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Bethenny Frankel branches out as SkinnyGirl brand owner, now dishes out advice to women on becoming a successful entrepreneur

Bethenny Frenkel (Credit: Getty Images) This is an image of former reality star and now brand mogul Bethenny Frenkel.
August 6
10:47 AM 2014

Bethenny Frankel has certainly came a long way from being a reality TV star in 2008. The former cast member of "The Real Housewives of New York" turned to be a reality show darling, starring in her own reality spin-off "Bethenny Ever After" for two years and a short-lived, self-titled talk show. Frankel also became a bestselling author with "Skinnydipping," which also became a tie-in to her successful SkinnyGirl Cocktails brand.

According to Enstarz, Frankel will now add motivational speaker to her already packed resume. The svelte mogul was recently in North Carolina for an appearance and also dished out tips to become a successful entrepreneur. Charlotte Observer, who interviewed Frankel, published five tips for women who wants to be as successful as her.

1. Don't overextend yourself.

Frankel said it is key for aspiring business owners to just focus on one idea, and then branch out over time. 

2. Network. 

"You don't need a publicist. Everyone can be their own publicist," Frankel said.

3. Family first. 

Frankel said it is important to not lose focus of your family. As a single mother to a 4 year-old daughter, she shared, "When they're sleeping at night or they're with their friends, that's when you do your work."

Frankel is in a middle of a bitter custody battle against her ex-husband and father of her daughter, Jason Hoppy, Daily Mail said. In June, the British tabloid said that the two settled on co-parenting Bryn.

4. Don't procrastinate. 

Frankel believes that working harder than your competitors is essential for aspiring entrepreneurs. And if you feel lazy, she advised that you would need to will yourself to do at least one task.

"Doing (is the most important part of starting a business). You put one foot in the front of the other. You just wake up and do what you need to do," she said.

5. Find your passion.

Frankel said that the idea of Skinnygirl was the lack of options for people who wanted an alternative liquor or food that would not leave unwanted calories. Frankel, who is a health fanatic, had told the Huffington Post that she has always advocated eating healthy at home, Gossip Bites reported.

''It started the second she was born, I remember my ex saying, 'She's so pretty, she's so beautiful,' and I said, 'She's a nice girl. I wouldn't want any of my friends or anyone around me and my daughter saying, 'I feel fat' or 'My jeans feel tight,' because you want them to have a healthy relationship with food. People just think there's tofu and brown rice around my house all the time, and it's not like that. We eat a lot of greens, salads, lentils and healthy foods, but there's ice cream, pizza and French fries and all that stuff too.''

Her advocacy towards good eating was the underlying theme for SkinnyGirl, which later translated into an estimated $100 million business that she later sold to Beam Inc.

"If you love something and you're passionate about it, you'll be good at it," she told Charlotte Observer.

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