Women who successfully run their own businesses organize their time carefully, work toward clear goals in a field they know well, hire expert help and know how to cope with stress.

A new book, "Taking Control of Your Life," by Gail Blanke and Kathleen Walas recounts the experiences of winning entrepreneurs in the annual "Women of Enterprise" awards from Avon Products and the U.S. Small Business Administration.Other advice from the book: Define your business idea specifically, include family and friends in the planning, learn about business finance, be confident and keep a positive attitude.