Minda Harts, Founder, The Memo

PAY IT FORWARD

Do you remember the moment where you said, I have to pursue this dream and start my own business?

It was in 2013 and I was experiencing a lot of things that were new to me, like negotiating salaries, moving to a new city, and all those career related things. I was doing a lot of Googling around that time. I remember thinking, these articles are helpful, but I need something a little more tangible. I would like to know what other women are experiencing; be it good or bad I could learn from them. And that’s what sparked, The Memo. I wanted a platform where women could hear real experiences and get real advice, from real women regarding their finances, career development, and work/life balance. I also wanted a community that fosters diversity, because all women have a story to tell.

What is next for you and your business in 2016?

We are in a soft launch phase at The Memo and working to launch the full site by the end of the year. I am very excited for 2016 and the resources we have to share with our subscribers.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I am constantly inspired by my family and friends, they are so creative and that pushes me to think outside of the box. I am inspired by the women that I have the privilege of interviewing. The third grade class at PS 64 in NYC, those kids are amazing. I am a volunteer of The New York Junior League and each week we get to expose them to the Arts around NYC. For many of those kids we take them on their first trip to a museum and being part of that experience is priceless. Lastly, I am inspired by generosity.

How important is a good support system?

A good support system is everything! My support system is my life support. I can’t do anything without it! I am extremely grateful to my family and friends who constantly pray for me. I know God hears those prayers.

What advice would you give women who want to start a business and/or pursue their dream?

Believe in yourself! There will be people who won’t believe in you or have negative things to say, like Taylor Swift says, “Shake it off.” Each day remind yourself…what the creator has for you is for you. Keep the faith no matter what your current situation looks like. I still believe that hard work pays off. I am living proof of that. And no matter what--stay humble and continue to pay it forward.

After starting your business, what are some lessons learned?

Learn to be nimble. Things can change at the drop of a dime, be ready to react quickly and with ease. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can’t run a successful business by yourself; you need a good support system. If one person says no, or they flat out don’t respond, don’t take it personal. Be aware of what your competitors are doing, but don’t drive yourself crazy—stay focused on your plan and your goals. Build your network of like-minded individuals, so you can keep each other accountable and have a sounding board. If you make a mistake, don't beat yourself up, find a way to fix it. Get a theme song, when I am feeling down or feeling like I am ready to tackle the next goal, I play my song. It immediately puts me in a good mood.

What are a few of your favorite must-haves?

I always wear a watch; I never leave home without one. Right now I am into wood watches. I love sour patch kids, Jo Malone’s Red Roses, my Cole Haan silver loafers, my French bulldog, Boston, Mac lip glass, and iphone.