Running a business, small or big, is often a challenge. It may look simple, even effortless for people on the outside looking in but the reality is that running a business takes more than guts, it takes a certain ruthlessness, lots of optimism and a certain bravado.
When Nic started this business in 1998, little did I know I’d be joining him. I was happily thinking of climbing the corporate ladder, ambitious old me. I was thinking, maybe a PA to the Chairman or even Head of Corp Comms would sound lovely on my business card.
Anyway, in the end, I quit my corporate job and joined Nic to run our small business. It’s been quite a journey but it is always a journey of thrills and spills, of strategizing and re-strategizing, of generating ideas, of planning the next step. It is sometimes stressful but I prefer this over a nine-to-five job.
I would be what you’d call the reluctant business person. I was thrown into this deep end of the pool because I got sick and tired of my corporate job. I could not see myself as a business person for ages because I felt one had to have a special talent for business in order to be in business.
But over the years, I’ve come to relish being a business person so much so I decided to start WomenBizSENSE with a good friend. WomenBizSENSE is a women entrepreneurs club to help other women who have just started their businesses. Of course, we’re still a small group but we have big dreams of reaching out to more and more women and assisting them in nurturing their businesses.
I came across this helpful resource recently for small business. SCORE is an American website with lots of helpful links, articles, resources, videos and more on starting and running a small business. It’s full of good business advice. And if you want more business stuff, there’s more over at AllBusiness.
Running a small business is no mean feat. That’s why you need all the help you can get.