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Sure you're a mom, but you're also an entrepreneur running a successful business. And although those skill sets often overlap, there may be some pitfalls to treating your employees like your children.
The following tips will help keep mothers, and the businesses they own, on top:
1. Find Funding in Unexpected Places.
Women-owned businesses have a poor track record for attracting investors, with venture-capital funds flocking to traditionally white-male-dominated tech startups.
But don't be discouraged: There are plenty of good ways for moms to fund their budding businesses. Some potential routes that may pay off include:
2. Interview Like a Pro.
Depending on the size of your business, you may be interviewing employee candidates every month, so it pays to remember these tips:
3. Don't Be Your Employees' Mom.
Moms have enough to deal with from their own children, there's no need to invite more stress by being overly maternal with your employees.
Being friendly and open is fine, but even with a business partner, you may want to clarify your role as a boss in writing, along with your employees' roles and your expectations.
4. Get Some Legal Backup.
Running a business requires a lot of contracts and paperwork, and your reputation as a business owner depends on those items being immaculate and effective. How can you make sure you're complying with all the laws and regulations out there?
One way, of course, is to retain an experienced business lawyer. But another, and perhaps more affordable, option is to sign up for a prepaid legal plan like those offered by LegalStreet. LegalStreet plans include contract reviews and on-call access to local attorneys, among other benefits, for an average cost of less than $13 a month. For busy business-owner moms, that's a small price to pay for some legal peace of mind.
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