This year I had the amazing opportunity to be on the Women’s Entrepreneur Panel at the first ever Canadian Women’s Social Media Conference.
- Support of friends while you are setting up a business is absolutely crucial. Without people like Jen around I could easily have given up. We all experience similar problems. Find a mentor early on so you don’t feel alone.
- Competition can lead to collaboration. Lara and I have very similar businesses. I could have seen her as someone to compete with and “avoid”. Instead we looked at opportunities to work together. Also don’t dismiss “up and comers” – it will bite you in the ass later on. I will always remember and appreciate the people who thought I was worth working with in my early days (yes that is now).
- Nothing beats face to face. As much as I love twitter – I do find nothing gives me the warm and fuzzies more than being together face to face with like minded people.
- Stop focusing on road blocks. Focus on what you can do well and also focus on what motivates you. Figure out what you are passionate about in your business or you will give up.
- I have learned that being yourself is always the best choice- no matter what. Being authentic is powerful. Being what you think everyone wants you to be is draining and a time waster. Also don’t assume the worse in people – like Time Out for Mom said – “Maybe they are just having a bad day”. We write people off too quickly. We also judge a bit too quickly sometimes.