Leisa: Hello, I’m Leisa Holland Nelson and welcome to another edition of Women Mean Business, where we’re going to take you up close and personal with extraordinary women doing extraordinary things. My guest today is Ruchi Mukherjee, the Founder of Lights, Camera, Action Houston which is a digital magazine as well as a print magazine and hosts the extraordinary Mother’s Day Soiree, saluting international mothers; Ruchi welcome, welcome.
Ruchi: Thank you Leisa, so excited.
Leisa: I’m glad you’re here. You have really done a lot in the 10 years you have been building this business. What advice would you give the next person who wants to achieve the success you’re achieving?
Ruchi: Oh boy, where do I start? Well first – I’ve got two pieces of advice; one of course is business when you have a business. I am realizing the hard way, contracts – yes, I know I will never say don’t trust anybody or anything like that because that’s what has also trust and love and friendship, but don’t mix friendship and business. I’ve done it and I’ve had tears as you never know. I felt – I emailed the person and I wrote what I’m giving yet never received the check or never received the money or some stuff like this. So make a contract; please have a contract so that you are secure.
Leisa: That’s great advice.
Ruchi: So that’s one, and the second one is that I do feel also like there are days where I feel I’m burnt and I feel I’ve not been – some things didn’t go wrong but at the same time the very next second I tell myself my business is based on love, friendship and honesty. And I don’t care how many people cheat on me or do wrong to me, I will continue to do the right thing because I cannot imagine and thank Houston’s people who have been behind me, next to me and just because they have trusted my honesty and love me with what I do; my integrities.
Leisa: That’s great advice. Basically you’re saying have integrity but sign a contract.
Leisa: It works, it’s really great. Thank you.
Ruchi: If you’re honest they will do it.
Leisa: Yeah, thanks for being here. There you have it, extraordinary advice from an extraordinary woman. I’m Leisa Holland Nelson, President and Co-founder of ContentActive, Houston’s leading web and mobile technology company. You can find me at ContactActive.com or follow me on Twitter @LHNelson. We’ll be back again next week with another edition of Women Mean Business.
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