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Your reasons for being in business will also shape your growth plans. If you want to earn $200,000 a year you may need to bring on a team of people to leverage your expertise, rather than work one-on-one with clients. Once you are clear about your WHY, it’s time to look at what skills you need to grow. Do you have the skills to grow? Whichever way that fits with your WHY will require different skills. Look at what skills are needed during your growth and plan to either develop these skills in yourself or plan to bring on people who can fill these roles for you. Do you believe in yourself? “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you’re right” Henry Ford’s quote applies aptly in business. A key aspect of successful business growth is belief in self and belief in the businesses success. Whether you are growing a one-woman business or a national team of people everyone involved in your business, especially your clients, will look to you to have confidence in yourself and your business. Remember, where your mind goes your business grows. MY GROWTH JOURNEY WITH VENUS When I started Venus in 2008 it was from a desire to bring likeminded businesswomen together to grow and so I could do something I loved; small group facilitating and coaching. I didn’t ask myself the ‘Why’ question before growing Venus. I wish I had as it would have shaped the growth in a way that made the journey more enjoyable for me. Five years on and the Venus Network has grown into New Zealand’s largest business network for women. My role turned from facilitating into operations management which didn’t match my WHY. For the sustainable growth of Venus late last year I needed to refocus my growth plan to make it sustainable for me and I chose to bring on Carly Shorter as

Operations Manager. While Carly loves managing the referral groups and our team I’m now focussing the growth of Venus around my strengths and passions; mentoring and facilitating. Before deciding to grow your business to the next stage I encourage you to ask yourself ‘What do I want to get from my business?’ Once you are clear about how you want your business to serve you, you can map out a growth plan that will be sustainable for you and profitable for your business. Vanessa Davey CEO Venus Network vanessa@venusnetwork.co.nz

Venus magazine issue four  

A magazine for New Zealand women in business

Venus magazine issue four  

A magazine for New Zealand women in business

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