Helen’s quick tips on the art of the startup

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Helen standing at the entrance of the Q Corp factory

Helen standing at the entrance of the Q Corp factory

Helen Read has started five successful companies. How do you get anything started – be it a friendship, club, service project or company?

Helen Read has started five successful companies. How do you get anything started – be it a friendship, club, service project or company?

1. Do it Button by Button. “If I had immediately concentrated on building a giant manufacturing corporation, I would have been so overwhelmed I would probably have given up,” she told a group of woman entrepreneurs. Instead Helen started by helping a close family friend sew buttons on dresses which were sold to Metrojaya. When the friend wanted to close the business to move back to Ipoh, Helen bought up the company, and the rest is history.

2. Be led by your protective instincts. Helen’s biggest moves were motivated primarily by her most deeply held priorities of her Christian faith, family and friendship. This has led her to say No to conventional thinking (outsourcing manufacturing to China) and Yes to unusual decisions (hiring a hearing-impaired man to be a company driver).

Helen started by helping a close family friend sew buttons on dresses which were sold to Metrojaya. When the friend wanted to close the business, Helen bought the company

3. Above all, be guided by gratitude and love. “Whatever you are grateful for, do more of it. When you know you are loved, you can do anything,” says Helen.

 

Read my full article and watch the full 5-minute video on Abby Leong and Helen Read – “A Recipe For Friendship (And Leadership)” – here.

 

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