Starting your own business
Setting up your own business is a daunting prospect. But many more women are taking the plunge and starting out on their own as they try to juggle family life and work life and make both ends meet, and find that working for themselves can give them more flexibility to spend time with their family.
Getting a business loan from the bank may be the only way to set up the business you want if you do not have your own funds, and cannot get any funding from either a business angel or someone else who is prepared to invest in your plan.
There are a number of business grants available, and it is well worth exploring the possibility that you might qualify for one, as it can give your business the boost it needs in the early stages.
Marketing your business
Remember, it does not matter how good your business is if no-one knows about it. Take charge of your marketing, and get as much coverage as you can for the least amount of money.
Business networks are popping up all over the place, and women in business clubs and networks can be very useful indeed. Look at sites such as Everywoman and Women In Business Clubs to make sure you are talking to the people who can empathise with you, but also help you get your business off the ground.