Tons of interviews out there are Q&A’s with wise women who share words of wisdom from mentors that helped them start their businesses. This isn’t one of those. This post is part of a series of profiles in which female entrepreneurs reveal the advice they regret taking. Their lessons will save you valuable time and money when launching your small business.
Georgette Blau is the founder of On Location Tours, one of the largest TV/movie tour company in the world. On Location Tours currently operates in New York and Boston, and runs several bus tours, including the Sex and the City Hotspots tour (we want to go!). Georgette has been featured on many prominent media outlets, such as The New York Times, People Magazine, USA Today, E! News, Access Hollywood, Good Morning America, Business Week, and many others. On Location Tours now employs 48 people, but Georgette received some advice that stunted the growth of her business initially:
I would say that the worst advice I was ever given was to do everything myself at the beginning, even if it meant answering every phone line, and not being able to develop the business further. When I give advice to entrepreneurs now, I tell them that the first thing they should do is hire an intern, or, if they are able to afford it, a full time or part time staff. While it’s great to have the experience of wearing a number of different hats, I wasn’t able to push my company forward for the first few years, because I was on my own without even administrative support.
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