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The Blogger Genius Podcast with Jillian Leslie

Mar 26, 2024

In today's episode, I sat down with Brooke Riley, the creative force behind the DIY blog Re-Fabbed, and the founder of Re-Fabbed Boutique, to delve into her entrepreneurial journey and the lessons she's learned along the way.

The Power of Social Media and Personal Connection

One of the pivotal moments in Brooke's journey was her decision to leverage Facebook live video content to connect with her audience. This strategic move allowed her to foster strong relationships with her followers, which translated into increased engagement and growth for her blog. It's a testament to the importance of authenticity and energy in every interaction, a principle that Brooke holds dear.

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Diversifying into E-Commerce with Re-Fab Boutique

As Brooke's blog audience grew, so did their interest in her personal style. This unexpected demand led her to explore the world of e-commerce with Re-Fab Boutique. Starting with dropshipping, Brooke faced the challenges of long shipping times and logistical hurdles, but her transparency and authenticity won over her audience, leading to impressive sales.

Embracing Imperfection and Taking Risks

Throughout our conversation, Brooke emphasizes the importance of embracing imperfection and the willingness to take calculated risks. She shares her transition from dropshipping to managing inventory and the mindset shift required to start small and scale based on customer feedback and demand.

Overcoming the Fear of Imperfection

A common struggle for many aspiring entrepreneurs, especially women, is the fear of imperfection. Brooke and I discuss the need to overcome this fear and the power of taking action, even when things seem messy or unconventional. Brooke's approach to launching her coaching group and various businesses without waiting for the perfect timing is a powerful example of this principle in action.

The Joy of Serving and Connecting with Your Audience

Brooke also highlights the significance of serving and connecting with your audience. She urges entrepreneurs to personalize their approach, understand their community, and find joy in serving others. This, she believes, is the foundation for building authentic relationships and successful businesses.

Consistency, Authenticity, and Adaptability

Our discussion also touched on the challenges of maintaining consistency and the pressure to see immediate results. Brooke acknowledges the struggles but encourages entrepreneurs to stay committed to showing up consistently and focusing on the long-term impact of their efforts.

The Unpredictability of Online Traction

Brooke shares her experience of a two-year-old post suddenly going viral, reminding us of the unpredictable nature of online traction. She advises treating each viewer or customer as the most important person, as this can lead to exponential growth over time.

The Entrepreneurial Journey: A Parallel to Motherhood

Drawing a parallel between the challenges of building a business and the early stages of motherhood, I emphasize the need to prepare for difficulties, seek feedback, and be open to making adjustments. Both Brooke and I stress the importance of consistency and the willingness to adapt and pivot when necessary.

Seeking Feedback and Building Relationships

Brooke discusses the need for self-assessment and the willingness to change strategies if the current approach is not yielding results. We both underscore the value of seeking feedback, being open to constructive criticism, and building relationships within the business community.

Embracing Challenges and Uncertainties

In closing, I encourage entrepreneurs to embrace the challenges and uncertainties of business. Through MiloTreeCart, I offer support and guidance, emphasizing the normalcy of feeling uncertain and the potential for growth through experimentation and learning from others.

An Invitation to Connect

I invite you to connect with me for further assistance and reassurance on your entrepreneurial journey. Brooke Riley and I share our experiences and insights to empower you in navigating the complexities of building and growing a business, and I'm here to support you every step of the way.

Remember, the path to success is paved with authenticity, service, perseverance, and the courage to embrace imperfection. Join us in celebrating these universal principles of entrepreneurship and take bold steps towards your dreams.

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