20 mini lessons from successful startup founders

Running your own business can be a steep learning curve, but fortunately there are plenty of resources and lots of support available to help you.

You are part of a thriving and supportive community of women founders and entrepreneurs who can share their experience and advice as you embark on this exciting new chapter of your professional life.

As well as reaching out to people within your local networks and making contact with industry peers, you can also learn a lot from some highly successful entrepreneurs around the world. HeadwayCapital has put together an infographic of 20 bitesize startup lessons from people who understand how to make a business work.

As founder of Motion PR, Kimberley Eberl explains, “nothing can really prepare you for the real-life hurdles of owning a business.” That’s why it’s really important to get yourself a mentor, if possible. The infographic also gives practical tips for following up on this advice to find an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and straight-talking mentor.

Other advice includes Spanx founder Sara Blakely, on when soliciting feedback could be more destructive than constructive; Laurence Bradford, founder of Learn to Code With Me, on seizing opportunities to boost visibility; and Ariana Huffington, of Huffington Post, on maintaining a healthy work-life balance in your team.

From words of encouragement and motivational wisdom, to practical tips and strategies, these lessons are both inspiring and accessible. Take a look at the infographic for more details.

Photo by Evan Dvorkin