The impromptu discussions with audience members after a presentation or panel talk is where facilitators and speakers like me feel the pulse of the audience. Beate, how did you build and sell a business to Bill Gates as a single mom immigrant? What advice do you have for new entrepreneurs?
Here are five simple Entrepreneur life tips that will help you to grow, build, and scale your business—while maintaining your sanity.
Let go of email
Your inbox will never be caught up. That’s just an Entrepreneur reality that you are going to have to live with. Manage your projects in folders and utilize project management software like Asana or Basecamp. Email then becomes a notification system instead of multiple conversations that you have to track.
Digital burn out
Every single day, the digital black hole attempts to suck you in. You can run your entire business without speaking to another human. But that leaves you spending hour after hour furiously typing through a jungle of never ending to-do lists, not to mention creating content, promoting on social media, and responding via email. To avoid digital burn out, add human contact. Get on the phone and schedule face-to-face meetings.
It’s important to make a good impression with your website and on paper, but it is MOST important to make a good impression in person. Your face and lovely personality is what sparks more interest than the best email or blog post ever could.
Return to passion
Be clear about why you do what you do. Entrepreneur life is fueled on your passion to make a difference or impact. Without that, you’ll easily run out of steam and end up wondering what you are doing it for. Returning to the passion that brought you here in the first place is the key to making it through difficult patches.
The responsibility of success
A big picture thought: I hope that at the end of the day you can look in the mirror and like the person you see. Never take the responsibility of success lightly. I beseech you to shine a light on the path for many to follow in your footsteps.
If you want more advice, here is an excerpt of a recent interview where I shared some of my experiences.
I hope you find these tips helpful. What tips can you add? I’d love to hear them!
Beate Chelette is The Growth Architect and a results-oriented businesswoman with an entrepreneurial spirit and a proven track record in growing, building and scaling women’s businesses. Once $135,000 in debt and a single mother, she successfully sold her business to a global entertainment media company owned by Bill Gates in a multi-million dollar deal.
Through her online courses, one-on-one training programs and live speaking events, she mentors women entrepreneurs with her 5 Star Success Blueprint, developed with the knowledge gleaned from her growing, scaling and selling her own company. Beate has a deep commitment to supporting women.
She is the creator of The Women’s Code, the fourth step of Growth Architecture that is focused on Supporting Balanced Leadership. Her proprietary methods specifically address women’s obstacles and she leads from experience, having survived in business in a highly competitive male-dominated environment.
She is a respected speaker and mentor and is the author of the book “Happy Woman Happy World How to Go From Overwhelmed to Awesome”, a book that corporate trainer and best-selling author Brian Tracy calls “a handbook for every woman who wants health, success and a fulfilling career.”