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The essential guide for female entrepreneurs who want to “go big,” which shows you how to turn that creative idea into a million-dollar-plus business.
American women are starting businesses at nearly twice the rate that men are, but only three percent of female business owners have revenues of over one million dollars. Most women entrepreneurs are stuck at the “mom and pop” level, just getting by, or in many cases, running out of cash. Julia Pimsleur shares her inspiring story of building her own company and raising millions in capital in a guide for women like her who have a great idea and need to find the resources to take it into the big leagues.
In Million Dollar Women, Pimsleur introduces you to seven women who, instead of “leaning in,” simply left corporate America and “marched in” to the world of entrepreneurship. They have raised capital, developed powerful networks, and generated multimillion-dollar companies from scratch. When Pimsleur herself started Little Pim, a company that produces a program for young children to learn foreign languages, she wanted to create an exceptional experience. But soon she realized that she had to think and behave differently to become the head of a multimillion-dollar company. Eventually she transformed from a creative person with a business idea into a CEO running a business with a creative idea at its center.
Million Dollar Women will teach you the concepts, the lexicon, and the steps for taking a business big. It shows you how to network, when to delegate, and when to get extra coaching. Above all, it provides help for overcoming the kind of emotional hurdles you have to jump to join the million dollar-plus business owners—and cheers you on in overcoming every obstacle. With her friendly, pragmatic advice, humor, and an appendix of exercises to take your ideas from theory to practice, Julia Pimsleur’s book is an invaluable reference.
About the Author
Julia Pimsleur is the author of the book Million Dollar Women and creator of the Million Dollar Women Masterclass, an online course for female entrepreneurs who want to go big. Pimsleur founded Little Pim, the leading system for introducing young children to a second language, which won twenty-five awards for its proprietary Entertainment Immersion Method® and sells in twenty-two countries. After raising millions in angel and venture capital for Little Pim, Pimsleur started teaching fundraising bootcamps to help other women do the same, and their stories inspired her to write Million Dollar Women. Pimsleur blogs about entrepreneurship for Forbes.com; has been featured on Today, NBC Weekend Today, and Fox News; and has spoken about entrepreneurship at Yale, Stanford, and NYU. Pimsleur and her company have been highlighted in Business Week, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, and she won the Smart CEO Brava! Award for women entrepreneurs. Pimsleur lives in New York City and can be found at JuliaPimsleur.com.
“Useful and inspiring.” — Diane von Furstenberg
"Do you have an ambitious vision for your business, but aren’t sure what to do next? Million Dollar Women is both encouraging and realistic—it’s packed with insights, practical advice, and real-life examples. Successful entrepreneur Julia Pimsleur provides an invaluable guide for any woman who wants to make a big jump." — Gretchen Rubin, author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project
"Million Dollar Women gives women a roadmap to getting over the million dollar mark with their businesses. Julia Pimsleur speaks from having been in the trenches herself and has a genuine mission to help other women make it into the million dollar women club. A must read for women who care about their financial futures." — David Bach, author of Smart Women Finish Rich and Start Late, Finish Rich
“Building your million dollar business often requires finding, convincing and working with outside investors. And those angels and venture capitalists are mostly all men. Million Dollar Women provides the map, compass and inspiration to enable female entrepreneurs to enter that world and emerge victorious!” — Adam Quinton, Investor, CEO of Lucas Point Ventures
“Through the experiences of eight women (including the author herself) who have built multimillion-dollar companies, entrepreneur and CEO Julia Pimsleur explains how women can take their businesses to the next level. But it’s not just the stories themselves that are valuable; it’s the humorous and pragmatic way in which Million Dollar Women is told.”
“A comprehensive, how-to guide for female founders to scale their businesses. From launching and fundraising to delegating and networking, Julia meets her readers as an ally sharing a step-by-step narrative of her journey."
"Pimsleur, CEO of a multimillion-dollar company, shares her inspiring story to help other women reach that goal. . . . With thought-provoking interviews of women entrepreneurs and other business experts and important exercises at the end, this resourceful book is rich in ideas and valuable insight."
"Packed with case studies and stories of Pimsleur’s own history and rise, this enthusiastic, encouraging guide is a great Business 101 for entrepreneurial women."
"Fantastic. . . . While Julia focuses on teaching women how to raise angel and venture capital, she is also passionate about women having the right mindset to succeed in a challenging business world."