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How To Be a Bo$$, As Told by Two Eggs’ Lisa Pastor
Thanks SO much to the team at The Lodown for profiling Lisa and sharing the Two Eggs love!
Here are a few select excerpts from the article:
What advice would you give to people who want to start their own business, especially when that means leaving a secure job? I feel like when most people answer this question they always say, “Don’t quit your day job!” That is damn good advice, but I didn’t do that so I can’t really co-sign. My number one tip would be to network. Start building your community now so when you are ready to launch your business, you’ve got a solid support structure in place. Seriously, talk to everyone and treat everyone with respect. You literally NEVER know who you’re talking to. Even if they can’t “do anything” for you now, they may turn out to be one of your best friends (it’s happened to me), introduce you to your boyfriend (it’s happened to me), or hire you in a few years (it’s happened to me). You can do all the prep work while you build your network. You’d be surprised how willing people are to help. Don’t be scared to ask questions and get feedback even if your idea is still just an idea.
What has been the most challenging part about building a business? The easiest? I’ll start with the good first. The easiest part has been coming up with ideas! As a creative person, my head is always swirling with 5,000 ideas. For instance, for the new collection coming out, I came up with about 30 different items I wanted to create in a matter of a few hours! The most challenging part has been basically everything else. I don’t mean to scare people away from starting a business, but it is hard work. It’s also the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. To be able to see something through from concept to real-life tangible thing is incredible! Having a great product that people love is one tiny part of the greater whole. The most challenging part might just be having patience and being nice to yourself. In our fast-paced internet-crazed world, it’s easy to think that all these other people out there have had “overnight success”. That’s what the articles say so it must be true, right? But it never is. If you start digging deeper into each one of these stories, you’ll see that the founder of the company had probably been working for years and years to get to where they are now. It’s hard not to compare yourself to others and get discouraged. Be patient and keep working. Good things will happen.
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