When you start a business, it seems everyone you know has their own piece of advice to share about how to make a business successful. Your spouse, BFF, mom, neighbour down the street, cousin, hair stylist, babysitter, dentist, etc are all more than willing to bestow upon you their secret of business success!
But what we really want to know is, what is the Best business advice you received when starting your business?
Marci Birnie Arbonne
“Best advice: Not to focus on what others in my business were NOT doing. Just to focus on working and growing my own personal business.”
Sheri Harke Bruneau Get it Together
“Best advice: Use your ‘natural strengths’. Don’t pretend to be someone you are not. Being ‘authentic’ and ‘real’ are what people want!
Michelle Kachur Beautiful Dreamers Design
“Best Advice: If you love what you do, and you always stay true to that, it will always be reflected in your products and your relationships with your customers. Very true and I think that is what makes what I do so enjoyable!”
Sharon Reilly Post My Ball
“A good friend of mine told me that Passion was the key…she had a very successful business and stressed that it was because she was so passionate about it…she told me that she had known people run businesses for years with very little return and it was because they had no passion for what they did. That was the best advice I received and ensured that I started a business that I most definitely felt passionate about!”
Debbie O’Connor Motivating Mum
“This is not advice I received but I wish I had – choose a business that suits your personality, temperament & lifestyle. I had to try several things before I found a business that suited me & my family.”
Melissa Faircloth-Owens MoBoogie Boutique
“The best advice I received was to never give up. There will be highs and lows, during the lows it’s hard not to get discouraged. Keeping positive, always learning and evolving, and never being a quitter will allow you business to continue to grow!”
“A few sales tips were my best pieces of advice:
1. Sell like you already sold it! Always ask what they want to order, not if they want to order.
2. Retailers will often order your product on the 10th or 12th contact..never on the initial! Keep trying, keep updating them on your products and keep being there for them! It will show that you are driven, committed and ready to provide!
And – live your business, love your business and – especially for us moms, make sure your family lives and loves your business too – it is a whole extra member of your family!”
Jane Walter Organic Kidz
“To know the road ahead, ask those who are coming back…make use of the knowledge of those who have been there before you. Most are very willing to share their experiences both good and bad.”
Sheree Raddis Andrews, Giggle Gang Clowning and Entertainment
“To comparatively price with competitors instead of under pricing them to gain clients. I didn’t lower my prices, and now I have a great relationship with my competitors as well as the fact that I am not considered a “discount place” by customers. I have great clients and a thriving business.”
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