Including MNFL Design I have started three small businesses. The first one was in 2009 in the US. Together with my friend and business partner we designed German inspired children’s wear and accessories. The second one was in Dubai in 2013 and again together with someone else we started importing and distributing high quality, leather children’s shoes from Portugal. And in 2015 I started MNFL Design.
Overall I’ve gone through a huge learning curve and made some big mistakes. I was also more or less serious about being an entrepreneur at different stage of my life. For example MNFL Design started very slowly and only after the birth of my fourth daughter I began to think big.
Over the year however I have come to the conclusion that it only makes sense to start a small business if you think big! You need to have big dreams and visions, otherwise you will never get where you (secretly) want to be.
However the first step you need to take is seriously ask yourself, and may be your partner, why you want to start this business. Do you want to start a proper business or is it more like a slightly bigger hobby?