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Join us in congratulating My Bella Mia Boutique for being named in the Top 100 of the 2014 Home-Based 100 Business Winners in the “Most Glamorous and Savviest in Social Media Categories!”

My Bella Mia Boutique in the Top 100 and in the Top 10 of the “Most Glamorous and Savviest in Social Media” Categories

MyBellaMiaCongratulations to My Bella Mia Boutique, located in Cotati, California, for being named in the Top 100 for 2014 Home-Based 100 Business Winners and in the Top 10 of the Most Glamorous and Savviest in Social Media Categories. We caught up with business owner and entrepreneur Michelle Bilsborough and asked her to answer some questions and share some words of advice and inspiration with our StartupNation audience.

Tell Us About Your Journey

StartupNation: What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
Michelle:My own hours and staying home with my 4 kids and one on the way!

StartupNation: To what do you attribute your success as an entrepreneur and business owner?
Michelle: Constantly offering new items

StartupNation: What ignited the spark in you to start/select your particular business as an entrepreneur?
Michelle: It started as a hobby and grew into a business

StartupNation: What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?

  • Marketing to the right buyers
  • Offering new items
  • Open communication

Words of Wisdom – Inspiration for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

StartupNation: If you had one piece of advice for someone just starting out, what would it be?
Michelle: Don’t give up


StartupNation: Where do you find your greatest inspiration?

StartupNation: A motto you live by?
Michelle:Live in today, tomorrow is never promised.

Tell Us About Your Business, Experiences, & Funding Your Startup

StartupNation: How did you get funding for your startup?
Michelle: I funded myself

StartupNation: Recommendations for others starting out?
Michelle: Don’t invest a lot, start with little over head or as a hobby and start offering product to friends and family.

Marketing and Building Their Customer Base

StartupNation: How do you market and build your customer base?
Michelle: Facebook

StartupNation: Recommendations for others starting out?
Michelle: Get on as many free networking sites as possible

Changes in the Business Market

StartupNation: What changes have you seen in your business market since starting?
Michelle: Huge increase, but harder to market on Facebook

StartupNation: What do you see coming that will impact your business?
Michelle: Facebook not letting customers see products on a “LIKE” page

Learn more about Michelle’s business and view other businesses that entered and placed in the competition by clicking here for the top ten and a full list 2014 Home-Based 100 Business Winners and entrants.

Do you have a startup? Are you a passionate entrepreneur with an idea that has taken off and want to share your success with others? Would you like your business to receive priceless exposure in the media and be positioned to take your business to the next level? Then join us this fall for the 8th Annual StartupNation Home-Based 100 Competition which ranks outstanding home-based businesses and the amazing people behind them! Watch for your change to enter! In the meantime, be sure to visit us daily for new content to support and grow your business!

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