Business


February 3, 2012Have you been struggling with your finances lately? Come on, be honest… Are you ready to make a change in your personal financial situation in 2012? Well, the good news is you are not alone. If you are like most people, one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get your finances in order and finally take control of your financial life.  And we applaud you. As a…
January 30, 2012 Net worth- What is it and how do we increase it?  Simply stated, net worth is the amount your assets exceed your liabilities. Do you make more than you spend? Women in general tend to shy away from knowing what their net worth is because (1) They think they don’t have enough assets to have a net worth (2) They have no idea what goes in the net…
January 30, 2012 Coca-Cola.  Gap.  Apple.  Christian Louboutin.  As soon as you think about these four brands, it conjures up very specific images and emotions related to them. Love them or hate them, you know what these brands represent. Now, insert your name here: ______________. When people see or hear your name they should have strong associations, just like they do to soda companies and fashion lines. There’s no reason why this…
January 3, 2012Made Women come from all walks of life and pursue a wide range of goals. There are those who are mothers, some are humanitarians, and other are CEO’s of huge companies. And then there are those who choose to forge their own way in their fields and create a little something awesome for themselves. We call these hustlers entrepreneurs and Elvira Guzman is one of them.  A graduate…
January 3, 2012You walk into a room filled with strangers. You panic. Your heart beats rapidly. Your palms begin to sweat.  You don’t know where to begin or who to meet. So you quickly turn to the stranger to your immediate left and introduce yourself. After a brief, chatty five-minute conversation…it’s silence. Dead, awkward silence. You clear your throat and nervously smile. What now, you wonder?Here are some basic yet…
December 18, 2011It's there, in the back of your mind. And it's growing every day. It's the desire to have something to call your own. To walk into your own house every night, to remodel it to your liking, to feel the sense of accomplishment that comes with buying a home. But if you've been alive during the past couple of years, you've heard that there's more to buying a…
December 18, 2011Let’s start with full disclosure: I am a public relations specialist, so I write this article with a fundamental belief that every business should utilize some type of PR. I assume that many Made Women are somewhat familiar with PR, if for no other reason than the popularization of it by the one and only Samantha Jones’ of Sex & The City.  Thank you, Samantha, for calling attention…
December 5, 2011It’s December…that time of year when a jolly old fat man reminds us to spread some generosity and goodwill.  But for the remarkable and dynamic Monique Ellis, founder and executive director of Toni’s House, contributing to the lives of others is a year round vocation. Monique started Toni’s House with the intent to provide a safe haven for those recovering from addiction and abuse.  Over time her dream…
December 5, 2011Someone says, “The office Christmas party is next week!” You think, “Bring on the booze!”…and we have a problem. I really don’t know the origin of this idea that the office Holiday/Christmas party should be a near-orgy, booze fest but I’m pretty sure the cast of Mad Men is to blame. Be that as it may, we don’t all have to succumb to the tequila and free for…
November 28, 2011Are you looking for an internship that allows you to grow and learn in your chosen field? Well, this one's for you. Made Woman Magazine (www.madewomanmag.com) is an online magazine and networking platform based out of Los Angeles, targeting today’s young, professional woman. Launched in August, 2011, Made Woman’s mission is to provide original content, fresh ideas, open dialogue and useful tools for women of all backgrounds.  We…
November 22, 2011 Ahhhh, the Juris Doctorate degree. So prestigious, so desired. Maybe you have dreamed of getting that degree since you were a child. Maybe you are considering law school because of the potential earnings. At a good firm, (in which you will be working most of your life) you stand to make 6 figures. You can buy all the things you dreamed of having, pay off some loans…
November 22, 2011 Working for yourself sounds pretty sweet, right? Setting your own hours, taking on projects that you are good at and tackling them your way… yes, please! The concept of freelancing can be an appealing option, but getting the word out there takes some work. You’re going to have to market yourself - and market yourself WELL - to stand out. Here are a few tips, specifically geared…
November 8, 2011Maybe it’s your clothing line’s official launch party. Perhaps a fall fashion show. Or an alumni networking mixer, a best friend’s baby shower, a rehearsal dinner, your record label’s first music showcase. Whether it’s an informal meeting or an extravagant black tie gala, you’ve found yourself in charge of coordinating an event that must be flawlessly spectacular and quintessentially memorable. And it all starts with the venue! While many…
November 8, 2011 When I met up with Lisa Marie Todd at her West LA jewelry studio, I thought I’d be sitting down with a former In Living Color fly girl turned jewelry designer. How cool to sit down with someone I grew up watching on one of the most iconic shows of our time? What I didn’t know was that I’d be interviewing a true business mogul. In addition…
November 1, 2011You may have heard words like "down economy," "high unemployment" and, oh, I don't know, "recession," thrown around these days. In lay (wo)men's terms: it's real out there. If you happen to be searching for a job right now, like 99.9% of my friends, you know just how real ish actually is. In times like these, getting an interview can seem like getting Wonka's golden ticket. So when…