Business Achievers: Samantha Kelly and Women's Inspire Network


Our latest Business Achiever is Samantha Kelly and Women's Inspire Network. We asked Samanth to tell us a little bit about her social-focussed business and about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Samantha Kelly and Women's Inspire Network.

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Give us the background to your business 

I started out in business when I was turning 40. I started a company Funky Goddess which was a gift box for young girls approaching puberty. I had no business experience or qualifications but I had sales and customer service experience. I barely had a Facebook profile too and had no money as I was on social welfare.  My sister Roz created a Twitter account for me and told me I should use it to promote my business. I hadn't a clue where to start but as luck would have it, I took to it straight away. 

I realised from the start that Twitter was a powerful tool to build relationships and reach a global audience. People who would have been out of reach years ago were now at my fingertips!

I learnt how to drive sales to my website and I understood the platform and my audience so well that people started asking me to help them with their accounts. It was then that Tweetinggoddess was born. 

Now I’ve written a book 'Tweet Your Way To Success' (and I have a new book coming soon), I speak internationally and I also train companies and do one to one coaching on how to use Twitter and Linkedin and how to build valuable relationships online.

How did Women's Inspire Network come about?

I felt a bit lonely working from home so I created a Twitter chat called #Womeninspire then turned it into a membership site as I noticed a lot of women my age were starting a business but needed to learn the basics e.g. how to create a Facebook page, how to do a sale etc. but they couldn't take time to attend a workshop.

That way I could help them and be more accessible to more people globally as it's an online network. That was how Women’s Inspire Network came about. We now have 330 members and we do weekly webinars on different topics and exchange information and advice in our private Facebook group. We also send PR opportunities and refer business to members.

I now have over 49k followers, a verification and I'm a Ted X speaker. I love what I do and especially love to see members succeed.

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The best business tip you've ever received?

"You are good enough." - Bill Liao

Why spend your whole life trying to fit in, when you were born to stand out

Any advice for other business owners?

Don’t give up. Surround yourself with good people just like you who also run businesses. Only they will understand your challenges and your highs.

Ignore the begrudgers and people who copy your ideas. They can’t be you. You are your unique selling point. Just keep being the best.

Be kind, assist others and share your knowledge.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

Owner of the biggest online global network for female business owners.

What does business achievement mean to you?

Achieving what I set out to do. Looking back to see how far I’ve come despite the setbacks and challenges. Progress makes me feel grateful. Happy home and happy family along with doing what I love and what I’m passionate about.

Where can people connect with you and your business?

Tweet to me and say hi! I am Tweetinggoddess on Twitter @Tweetinggoddess. You can also find me on Linkedin. Find out more about Women’s Inspire Network on our website .

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