When I was about 19 years old and a sophomore in college, my life changed when Lisa Price, owner of Carol’s Daughter, came to campus to share how she grew her business into the household name it is today.
After listening to her tell stories of whipping up body butters in her kitchen, storing boxes of product in her basement, and selling them to customers out of her living room on the weekends, I was totally sold on the entrepreneurial lifestyle. That day, I walked out of that auditorium determined to start my own business.
The first business I started, literally the day after hearing Lisa Price’s speech, was…you guessed it — a natural hair care company named Material Gurl Beauty (with the “girl” spelled with a “u” because I thought I was cool).
Though I ultimately let that business go, I always look back on that little experiment positively because Material Gurl Beauty is what ultimately led me to Think & Grow Chick. Many of the mistakes I made back then taught me major lessons that I use on my business today.
One of the biggest lessons I learned was what you think you need and what you actually need to start a business are often very different when you’re first starting out. One of the biggest mistakes I made with my first business was wasting time (and money) on things that didn’t really matter in the infancy stage of a business. Here’s my top 3 things you DON’T need to start a business…