More female-owned businesses are booming

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by Mia Gradney / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 27 at 12:35 PM

 

HOUSTON—There’s no perfect profession but more women, wanting more out of life, are striking out on their own as entrepreneurs. 
Katy mother and wife Nicole Sanders spends her days capturing cute kids and special moments on camera. A former accountant, Sanders, who loved photography ventured out on her own in 1998 to start N. Cole Photography. 
Nicole shares she spent many long days in a cold corporate setting.
“At that point I just took a leap of faith. If it’s going to work it’s going to work this way. And this is the way I wanna’ do it. So I did and I never looked back. I kept thinking I would have to but I never did,” Sanders said. 
Over the years sanders has built a successful business around her life and family. Her office is at home. “It’s not a huge corporation in any sense but I provide the business a one person show could do,” she said.
Sanders’ business is her passion she turned profitable. It offers her extreme flexibility, one of the main reasons women are starting businesses at twice the rate of men, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
How do you determine your passion? 
“It’s that thing that comes very natural to you. That thing that everyone compliments you on that you overlook,” said Kachelle Kelly, Pearland-based life and business coach, plus author.   Kelly suggests making money doing what you do best.
More women are leaving the traditional work setting and venturing out on their own.
“I believe that women have that greater chance of getting the work /life balance that they’re looking for,” says Kelly. “They can take care of the kids, cook for their kids and really enjoy their life while working.”
Kelly runs her international consulting business from her home as well. She believes discipline is key to success.
“You have to set a designated schedule to work because you don’t have a boss. Telling you clock in at this time, clock out at this time.  Go to lunch at this time. Ms. Kelly adds, “Sometimes you have to remember to even eat.”
Sanders biggest challenge is sometimes the big reason why she started her own company in the first place. She confides her children can pose one interruption after another, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
There’s no cubicle and it’s her passion turned profitable.
“You have to love what you do. Not every moment of the day, but you have to love what you do.”
 
Click here for N. Cole Photography
Click here for more information aboutKachelle Kelly

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