Nancy is a dynamic and visionary leader, international speaker, coach, consultant and all around confidence booster. Her personal mission is to coach & mentor women in developing their small business thru connections, creativity, & courage.
She is a consummate expert on women’s business issues with more than 30 years of experience. Nancy has an excellent track record of assisting hundreds of women to develop, grow and scale their businesses. Her secret sauce is seeing the connections where they aren’t readily apparent.
Relationship building and creating connections are a part of Nancy’s fabric. Because of her professional relationships with the right people and, her ability to bring out the best in people, she makes it possible for women owned businesses to shine – the result is that more women gain access to supplier diversity programs and in turn gain financial freedom.
With style and grace, Nancy has dedicated her entire professional career to connecting and championing women in business.
For years, I’ve seen a lot of great quotes and memes pop up about visualizing success, opening new doors, and so on. Quick bursts of generic inspiration that plant a seed, but that’s where it ends – warm fuzzy, no change. I was living with the belief that I lacked the intrinsic motivation and ability needed to be a successful entrepreneur. I’m beyond grateful a friend invited me to one of Nancy’s vision boarding workshops. It was exactly what I needed to uncover my stumbling blocks and rewire my outlook. I left focused, confident, and empowered, and it has stayed with me. I’m no longer talking myself out of success. I have some ambitious ideas, and I’m loving putting all the pieces together.
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Is Entrepreneurship is Right for You?
We are so glad you’re here! We are ready to guide you on your journey from employee to entrepreneur. We are a team of experienced, creative and connected individuals whose mission is to help women gain financial freedom through entrepreneurship. We believe that everyone has the right to be their own boss and we are here to provide access to education and resources so you can do just that!
Are you ready to take the leap from employee to entrepreneur? Here’s a great place to start.
10 things to think about as you consider going from employee to entrepreneur:
Are you a good communicator?
All entrepreneurs have to be able to talk about their business and business ideas. You have to know how to craft and articulate your vision. Your company branding and bio also known as your Capabilities Statement is how you communicate who you are to the world. We can help you craft your vision statement and your elevator pitch.
Get over your fear of failure.
The statistics show that business ownership is risky. And they show that despite that people are still starting small businesses (which is very good news!). Key ingredients to mitigating the risk of failure are belief in your product, your service and your purpose. The main ingredient is knowing when to pivot. There are signs and milestones and plans that you can put in place that will alert you and help you pivot when necessary.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Entrepreneurship can be a lonely place when you have been used to working in teams and large corporations. There are communities (like ours!) of entrepreneurs and organizations whose purpose is to help you. You don’t have to do it alone. Look for organizations that target the kind of business you want to establish. Look for industry groups. Join your local Chamber of Commerce. And while you are doing all that you can also be setting yourself up as an expert.
Reframe the word “no” from a final statement into a “new opportunity.”
The best entrepreneurs understand that they will get more nos than yeses and they know that getting a no may be a very positive thing. A rejection is a good signal that you may be offering something that is not needed. It could mean that you need to rethink your pricing. Look for the lesson and always ask why? Chances are the client will tell you why and you can use that information to your benefit.
Are you good at troubleshooting?
Most really great employees are very good at troubleshooting. You can use those skills in your own business. Knowing how to solve challenges with employees or clients will serve you well.
Are you a creative thinker?
I believe that we are all creative and creativity and success go hand in hand. In fact, the best way to set yourself apart is by highlighting your uniqueness.
Are you a planner?
It is very important to have a business plan. You can’t get somewhere if you don’t know where you are going. At Her Company Incorporated we believe that Strategic Plans and Action Plans are living documents that need to be revisited and revised often.
Do you understand the feast and famine concept?
In other words are you prepared to invest in your business so that you can handle the periods between contracts? Are you prepared to always be looking for new clients? Want to know a secret?? Your best future clients are your existing clients. Get in the habit of staying in touch with your existing clients. Ask them for referrals. Make them your ambassadors.
Are you a learner?
Do you like to keep on top of trends? I’m a reader and every week I summarize a book in my blog called Nancy’s Notes and Anecdotes. The best way to stay ahead of your competition is to stay on top of trends. That helps set you up as a solutions provider to clients. You can approach clients with solutions as opposed to trying to sell them something.
Have you taken stock of your skills?
Really taken stock? We recently helped an HR executive start a coaching and consulting business. She had experience leading teams, she was a great communicator, and knew how to create, manage and maintain budgets. She was responsible for hiring trainers for her department. She was an excellent networker and known in industry groups as the go to person for HR issues. All skills that people will pay for: she is now coaching vendors on what corporate HR executives are looking for when they review proposals. She is working with a small company to make sure they are HR compliant so they can bid on a large corporate contract. She took the skills she acquired while working for someone else and turned them into a business. What are your skills?
So are you ready to take the first steps to becoming an entrepreneur? Could you use some help?
The Her Company Team is your ally. Over the past 25 years we have helped thousands of women just like you start, grow and scale their businesses. We have lots of resources and a program designed for women like you who are ready to take the next step.