From her cubicle at a credit card company in Columbus, Ga., Diana Harbour saw a flat trajectory for her life ahead. It terrified her.
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Harbour’s remarks were edited for length and clarity.
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TIPS FROM DIANA HARBOUR
1. When leasing space, negotiate for the landlord to pay for finishing the interior.
2. Don’t over order merchandise. Keep meticulous records of what affects your sales so you can better forecast.
3. No one else will run the business exactly like you, so factor that in when you expand locations and have limited time at each.