I call myself a career entrepreneur, and what I mean by this is that I’ve never really worked for anyone apart from myself. After some waitressing as a teenager, I went on to work at and then buy into a business when I was eighteen years old. Apart from these experiences, I’ve been self-employed my whole career. I’ve started and acquired a few different companies since then, but the one I’ve given the last sixteen years of my life to is Business Chicks. I bought that business when I was twenty-five and the wild ride continues to this day.

The experience of always working for myself means I’ve had to make it up as I’ve gone along. If there was a problem at work, I was never able to ask my boss how to handle it or what the best practice ...

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