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A wise person once said that ‘Behind every successful woman is herself’ – and we totally agree. But we also believe that behind every successful woman is every other woman who has gone before her, paving the way, smashing through glass ceilings and making her voice heard.

In honour of International Women’s Day, we’re listening to the voices of eight inspirational women who have excelled in the cut-throat world of business ownership. They’re inventors, directors, managers and mums, and we’ve asked them to share the nuggets of wisdom that got them to where they are today.

“We can’t be everything to everyone all the time” – Michelle, co-founder of Nix & Ash

My husband Cale and I have realised that we can’t be everything to everyone all of the time, so we prioritise. We have days that are focused on our boys only, days that are for building the business via social media and marketing and time that is spent on the ‘day to day’ operations of prepping, packing and posting our hats. We realised early on that the way we had been working within our professional lives left little time for the ideal balance. We worked on growing the business and then took the leap to place Cale in the business full time. This created the balance we needed and the shift in every aspect of our lives. We now even have time for date morning just for us, husband and wife! An absolute game changer.

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“Know your purpose” – Amanda, founder of Lovekins

My biggest tip is to know your purpose. I love what I am doing professionally so much that it has become a huge part of my identity and personal life. For me, finding a balance is not about separating work and life; it’s about feeling invigorated by what I’m doing every day and knowing that I am giving back to the community when I can. That is my balance. Find your narrative and learn how to tell your story. It is easy to doubt yourself, but I believe that our individuality and experience are what make us unique.  

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“Ask for help” – Lillie, founder of Harry and Kit

Write a to do list for each day, week, month and don’t overextend yourself in the work arena. Understand what is achievable in a certain timeframe and work to fulfill your to do list, which should include play/quality time with your family and friends. Ask for help when help is needed! I had so much support around me when I started my business but I never asked for help in the business so things took a lot longer to do than they should have at the beginning. I have now learnt I can’t do everything myself and when help is needed, there is always someone there willing to lend a hand.

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“If you don’t learn to become resilient you’re not going to make it” – Nicole, founder of boo+crew

The toughest lessons teach and humble you the most. If you don’t learn to become resilient you’re not going to make it. Starting a business involves so much time, effort, blood, sweat and tears but if you believe in what you do you come out the other end a stronger, better person.

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“Back yourself” – Amy, founder of Little Renegade Company

The best advice I was given was to back yourself. If you think that there is a gap in the market, others will think so too. If you like something, don’t overthink it, there will be others that will like it also. See what is out there similar to your idea and think how you can make it better.

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“Make sure you don’t miss the important moments” – Belinda, founder of Aloha Distribution

Know when to switch off. Be present with the ones you love and always try (I say try) to make time for the things you love/need to do. Make sure you don’t miss the important moments in life, because you don’t get them back. Always live by the notion that if you replace expectation with appreciation, your whole world opens up.

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“We have incorporated our children in our business” – Natalie and Emilie, founders of Tribe of Asteria

Our biggest learning thus far has been to ensure we communicate clearly about our expectations and not to compromise on the important things that are the foundation of our brand. We have incorporated our children in our business which makes life a lot easier. They are always involved in what we are doing for the business and have helped us implement practicality into our designs. So far, to be honest, this journey hasn’t felt like work at all! 

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“Know what you are good at, delegate the rest” – Jen, inventor of the Happy Hair Brush

Know yourself. Know what you are good at, then delegate the rest. The other tip is to fully understand what you overdo because you love it and/or use to avoid other things (yes, we all do that). Come up with a plan to manage that when you get stressed.

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