TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CURRENT BUSINESS. WHAT ARE YOU DOING EXACTLY?
I’m working as a self-employed freelance copywriter and storyteller, and am the founder of Le Moustache. My main focus at the moment is on Le Moustache: a platform where I wish to inform, inspire and motivate entrepreneurs to-be to make their dreams come true.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BUSINESS IDEA?
From the moment I started working for myself, the stories started pouring in. So many friends, acquaintances and family members had found themselves in my situation (employed but unhappy and unenergized) but were afraid to take the leap towards self-employment. Their stories and the stories from people all over the world inspired me to start Le Moustache. An online platform where every ambitious entrepreneur to-be can find everything he or she needs to take the leap. Whether it’s information, training, tools, motivation or inspiration. I’m even working on organizing workations to Ireland! Simply because I believe that, if you have the ambition, a self-employed lifestyle is exactly what you might need to feel happy and in control again. Getting out of that rat race is one of the best things I ever did.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS, AND IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS?
I’ve studied marketing, advertising and bits of psychology for over 8 years. After all these years of education, I graduated but found it impossible to find a job where I could put all these gained skills and knowledge to good use. I ended up making my part-time gig as a coach and tutor in hospitality at that moment my full-time employment, and two years after I moved to Ireland (to be with the love of my life) I decided that I’d had enough. I was unhappy, unenergized and always confronted with my unfulfilled potential. It was at that moment that I quit my full-time job, traded security for insecurity and took the leap. From that moment on, I’ve been successful in my entrepreneurship, happy, full of energy and full of motivation. A real, drastic and positive change in my life. Where I started as a self-employed copywriter and storyteller, I’ve now founded two new businesses, and each and every aspect of my entrepreneurship is filled with ambition; an ambition that will lead to great results.
WHAT SPECIFIC ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN WHO WOULD LIKE TO BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Get in the right mindset. Look for that ambitious go-getter energy that you probably know all too well. It can be incredibly hard to keep yourself motivated and inspired, but with the right mindset, attitude and eagerness, you’re able to achieve whatever it is you’re dreaming of.
MY GREATEST OBSTACLE AND HOW DID YOU DEALT WITH IT:
Sticking with that go-getter energy. That high vibration that energizes, motivates and inspires you to keep on going. I tended to be ‘too’ nice to myself, and spend my mornings in pyjamas watching Netflix, only realising that I just wasted a whole day when it was already too late. Hiding in your comfort zone and dwelling in fear and/or negativity can be very dangerous, and very hard to snap out of. It is so incredibly important to stick with that high energy and positive vibration. You need to work on it, but it’s worth it: it can change your life.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:
Even though I’ve achieved many small but great things since I started working for myself, my proudest accomplishment is and will always be that I did it. I leapt and had faith. Faith in that, whatever happens, happens for a reason. Faith that whatever I manifest I will receive. It’s not easy to hold on to that faith and keep yourself motivated, and the fact that I manage to do so almost every day is one of my proudest accomplishments.
HOW I BLEND LIFE AND WORK TO CREATE THE LIFE I WANT:
I work from my home, so I have all the opportunity to create my life and work environment exactly the way I want it. I’m surrounded by plants and natural materials, I work next to the window to enjoy the outside as often as I can and I always get myself to go for a walk: even if it’s just to get some groceries. We live a small 20-minute walk from the city, so when I can, I meet up with friends for a coffee. Both my me-time and my family time is sacred, and nothing, nor work nor social obligations come in between. Once work is done, my phone stays at my ‘office’ and my mind opens up to whatever happens around me.
I AM INSPIRED BY:
Tony Robbins. As I one day wish to be able to inspire as many people as he does.
WHY I CHOSE THIS CAREER:
I have a knack for writing and storytelling and helping others comes naturally to me. I was always referred to as the ‘mom’ or the ‘psychologist’ in social groups, and that’s simply how I function. If I see someone that needs help, I need to give it. But besides that, I also have an amazing amount of life experience, business skills and knowledge. The combination of these three factors: writing, experience and mindset lead to Le Moustache.
HOW I PREPARE FOR SUCCESS:
I constantly try to motivate myself. Yes, I have ‘days off’ on the motivational calendar, but I try to fill all the other days with as much ambition, passion, inspiration and motivation as possible. I listen to podcasts, inspiring speeches, and go for long walks to clear my mind and brainstorm about new business ideas. Besides that: I manifest. Though my manifestations are currently evolving a house we want to buy, they are often aimed at my businessand new sources of income.
DID YOU WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN? WAS IT AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR YOU?
Yes and no. I’ve written quite a few business plans during my school years, so I know how incredibly helpful they can be. I think it’s because of that knowledge that my approach when starting a new business is very much like a business plan: without actually writing it all down. So yes, I work with a business plan but no, I haven’t written it down yet.
ARE THERE SPECIFIC ADVANTAGES, DISADVANTAGES TO BEING A WOMEN BUSINESS OWNER?
None so far. I think it’s the combination of both my being a woman as being the person that I am that makes me successful. In the end, is your mindset and personality that counts.
MY FAVOURITE BUSINESS TOOL IS…
Google Analytics. Especially when it comes to growing your business and knowing what steps you need to take. I have plenty more handy tools that I genuinely use and like, and I’ve written them down right here.
THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN IS…
“At some point Myra, you will just have to do it.” It’s been the best business advice I’ve had so far: and it came from my very first cliënt. He was self-employed and when talking about the steps to take to do it, and all the insecurities that are part of it, he told me that I’d just have to do it at some point. That no matter how long I’d be working to be ‘ready’ for it, I’d never feel ready enough.
Great advice. Leap and the nett will appear.