Today I attended our monthly Mission Possible Network meeting, where I interviewed three successful women entrepreneurs;
Rhona Jack, Blue Click PR
Paula Stockton, Simply Icons
Charlotte Faulkenau, Segais Hair and Beauty

It was fascinating to hear them talk about some of the ups and downs of running a business. They all talked about how important technology is, not only to keep track of customers, but also to use as a sales channel.  One example Charlotte gave was talking about another hair salon that has the capability to send text messages to their customers.  When the new special edition pink GHDs were launched last year they sent a text message to their customers telling them when they would be available. As a result of that text they had sold all their stock before the product was even on the shelves!

Another lesson they had all learned was not to be afraid to make mistakes.   Rhona said that sometimes people are so afraid that they will do something wrong, that they do nothing.  The only way to learn is to do, and to remind yourself that everyone makes mistakes.  The challenge is not to make the same mistake twice!

It was also heartening to observe how the business relationships have been developing between members over the last few months, and I know that business has been done between many of them.  Next month we move to a new venue and the network has a new coordinator.  It is exciting for me to hand over the reins to someone else and I am also a little sad that I will not be attending.However, I am putting into practice another piece of good advice that was mentioned today – learn to delegate!