How To Be A Successful Business Woman
Yesterday I attended a networking event at Greenfields in Albert Park, hosted by "Minding Her Business", which is a platform for ambitious women to connect, collaborate and create with one another. Launched in Brisbane 2017, Minding Her Business has grown to be one of Australia's most talked about events. Yesterdays event was the first that founder Katie Stevens has hosted in Melbourne and from the vibe, and the jam-packed “sold out” room, the event was a huge success.
A question I am often asked is what it takes to start and maintain a successful business. For me, the answer is being able to trust yourself. Many people won't understand what you are trying to do and don't think you will succeed, but you need to dig deep to know what you are capable of.
The above was a general vibe of the day, with Katie and the panel of 3 successful businesswomen:
Stephanie Sanzo - An amazing mum of two & official trainer and bikini weightlifting model.
Kate Save - Founder of Be Fit Food Australia (who was on Shark Tank) and 2019 Telstra Award finalist.
Chloe Szep - Social media star, beauty blogger & founder of Szep athletic wear.
Here are the main messages I related to as a business owner from the girls.
1. Don't forget to look after you
Stephanie spoke about being a mother and putting her business and children in front of her. What Stephanie found is she became bitter and harsh because she was heavily focussed on everyone else and forgot to take time out for herself, which was leading her to nearly having a breakdown. It affected everything in her life. Now Stephanie takes time out to look after herself and to rest and not only has her business become more successful but now Stephanie is enjoying work and life since she has found the balance.
2. Hire the right staff
Kate wanted to create a company of "real food" for people, rather than sugar-laden shakes and bars, which took money, time and effort. Preparation was vital for this company (and most companies). When Kate went onto the tv show "Shark Tank" her company became so successful that her website crashed on the first night. But the nightmare for Kate was that her Manager didn't think the show was going to work for the company, so he only manufactured a small amount of food to be sold. Kate was left unprepared for the thousands of orders, so she had to employ 63 new staff and work around the clock to make up for the error. Kates main message wasn't only to be prepared, ensure you have the backing of the right staff to help your company grow.
3. Be true to you
At 20 years of age, Chloe Szep has a wealth of knowledge in her field of social media and youtube videos, which she has been running for four years. Chloe's main message was to be yourself. Chloe found that when she tried to be someone else because of feeling she wasn't good enough, she was trolled. Have the confidence to be yourself and stop worrying about how everyone else is acting or what they are doing. Know you are good enough being you.