Bold Broads highlights women founders and creative [read: BADASS] small business owners about how they really deal with the ups and downs of running a BOLD business. These women share honest wisdom and tough lessons to support you in collectively making good shit happen in your own women-led startup or small business. Meet Hannah Pianko, co-founder of Kluk Pianko Law. Kluk Pianko Law represents companies and investors across a variety of industries, including software, technology, media, food and beverage, beauty, e-commerce and retail.
Let's meet her, shall we?
1. STARTING A BUSINESS IS HARD AND SOMETIMES LONELY. WHAT THE F*CK MOTIVATED YOU TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
I started my own business so that I could choose who to work with – and that’s people who are inspiring and passionate about what they do. Being able to work with wonderful clients who are paving their own paths has made my work so meaningful.
2. HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED TO KEEP THRIVING IN A CREATIVE SPACE WHERE EVERYONE SEEMS TO ONE-UP EACH OTHER?
I try my best to focus on myself and not compare myself to others. Whenever I have moments of self-doubt or wonder if someone else is doing something “better” than me, I remind myself that I can only control the work that I'm doing, not what anyone else is doing. If I work hard and produce great work product, the work will speak for itself and everything else will fall into place.
3. SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES ARE OFTEN QUIETLY SUPPORTED BY A COLLECTIVE OF WOMEN MENTORS, FRIENDS AND BUSINESS OWNERS. WHAT COMMUNITIES AND RESOURCES HAVE BEEN MOST PIVOTAL TO YOUR OWN BUSINESS SUCCESS?
When I was deciding whether to start my own business, I reached out to other lawyers who started their own firms to learn about their experiences. They all gave me very honest, candid and helpful advice, and since I’ve gone out on my own, they’ve continued to be an incredible support network.
4. NO BULLSH*T; WHAT'S THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS? AND EQUALLY IMPORTANT; HOW ARE YOU WORKING TO OVERCOME THIS?
One of the hardest parts of running my own business is knowing that I can’t coast or rest on my laurels. I have to generate business for my firm and then also provide great service or else my firm won’t be successful. This can feel really overwhelming at times, but then I remind myself of what I said in question 2 above – that if I work hard and care about the quality of the work that I do, the work will speak for itself and there will be plenty of it.
5. SHARE THE MOST HELPFUL PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER BEEN GIVEN.
Invest in yourself. Don’t be scared to spend money on (great) employees, an office that makes you happy or other resources that you think will be helpful to your business. These investments will enable you to build a strong foundation and allow your business to grow and flourish.
I UNAPOLOGETICALLY OWN MY BOLD BROAD BADASSERY BECAUSE...
I help founders, entrepreneurs and creatives with all areas of their business – from formation, contract review and compliance to trademarks and other intellectual property matters. I’m proud to say that a large number of clients are incredibly smart and creative women who are creating leadership roles for themselves and making a meaningful impact in their respective industries.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I co-founded the law firm Kluk Pianko Law in 2016. Kluk Pianko Law represents companies and investors across a variety of industries, including software, technology, media, food and beverage, beauty, e-commerce and retail. Before co-founding Kluk Pianko Law, I was in-house counsel at General Assembly, an ed-tech start-up headquartered in New York. Prior to that, I worked in the New York office of the international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.