Graziella has never thought about being an entrepreneur, she lived the normal life of a working mother. Then on one day she had an idea, she fell in love with it and said: “Why not? Let’s try something new!” And so she founded her own company, skillharbour, a platform where people can share their skills with each other without paying for it. The core value of skillharbour and what motivates Graziella is the following: “Do what you love for people who love what you do!”

For Graziella the entrepreneurial journey started with the idea, she became passionate about. Without this passion she could not start her business. Photo by Daniel Espinoza

For Graziella the entrepreneurial journey started with the idea, she became passionate about. Without this passion she could not start her business. Photo by Daniel Espinoza

When (in childhood) and with what did your entrepreneurial journey start?

My entrepreneurial journey started with the idea itself. This kind of work-style is only possible if you are passionate about what you are doing and I have never been such passionate about any other ideas before that would have made me start this journey.

What were the main challenges you faced early on? What have been some of your failures and what have you learned from them?

At the beginning I was asking myself the question: “What if I am going to fail?” But I told myself, what is the worst that could happen? Until now I can say that it is very interesting, I have not lost anything but I learn a lot, I have a really good time working on skillharbour and through this I can also meet interesting people. One of the biggest challenges for me as an entrepreneur is to know which step is the next one.

Who is your role model/mentor?

I don’t have any role models, but I admire women who are brave enough to do things differently than others.

What three pieces of advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today?

  • “Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” Doris Lessing
  • Don’t be afraid to fail!
  • Love what you do!

How different do you think your journey would have been if you were a man?

For women to stand their ground in the professional life is always harder than for men. At some point women need to take a break and concentrate on the child and family, that has a negative effect on their career. Me myself, I quit my job when my daughter was born, but if I were a man I shouldn’t have done so. I don’t think that it should be this radical, and women need more help to not get into a situation where they need to choose between career and family.

What is your favourite book?

I like reading about women who made something extraordinary and different.

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