Another point on the board for the Marie Mae Business School: New evidence shows that business training reduces poverty more effectively than other approaches, and that people tend to choose entrepreneurship over factory work.
I recently read that Americans allowed 658 million paid vacation days to go unused in 2015. Are you kidding me? What a waste! But I know many driven, entrepreneurial-minded men and women operate with the assumption that vacation days themselves aren’t productive; there's too much to do and simply not enough hours in the week. However, there is so much good to be done - and purpose to be found - around the world if we use our vacation days for good. Stay with me here.
As a creative entrepreneur I am looking to connect with others who immediately shout “mee too!” when I share any part of my story. I want to be surrounded by like-minded, forward thinking, business friends.
You have the perfect job. Congratulations. All the hard work and extensive (and expensive) studies paid off. You have a role that you’ve always dreamt of. It surely has it all – it’s meaningful, fulfilling, and pays well. You are ready the change the world. But what if it isn't so?
When I finally paid off the last of my student loans two years ago, I wanted to use it as an occasion to begin giving more to charity. I increased donations here and there, but these things felt more like networking, or a way to express my identity, rather than actual do-gooding. And because I had studied about global poverty in graduate school, I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that my help might be needed more elsewhere.
You’ve probably heard the advice countless times: “follow your passion!” That’s great encouragement if someone has already found a cause that moves them so deeply that they could devote their life to it. But what if that doesn’t hit the mark for you? What if you think to yourself, “I’d love to follow my passion, if only I knew what it is!
As an introvert, making friends has always been challenging. As an entrepreneur, however, it has been essential to my success. Few individuals succeed without a strong network of close friends, mentors and work colleagues, and, in my personal experience, every significant advancement in my career has resulted from having a friend who offered me a good opportunity. Having and being a good friend is vital to having good fortune.
Last week we launched our new blog series for social entrepreneurs on how to work smarter, grow your business and increase your impact. Our first post was on asking yourself, am I building the right business for me? If you missed that post, you can find it here.
This week, we are discussing asking yourself whether or not you are building the right business for your customer. Tough question, right? But this is absolutely vital to your success as a social entrepreneur and small business owner.
Before we dive deeper into ways you can work smarter and grow your social enterprise, I wanted to start with are you building the right business for you? We will touch on whether you are building the right business for your customer in another post, which is also a critical point to consider.
Have you ever tried to build a business that has a positive impact on the world? Have you wondered is it even possible to make a business both profitable AND purpose driven? Have you started to question whether or not you have what it takes, or if what you are doing even matters?
Today, we are so excited to introduce you to Elizabeth Rees, the founder of Chasing Paper. Located in NYC, Chasing Paper carries beautiful, well-designed removable wallpaper that will stick to any surface, and is an amazing way to give your workspace an extra bit of personality.
The sustainable power of business used as a force for good is undeniable. We are living in exciting times where the world is more connected than ever before, and this connectivity means entrepreneurs and small businesses have a much greater reach than in the past.
But, what people don’t tell you, is just quite how difficult it is to build a business - especially to build an authentic, do good brand. Where do you start? How do you create impact without spending money? Is it possible to be both profitable and mission driven?
Below I’ve given you 5 of the top mistakes people make (myself included) when building a social enterprise or launching a social impact initiative within your company, and what you can do to keep from making these same mistakes.
As you likely know, we love a bright, organized and impactful workspace, and the new year is the perfect time to create an office that looks good and does good. We teamed up with our friends at Local + Lejos to give you our favorite tips for creating an office with intention, and stay tuned for a fun giveaway at the end!
Next up in our “Creating a Workspace that Looks Good and Does Good” series are some of our favorite artisan-based businesses. Artisan enterprises are drivers of economic growth in emerging markets, and can be major contributors to sustainable livelihoods and the wellness of women and families. When you #chooseartisan, you are helping small businesses in developing countries to increase incomes and improve standards of living - yielding economic benefits that can collectively transform the landscape of communities across the world.
We all want to be a leader that acts with integrity, but oftentimes, unless we have worked with a leader that embodies this trait, it’s difficult to know what this looks like in daily practice. Leading with true integrity is one of the greatest challenges of leadership, but here are 5 ways to start.
It is an exciting time in Myanmar’s history, and today we will hear from someone that is right in the middle of it. In today's blog piece, we have Erin Murphy, founder and principal of Inle Advisory Group, a boutique consulting firm in Washington, DC specializing in development opportunities in Myanmar.
First up in our “Creating a Workspace that Looks Good and Does Good” series are some of our favorite small businesses here in the U.S. In case you are looking for some new small businesses to support this Small Business Saturday (28 NOV), here are a few of our favorite to help your office look good and do good.
Why is it oftentimes a struggle for us to practice gratitude? In my experience, it’s often not too difficult to remember to be grateful for the opportunities we are given in life or when someone goes out of their way to be kind. The difficult part is in making the effort to make it a practice to express this gratitude.
Typically, bankers in New York City aren’t the first people we associate with making a positive impact on the world. But that is crazy. Often times, they are the very ones that are on the front lines of making sure projects come to life in emerging markets around the world, providing vital economic empowerment and local job creation.
In this interview, we have Erin Collins, a Vice President of Corporate Credit at a French corporate and investment bank in New York City. Erin has spent the last ten years of her career bringing projects to fruition across Latin America - from Sao Paolo to Guatemala - in sectors ranging from construction to healthcare to education.
Do you find this office inspiring? My guess is no. We spend the majority of our days in our offices, and we’ve worked so hard to be able to do inspiring work that we love. Here at Marie Mae, we believe it is important that our workspaces be just as inspiring.
The aesthetics of our environment can have a powerful effect on our productivity and mood through out our workday. In order to maximize our efforts, we should have a workspace that is pleasing to the eye as well as, in line with our world changing vision. Our offices say more about us than we think. Let’s make them look good and do good.
To a certain extent, profit has to be a primary goal for any business. You aren’t succeeding if the revenue isn’t flowing, right? A business that wants to be sustainable and productive must make a profit. But what if profit was more than just monetary gain? What if a business could be profitable fiscally and make an impact?
If you’re like most of our readers, you’re a successful, high-achiever. You worked so hard to get into the best schools and carve out a career path you love. And most days, you love your job.
Until one day, you are sitting in a client meeting or are in the middle of finalizing a big deal, and it hits you. Does what I’m doing really matter? Am I really contributing anything meaningful to the world?