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Ritika Bajaj, founder of MeritC2 - Creatives and Communications Ritika Bajaj shares with The NextWomen her top seven key tools for entrepreneurial success, drawing on her own experiences of starting up her own enterprise, design and content house MeritC2 - Creatives and Communications

Kirstie White portraitKirstie White shares her journey and the lessons she has learned from the major corporate world to following her childhood dream of becoming her own boss.

The first business I built was ‘Kirstie’s Candy Corner’. It was basically a sweet shop where I created my own sherbet and sold it profitably. The only problem was that I was just seven years old! From there, the entrepreneurial spirit just grew, and the following is a speedy journey through my career and specifically how I started in the big corporate world, but just couldn’t fight that inner entrepreneur. I hope you identify with some of my experiences and gut feelings, and that you also have the confidence to cut loose and go for it to realise your career dreams!

The beginning… After leaving university in Manchester, I applied for various blue chip companies and landed a graduate job with Procter & Gamble.

Kristel Kuit, founder of personal assistant services company Headroom Assistance, talks to The NextWomen about the importance of finding the right people to be in one's start-up life, and shares her top tips for success in entrepreneurship.

Business Coach Shweta Jhajharia Founder The London Coaching GroupShweta Jhajharia explains why over two and half million UK businesses are unable to break the coveted £1 million threshold and highlights three areas that might just hold the key. 

The majority of businesses never reach the £1M turnover mark – a level often used to benchmark firms. This is significant because most business owners, when they first started, envisaged not just a multi-million pound business, but a multi-billion pound business.

Statistically, only 4% of business owners ever reach the £1M mark and further, only 10% of these businesses (that’s 0.4% of all business owners) ever reach the £10M mark. 

So the question is; what's holding back more than 2,500,000 businesses, across the UK, from crossing that coveted £1M mark? 

Having worked with hundreds of businesses over the last several years, I have discovered that there are striking differences between the ‘micro’ business owner and the owner of a £1M enterprise:

Felena Hanson considers the impact of Obama's presidency on small business owners and the lessons we can learn from events that have occurred during his eventful time in office.

Jenn Aubert, author of Women Entrepreneur Revolution: Ready! Set! Launch! and Owner of Cle Acupuncture, shares with The NextWomen four common denominators among unique women entrepreneurs - explaining how these accessible and easily nurtured qualities can pave the way for success in entrepreneurship. 

Women entrepreneurs are a hot topic. Many articles have been written and an increasing number of books have been published that illustrate that we are a force to be reckoned with and are growing in both number and influence. But what exactly makes accomplished women entrepreneurs successful? How have some climbed to such heights while others struggle watching their dreams fizzle out?

Truly Blue - Handkerchief Hem Dress by Coral TurnerCoral Turner talks to The NextWomen about how she relaunched the website of her online fashion boutique and explains how going back and starting over actually helped her business to move forward.

Sona Ramani explains the important things to consider when setting up a new business and the potential difficulties and pitfalls that can occur when balancing all the key elements.

In a tribute to US mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell, who asserted that all mythical heroes experience the same 12 steps on their adventures, Ondina Montgomery draws parallels between Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and that of the entrepreneur.

Part 5 of the Journey shows the hero leaving the familiar and ordinary world behind and crossing the threshold into adventure. Click here to read the fourth part of Ondina's series, The Hero's Journey Part IV: Meeting With The Mentor.

Coworking appealed to Victoria so much that she started a business around it. Victoria Arnold, coworking enthusiast and founder of online ventures Desk Union and Homestayfriend, talks to The NextWomen about the growing trend of coworking, considering how this trend can help startups to progress, and why it particularly appeals to women in business.