Once a wuarter, drop contacts a line. Say "Hey Julia, I can't believe the fall is here. Can you believe how wuickly it is coming? Had a great summer. Hope you had a great summer too. I would love to connect before the holidays descend upon us." Then "Happy holidays! Hope you and your family have a great time." Now it is first quarter" We are getting goin gin 2015. I would love to come and talk to you about what i am doing, maybe stometime later in ths pring." Now youa re into the second wuarter. I have had three touches in less than six montha, all by internet. So we didn't talk. We didn't meet. But you probably read your meial and you might even emailed me back. We had a point of touch. So when I get ready to sit down with you in April and now talk to you about my business plan, you are not reaching back to when we met sometime in August or September. I have three words for you: Get an assistant. If you van't afford a full time assistant, share one with members of your senior team or hire a virtual assistant. Winning at networking: 1. Genuine and authentic connection 2. Excellent and timely follow up 3. Keeping people engaged over time

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Woodruff

    On the last Monday of every month, my book review will highlight a female founder or business owner. Most of these women started a company from their homes with less than $10,000. Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big by Julie Pimsleur is our Female Founder for April. I loved listening to this book on Audible. I was looking for inspiration to keep growing my business income, and I wanted to learn about how to work towards earning a million dollars. On the last Monday of every month, my book review will highlight a female founder or business owner. Most of these women started a company from their homes with less than $10,000. Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big by Julie Pimsleur is our Female Founder for April. I loved listening to this book on Audible. I was looking for inspiration to keep growing my business income, and I wanted to learn about how to work towards earning a million dollars. This was the first book that taught me to know the numbers of my business. This book also opened my eyes to the fact that growing a business often takes a lot of money and helped me to anticipate what I would need when moving into physical products. Watch the full video review available April 27 at https://youtu.be/rhoLQpBAf3I

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    SO much better than most "how to make a biz" books you see these days. just the right amount of focus on adjacent topics. Enjoyed, would recommend. SO much better than most "how to make a biz" books you see these days. just the right amount of focus on adjacent topics. Enjoyed, would recommend.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Priya

    Idk what DVF was smoking when she said this book was "useful and inspiring." The advice in this book is incredibly outdated, highly google-able, and tailored to a specific audience that comes from the same background as the author. It's written from an unacknowledged place of privilege as the author has an undergraduate degree from Yale, a wealthy family legacy and the associated connections, and high net worth individuals in their immediate network. It's also written in a way that is extremely Idk what DVF was smoking when she said this book was "useful and inspiring." The advice in this book is incredibly outdated, highly google-able, and tailored to a specific audience that comes from the same background as the author. It's written from an unacknowledged place of privilege as the author has an undergraduate degree from Yale, a wealthy family legacy and the associated connections, and high net worth individuals in their immediate network. It's also written in a way that is extremely self-promoting in a way that isn't helpful to the reader (consistently dropping the URL to your site is overkill). Wouldn't recommend to any friends or fellow female entrepreneurs.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pia Silva

    Such a well written book about the struggles and triumph of a female entrepreneur today. Julia shares details about her path to success, and useful insights on how to get there. This book actually inspired me to THINK BIGGER and because of it I took out a line of credit and am now playing a bigger game and loving it, with less fear. Thank you Julia!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aisyah Samuin

    I like to read a lot of women-centric literature and this is the first one that I picked up related to entrepreneurship and women. This book is great because it is written by someone who has already 'walk the talk' and it is full to the brim with excellent tips, quotes, references and book suggestions to the same topic (if you are interested to read more on the subject). Highly recommend! I like to read a lot of women-centric literature and this is the first one that I picked up related to entrepreneurship and women. This book is great because it is written by someone who has already 'walk the talk' and it is full to the brim with excellent tips, quotes, references and book suggestions to the same topic (if you are interested to read more on the subject). Highly recommend!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    As someone with no children or family - I felt like a lot of this book didn’t apply to me. There is some solid advice about raising capital etc, but half the book seems to be about being a mom and wife. No prob with that, but I feel like it should have been relegated into different sections- I found it so tiring to keep hearing the same thing about working Mom guilt over and over ...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Ash

    As an executive at a fast growing company, I often wonder if I would be better served as an entrepreneur. More flexibility, upside, control of the culture. She gives great detail about building scalable businesses with more how to than cliche. Her quotes are inspiring and I see how important my network is now. Top priority to work on that while I explore business models. Great read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dominika Michalkova

    Good book, easily written, with great tips and insights into a life of a women enterpreneurs. Starting my own business, this book has inspired me in many ways.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie McMillan

    Actionable, engaging and left me with sticky-notes of interesting people and ideas to continue researching. I'm left pondering what my own 'wonder women cuffs' are and with new inspiration and drive to be a million dollar woman. Actionable, engaging and left me with sticky-notes of interesting people and ideas to continue researching. I'm left pondering what my own 'wonder women cuffs' are and with new inspiration and drive to be a million dollar woman.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Styffe

    Interesting read for me especially about raising money for your business to expand.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sharlyn Zimmerman-Tollefson

    It was an interesting book although when she started talking about vast amounts of money and her personal history it made it difficult for me to relate.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Uka Ganbold

    I will back

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maria Ryan

    Great Business Advice for Any Business Woman In Million Dollar Women, Julia Pimsleur offers plenty nuggets of wisdom that apply even to those women entrepreneurs who aren’t necessarily ready or willing to take the next step into the big leagues and grow their businesses beyond the million dollar mark. Therein lies the beauty of this book. It furthers the empowerment of women in any situation and has the potential to advance the progress of all women in the workforce. Some of the sage advice that Great Business Advice for Any Business Woman In Million Dollar Women, Julia Pimsleur offers plenty nuggets of wisdom that apply even to those women entrepreneurs who aren’t necessarily ready or willing to take the next step into the big leagues and grow their businesses beyond the million dollar mark. Therein lies the beauty of this book. It furthers the empowerment of women in any situation and has the potential to advance the progress of all women in the workforce. Some of the sage advice that Pimsleur wisely offers in a straightforward, and digestible way include valuing preparedness over attractiveness and clearly identifying your allies, foes, and frenemies while reminding women that they are their own best asset. Case histories are examined via interviews with successful women entrepreneurs to showcase what success looks like and how to avoid certain pitfalls. She herself generously tells her own story of being a new mom while starting a language learning program for kids and all that entails, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Business journaling exercises in the back of the book are useful starting tools that will help to clarify goals and keep them on track. They are also designed to identify and troubleshoot weaknesses while building on strengths. Part coaching, part cheerleading, and a bit of tough love, Pimsleur covers all the basis in a comprehensive format that is easy to read, inspiring, and honest. I would recommend this book to any woman entrepreneur regardless of how big she wants to go with her business.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Heimerl

    I found this book exceptionally insightful and useful. At its core, Julia Pimsleur, shows budding female entrepreneurs who perceive themselves as "Creative Professionals" to develop into "Business Professionals" because that's what's required to build a $1M + business. Building a big business means attracting investors--friends and family, angels, and VCs. And attracting investors means financial savvy, polished pitches, "all-on" networking, and uber confidence. Julie shows the neophyte how to p I found this book exceptionally insightful and useful. At its core, Julia Pimsleur, shows budding female entrepreneurs who perceive themselves as "Creative Professionals" to develop into "Business Professionals" because that's what's required to build a $1M + business. Building a big business means attracting investors--friends and family, angels, and VCs. And attracting investors means financial savvy, polished pitches, "all-on" networking, and uber confidence. Julie shows the neophyte how to play the game of business and, importantly, how to become a financially smart entrepreneur. She does this through personal storytelling, interviews, and providing practical tips, tools, and models. This book is for big-thinking women who want to succeed in aggressive entrepreneurial ecosystems and compete for capital with the best. Some of my favorite areas Pimsleur addresses: - Overcoming self-limited beliefs - Be-Do-Have: Start acting like a CEO - Angel Investors and VCs - How to play the game - On productivity This is a great book that offers an invaluable focus on financial savvy and navigating the circles of venture capital.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teena

    Although the focus is raising venture capital, this book is an excellent resource for anyone with the desire to start a business. Julia Pimsleur easily navigates through the "forest" of entrepreneurial pitfalls and explains easy methods of remaining positive and pushing past the naysayers. She has proven methods for raising capital and even spends time addressing the guilt that many women feel when spending the bulk of their time on their business. I would recommend this book to anyone starting o Although the focus is raising venture capital, this book is an excellent resource for anyone with the desire to start a business. Julia Pimsleur easily navigates through the "forest" of entrepreneurial pitfalls and explains easy methods of remaining positive and pushing past the naysayers. She has proven methods for raising capital and even spends time addressing the guilt that many women feel when spending the bulk of their time on their business. I would recommend this book to anyone starting or already involved in small business who may want to take it to the next level.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shari Suarez

    Julia Pimsleur has written an inspiring and ambitious book about growing your business for women. The book is very easy to read and is packed with a lot of great advice from a woman who's been there. She is the creator of Little Pim, which helps children learn foreign languages. I would highly recommend this book for any woman considering starting or continuing to run their own business. Julia Pimsleur has written an inspiring and ambitious book about growing your business for women. The book is very easy to read and is packed with a lot of great advice from a woman who's been there. She is the creator of Little Pim, which helps children learn foreign languages. I would highly recommend this book for any woman considering starting or continuing to run their own business.

  18. 5 out of 5

    AliceinWonderland

    - More about how to raise money for a business, but some interesting general concepts in there that can be useful for female entrepreneurs. - Numerous, real-life examples and case studies that help with practical application - Good list of resources at the end and throughout the book

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rianne Klaassen

    A great book! Very inspiring to my 20 year old self! Maybe only a bit recognisable, but definitely helpful! She gives great tips and ideas about the woman you could be. You should also follow her blog for more inspiration!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Lots of golden nuggets in here!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nerissa Golden

    A book to reference and remind yourself why you are in business. Time to stretch and learn a new vocabulary for where you want to go. Use the tools at the end as well.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Essential.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Global Donnica

    An inspirational book that has a lot of substance in obtaining tips on balancing family, business, and approaching investors....

  24. 5 out of 5

    Subhadra

    #Audio

  25. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    Read how other women earned their money by developing their own businesses. The lessons learned will help you hone your business savvy. Worth the read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Bednar

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rohini Achanta

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Digiondomenico

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  30. 5 out of 5

    Fanny

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