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Jessica Alba: Ladies don't be stubborn

Jessica Alba believes too many women think they have to do everything alone.

The actress set up The Honest Company, which specialises in non-toxic household goods, in 2012 and it's now estimated to be worth around $1billion.

One of her key pieces of advice to other women keen to make it in business is to be supportive of one another.

"There aren't many of us out there," she told German magazine Jolie when speaking about females in business. "When you're already part of a minority and then have to deal with everything alone, it gets twice as hard. Just look at the men: they help each other and share information. We should really learn from that. It's just a given for them, but women are often too shy. Many think: 'I can do this myself, I have to manage alone.' Don't be scared to accept help or even to ask for support directly."

Jessica continues to work on movies alongside her company and also raises daughters Honor and Haven with her husband Cash Warren. She had plenty of tips on hand for anyone wanting to follow in her admirable footsteps.

"I would say three things: firstly, surround yourself with people who are cleverer than you. Secondly, don't be put off by criticism - on the contrary, learn from it. And thirdly, be very clear about what it is you want to do. Study the market and create something that sets you apart from the competition," she advised.

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