HEARING “NO” MORE THAN “YES”?

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Rachel Pally is the Founder and Head Designer of Rachel Pally, Inc. We asked her for a little Expert Advice:

What advice would you give to someone who feels overwhelmed by the competition? If you can’t handle the competition, this isn’t the industry for you! You have to have a tough skin and you have to constantly push to be new and relevant. You’ll hear “no” a lot more than you’ll hear “yes”, and you have to be OK with that. It’s fashion – it’s not personal!

What top three tips would you like to pass along for those who have just started to use social media? I have exactly one tip: make sure you have someone in your office who is great at it! For me, that is Brooke.

When you think of the best people to work with, what traits do they share? Someone who works well as part of a team and who is communicative, creative, funny, honest, and organized (I especially appreciate this last trait since it’s not my strong suit!)

Give a budding entrepreneur your best hiring and firing business practices: Just know that the person you interview isn’t necessarily the person they will be once they have been hired. And as tough as it is to fire someone, it’s incredibly important that you have a great team. When there is a weak link, it affects every member of your team.

Entrepreneurs often say that “you can’t do it all.” What three things do you always outsource? Bookkeeping. Production. Drawing.

What business book would you recommend to someone who is either about to launch or in the early growth stage? Confession: I’ve never read a business book!

What piece of invaluable advice did you receive that you would like to pass on to women pursuing their dream? GO FOR IT! What are you afraid of?!

My best advice to a woman launching a venture is… See above!

What would your advice to your younger self be? Don’t get that haircut!

Finally, please share your top five tips that would benefit an entrepreneurial woman launching or growing her business:

  1. Trust your instincts.
  2. Build a great team.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  4. Have fun!
  5. Don’t take everything personally
 
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