HB’s Sunday Statistics

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Over the last 10 years up until recently women have been moving toward high paying careers, higher education post grad school, and entrepreneurship all while being wives or single mothers and raising children.

According to an infographic about the increasing rate of breadwinning moms at http://www.citytowninfo.com,they are becoming the primary breadwinners of over 40 percent of households in America with children under the age of 18. It is probably no surprise to you that, among these women, there are more breadwinning women single than married. Single mothers really have no choice when it comes to who will provide for the household! On the other hand, married women are either stay at home mothers who choose to work from home by establishing a home based business or have full-time employment outside of the home.

If you are a single mother and trying to make ends meet this information may give you relief to know that  almost half of the households in America are single mothers raising children and bringing home the bread! YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Don’t give up hope.

If you are a stay-at home mother or work full-time at a job then this information may lead you to want to dig deeper to know why so many women are working and more fathers are staying at home. The roles of men and women are switching way too much for me personally! Your research may bring about new possibilities for you and your family. Maybe it will motivate and empower you to start a business or transform your home based business into a family business to supplement your husband’s income so that he can stay in his role rather than switching roles with you because employers are willing to offer you more. These days almost everybody is looking to have financial freedom and more time with family so it would greatly benefit us to start looking at all of this from another perspective than to just give up and switch roles.

Men were created to maintain and protect women and children!

Allah says: “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women because of what Allah has preferred one with over the other and because of what they spend to support them from their wealth.” [Sûrah al-Nisâ’: 34]

 

 

 

HB’s Statistic Sundays: WBO’s Are Filling Up The Small Business/Entrepreneur Arena!

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The 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Survey revealed the following about  why women decided to start their own businesses

1. They had a vision for a business idea or a passion for solving a specific industry problem

2. They wanted control or a more flexible work-life balance

3. They felt like they were in the right place at the right time.

When women were asked what the biggest motivation for starting their business, the most common answer was

1. 28% indicated that they were following their vision

2. 21% indicated that their vision was followed by finding an idea that allowed them to become an entrepreneur

The survey also found that the most important traits for running a successful business are

1.Having a passion for an idea

2. Having a vision to succeed long-term after the business is launched

3. Having the  willingness and attitude to fail before you succeed and to take risks

I hope these statistics were helpful to you all! Maybe this will boost your confidence about starting your own business in the next year or so. Sometimes we are more frightened by what we don’t know rather than what we think we know!

Great Day Beloveds,

Ukhtee Walida

HB’s Random Wednesdays-Calling All Online Vendors!!!

 

I recently was invited to give a webinar on how to increase sales, particularly for online vendors. I was prepared to share any information that I knew and wanted to really help these women immediately increase their sales. However, the one thing I believe any business owner should be aware of before trying to get anyone to purchase their product or service is WHY people would want to buy from them and since online vendors rarely get to see their customers , I thought it may be very beneficial and motivating to know why consumers would want to spend time purchasing from them online..

I recently visited a website that gave a breakdown of the many reasons why consumers shop online from vendors and the top 5 were:

1. It Saves Time-73% 

2. More Variety-67%

3. Easy To Compare Prices-59%

4. No Crowds-58%

5. Less Prices-55% 

Source: www.quartsoft.com/blog/increase-your-online-sales-in-2013-webinar

So now what? I am glad you asked! This information let’s you, the vendor, know that most people shop online because it saves them time, they have various products to choose from, they can compare prices on various products, they don’t have to deal with long waiting lines in crowded stores just to take advantage of a good bargain.

Leaving The J.O.B. To Build Their Own Biz Dreams

(Photo:  ICNA MAS Convention 2014 Baltimore, Maryland-There were many women-owned businesses in the vending area!)

Women have been leaving their J.O.B.’s(Just Over Broke) to start their own businesses faster and faster over the last 10 or so years. We want to spend more time with our families! We are simply tired of having to wake up before the birds chirp and rush to the “plantation fields” where the employers tell us when to eat, take a break and go on vacation. Making ends meet is no longer our cry! We are talking about spending more time with family/spouses, getting closer to God, having time to spend with our friends, earning money on our own terms, finding our passion or life purpose, doing more to help others in society to make the world a better place, and building a better village to raise our children.

If you are a woman and any of this resonates with you , you may want to stop and think for just a few minutes about your current circumstances. Are you working a 9 to 5 with hopes that just one day you will never have to work for any one else because you hate it so much but are only in it to pay bills? ….. I thought so! I too lived that kind of life and it was a tough decision to make starting my own business for fear of losing SECURITY!!! I was wondering how I would even pay a bill if I did not have a paycheck in hand every Friday or every other Friday! This thought process was truly giving me a headache. I just knew I did not like someone having so much control over me to the point where I would compromise all my beliefs and values just to get a DOLLAR!!

“Verily Allah provides sustenance to whom He wills without measure.”-  Surah al-Imran: 37

The way I saw it was that if God is our provider and He says that He gives provision to whom He wills without measure then my provision does not depend on whether I continue to stay at a job that stresses me out daily or quit! What I do realize is that everyone on the face of the Earth was born with a purpose and a gift(s) and we are given so much yet we take it for granted. God has already set your provision so really there isn’t anything to lose ,rather, you have to find out what you can do with the gifts God has given you to make an honest living. Just like the owner or president of the company that you work for had a vision to provide the best product/service to people in their own unique way and has built a team of top level executives to carry out their mission  …SO CAN YOU!!!  Yes it takes money to make money but you have got to start building towards your vision everyday that you live even if its just 5 minutes a day!

If you want to really start your own business and get out of the 9 to 5 rat race , READ ON!!! Start using your current situation as an opportunity to gain free education while getting paid for it!!! Take what you need, leave the rest and get paid is the new “earn while you learn” technique, because if you do it right nobody even knows what you are doing but you! Don’t waste time complaining but start studying the company’s structure. Learn how your position contributes to it instead of just clocking in and dreading the day ahead of you waiting till time to clock out. You need what they have because just about every business needs close to the same thing. Most often its called Core Values, Mission, and Vision. Focus on one core value and start measuring their level of deliverance in products/services regards to how they are meeting or not meeting it. Take notice to how they use their mission to drive their vision.

You don’t have time to worry about all the reasons you hate your job because complaining will leave you sitting in the same position year after year, whether it is at that job or at someplace else. If you truly want to have a business of your own you have got to learn the art of leveraging and learning on an ongoing basis. Build your relationships with people who have the same mindset and get out of the company of people who just don’t want to change their circumstance but rather complain everyday and accept it!

If you want to begin moving in the direction of earning money own your own terms and living your life in more happier and peaceful way spending more time with family and doing the things you love most then you have got to remove the one obstacle that stands in the way! That’s YOU!!!! You have got to want it bad enough and have to be willing to do whatever it takes because you only have something to GAIN. If you took a leap from whatever your circumstance is now, the difference would not be a loss if nothing changed because you never lost anything! You will probably just go back to whatever you were doing or be in the same circumstance you were in or edging, and that would be the same thing! Why not stick with the bumps in the road, getting stronger and more focused with each one, allowing change to give you an upgrade in exchange for your time and commitment!

Have you already started a business and are just searching for ways to stay inspired, motivated, and on top as you move forward?

Are you just stuck trying to decide if starting a business is the right thing to do right now?

Are you looking for an opportunity that would allow you to earn money on your own terms ?

Did you answer yes to any of these questions?

Great! I want to personally invite you to a VIP conference, with my business partners and I ,COMING SOON IN THE FALL OF 2014! You will have the opportunity to discuss some of your concerns and challenges regarding entrepreneurship and learn about ways to make a change to your current financial circumstance. This is a part of my campaign to reach 1000 women across America who are READY TO MAKE A CH$NGE!!! Stay tuned for details!

 

 

You have the power to choose!

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AS Salaamu Alaykum

You have the power to choose! If you want change, you have already made a difference and a choice! It was a thought now let’s make this thought an action, inshaAllah! The creator has created us all with unique talents and abilities and what we desire to do with them can and will be manifested when we believe in ourselves. Allah hears our duas and He desires ease for us,not difficulty!

Today I am choosing positive mindset, curiosity, adventure, education~Inspired by Tahirah Taalib Din

I can I can I know I can, InshaAllah!!!!~Latifah(Walida) Bint Abdul Latif

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