In 2012, if you would have told me I would own my own business, I would have laughed in your face and made a snarky remark about capitalism. Fast forward to now and I am an entrepreneur who has a staff of 45, impact 2000 girls a year, and am the CEO of a corporation. Go figure.
Owning a business was never in my mind’s eye because I didn’t have the tools, exposure or background to think it was a feasible career. As they say, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” I didn’t know much of anything (and I still don’t, but I sure am good at faking it.) In my second year as a classroom teacher, I was charged with the task of teaching entrepreneurship to 170 11th grade students on the south side of Chicago. Suffice it to say, I had to quickly learn the basic elements of business. Along the way I learned the fundamentals of a business plan, the importance of networking and began to foster a healthy love of my own skill sets. While I worked to empower my students, I too became empowered.
I also learned that the basics of business are all you really need. Knowing how to use Microsoft Excel is definitely handy, but it won’t make or break you. Understanding the intricacies of evaluations may grant you more agency, but it won’t help you to grow as an entrepreneur. Below are my 7 foolproof business strategies to live by. Take them out for a walk. Try them on. See how it goes.
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