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Five things I’ve learnt from growing Fabulous Women and Marvellous Men by Jane Hardy

Posted on 17/09/2017

There is no better way to learn about running a business than rolling your sleeves up and doing it. I've certainly learnt a huge amount in the time I've owned Fabulous Women & Marvellous Men but these are probably the top 5:

  1. Find your sense of purpose

I was a relative late comer to networking but found that I got such a buzz from meeting new people, seeing them succeed and helping them along the way that it I knew it was my purpose in life. When I meet new members, I often sense that their confidence isn’t where it should be and I like to think I am able to help them see their own potential and grow in themselves as well as in their businesses.

  1. Really get to know your connections

Networking is something of a long-term strategy and it’s not enough just to know who someone is and what their business offers. It’s important to spend the time getting to know people, to find out more about them as a person and to really understand how it feels to be in their shoes, whether that’s when they are at a networking event for the first time or when they have reached a certain point in their business.

  1. Ask for feedback

I encourage complete honesty from our members and try to be brave and open enough to really listen to what they think we offer, whether it's positive or negative. Once we understand what is working for them and what they want to see done differently, we’re in a great place to meet their needs.

  1. Surround yourself with a team that will help you succeed

I work with a handful of people that know me well and who I trust with the running of my business – my accountant, Elizabeth Saunders, my friend and marketing expert, Glenda Shawley from the Training Pack, my business coach, and my fabulous administrator Nikki.

  1. Take inspiration from others

I’m lucky to be surrounded by members and friends who are a great source of inspiration but I look to others who are succeeding in running their own business and creating a community too.

I’m a big fan of Carrie Green founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association. She has taken networking online and created a community for business women which really encourages them to thrive. I also admire Bryony Thomas from Watertight Marketing. A lot of what I do is based on instinct but I find Bryony has a really structured and logical approach to marketing and business development that is easy to adapt and follow.

What have you learnt from running your own business that you think would help others? Do share in the comments below this article. Stay Fabulous!

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