I’m a Marie Claire Mentor for 2013!
As all you Marie Claire readers have no doubt seen, I’m exceptionally proud to say that I’ve been chosen to be one of the six mentors that make up the panel for the magazine’s amazing Inspire & Mentor campaign.
It is a RIDICULOUS honour.
I mean for god’s sake, I’m sandwiched between Donna Ida (DONNA IDA!) and Mishal Husain (MISHAL HUSAIN!).
I love when magazines do something positive to help women achieve their dream career or have the confidence to start a business, and Marie Claire have championed this sort of thing for a while now. Last year’s mentors included the likes of Nadja Swarovski, the Primrose Bakery founders and Anne-Marie Huby (co-founder of JustGiving) and in this month’s mag you can read how all the businesswomen who ‘won’ mentorship last year have benefited from the scheme over the past 12 months. There are some truly inspiring stories.
I won’t repeat the entire magazine feature here as a) I’ll spoilt it for when you do read it and b) it’s probably illegal for me to do so, but it’s safe to say that it’s a fantastic initiative from Marie Claire and I am beyond honoured that they approached me to be a mentor for 2013.
Running your own business is bloody hard work. Not enough people say that. It’s REALLY HARD. There’s no shame in admitting that, and it’s certainly something I wish I’d heard more of when I was setting up WIWT.
It can be very easy to feel like you’re not getting anywhere when you go for something on your own, so advice from someone’s who’s been in your shoes can be really reassuring. Friends and family are the best thing in the world (seriously, squeeze them tightly! You really need them and the best ones will display exceptional levels of patience whilst you’re building your business) BUT with the best will in the world, friends and family won’t always be able to help with the practical sides of running a business. The tax issues. The copyright issues. The HR issues. The OH MY GOD THE BASTARDS HAVEN’T PAID issues.
If I hadn’t worked with some stunningly inspiring people when I was young and starting out then I’d never have had the confidence to go off and do my own thing, so if I can help another businesswoman in some shape or form then, well, it would mean the world to me.
Could I help you? Someone you know?
If nothing else I can tell you where to buy a killer outfit for sales pitches. And getting cash off of newspapers is a speciality of mine too.
Grab a copy of the mag (May issue out now, Keira Knightley cover) so you can read the whole Marie Claire @ Work special and get to know all the mentors that are signed up for this year, then head to marieclaire.co.uk/mentor to apply for mentorship.
I can’t wait to see where this leads