Hello and welcome to A League of Her Own! Today we are interviewing a female founder who has so much passion for her business – Varsha Mathur.
Varsha, tell us more about your business KnowingLuxe
KnowingLuxe is a life coaching company that specializes in helping people going through transitions. Specifically, relationships and divorce, career changes and moving to new places.
What made you decide to become an entrepreneur?
I became a lawyer and learned after five years of practice that working for a firm or courthouse was not what I wanted to do in life. It wasn’t making an impact on people’s lives fast enough. I enjoy working with people, not pushing paper.
How long did it take for you to put your idea for KnowingLuxe into action?
Total fruition took one year but as soon as I had the idea I started building it slowly and doing my research.
What has been your scariest moment as an entrepreneur?
When you have a staff of people, the responsibility of their wellbeing comes to mind frequently when their pay checks are dependent on your bottom line. I’ll never forget the day when one of my staff members told me they were buying a house. I was so proud of them but also realized the impact my business had on their lives.
What has been your proudest moment?
I feel very proud of my work when people ask me to help them with their endeavors. I love sharing what I learn along the way. As a young entrepreneur it feels good to have people recognize that even in a small amount of time, you can learn so much.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned from founding your own company?
No task is too small. Whether it’s cleaning the bathrooms in your office space or answering the phones, it will always be your responsibility when you’re the boss.
What does success mean to you?
Closing my eyes at night knowing I did my best.
Has a mistake ever led you to success?
YES! I’m a big believer in love but if I never left my first husband, I would have never learned to run a business by myself and would never have met the amazing man I am married to now.
Which women inspire you?
I’m blessed to have an immigrant grandmother. When grown women leave their homes to pursue dreams, that inspires me. Some do it for themselves and others for family, but the hard work is still the same. New languages and a totally new environment make it so much harder to get things done. Also, many of these women face racial tension and financial barriers.
And which men?
Strong men, who I define as those who respect the women in their lives, inspire me. Respect is more than being courteous, it is elevating women, giving them praise and space to grow, being considerate of their needs and taking the back seat sometimes.
What one thing do you wish someone had told you when you first started out?
Don’t be shy to ask for help!
What’s the best piece of business advice someone has ever given you?
You’re not alone, a good mentor is just a phone call or handshake away.