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20 Pieces of Advice From Small Business Owners

Carolyn Canetti
Dec 8, 2020 5:00:00 AM

If you're thinking of starting a business or have recently taken the leap to be your own boss, it can be both an exhilarating journey as well as an immensely challenging one. We've spoken with many founders who are working hard, making a living and pursuing their passion. We compiled the best pieces of advice that these founders gave us, whether they're one year into their business, five years, or fifteen years. 


Here's how to stay motivated and realize that you're not alone. Small business owners and founders take a specific type of drive and motivation, and you should be proud to be amongst them: 



20 pieces of advice for new small businesses

  • "If it's something that you're interested in and could see yourself be happy doing, try it. If it works out, awesome, if it doesn't then you can say you tried, otherwise you'll regret it. You can't possibly know everything in the beginning and you're learn as you go." - Founder of Nova Lita Vintage
  • "I have to do so much to prove myself before someone is willing to look at my idea. It's so much more on top of just being a black woman for people to take me seriously. But, that's never stopped me before, it's business as usual." - Founder of Buzzoms 
  • "Acknowledge the fact that it will take a lot of grit and sacrifice, and you have to be okay with that. People may see successes but not the hard work behind it. Silo yourself and work without comparison. We realized early on that nobody knows what they're doing or has the answer. As long as you're doing what you know, you're the expert in your world, so own it." - Co-Founder of Anchal Project
  • "The main advice I give to anyone starting their own venture is to make sure they are both passionate and thoughtful about it. They will need to be passionate in the moments when they are working 16 hour days and not making money, and they will need to be thoughtful so that they don’t make every decision based purely on the emotion and enthusiasm behind the project. Know your strengths and follow them." - Founder of Thread Caravan
  • "The best way to test ideas is with people, and do so with anyone who will listen. Receive feedback and request it constantly from those who are in a position to give it with proper context. Also, have an end goal, but don’t mind adjusting it constantly. The world changes, and we must adapt and change with it. Be flexible and ready for anything." - Founder of The Canvas by Querencia Studio
  • "Working for yourself takes discipline, and it's simply not possible to find clients all day. If you fall into a spiral of depression and hit a wall, go for a walk." - Founder of Trio
  • "The most important thing when you start a business is that you believe the business will be successful." - Founder of Zuri
  • "We keep taking small steps ahead and are really proud as we look back on the progress we’ve made so far." - Co-Founder of Milx
  • "Start now, just do it. You won't have all the answers and you're going to make some mistakes along the way. Embrace that failure is part of building a business." - Brand Officer at Away
  • "Being my own boss is difficult. I had to recognize that the biggest barrier to success is myself. It’s all about your personality as a founder and leader. Not a lot of people tell you that when you start. It’s not your drive, it’s your habits and how you work with people." - Founder of Gifts for Good
  • "I quit my job, moved to the beach for the summer, and started pursuing my side business in full." - Founder of The Luxury Travelist
  • "You won't regret it. There are a million resources out there. But of course, don't be fooled that success will magically happen, it's a full time job of long hours, networking and believing in what you're putting out there. People listen to passion." - Co-Founder of Vaera Journeys
  • "Make sure you care and love what you do because you're going to spend a lot of time with it. Don't burn yourself out, hustle but also sleep." - Co-Founder of LACE Photo Media
  • "Reach out to people. We love mentoring, just talk to them and get feedback and support. Get involved in your local community as much as possible. It's good to make connections." - Co-Founder of LACE Photo Media
  • "It's important to look at your work as valid, professional work, rather than a craft or little hobby. Validate your profession." - Founder of ACG
  • "It all starts with an idea, and from there, figure out how to make it work. I'm constantly finding things I enjoy and it's never in one place." - Founder of Studio Bagru 
  • "It's easy to get overwhelmed, you have one million things in your head you want to accomplish. The best way to start is to focus on one thing you want to do really well, and delivering it to the people who care about it the most." - Co-Founder of Forsake
  • "Starting a business requires drive, readiness to work, and a strong support system." - Founder of Luba Photography
  • "You have to work and show up even if you are initially ignored. If you keep believing in something, even on the hardest days you'll be working towards helping make people happy." - Founder of Create and Plate
  • "Start." - Founder of The Bali Bead

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