The ability to build a business doing what you love feeds your soul. But the personal brand marketplace is getting crowded inside a torrent of social media one-upmanship.
How do you distinguish yourself, your product, and make money (our favorite part) in such a saturated marketplace? More
In the Baby-sitters Club version of our lives, Mollie Chen would be our Kristy—not because she’s always wearing turtlenecks or getting all bossy, but because she’s just so good at stuff. Editorial director of our favorite beauty site Birchbox by day, Mollie is also a ridiculously good cook—to the point where you question when and how much she sleeps. And while we still don’t have the answer to that query, Mollie did share her tip for at least looking awake. More
Here’s a nice counterweight to all the inane and antiquated articles on women in the workplace that have been coming out as of late: on Tuesday, The New York Times published a profile on the fastest-growing retailer in the United States. The company is called Nasty Gal and it sold nearly $100 million of clothing and accessories in the last year. Oh — and its founder and CEO is a 28-year-old woman. More
1. The question I get asked the most in terms of monetization and business priorities is about what to focus on first. Here’s the only mantra you need: Get the money in the door. I talk about this in The Fire Starter Sessions and in this Interview with Glen Stansberry at LifeDev.net
Here at The Girl’s Guide, we’re a sucker for lawyer-turned-entrepreneurs. (I wonder why.)
Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Elizabeth Leonard, a Penn Law grad who left her public interest law job to create Blue Bridge Project, which provides life-changing travel experiences to high-school students.
Ever wanted to chuck your law job and travel the world? Well, Elizabeth actually did it! Here’s her story: More
The British royal family may be mere figureheads, but they’ve still got serious economic power. The wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William in 2011 was said to bring £2 billion in tourism to England, and 10 dresses worn by Princess Diana recently sold at auction for more than $1 million. But the royals and their relatives make big waves even when they do small things. Exhibit A: the story of a Texas woman whose jewelry business exploded after Pippa Middleton wore her necklace on a Starbucks run (but never sent a thank-you note).
Take a moment to sit down and think for a moment. Do you know of one person who found success —not just financial success, but personal success—by doing something they despise?
If you can’t, maybe there’s a reason for that. Levo League spoke with Erica Diamond, founder and editor-in-chief of WomenOnTheFence.com, at yesterday’s Office Hours. Diamond found her own success strictly by pursuing her passion, and emphasized the importance of really doing what you love. More
Smart money management is hard — we struggle with it, and we work for a site all about women and business! Getting a handle on your personal finances is a challenge, and it can be a daunting task, but taking control of your money can also be an act of empowerment. That’s certainly how Daily Worth founder Amanda Steinberg sees it, and she is on a mission to help other women take charge of their financial futures. We got to speak with her a bit about Daily Worth’s expansion, and what the biggest financial priority for women should be. More
Good news for all you bangs-sporting, Sweet Valley High-reading, scarf-knitting, teacup dress-wearing, delicate gossamer spirits out there: Zooey Deschanel and her Hello Giggles partner Sophia Rossi launched a production company, and it just signed a two-year first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the producers of Deschanel’s New Girl. Now you may be able to live your twee life and watch it too. More
I’m the last person you’d imagine striking out on her own. I’ve always liked the camaraderie of having like-minded colleagues, the comfort of getting a paycheck every two weeks, and funding my retirement with a 401k. Need I add that I’m extremely risk-averse? More
One aspect of the entrepreneurial journey that is rarely discussed is the role of our partners – the individuals who love and support dreamers and doers. Brad Feld recently wrote a whole book on the topic, exploring love and relationships in startup land. More
I started my company in 2009. I had just graduated from Johnson & Wales University and got hired in the height of the recession at my not-so-dream job. I was grateful to have a job, but knew I needed something else to put energy into. So, I started a business with my friend Alex*. More
A few months ago I jumped off a cliff.
That’s how everyone describes it and it’s absolutely true. The day I put in my notice to leave my full-time, well-paying job to start my own company, I was both terrified and excited; I was confident, except when my heart would start pounding and my inner voice would start screaming at me, “Are you CRAZY?! What on Earth do you think you are doing?” Reactions from friends and family were mixed. My family remains skeptical, while some friends and acquaintances told me they were inspired and impressed by the fact I was able to take such a step. Others simply smiled and said, “Oh, that’s so interesting. I hope everything works out.” More
One surefire way to get more women in business is to encourage them to start their own companies. But is it possible that startups founded and run by women might be more valuable than companies started by men? Startup advisor Wayne Sutton sure thinks so, citing statistics that “women tend to generate higher revenues, even though they are given one-third less capital than men. It’s also known that founding teams with mixed genders were able to raise larger rounds.” Pretty convincing, no? If you need more proof, we’ve compiled 30 smart, successful women in business who have co-founded or are launching startups. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get inspired yourself. More