Jolie Gonzalez, President of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Tampa Bay and President/CEO of Latin Times Media shares her thoughts and tips! You can connect with Jolie at http://www.latin-times.com/page/meet-the-team
Q: What was the main reason you decided to be an entrepreneur vs. working for others?
A: I have been an entrepreneur most of my life.... at the age of 18 I started my first business..... I have always enjoyed creating, and being independent, I have never enjoyed working for other people because I have found that most of the time when I have worked for other people I have given more than what they were prepared for. I am a very spiritual person, I believe I was created to be a leader in business and in the community.
Q: What issues/obstacles have you faced being an entrepreneur vs. an employee?
A: The biggest obstacle that an entrepreneur faces I think is that we have to perform..... versus being an employee, you can slack off and still get paid, but if you are not giving your business your all as an entrepreneur your business will suffer.
Q: What inspires, motivates and encourages you in your journey as an entrepreneur?
A: Reaching goals inspires me.... setting them, and seeing them as so far to reach.... but when I reach the goal, its an incredible feeling!
Q: What have you learned is most important about networking?
A: People----- contacts, making contact and meeting people, developing relationships -these things are vital to entrepreneurs!
Q: What support, tools or other learning has helped you to network effectively?
A: Networking events, and social media has helped in the networking process in recent years.
Q: What has been your best experience networking?
A: We have a very famous event called 1st Friday, Latin ConneXiones Networking Social - which has been around for about 9 years... this event has had a tremendous impact on Florida's Hispanic/Latino business communities and has been our best experience in Networking.
Q: What has been your worst experience networking?
A: I dont tend to focus on bad, so I can't remember my worst! :)
Q: What tips do you suggest to others as they network?
A: Don't be afraid...don't be shy, when you speak with people, take the time to really get to know them, follow up, follow up, follow up!
Q: How does networking help you in your business?
A: Networking makes it possible to meet new potential employees, clients, vendors, and friends.