More and more of us are kicking the 9 to 5 to start our own businesses. While this is great and provides us with a ton of flexibility in our lives, it doesn’t prep us for what to do when we need time off. And, yes, I mean off off – as in logged off completely. One of these circumstances is maternity leave. It’s crucial for a new mom to take proper leave to restore and nourish herself (not to mention figure out how to keep a tiny human alive). Today I’m sharing the top five mistakes business owners make when prepping for their maternity leave.
Entrepreneurship can mean a whole lot of sacrifice and, more often that not, what gets sacrificed is wellness. On the other hand, wellness can have connotations of self indulgence and a lack of drive towards a goal. How do we balance the two? How do we chase our goals and grow our businesses while maintaining our wellness?
Have you ever gone so deep into a creative wormhole that, one day, you suddenly realize how long it's been since you've had any outsider feedback? I experienced this last week and dug myself out by getting out of my head and into some seriously enlightening conversations. Here's what I learned from interviewing over 20 entrepreneurs over the course of three day.
In a Medium article last April, Alana Massey reflected on the effects of "chill", arguing we had reached peak chill. "Chill has now slithered into our romantic lives and forced those among us who would like to exchange feelings and accountability to compete in the Blasé Olympics with whomever we are dating," she wrote. I'd argue that "chill" hasn't just 'slithered' into our dating lives, it's pervaded our professional lives, as well.
Holiday season is not only my favorite time of year, but also – hands down – the busiest time for my Etsy shop. At least 75% of my annual sales occur between November and December, so it’s important to get my game ON POINT by late October so I am ready for the rush.
Getting started as a creative entrepreneur feels like diving headfirst into some very muddy water. You know where you'd like to end up, but you have no idea what is going to happen along the way. Rather than handing off some shotty cliché advice – I'll give it to you straight. Here are my top seven tips for how to get started as a creative entrepreneur (and how to stay sane while doing so).
"Happy Equal Pay Day." said no one, ever. Tuesday, April 12 symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Basically, an equally-qualified woman performing the same work at the same level as a man would earn $.78 to his $1.
When another small business rips off your design, it feels gross – but in a we-all-are-struggling complicated sisterhood way. However, when you find your exact design on Urban Outfitters – it’s just straight up LAME.