How This Go-Getter Girl Became a Business Owner at 25

05/24/2017 11:11 pm ET Updated May 25, 2017
Nicole started as a receptionist and became a business owner in less than 7 years. Learn tips to skyrocket your career from h
Nicole Smartt
Nicole started as a receptionist and became a business owner in less than 7 years. Learn tips to skyrocket your career from her!

Nicole Smartt never thought she would become a business owner. She also never went to college. Today, she is the co-owner of Star Staffing, a local full-service staffing firm and has been featured in Forbes, The Washington Post, Fox Business, and American Express Business Forum. Impressive.

How did she become a boss from a receptionist in less than 7 years? I chatted with her to find out.

There are also some incredible actionable tips in the latest book from the boss herself that all of my go-getter girls can apply at work! Check out From Receptionist to Boss: Real-Life Advice for Getting Ahead at Work

Go-getter girls should absolutely be assertive at work and speak up for what they want.
Nicole Smartt
Go-getter girls should absolutely be assertive at work and speak up for what they want.

Nicole’s three tips for skyrocketing your career are incredibly important for all of my #gogettergirls:

  • Ask for more: Show up, work with integrity, and always ask for more work to stand out. Asking for more is absolutely huge to distinguish yourself as someone with incredible initiative, drive, resilience, strength, and ambition in the workplace.
  • Network each day: Build intentional quality connections in your industry and community. My introverted go-getter girls, partner up with buddies to go to networking events so that it isn’t intimidating – lean on friends and co-workers to connect with others. Some of Nicole’s greatest business opportunities have come from networking.
  • Work Extremely Hard: Take massive action – your attitude determines your altitude. There is just no substitute for hard work and Nicole knows! You can always upgrade your attitude to match the altitude you want to achieve in work and in life. Go my go-getter girl go!

What I loved the most about Nicole’s advice was that she emphasized the importance of self-awareness in just asking herself one question every day, ‘what can I be doing better?’ We are each actively growing every day with intention, focus, and clarity. She focuses on herself to grow as a business leader and personal brand by reflecting on her strengths and areas of improvement.

Ask yourself the one question, ‘what can I be doing better?’ each night before going to bed

Nicole is most definitely a #gogettergirl on the move who dreams of writing one of the greatest stories ever written. She wants to continue empowering women and building a tribe who can champion each other! She also has one great piece of advice for the #gogettergirls in the world –

Find a partner who is fully supportive of your ambition, someone who is equally ambitious, proud of your accomplishments, transparent in communication, and so in love with you!

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