What do you do when you have a huge AH HA! moment and no idea how to make it happen? You draw on your passion and find great people to support your dream. That’s what Amy Lawrence did, and in this edition of The introvert Entrepreneur podcast, she shares her story and lessons learned along the way about being an introvert owning a brick-and-mortar business.
After spending 11 years as a teacher, Amy made the leap to entrepreneurship in 2003 when she opened her tea room, “An Afternoon to Remember.” Her tea room won many awards, including Best Small Tea Room in the U.S. In 2009 she closed her tea room in order to pursue her on-line company, Afternoon to Remember Fine Tea. Amy has published 8 books which have sold over 12,000 copies.
Our conversation is the first podcast interview I’ve done with an introvert who owned a brick-and-mortar business. The lessons learned, however, are very similar to service-based businesses. Amy and I talk about
- Those first business-building months of figuring out what the heck you’re doing and which end is up
- The importance of finding the right support networks
- How to nurture introvert energy by bringing in complementary partners
- Tips for dealing with difficult conversations (because “You’re Fired!” isn’t really most introvert’s natural style!)
- Taking lessons learned and allowing them to inform the future
Amy and I invite you to sit back with a nice cup of tea and enjoy the conversation!