Today we welcome Jo McIntosh, a very inspiring woman over 50 whose business has taken her from Australia to France to New Zealand.
We asked Jo some questions for our inspiring women over 50 series on Lifestyle Fifty, and here’s what she had to say.
What prompted you to start your business?
With the sale of my store ‘Rustic French Living’ which I operated from an old church in Australia and plans to be in France and New Zealand, I started a business called My French Door which then became Linen & Stone.
Linen and Stone is a doorway for people to buy authentic French homewares, original up-cycled designs, and also experience staying in a medieval French village called Chauvigny.
What traits to you think you need to be a successful small business woman?
Three things are important in my view : Consistency, honesty and integrity.
If you weren’t doing what you do now – what work or business would you be working on instead?
I’m not really sure! I love what I’m doing now!
What tips do you have for starting a small business?
- Network with like-minded people and work together.
- Do small courses offered by business support organisations.
- Revisit and re-evaluate your goals, mission and ideas regularly and change focus or direction if need be.
Bespoke French Village Experience Accommodation
Friends and I have bought and renovated an old French village house in Chauvigny which is now a base for our trips to France and also available for guests.
If people want to get in touch with you or book a stay in Chauvigny at your renovated house, how can they contact you?
Bespoke French Living Experience on Facebook