Hi, I'm Danielle Tate. I am a real-life example of a woman with an idea, who lacked a business background, and overcame to found a successful company. My business, MissNowMrs.com, has grown to 300,000 customers in two countries, and our gift cards are now retailed in Target stores nationwide! I love being an entrepreneur, and want more women to experience the joy of doing something they love while being in control of their paychecks, work hours, and definitions of success. This passion to help female founders inspired me to write a book. My goal is to make a ripple effect of women building businesses and improving their lives, their families, their communities, and their economies.
Elegant Entrepreneur was written as a solution to a problem. A recent US Chamber of Commerce report showed that 70% of women-owned companies bring in less than 25k in annual revenue. As a female founder, my mission in writing Elegant Entrepreneur is to lower the barriers to entry and success for female founders by demystifying the steps to building an idea into a business and how it feels to be living each step in that journey as a woman.
Kickstarting the creation of an audiobook version of Elegant Entrepreneur will allow me to donate audiobooks to women in the world who do not have access to kindles or paperback copies, as well as shine a spotlight on the need to support women entrepreneurs internationally. In a recent IFC study cited by Forbes, women in emerging markets invest 90 percent of their income back into their families and communities, compared with 35 percent for men. Women entrepreneurs are the solution to ending poverty and inhumanity in the world.
I have partnered with the She Inspires Her Network, Meridian International Center, Connecting Founders, Invest2Innovate, and Jitahidi Group to provide free audiobooks to aspiring female entrepreneurs around the globe. The more you give, the more women will receive the audiobook, and the more businesses will be created by them... changing lives and communities for the better!
How Aspiring Entrepreneurs Access the Audiobook
The audiobook of Elegant Entrepreneur will be hosted on Amazon as an MP3 file. This allows anyone with a device that can read MP3 files, such as a phone, to immediately listen to the book without downloading it.
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We are all global citizens with a moral obligation to solve the problems that face our communities, cultures, and generations. Educating and empowering women around the world to build companies that solve problems is the solution to making the world a better place. Elegant Entrepreneur is a tangible resource to help women to reach their full potential as entrepreneurs.
So many business books are written for businessmen, by businessmen. I intentionally created a step-by-step business guide with straightforward, accessible terms for smart but inexperienced women starting a business. This is the book that I wish had been available when I founded the name changing service MissNowMrs many years ago — with zero business background. Elegant Entrepreneur is a book that tells readers what they need to do, how to do it, what tools are available, and how it will feel as they progress through the journey of building from idea to exit.
Elegant Entrepreneur is comprised of 1/3 business tenents that transform readers from women with ideas to women who understand how to build, scale and sustain successful companies from those ideas, 1/3 personal stories and examples from my experiences as a female founder, and 1/3 inspiring interviews from prominent founders such as Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank, Jenny Fleiss of Rent the Runway, and Donna Harris of the global incubator 1776.
Insights & Wisdom: Use the quotes, insights and experiences of many prominent entrepreneurs and executives woven throughout this book to avoid pitfalls and map your way to success. The community of women within the entrepreneurial world are eagerly waiting to see you scale your ideas into full blown companies!
Left Brain: Each left brain chapter builds understanding of consecutive business concepts. Key information gives a foundation for applying these concepts to your idea. Each chapter concludes with a summary of insights and suggestions for further reading on the topic.
Right Brain: The right brain chapters focus on understanding the emotional triggers of each step. This transparent, candid glimpse into the entrepreneur lifestyle will help you make a clear decision of whether the lifestyle is right for you and your vision of success.
- Ideas/Innovation Gauntlet
- Validation/ Market Research
- Business Planning
- Building Your Team
- Timing Your Leap
- Building Your Product
- Overcoming Setbacks & Competition
- Exit Opportunities
Early readers have voted "Elegant Entrepreneur" the #1 Best Entrepreneurship Inspiring Book, the #1 Best Personal Development Book for Entrepreneurs, and the #1 Non-Fiction Book for Women in their Twenties on GoodReads! Also, over 120 readers have given Elegant Entrepreneurs 5 star reviews on Amazon!
"This book provides everything the female entrepreneur needs to know, recognizes that she is female and therefore different from her male counterparts, and speaks to her like the savvy and intelligent individual she is, not like a girl in a man's world. I could confidently recommend this book to any friend who is thinking of starting a business, particularly those looking to start a technology or scalable business."
"I love this book. As an entrepreneur who is struggling to make my way through the complicated world of starting a business, I value this book so much. In addition to the smart advice, compelling stories, and sharp direction, the author shows she understands me and what I am going through. Each chapter ends with a section on how it feels to be at that stage in the process. And she's spot on! Danielle Tate writes like she's in the room with me, generously offering her wisdom and support."
- Michelle Smith
Kickstarter funds will be used toward studio recording and production of the audiobook. Many readers valued the feeling that they are talking with a friend when reading Elegant Entrepreneur. I plan to bring that experience to readers everywhere by narrating the audiobook myself. The funds will also allow me to donate audiobooks to aspiring entrepreneurs around the world! The more funding received, the more audiobooks will be given to the women who need them!
Studio time has been reserved at Cue Studio for recording and editing. I anticipate releasing the audiobook a few weeks after the Kickstarter campaign is completed and beginning a positive ripple effect of female founders.
If I raise more than my goal, I intend to use the surplus to fund the translation of Elegant Entrepreneur paperbacks and audiobooks into other languages to create even more accessibility to aspiring global entrepreneurs.
Thank you for your help!
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Risks and challenges
I do not anticipate any obstacles for the production of the audiobook post-funding; however, should any challenges present themselves my experiences handling obstacles as an entrepreneur and my passion for the mission of empowering more women to start up and scale up will help me overcome!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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