How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Carrie Kwan, CEO and co-founder at Mums & Co.
Current gig: Co-founder of Mums & Co, mum of two young, beautiful and boisterous boys.
Current Location: Sydney, Australia
Current mobile device: iPhone XS Max
Current computer: MacBook Pro
One word that best describes how you work: Collaboratively
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
Slack, Trello, iPhone is my go-to device, G Suite, Typeform and Hellosign.
What social network do you find most useful?
What were the most important lessons you learned while growing your business?
Be bold, think big. Ask for help – you’ll be surprised how many people get you and want to see you succeed. Work smart and be tenacious. Focus relentlessly on building connections, the problem for the customers and people you serve.
What has been the most surprising part of your business journey?
Seeing how many people want to be a part of your vision.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
At work: Supporting and empowering other female entrepreneurs and business mums.
At home: Locating misplaced toy dinosaurs and superheroes.
What’s your sleep routine like?
Not the best. I have a ‘two-year-old’ and we get the benefits of co-sleeping!
What advice would you offer to other businesses on how to succeed?
Don’t underestimate the power of the right business connections, resources and networks for both personal and professional support to lean on. Join a community of like-minded people. If you’re a business mum (or to be) join Mums & Co. It’s really powerful having the strength of community and a pool of knowledge and resources to draw on. Back yourself and always show up as the best version of yourself.