31st Oct 2015
Imagine if time travel was an actual thing and not the plot device in some epic romance novel. Imagine if you could sit down opposite your younger self and impart some philosophical advice. What would you say? We asked some of the women nominated in the Entrepreneurs category of the IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards for their couple of cents.
Be brave and follow your convictions.? Don’t procrastinate. Surround yourself with positive people at home and at work.? A calm home environment is nurturing and necessary if you want to succeed and you will need the understanding and support of loved ones.? Learn quickly how to prioritize tasks and delegate where necessary.? Balance can be achieved and determination is everything.
Linda Nolan, managing director, MyBio
?Keep it Simple? is the first thing I learned when I was studying Marketing 100 years ago now, and it is still true today. However, over the years I have learned that if you ?fail to prepare – prepare to fail?. Make your pan, keep it simple, but always be flexible as nothing ever goes strictly to plan. When working for yourself you need to always ?be ‘very observant, and open to new ideas that may help you to succeed. Think outside the box. Life as an Entrepreneur is never dull. Success comes in many forms. And finally, ?If in doubt, do nowt!?.
Sallyanne Clarke, co-owner, L?Ecrivain
I think the best advice i could give a younger version of myself is that hard work really does pay off, to keep the faith but to try and enjoy it as much as possible. Even though the setting up our business was the hardest part, a huge part of me misses those days now, there was such a sense of excitement and anticipation. Anything feels possible.
Sara Mitchell, co-owner, Poulet Bonne Femme
Don’t be afraid to take risks, in order to achieve your goals you need to be a risk taker.vBuild a strong, effective team around you and trust them to do a good job.? Successful leaders encourage personal growth and mentor their team. Invest in a good CRM system early on, so as your business grows you can react quickly to your customer’s needs and changes in the market.
Caroline McEnery, managing director, The HR Suite
Be passionate and believe in yourself and your brand, then be consistent and don’t take no for an answer.
Monica Matellano, managing director, Eirespan
Denise Bell, director and co-founder, Bell Lane Coffee
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