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 Tiffany Han, a business strategist for the highly creative woman.
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?
In the beginning, it had to do with freedom and creativity. I wanted my life to look like what I *thought* entrepreneurship was - which was the shiny, internet version of things.
What I quickly realized, though, was that while the real-life reality of having my own business looked nothing like what I thought it would, I loved the way I was able to work from a place of freedom and service. Rather than having a job where I pushed papers around and worked hard for someone else's vision for what the world needed, I was able to put my efforts towards my own.
2. HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED TO KEEP THRIVING IN A CREATIVE SPACE WHERE EVERYONE SEEMS TO ONE-UP EACH OTHER?
I do everything I can to keep my eyes on my own paper, which often looks like being "out of the loop."
Through the course of my business, I have tried following so many "formulas for success" and every time I do, things end up falling flat. I've learned that the best way for me to proceed is by going all in on my voice and my vision, which, most of the time, can feel incredibly vulnerable and scary. (We THINK it'll be so easy when someone just hands us the formula!)
What this looks like for me on a day-to-day basis is limiting the content I consume to only the things that make me feel good and don't cause me to spiral into any comparison traps or "I should's..." I also do everything I can to create content first thing before I do any internet reading (this one is easier said than done!).
My final thing is that I try to act on my ideas quickly. This doesn't necessarily mean that I launch things prematurely, but if I have a glimmer of inspiration, I'll capture the idea, start developing it right away, and will let it simmer until I'm ready to put it out into the world.
The other thing I like to pay attention to is how many Instagram followers The Rock has; he's currently at 98.7 million. Here's why this is so powerful for me: There are nearly 100 million people in this world following the rock. That means that there are ENOUGH people out there to support all of our businesses - it's just our job to find them and let them know what we can do for them!
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?
Oh my goodness - so many!
I think it's so important to have *the right kind* of support in your business and to know when you need support versus when you need to step back and let your own ideas take center stage.
I've been part of half a dozen masterminds since I started my business and they've provided immeasurable help to me. In addition, through the years, I've had my "biz friends" on my support team - entrepreneurial women who I trust and respect that I can bounce ideas off of or ask for specific help on issues that come up.
It's SO EASY to get stuck when you spend most of your day all alone. And it's so easy to let the search for the "right" answer hold you back. Having people to reach out to and ask is critical.
4. NO BULLSH*T; WHAT'S THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS? AND EQUALLY IMPORTANT; HOW ARE YOU WORKING TO OVERCOME THIS?
My biggest current challenge is how easy it is for me to procrastinate the work that I KNOW is going to move me and my business forward: writing and creating content.
For me, structure is critical to this. I'm a planner and write everything down. As I mentioned earlier, I do my best to write first thing in the morning so I can get that important work done before I get stuck in cycles of responding.
I also use an app of my computer called SelfControl that lets me block specific websites (looking at you Facebook) for set amounts of time. I have to do that or I'll fritter away my day!
I also work really hard at setting boundaries which can be so hard! I'm working on (and getting better at!) saying, "That won't work for me, but here's what I can do instead..."
5. SHARE THE MOST HELPFUL PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER BEEN GIVEN.
My business coach recently said to me, "Tiffany. You're good. You don't need anything else. You just need to execute." and that has been SO POWERFUL at helping me bypass my procrastination tendencies.
I'm good at collecting information. I'm good at having conversations. I'm good at bouncing ideas around and jotting down thoughts. What I'm working on getting better at is putting my head down, prioritizing what I need to get done, and following through.
6. SHARE THE MOST HELPFUL PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER BEEN GIVEN.
I know how to help women move beyond their fear-based tendencies, embrace their creative truths, and raise their hands and say yes to the lives they want for themselves.
The world needs us doing our best work. It needs us showing up as the best versions of ourselves. And it needs us now. Before we're ready. Before we have everything figured out. Before we know enough to be 100% certain.
BOLD BROAD BONUS***FAVE APP OR WEBSITE?
I love asana for planning and project management.
I love instagram for connecting with my peeps.
I love gofugyourself.com for my afternoon breaks.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Learn more about Tiffany right here.
Hand raiser and yes sayer, Tiffany Han is a branding strategist for highly-creative women and host of the super-loved Raise Your Hand Say Yes podcast. The love child of Terry Gross and Don Draper, she crafts programs and resources that help female entrepreneurs embrace their creative truths, get more done, and be more successful in their creative business while also having as much fun as possible. In her spare time (ha!), she starts as many dance parties as she can with her husband and twin daughters. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Go behind the scenes on Instagram @thetiffanyhan.