Starting a business from scratch is an adventure that comes with its share of challenges. Thankfully, you're not alone. There are plenty of fellow entrepreneurs to tap for advice.
That's precisely what Joanna Goddard had in mind when she published on her lifestyle blog, Cup of Joe, a roundup of 20 career tips from nine female entrepreneurs. It's a well-crafted and jam-packed read, for sure. However, should you want the cliff's notes, we spotlighted some of the top tips below.
1. Take a step back.
"If you told a story about your career, would it be interesting and surprising? If not, think about the path you're carving. You spend a large part of your life working--make it a story you want to tell."--Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, Food52
2. Be there for your business.
"Owning your own business, you sometimes feel like there's too much to do. You have big goals, and there are a million little steps to get there. But you just have to show up. Every day." --Anne Serrano-McClain, MCMC Fragrances
3. Don't dwell on the letdowns.
Take the breakdowns in stride. I'd be lying if I didn't admit I've had many a day ruined by some kind of stressor: a rude customer, our server going down. I finally realized what has me in knots one day, doesn't even phase me two weeks later. I'm much better at rolling with the punches now and less time is wasted ruminating on things that don't matter in the long run. --Sharon Montrose, The Animal Print Shop
4. Schedule your time wisely.
"Find a schedule that works for you: Take note of the times you feel sharpest each day, when you want to crawl under the covers and take a nap, and when you're the most stressed about everything, including your place in the world." --Deb Perelman, Smitten Kitchen
5. Empathy is key.
"Approach difficult conversations head on. Realize that it's undoubtedly difficult for the other person too and put it out there, right up front: 'This might be a difficult conversation, so let's work this out together.' Also, for years I didn't have a private place to meet with employees, so I got into the habit of having "walking meetings." We would walk around the neighborhood and talk, and I found that the other person seemed to be more relaxed. It feels less like an attack and can encourage the feeling that you really are trying to work things out together. " --Rony Vardi, Catbird