'9 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Learned In Their First Year of Business
Whether you're trying to decide when's the right to time to start your own business, or negotiating the difficulties of working from home (and for yourself), we spoke with four successful female founders to find out the crucial things they learned during their first year of operating. Keep scrolling!
Vicki Engsall, Co-Founder of The Jojoba Company
You have to love your product.
If you love the product you are working with when you are working for yourself, it is easy to be motivated and to motivate yourself. So always choose something you are passionate about and believe in so it doesn’t feel like a job, rather, a hobby!
Don't be afraid to start slow.
I started by working at home at night before actually giving up my full time teaching job just to make sure this was something I wanted to do and something that could actually work. I gave up my full time teaching job when it all got too busy to do both and I haven’t looked back. Although working for yourself can be flexible, you need to be more diligent about planning your days to ensure that you can fit everything in. When you are working full time, your hours are set for you. When working for yourself, you need a lot of self-discipline and to be organized to make sure you can put in the hours.
Set up a great working environment.
I set up a home office that I actually loved being in. It felt peaceful and I was surrounded by beauty products so I was very happy! Anecdote I was working as a full time teacher and loving it. While I was on maternity leave with my son, the opportunity came up to start The Jojoba Company. I wanted to be more flexible with my work so I could spend more time with my baby. I was due to go back to full time teaching as I was at the end of my maternity leave. That’s when I bit the bullet and decided to start the Jojoba Company with my dad. It definitely gave me more flexibility so I could work while my baby was sleeping or at night. For me, it was the perfect solution for the work/life balance I was after—and still is.'