Last week, our co-founders attended Inc. Women in NYC. They had a great time learning from inspirational and successful female entrepreneurs. Here are a few key takeaways:
Write down your goals, and tape them somewhere visible: We all know writing down your goals is so important to making sure they get completed. At the Inc Women conference, we heard Venus Williams speak, and she had some great advice for fulfilling your goals. After she writes her goals down, she tapes them to her mirror. We love that extra step because it allows your goals to serve as a reminder of what you should work towards each day.
Build an advisory team: There is strength in numbers. That is true in life and in business. Building a team of advisors early in your business development can help you make the best possible decisions for your business. Make sure your advisory team is full of people you trust implicitly, are smarter than you, and who think differently than you do. Having a diverse set of thinkers on your advisory team will only help you in the long run.
Act fast, and smart: The best entrepreneurs move quickly. Successful entrepreneurs don’t wait for the perfect moment, they just go for it and learn along the way. However, this may make entrepreneurship sound reckless. Yes, moving quickly is important, but you also have to move quickly and with a strategy. The two tips above will help you stay focused as you (quickly) develop your business.
Get involved in local government: We heard Elizabeth Gore speak about the power of local government. She reminded us that regulations are managed on the federal level. So knowing your congressman or woman, understanding his or her policies, and voting in local elections is incredibly important.
Business school might not be necessary: Despite attending business school herself, Birchbox’s Katia Beauchamp says that if you know what you want, and you have a great network, business school might not be a necessity. Entrepreneurship is all about learning as you go, so if you have the groundwork already in place, skip business school. Besides, you can always go back later to fine tune your skills.