My 7-year-old daughter started selling eggs. This is what you taught me about running a startup.

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One of the most fun things in the world is to start a business. There is nothing more satisfying than challenging yourself and bringing your idea to life. She assured me seeing my 7-year-old daughter start her own backyard poultry business.

In our house we have five chickens fondly called “The Rubys”. My daughter was eager to try entrepreneurship and realized that with one egg a day from every chicken, we have more eggs than we ever need. I made a plan to sell the extra eggs in half a dozen and 12 packages to our neighbors.

I’m proud to say it sold out for a year in two hours. Her success got me thinking – what lessons from this can I apply to my own entrepreneurship and leadership?

1. Jumping shoe first into the pool

One of the best advice I’ve ever received at work is to get started before you’re ready. Everyone was once a beginner, and there really is no better way to learn than by just practicing. When we challenge ourselves to learn and grow outside of our comfort zones, great things can happen. Grab your dirty shoes and hop into action!

It’s okay to do the work before you know what each step of the way will bring. I can guarantee that no one has ever figured out everything, and the only way to track this learning and grow quickly is to simply start.

One of the big lessons I’ve learned in my career is that pivoting is a good thing. Trying a new path or approaching from a different angle is not a bad thing, and it will only help you in the long run.

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2. Don’t be afraid to take on different roles

While always relevant, in the early days of a project, leaders simply cannot be afraid to take on different roles. At the start of DOZR, our leadership team had their hands dirty to do whatever was needed—and we’re certainly not the only founders taking on multiple roles.

In the egg selling business, my daughter has handled marketing, sales, delivery, customer service, and animal care. There’s a lot to be said for hiring people who can fill in gaps in areas you may be lacking, and I’m certainly not suggesting that you run an extensive project yourself. However, entry to ground level is very beneficial. Gaining insight into different roles and departments can give you a whole new perspective on your business from the inside out.

3. Keep your message simple

It’s easy to get around in messages. And that’s fair – you’re passionate about your work! But consumers are busy. Make your messages easy to read and direct. Define what you offer the customer and why you are the best at it.

Although my daughter’s marketing message is basic, it is effective in that it focuses on the result. She chose her platform and shared her show.

Hello, my name is Maggie and I have five chickens. Their names are Ruby #1, Ruby #2, Ruby #3, Ruby #4 and Ruby #5. Ruby lays one egg a day. It’s a free, organic, and delicious set. We have an additional 18 eggs available for purchase Every week. Six eggs for $3.50 or 12 eggs for $6.00.”

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4. Customer service matters

Customer service is imperative to success. Happy customers can generate many positives for a brand: referrals, recommendations, reputation building, and repeat business. Find out what your customers need and find out how to provide that for them.

My 7-year-old daughter thought about how her customers get their eggs. It offered two options for free: curbside pickup and after school bike delivery. After its initial success, neighbors were requesting alternate delivery schedules to share the supply.

5. Take care of your team

Perhaps one of the most important lessons learned, both in business and in life, is caring for your team. The Rubys are essential to my daughter’s success, but they require consistent care and maintenance. The effort put into excellent care pays off in the long run.

Happy employees make successful organizations. Numerous studies prove that happy employees are productive employees, and even evidence that companies recognized for their employee happiness show greater financial success.

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Above all, never forget to keep the fun at work. To me, there is no better way to challenge yourself and put your creativity and problem-solving skills to the test than by starting a business. By capturing this pleasure, there is no limit to what you can achieve.

Starting an egg selling business boosted my daughter’s financial literacy, helped her build confidence and gave her a real-world customer service experience, among the many little life lessons I gained along the way. If you learned these valuable skills by selling eggs for $3.50, imagine what you can learn through your work. Above all, a child’s willingness to learn and willingness to be the smartest person in the room is a work lesson in and of itself – and one worth listening to.

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