Erin Woodward is the winner of our 2020 Momentum Award, recognizing her success and leadership as a service-based or non-profit business supporting the greater community (locally or globally), as the Founder of The Girly Book Club.
Erin was born in the small town of Lindsay Ontario. After high school she moved to Ottawa to pursue a degree in Communications, spending her last year in France at the University of Stendhal. After University she spent a year traveling the world which cemented her love for travel. When she was 27 years old she moved to London, UK for a boy she’d met in Africa (as you do!)
It was a year later after living in London that she realized she was extremely lonely. She started the Girly Book Club as a way to meet others in a strange city. She worked in Corporate Communications for Small Luxury Hotels of the World in both London and New York, before returning to Canada in 2016 when both her parents fell ill. This was also the time when she set up The Girly Book Club as a Canadian company and she hasn’t looked back! Two years ago she met her now husband and she’s a proud mom of 2.
Erin’s Tips for Other Women Thinking of Starting a Business
- Join a community for women entrepreneurs.
This will change your life. So many good suggestions, helping you get past the fear of going out on your own. They will rally around you like no one ever has and help you start.
- Just do it.
Life is so so so so short. If you can find a way, give it a go.
- Get a mentor.
There are so many incredible women out there that have been in the trenches, have done the dirtywork and are willing to impart their wisdom to you. Take it!
- Get a bookkeeper!
I say bookkeeper because I HATE that part of business. But really it’s just support staff forwhatever piece of the business you can’t stand to do. Heathy finances are particularly important so if it’s this areaof business sit down with someone who can explain to you the ins and out of your business on a financial level.
- Survey your current clients.
If you’ve launched and managed to attract some customers use them to further your business – ask them what they want to see next. It’s such vital and rich information. As founders we sometimes think we’re the expert on what our communities want next – but they know better than anyone!
I learned all of these lessons eventually, along the way and they were the five pieces of the puzzle that had true impact on my business so I am happy to share them with others.