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If you are on Facebook, Instagram, or most other social platforms, it’s very likely that you’ve seen hashtags used in one way or another. Many times it’s a snarky or fun way to connect with like-minded individuals. Other times it may be a way for businesses to reach potential customers or even their existing ones. The problem is all the promoting that’s done with the hashtag has made #girlboss the butt of a lot of mean jokes from people who don’t see the fantastic things that are happening in those #girlboss lives. That annoys the crap out of me! Your successes and friendships should be shouted from the rooftops because you are a girl boss! You have built a successful business, and you should OWN THAT! I’ve been living in a world of direct sales and home businesses on and off for about six years. I have been so blessed to meet some fantastic and even not so amazing people. Say whaaaat? Blessed for not so amazing people? Well, duh, they’ve thought me to keep my eye rolls to myself, LOL. I don’t want to talk about them though. I want to talk about the ladies who are killing it every day in their home businesses, direct sales, and whatnot because all to often a woman building a home business is written off as lazy, spammy, fake, and so much more crap that is just not even worth getting into. Recently I asked my fierce female entrepreneur friends about what having a home business has done for them, and I HAVE to share their stories.
Spread the Word on These Awesome #Girlbosses
Kinsley with OHSoGood Grooming Boarding Walking Daycare LLC: “On accident, I ended up opening my own grooming and dog boarding business, and over time it expanded faster than I expected! At the time I did it to be able to stay home with my kids and make some extra cash… I had left grooming in the cooperate world again to be able to stay home as a mom… but then word of mouth hit HARD and I expended very quickly… without it I wouldn’t have been able to support my family when my husbands depression and anxiety left him unable to work any more times have been HARD but this business has kept me afloat my husband is home with the kids, and I still work from home fully supporting our family I could t have asked for a better situation! We are only climbing yes it was hard, yes it has been tiresome, but I wouldn’t give up the dogs for the world! Best job ever!” Let me tell you; I absolutely LOVE leaving my fur babies with Kinsley. If you are in need of
Jennifer Quinn with All That Airbrush and Embroidery: “Owning your own business allows you the flexibility to be available to your family in ways a standard career does not. Don’t get me wrong, there can be times when your workday is inherently longer; but the ability to arrange your work time around important family time adds an element of quality that is priceless in maintaining or enhancing the health of a healthy family unit. I think the stigma applies to the terminology “home-based,” but the success of a small business depends largely on the goals of the owner regardless of its location. Do you want to be out of debt? Do you want to provide more jobs for the community? Do you have a product or service that can change lives for the greater good of humanity?” Jen is an incredibly talented artist with a fantastic heart. I got to have the pleasure of watching her work at the Bloomsburg, PA fair and it was just inspiring! She is such a strong businesswoman who brightens a room.
My most recent stint in home business was an incredible 2.5 years with LuLaRoe, but I’ll talk about my journey in a future post but you can get to know me here. Right now I want to highlight three consultants that I’ve met through LuLaRoe, and I’m so happy to have them in my life.
Danielle Michele Grespan of Lularoe Danielle Michele: “I am able to pay for my education out of pocket (no student loans!!!) for my car and my son’s hockey stuff.”
Heather Sheehan Romeri of Lularoe – Heather Romeri: “My at home business has helped me develop new relationships with incredible women around me that I would not have met otherwise. We have bonded over having something simple to talk about like clothes. Past that, our conversations have gone deeper into our families, the evolution of ourselves and much more.”
Georgeann Lytle of Lularoe Sol Sisters, LLC: “Our business is continuously growing. I was actually a SAHM before I started direct sales, and I owned (and still own) a home-based business that I built from the ground up. But it wasn’t paying the bills. My kids have had three doctors appointments this week, and I didn’t have to ask anyone permission to take them! Yeah!! Oh, we also totaled our van a few weeks ago. Bought another van and paid cash for it, didn’t have to wait for the insurance check to arrive. I’d call that a success ;)”
There are probably millions of stories from those #girlboss women floating around, and I would LOVE to hear from you. If you are a #girlboss, who is working fiercely hard comment below and post an INCREDIBLE story in public. I say it’s about time we rise up together and show the world that #girlboss is way more than just graphics with beautiful products. It’s real women working their butts off doing work they are truly proud of.