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BizOwner aged 55
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Small Business Owner , Committed and focused on succeeding , Still learning

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Female , 55

Founded the company with my business partner in 1999. It was the first business either of us had started - it continues to be a great journey. Today we have a team of 12 and growing. Have learned a lot along the way, made plenty of mistakes, although those are the best lessons (but certainly not the best times)and know there are some things we would NEVER do again. As in life. Have enjoyed some great successes, although we often forget to really celebrate them. Have learned so much from other women who have started and grown (and often sold) successful businesses. Have been inspired by the passion and commitment of so many business owners I have met over the years - it's a great picker-upper when it's all getting a bit on top of you . Having said that, I am eternally optomistic and believe that all things can be overcome or worked around -in life generally and work in particular.
I love spending time with creative, positive, passionate people - it inspires and informs all aspects of my life - work and play.

Life experiences

Starting a Business

Until nine years ago I always worked for other people. I didn't know how to run my own business, but I knew that the idea my busines partner and I had was a good one and I knew that it coudn't remain 'just an idea'. Every business starts like that. I know the journey of taking an idea, committing it to paper and then taking that plan and making it happen.

Networking

I am someone who likes to listen to other people and am happy talking about just about anything. I never knew that this would be viewed as a skill until I started business. In the business world this 'thing' is called networking. It doesn't need to be your worse nightmare, and if you don't enjoy it today, that can easily be changed. But I do believe it is vital in business

Why mentor on horsesmouth?

Since starting my own business I have had so many people give me guidance and advice, I uderstand how valuable it is to get another opinion. You don't have to act on it but often it helps in seeing thinga a different way and that's all you need sometimes to navigate your way around something. I couldn't have got to where I am without being able to call on some more experienced people than me when I wasn't sure what to do next. I believe it paying it forward. What use is experience and good advice if they're kept to yourself? Pass them on, they don't have an expiry date.

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