DAWN GRACIE Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in!

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It would seem that more and more women are looking for alternative ways to earn a living than the standard nine to five.

Perhaps redundancy or maternity has forced us out of the regular workplace, but either way, it feels like more and more of us are embracing our entrepreneurial spirits and going it alone in business.

Has Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice allowed us to dream big and really come up fighting through these murky days of the everlasting recession?

There are umpteen network marketing opportunities out there for those that want a ‘business-in-a-box’, and for those of us who have the drive and courage to set up shop alone, there seems to have been a rise in the numbers of freelance business coaches, mentors and advisors since the demise of the popular government scheme Business Link.

This of course is a good thing because our success is self-perpetuating and the myriad skills and services, most of which can be found on the networking circuit, means help is all around.

It has been cited that most millionaires begin their journeys at the lowest point of a recession so now really is the time to embrace the skills we have and seek the help available.

I urge you to roll up your sleeves, dive into the networking pool and get stuck in because blaming the economy is so 2011!

I am so excited to be writing this new weekly column where I can share the highs and lows, discuss key issues and celebrate some local success stories of women in business in our area. I am a well-connected business person, helped enormously by the fact I have been the manager of the Chichester Mumpreneurs Networking Club for almost two years. I train and mentor women in business, mainly to help them overcome their fear of selling and improving personal confidence. I lead by example by running my own vintage entertainment business Dawn’s Vintage Do which allows me to practise what I preach! Please do get in touch – I’d love to hear from you.

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