Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Adele Blair, Founder of Chiefly Consultants, located in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Chiefly Consultants provides outsourced fractional Chief of Staff to business founders ready to take the world by storm. Our goal is to use the power of organizational efficiency to show you how to take your company to the next level of success.
Tell us about yourself
I started my first business in 2006. I started that company to create a 'job' that I would love and fill a niche in the market. Fast forward to 2019, I started Chiefly and love that I'm able to share my many years of business knowledge with other Founders to help them on the path to success. It is so rewarding to impact our Clients' businesses and share the joy of that with our Founders.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Being recognized by my peers is always an accomplishment. I was a Finalist in the Australian Business Woman of the Year in 2011. I won Accelerator Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018 through the Entrepreneurs Organization.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The hardest thing is being responsible for literally everything. The second most challenging thing for me was educating the market on your service (which I've had to do more than once)!
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Keep it super lean, don't think you need to buy the most expensive/flashiest 'anything' to get started.
Second, don't wait until it's "perfect." It won't ever be. Your business will constantly evolve. Just start.
Third, have enough cash to support yourself for at least three months until your ramp-up.
Where can people find you and your business?
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