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Natasha Williams

Female Founder Spotlight: Natasha Williams

5 March 2021|Latest Posts, Meet the Successful Founder

IWD Inspirational Female Founders Spotlight: Natasha Williams
IWD Inspirational Female Founders Spotlight: Natasha Williams

Natasha Williams, 45, has gone from being homeless as a teenager to celebrating 10 years at the helm of a successful property business. A mother of five, she grew up in poverty and survived years of hardship. But she was determined to success and put herself through university, eventually gaining a master’s degree in planning and sustainability from Kingston University and a PhD in social policy at Birmingham University. In 2011 she set up Shape Property Management – now Shape Surveyors – in Birmingham, which has five staff and a £300,000 turnover.

What would you love to share to encourage other women to start their own business?

If you have a dream, go for it. Anything is possible if you have the right mindset. Surround yourself with good, positive people and if things are going wrong, remember they will always get better. Don’t think you know it all – take advice and listen to experts.

What are your 5 top tips for entrepreneurial success?

Work on your mindset it makes you resilient.
Surround yourself with positive people.
Focus on adding value to your customers.
Build the right culture from the start.
Be self-aware, know what you’re good at and hire your weaknesses.

Who are the 5 women who inspire you the most?

Maya Angelou – Poet, author
Sister Margaret – Secondary School Headteacher
Oprah Winfrey
Lisa Nichols 
Sarah Blakely – Spanx

What is your favourite saying/inspirational quote?

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” 

Maya Angelou

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