This post is part of a series – Number 5
We asked successful businesswomen to share their experiences of starting a business. We looked to interview women of different ages, backgrounds and business sectors, asking them to share the good and the bad. Here’s what they told us:
Jackie Cross – www.jacquelinecross.com
Why did you start your business and what age were you?
I started my first business at the age of 23; I made the decision whilst standing in the sea in Turkey, I still remember the feeling now after all these years… a feeling of excitement and wonderful enthusiasm
What was the most important piece of advice you were given and why?
I absorbed much advise over the years but one thing springs to mind – always make sure you give ‘value’ to the client – one of the most important things working in business.
What do you wish you’d known from day one?
My weakest area is dealing with finances I don’t enjoy this area of the business I prefer getting creative. A better understanding of the financials from the beginning would have been helpful.
With hindsight, what would you do differently?
Hard to say what I would have done differently as I am a great believer that any challenges that we come across make us a stronger in business for the future.
What’s the best part of running your own business?
I absolutely love working with people and I am really lucky to have a perfect work/life balance, which is very important to me. Running your own business allows you do this.
Any additional comments?
If anyone has the inspiration or an idea that they are considering to move forward in business then I would say go for it. The things you learn on the way are incredible together with your business support network, which just grows and grows, taking you one from opportunity to the next.
Interviewed by Tracey Jefferies for Networking Women. Tracey runs her own successful marketing and PR consultancy. She also writes on a regular basis for various publications and reviews the newspapers on BBC Radio Oxford. www.traceyjefferies.co.uk
This session will help you to see what ‘balance’ means to you and help you find your own priorities.
- Identify key activities at work and at home
- Recognise behaviour habits that sabotage balance
- Learn assertive communication skills to negotiate priorities
- Develop practical strategies to achieve work-life balance
Come away from this session with the understanding and practical tools and strategies to allow you to juggle it all successfully!