In ‘5 minutes with…’ The Delicatessen’s Becca Saunders chats to entrepreneurs from across all industries to find out why and how they do what they do, what makes them tick and get some inside tips for all budding business owners.
In this month’s interview, Becca catches up with SheBusiness Founder, the energetic and fabulous Suzy Jacobs.
What is She Business?
It is the place to come when you want to have brave conversations that make a difference. We look at not only your bottom line, we look at leadership styles and we look at whatever it takes to make sure that you are financially independent and safe and secure for the rest of your life.
Why did you start your business?
It’s complex. I had a 3am moment where I realised I could make a huge impact on the world. I was sitting over in the UK, I was coming back to Australia and I just knew within every cell in my body that I would be good at this thing, so I did it.
Through She Business, I want to enable financial security for businesswomen, and get women to step up as leaders across Australia and across the globe.
What’s a typical day in the life of you?
Up at 5am, run the dogs come back have a coffee, plan my day, I spend about 45 minutes just getting in the right headspace, making sure my day is planned and then move on to getting the kids out the door. Then it’s a whole variety of things: I can be facilitating, I can be doing business development, making phone calls, I’m having meetings , I’m in contact with people a lot either moving them through the programs that we run or bringing them into programs, creating content and creating new stuff for She Business.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
Speaking to people. Talking to people, getting them into that place where they are empowered because they know how to be in love with business, how to make money in that business and that’s going to secure their financial future. I can be dealing with that, whether I‘m one on one with someone, whether I’m up on stage, whether I’m writing to them via emails. Communication.
Who inspires you?
Oh my dear me, I get inspired every day by the people I talk to. And I mean that seriously. I can read books, and they are great books, like at the moment I’ve been reading Jim Collin’s Good to Great, I’m listening on audio to Verne Harnish but the people who inspire me… I get blown away by the members, by mentors, by speakers. Every conversation I get inspired by.
Any top tips for fellow entrepreneurs?
Haha, how long have you got?
- Start with enough money in the bank preferably.
- Have a really strong ‘why’, so you understand when you’re going off course, when you get slightly battered and bruised by the process, you can come back to that key thing about why you are doing what you do.
- Understand how a business works, so you understand the economic engine, something that Jim Collins is really big on.
- Make sure your business is making money – be very clear that it is not a hobby. It is there to secure your financial future.
- Persevere and build your resilience.
- Continually work on your self-awareness. You’ve got to continue developing yourself, keep stepping into it, keep having those brave conversations.
- Keep working on your leadership.
- Surround yourself by great people. Make sure that those great people are all talking to each other so that you’re getting a cohesive message and a cohesive approach to how to move forward.
- Remember to laugh.
- Remember, when all seems lost, you feel as though you’ve hit the bottom of the barrel, you’ll wake up the following day and you will see something new in your life. And that will be the thing that will kick-start you and charge you to the next level of your business.