The Gender Gap in Venture Capital: How Female Business Owners Are Proving Themselves

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

As much as we push for equality, women still face many uphill battles in the business world. The industry is primarily dominated by men and with that comes challenges for female entrepreneurs. For one, women face barriers when it comes to accessing capital to start and grow their businesses.  In fact, solely female companies accumulated only 2.3 percent of the total capital invested in venture-backed startups in the US. 

Thankfully, female entrepreneurs are starting to gain ground in venture capital and make strides to create equal opportunities in the industry. If you are a woman in business and plan to search for venture capital, wow them with some of these leadership skills to make you stand outContinue reading

Meet Chryseis Knight – Possibly the Youngest Child Author

Welcome to this special post! It’s truly my pleasure to feature Chryseis Knight here. She wrote her first book when she was 3. Now THAT is SCRAPPY! Below in the images is the message she wrote to me, transcribed by her dear dad. Enjoy! – Kimberly   

WRITTEN by a 3-year-old . . . “The Great Big Lion“! I got to meet Chryseis virtually last week. She’s AWESOME!

Dear Kimberly, here are my thoughts about writing & why I write books.

Why books?

  1. Because when you read books, they are always exciting. You never get tired of reading them.
  2. Because when you read a book, you cannot stop reading it. When its time to put the book down you feel that was such a wonderful read & get inspired to write books too!
  3. Because when you read books, your mind is opened to another world, full of wizards & witches & fairies, & even pixies!
  4. Because when you read a book you feel like you are all of the characters, you feel sucked into the book & you don’t expect it to end at all!
  5. Because when you read books you finally know which kind of book you like, whether it’s a funny book, a horror book or a fantasy book.

Why I write books?Continue reading

What Makes Vaping an Incredibly Fun Experience

Contributed article in our pandemic recreational series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Vaping is the trending hashtag in the lives of millennials. It is universal, and people actually see vaping as a more acceptable thing to do than smoking. There might be psychology running behind the way that the general public sees vaping. There are studies that show parents would more likely have their children, vaping than smoking, as a teenager or an adult. Vapes have earned a lot in their credit. There are a lot of celebrities that are into vaping. In fact, vaping has become more or less of typical aesthetic activity. It’s all over Tumblr.

However, there are two sides to everything. There are vape juices available in the market that contain nicotine. At the same time, nicotine-free vape juice is quite popular as well. It’s totally up to the people what they pick for themselves. Plus, too much of anything is wrong. One shouldn’t be vaping all the time; it doesn’t matter if their vape juice has nicotine or not. Let’s have a look at some reasons why vaping is so much fun –

It is smooth

When you smoke a cigarette for the first time, you are expected not to take it all easy. The nicotine irritates the throat, and you start coughing. That’s when you decide how much you hate cigarettes. However, the case might be totally different with vapes. There are nicotine-free vape juices that are light on your throat. In fact, the vape juices that contain nicotine are smooth too, as compared to cigarettes. The smok coils inside the vape vaporize the juice and make the smoke feel really smooth. This doesn’t mess with your throat.Continue reading

A Woman’s Guide To Planning An Estate

Contributed article in our personal wealth series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

While estate planning is important for everyone, it’s especially crucial for women. Statistically, women have longer lifespans than men do, which means many women will outlive their husbands. This is why it’s vital that a woman takes the time to prepare for the future. This guide to planning an estate will help women think ahead and take the right precautions. 

Be Prepared To Adjust Your Will 

You and your spouse should work together to create a will that reflects your wishes for the future. However, even after a will is drawn up, you should remember that it isn’t set in stone. You may need to make changes to your will as your assets change, and you’ll also want to make adjustments if your spouse passes away. Continue reading

The Dos And Don’ts Of Business Financing

Contributed article in our anti-viral cleanliness series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Financing a business can be costly and challenging, particularly as you have many ongoing costs throughout the life of your organization.

From growth through to diversification, there’s a range of reasons why your company will need to explore financing options throughout its lifecycle.

When seeking business finance, there’s a range of techniques you should use, and many that you definitely shouldn’t. It can be tough for new business owners to navigate the competitive world of business finance, so to help, we’ve put together a list of the dos and don’ts of business finance.

Don’t: Choose The First Provider You See

Do: Review All The Options Before You Choose A Provider

Choosing a financing option can be challenging, with so many companies out there offering financial products and trying to entice you with fancy advertising campaigns.Continue reading

Managing your Career: A 3-Step Guide

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

There are over 130 million full-time employees in the United States. The main thing you need to do to keep yourself motivated as a full-time worker is to seek out advancement opportunities. Choosing the right career and adequately managing it is one of the most challenging tasks on the planet. If your career journey is leading out into the job-seeking world, you need to adequately prepare for this experience.

If you are about to start applying for new jobs in your industry, ResumeBuild suggests looking over your existing resume. The ResumeBuild website offers a number of appealing resume templates you can use. With the right template, you can make your resume more appealing to a hiring manager.

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Are you looking for helpful tips on how to manage your career? If so, check out the helpful tips below.Continue reading

About the Helping Hands Project

Contributed article in our worthy cause series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Children with limb differences are being assisted by the Helping Hands Project in a variety of ways.  Since the Helping Hands Project utilizes 3D printing in order to get prosthetic devices to the children, they are providing these children with more than just the ability to do more things but also the confidence that they need to engage in more and more activities that will allow them to blossom into the beautiful individuals that they are.

When Did The Helping Hands Project Begin?

The Helping Hands Project began back in the year 2014. It started with the help of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) department which is at UNC Chapel Hill.  This began the process of using 3D printing for the prosthetic devices that were and are given to the children that need them at no charge.Continue reading

What’s a Shero and How To Become Your Own

Who

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Sheroes can derive from all backgrounds and ages. Whether it is Greta Thunberg who is only a teenager devoting her life to stopping climate change or Arianna Huffington who has become one of the most accomplished business women in history, these women are sheroes by definition.

The term was coined during the suffrage movement in the 1836 but is more relevant than ever today: A woman who is admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities is considered a shero. These qualities seldomly come easy and are the result of hard work and dedication. To help you become your own shero, FTD has gathered nine tips from empowered women to set you in the right direction.

Take small steps but commit to the process and you’ll soon find yourself inspiring other women. Don’t forget to acknowledge the sheroes in your life by thanking them for being an inspiration and empowering women around them. By lifting each other up, we can create a supportive community that females across the globe will benefit from.

 

 

Why women in Tech Industry Still Experiencing Inequality?

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

As well as we think we are standing right now in regard to our equality rights and performance, subgroups of minorities still exist where some individuals are better regarded than others. According to Pr News Wire (2019), 46% of women surveyed in an Ivanti Women Tech Survey 2019 stated that the marketing industry has not been able to completely close the gender gap to encourage more women to take part in the tech industry. Most of the women interviewed argued that stereotypes will determine men and women to be viewed as having separate roles within one company, with males being valued at a higher demand rate and thus women being disadvantaged.

Here are some of the main reasons women in tech industry are still experiencing inequality. Check them out to find more. You are welcome to add solutions and comments!

Highest paying jobs: predominantly male

The first reason why women in tech can sometimes show lower salaries than men are that, unfortunately, until now, most of the highest paying jobs in the technological world are predominantly male – and guess what? According to the Business Insider, women earn an average of 79 cents for every dollar that a man makes in the United States. One of the main issues is that women are being underrepresented in various leadership roles and positions, which is why this wage gap is bound to happen.Continue reading