Mums On Three: Helen Lindop

Helen Webster

Fab business tips from Helen Lindop from HelenLindop.com (lots of useful resources so do take a look), we should all be patting ourselves on the back regularly!

What are your three tips for starting a business?

  1. Offer a product or service that people really want. It’s much easier to sell when your customers are enthusiastic about buying your thing.
  2. Move fast. Run a pilot if you have to and test your idea. The only way you’ll know if it’s going to be a success is if you go out and try selling your thing.
  3. But have a plan too (even if you change it daily!) any plan is better than no plan at all.

What are your three tips for running a business around a family?

  1. Pick a business model that suits your life and commitments. E.g. some mums can work weekends and others can’t. Pick what fits you and your family.
  2. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Mums tend to have really high expectations of themselves but they have a lot on their plates too.Remember to pat yourself on the back regularly.
  3. At the end of the day it’s a business and it follows the same rules as any other business – you need planning, stock, good customer service, promotion, to do your books and to make a profit.

What are your three tips for business social networking?

  1. Be social, don’t just blast out sales messages. Interact, network, help people out, always be connecting with new people.
  2. Let your personality shine through. Be you and be real. Use your photo and not just your logo.
  3. Have a plan for what you want to achieve and who you want to reach.

Otherwise you risk just chatting and not growing your business.

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