I’m fortunate enough to be asked for my advice & guidance by new entrepreneurs quite often.
This week was no different. When I received an out-of-the-blue email from a Richmond woman starting her own site it was flattering that she’d like my input.
We met for lunch & talked about Richmondmom.com, my humble beginning (and current humble status for that matter!), taking it from concept to cradle, and how we’ve grown to the “toddler stage.”
I was able to share my mistakes, which are plentiful:
1. Not hiring a professional web designer from the start.
2. Not hiring someone to help me sooner.
3. Trusting that clients would pay on time & not having a back-up plan. (As my husband says “Notoriety is great but we can’t put it on the dinner table.”)
She asked fabulous questions, causing me to reflect & often only offering-up an “I don’t know” as a response. . .after all, I’m no expert, I’m still learning, too!
What I took away from our satisfying lunch together (literally & figuratively) was that I learned surely as much as this kind woman did, and that there still remains much to learn on this bumpy business-owner’s road. The time spent reflecting& sharing was as valuable to me as I hope it was to this once-stranger from whom I expect much success.