Tabatha Coffey is a successful woman entrepreneur. In her hit BRAVO series, “Tabatha Takes Over,” she uses her success to give back, acting as mentor and counselor for struggling small businesses looking to dig their way out of a hole.
Tabatha shared some of her insight with MyCity4Her in our latest Q&A 4Her interview. Read on for the BRAVO star’s full Q&A!
Did you ever imagine yourself achieving what you have?
Yes. And I don’t mean that in an egotistical way at all. What I mean is that we should all think big and realize our ambition. And I am not there yet!
What in hindsight would you say you underestimated about your industry or business and why?
Hairdressers are smart and everyone underestimates us! Including me at times. But I am always reminded of what an amazing industry this is. And I am proud to claim it as my own.
What is the best business related advice you have ever been given?
I would say my mother gave me the best advice and preparation for the business world through her tough-love approach. She was always honest in her feedback, regardless if it may hurt, and it taught me to never settle and be even more driven in my goals. I use the same honest and tough approach when I am consulting people on how they can make their businesses better.
What do you love most about what you do and why?
I truly love being able to help struggling professionals and small businesses as they develop along the way. I am a small business owner and I know you cannot do it all by yourself. You have to rely on resources and learn from people who have the right expertise in order to make your business work. That’s why I enjoy the opportunity to partner with larger corporations like InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) who create programs like “Travel Bonus” which rewards small business owners for staying at any IHG property. I understand the value in a mentoring program like this and am excited to participate in helping small businesses.
What if you knew then what you know now – would you do differently and why?
Nothing. We evolve and learn through every choice and misstep. We can all play the 20/20 hindsight game but why? Take stock, learn, change, and move on!
When you’re not working how do you like to spend your time?
Not working!? Don’t tell anyone that I don’t work! But I do enjoy a nice vacay at Intercontinental.
How do you define success?
My reputation and my relationships are all I have and they are intertwined. I nurture both.
If you had to share one final thought with our audience of thousands of women in business – what would it be?
Ugh! Was that ok?! My ugh represents the frustrations we all feel. Not just as women. Anyone who feels they have to work harder and be better to be noticed and validated. I speak to all of you when I say believe in yourself! Even if no one else will.