women and business

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge, Founder of The Startup Couch

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge, Founder of The Startup Couch

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

Yes, I remember it exactly. It was a very deliberate decision on my part. The last company I worked for was acquired this past spring, which forced me to make a decision about what I would do next. I immediately realized I had four options: 1. move over to the new parent organization, 2. move to another company entirely, 3. start my own project, or 4. take some time off. I had been living the fast-paced, work around-the-clock “startup lifestyle” for the past four years, and I decided it’d be best to do something I hadn’t done since I entered the professional world eight years ago: take some time off.

 

Minda Harts, Founder, The Memo

Minda Harts, Founder, The Memo

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.