Always Be Learning: Advice From The Faces of Main Street

2 min read • Apr 30, 2015 • Erik Larson

Here at Lendio, our passion is seeing people live the American Dream. Not only are people improving their own lives by running a business, they’re improving a community. A lot of the people we interview for Faces of Main Street powered by Lendio, a site dedicated to telling every entrepreneur’s story, gives some really great business advice. Here are some insightful advice on becoming a better business owner by always learning.

Always Read And Learn From The Hard Stuff

The Mandate Press

Name: Ben Webster
Company: The Mandate Press
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Advice: “I think most people in my shoes didn’t start a business because they thought they knew how to run a business, they started a business because they thought they could do something right. You learn the hard way how to run a business. Obviously there are great pitfalls and mistakes along the way, so I am just grateful to still be in business.

Always read. Read business books and stuff that might seem boring up front but will become relevant and helpful in the long run.”

To read the rest of their story, click here.

Ask Questions

Smak Parlour

Name: Abby Kessler and Katie Lubieski
Company: Smak Parlour
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Research your industry and be ready for changes. If you’re not the kind of person who can be flexible and responsive to the needs of your business, entrepreneurship may not be for you.”

To read the rest of their story, click here.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Helena's Homemade

Name: Helena Green
Company: Helena’s Homemade
Location: Long Island, New York

Advice: “I have learned how to work smarter, not harder, and to embrace change. Failure is the road to success; it shows what doesn’t work and helps you learn what does work. Don’t give up— failure is part of the journey, and believe it or not, leads to your success.”

To read the rest of their story, click here.

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Erik Larson

Erik Larson frequently writes for Lendio about SEO, Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Business Loans, and whatever else strikes his fancy. He can be found on Google+ and Twitter.