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Monique Rissen-Harrisberg on Becoming your Own Boss

Make Yourself HeardMonique Rissen-Harrisberg, author of Make Yourself Heard, started her company The Voice Clinic when she was only 22. She offered Sunday Times readers tips on becoming your own boss:

# Make your dreams come true – if you really believe in your idea, then you will need to do what it takes to make it happen. “I approached the banks and the Small Business Capital group. Both dismissed it as a silly idea. I ignored them and used my credit card to start,” she says.

# Dream big, but start small. “At first, I marketed my new company with a brochure which I photocopied and sent to 40 companies. I got 10 calls of interest. I persuaded the then HR director of Clicks to do the course for R350. By the second month, I had 16 clients.”

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