One of the questions we normally ask women entrepreneurs we feature on Women Home Business is: What advice can you give other entrepreneurs?
We have compiled some of the success tips, advice and lessons shared by this wonderful small business women entrepreneurs into a PowerPoint presentation. Check it out:
Here are the tips and advice our featured entrepreneurs shared:
Suzanne Meyer, Founder of the personal greeting service business The Welcome Committee
Find your passion and be true to yourself. Anything is possible when you believe in yourself. Always look at the glass as half full, and keep a positive attitude, it will get you far. Don’t give up easily….persevere. Be interested in others, and they will find you interesting. Smile and be happy….your inner beauty will shine through. Associate yourself with like-minded female entrepreneurs and get together regularly…you will learn so much! Most of all, enjoy what you do, and take pleasure in the little things!
Mandy Krammel, Inventor of Tweakerz Bra Accessory
If you believe in your product, don’t give up. My patent was rejected twice, thank goodness I tried again. The bumps in the road helped me to create a better product. Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Consider doing your market research study before investing too much money.
Chanell Scott, founder of Guffly.com
Start simple and get good at one thing. Once you’ve truly mastered it, don’t be afraid to try new things.
Johnita Glover and Tracy Jackson, founders of Virtual Business Consultants, Inc.
Our number one lesson for other women entrepreneurs is to establish and prioritize your goals. Establishing and prioritizing your goals creates destination points along your road to business success and helps you to keep focused along the way.
Leslie Smith, co-founder of baby accessories company L’il Darlins
If I could give any advice to women starting their own business it would be the following: Be willing to change your business plan to succeed, mistakes are learning experiences-not failures, become certified by WBENC (organization that supports minorities and women in business), network/network/network!
Arvey Krise, founder of SpoiledGrandKids.com
My advice is this. Do what you love and love what you do. My style may not work for everyone, but I believe in the motto of a very large company we all know, and that’s just do it. You won’t ever be successful without the risk of failure, and you sure aren’t going to be successful just sitting on the fence thinking about it. There’s a saying that my husband uses, analysis to paralysis. Personally, I’ve been successful and I’ve had businesses not work, but I’ve never regretted not trying. Some of the biggest companies in the world have gone through bankruptcies more than once, and have come back to be more successful than ever. You can’t even think about failure, much less be afraid of it. Just think of it as brushing off the dust.
Jen Husted, owner of JIH Designs
Don’t be afraid to take risks!!! If you’re confident about yourself and your work then stick with it and stay true to what you really want to do. If you’re not extremely happy in your current work situation, then it’s time to re-evaluate and do what you really have a passion for.
I was “stuck” in well paying & secure job but I was the unhappiest I’ve ever been. I took a large pay cut to pursue design and start a company. I can honestly say that I have never for a second regretted my decision–and, as a result, I have never been happier in my life.
Jessica McHugh, Owner of bookkeeping service company AccountAbility
Be patient – be productive with your time – have a positive attitude – be nice to EVERYONE
Erin McKennna, Founder, BabyCakes NYC
My advise is to stay strong and don’t lose sight of what inspired you in the first place. Don’t go to others for ideas–let it be from you. It has to be authentic.
Laura Wellington, founder of Giddy Gander Company and creator of The Wumblers
Fear is but a test. How you handle it will determine whether or not you reach the next step in your journey. Let it energize you but never stop you.
Lisa Kothari, Founder of Peppers and Pollywogs
It’s a great ride to be an entrepreneur, but like any ride there are the highs and lows. Perseverance is the key especially at the very beginning when you are just starting out and nobody knows who you are or what you are doing. That’s the time where you get more no’s than yes’s…stick with it…find people who have been where you are and gain strength from the knowledge that everyone is doing it by putting one step in front of the other each day. If you have passion and love what you are doing…the journey is worth it!
Nicole Simons, founder of Fortunuts
Firstly I think my not spending sooo much time obsessed with what my “plan” was, was actually a gift. I dove in and trusted my instinct and really created a product that was authentic to me.
- Know what you are getting into! If I knew how much it took to build and sustain a food business I may have decided to sell some t-shirts! – research research research….
- Have your pricing and profit modules set up – and continue to look at them- they are ever changing.
- Surround yourself with the right PEOPLE- it is #1 important thing!
- Keep your feet in the water as to what is going on in your industry and the latest news on all areas of your business.
- Keep it interesting, keep changing things up a bit, add flavors, tweak your website always appear to be fresh and on the front lines of what’s is going on trend wise etc!
Originally published on October 15, 2009
Updated December 25, 2009