On this Monday’s episode of Hey Frase, Sarah and AJ got a chance to speak with Mama Biscuit herself, Lesley Riley. Lesley is the CEO and boss of Mama Biscuits, America’s first gourmet biscuit baking company located in the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas.
As a black woman entrepreneur, Lesley has faced her fair share of battles in creating the successful business that Mama Biscuits has become. Even now that Mama Biscuits is super successful, she explained that there are still days where she asks herself: what did I get myself into? As an entrepreneur, she stressed that the main thing you have to remember is to keep the faith and keep it moving.
She shared with us the top three pieces of advice for anyone entering the business world:
- Contrary to what everyone might be telling you, it’s okay to say no. You don’t have to take every venture that comes your way. In fact, that kind of attitude could quickly put you out of business. It’s better to say yes to some opportunities and no to others.
- Faith over fear. Along your entrepreneurial journey, people are going to tell you they don’t like your product, and they’re going to say no to you. The process of creating your business is oftentimes scary and lonely, but faith will take you through it. It also helps to surround yourself with a strong support system, what Lesley calls her “tribe.”
- At the end of the day, the biggest thing you need to remember is that it’s your journey, so don’t get swayed by competitors or critics. When you’re facing critics, remind yourself: this is me, I’m going to do me, and this is how I conduct business. You need to have that self-confidence to accept that not everyone is going to love what you have to offer. When it comes to competitors, it’s important to recognize that you’re always going to have competition. It’s the nature of the game. Instead of comparing yourself to them, you have to focus instead on making sure that you are one step ahead of them.
If you’re dying to try these biscuits (believe me, they’re worth it), check out the Mama Biscuit website to order and have them shipped to you.