Updated on March 24, 2009
Girlâ€™s Guide to Building a Million Dollar Business â€“ Book Review
Must-read for all women entrepreneurs
What woman doesnâ€™t want to build a million dollar (or peso) business? Susan Solovic gives meaningful, practical advice that I wish Iâ€™d read before venturing into business. This book stays by my bed for my daily dose of inspiration. If youâ€™re a woman, if youâ€™ve ever had to face any obstacles trying to start a business or youâ€™ve been wanting to bring your business to the next level but donâ€™t know how to, this book is a perfect guide to help you along the way. It wonâ€™t give you all the ingredients but you likely wouldnâ€™t be as lost if you did.
Practical advice you can actually put to use
Every chapter is a mix of wise advice youâ€™d expect to hear from a compassionate mentor, inspiring stories of women who did things right or learned things the hard way but you get to â€œcheatâ€ by reading about their past mistakes now, and â€œhow-toâ€™sâ€. My favorite â€œhow toâ€ is the media planning â€“ oh and finding funding, too.
Lovers as business partners
Iâ€™ve read through the book and didnâ€™t see an anecdote about women venturing into business with their boyfriend or husband. Scratch that, there was one, but it didnâ€™t have a happy ending. Is this scenario rare, taboo, or just plain not advisable? There was an issue of Entrepreneur that featured couples in business, such as the Havaianas importers â€“ though theyâ€™re married.
More anecdotes, more successful women to emulate
I just love love love to hear about women whoâ€™ve built and grown sustainable businesses. Itâ€™s not exactly something you learn at school, is it? I never really thought about it growing up, or in college. I always looked up to women CEOs who were running multinationals â€“ it never occurred to me how those businesses even got started? I want more stories, more inspirational examples.
Local women entrepreneurship programs
This book got me thinking whether there was a local program to encourage women entrepreneurs? Iâ€™ve read about a lot of micro-financing loans for women selling in the palengke but for brick-and-mortar businesses that have a business model other than peddling?
- Chit San Juan, ex-CEO of Figaro hosts talks every so often.
- NEWomen organizes bazaars, talks, and regular networking sessions
- GE Money Bank, affiliate of the giant General Electric, launched a Women Entrepreneurs website â€“ though I havenâ€™t heard of any financing programs