Kim Houlne, founder and chief executive of Working Solutions, has a question: “In business, what’s the difference between woman-owned and woman-owed?” The answer: “A little—and a lot.” As she explains: “For all the workplace studies, businesswomen still come up short. While there are exceptions, they’re not the rule. To be fair, women are owed more to equal both the playing and paying fields. It’s a hand up, not a handout.”
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Woman entrepreneurs, like Kim Houlne, are on the rise. That’s progress. Somewhat. Yet, they still encounter age-old business biases. And same old is getting real old. Here are a few facts and ideas to consider.
More women are starting their own businesses—perhaps as a logical workaround to stymied corporate careers. Even on their own, though, they face disparity in earnings, unequal access to capital and other double standards.
Overcoming age-old roadblocks: forget the detours.
Biases that bog down women in companies continue as more start their own businesses. Roadblocks—such as limited access to capital or markets—detour success. Women must become their own GPS guidance systems, mapping more direct routes to long-term leadership.
Businesses in their own images: who needs permission?
Women bring distinct points of views and perception to business. So why limit themselves to a male mindset? Who better than women entrepreneurs to introduce ideas? There’s no better place to start than among themselves—“the world’s most powerful consumers.”
With $1,000, Kim Houlne started her distributed workforce company—turning the idea of remote contact center outsourcing into an industry. She’s pleased it took hold. Kim now wants woman-owned businesses to make as much progress.
The numbers bear a closer look, believes entrepreneur Kim Houlne. They show each woman-owned business, on average, has less than one employee-with revenues of only $160K. “That’s not nearly good enough. We need double-digit improvements.”
Kim Houlne is student of different psychological management styles, having experienced good and bad. As…
The state of woman-owned businesses—their successes and shortcomings—is a wellspring for news. Below are selected sources, from which we partly based our research and points of views
This report focuses on changes that have taken place since the 2007-2009 recession, providing information and intelligence that can inform the efforts of women entrepreneurs.
This report looks at factors affecting access to capital for women-owned businesses and data (2012) from the U.S. Census Bureau.
This article highlights the growth of women-owned businesses and underlying factors, but cautions not to celebrate yet.
This study surveys annual revenues, profits and credit scores for women-owned businesses.
We cannot afford to keep women out of leadership positions or else huge opportunities will be missed—social and business.
At age 30, Kim Houlne started Working Solutions. Twenty years later, it employs over 100 professionals, with a network of 110,000+ independent agents—70% of them women. Here are resources about its caring culture, leadership and
Working Solutions a “Rising Star” Plano, Texas – Gartner, a leading advisory company, lists Working…