Getting Outside Of My Comfort Zone - Big Time!
Hello, I am Laice from Klipee. Welcome to the first Klipee blog! I am not the biggest fan of writing so it may also be the last :) Seriously though, it has been quite the journey to get Klipee to this point. I have never really been into business studies. I left school in Year 10 and thought that academic learning was behind me - and was happy about it!
After having the idea of Klipee and really committing to myself to make it happen, I have managed to surround myself with amazing professionals in finance, industrial design and business consulting. It really does take a village to get this type of product to market. So here are my tips for anyone thinking of creating a kids toy or any business really...
Surround yourself with people that know what they are doing - sounds logical enough! Many people can't admit that they don't know everything.
Make sure you seek honest advice, not just motivational opinions. I wanted people that believed in my idea for sure - but I really wanted people that would tell me what was wrong with the idea and what to focus on. The serious stuff.
Embrace problem solving. Through knowing that you need to solve problems pretty much all day every day in business, I am getting better at working through an initial reaction of pure panic and am starting to head to medium freak out - trust me that's an improvement!
Get over your fears / ego. Just ask the question that's on your mind to the incredible people you land in front of. I am so glad I did because the responses I have received are incredible little bits of information that all add up to help making decisions easier.
Qualifications are great but Drive trumps it every time. Don't let the niggly little thoughts like "why do I think I can do this?", "I am not qualified" or "what if I fail?" dictate your own ambitions and make it happen. I am still working on this one myself!
I wanted to say "If I can do this, so can you" but that would be putting myself down. I am still quietly amazed that I have even developed a product.
So thank you to everyone that has supported me, believed in me and given me the hard answers that I may not have wanted to hear.
The biggest thank you will always be to my family - thanks for understanding that Mum has stuff she wants to do as well :)
Laice Moses is the Founder of Klipee. She lives in the beautiful Port Stephens area of NSW, Australia, with her husband and three kids. As well as being an "accidental" business owner and innovator, Laice is an avid fan of new and engaging ways of interacting with children and all of their different learning and developmental needs.
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