Here at LIVELY, we’re constantly surrounded by swoon-worthy women that are killin’ it in their businesses. We're launching #WomenCrushWednesday to celebrate the boss babes who provide us with a constant flow of inspiration, support, and endless girl-crushes.
Where are you from?
I’m from Granby, CT.
What is Freelancing Females and what is its mission?
Freelancing Females’ mission is to empower women everywhere to find work that fulfills them and provide a platform where they can support, share, and connect with each other.
What was it like launching your own business?
Scary and it still is! But I tell myself each day that when a new opportunity comes up to go for it if it’s going to help grow the business and be afraid later. It has been an incredible journey starting a business and having one built around community has given me a lot of support in starting it.
What advice would you give on finding healthy work-life balance?
Sometimes a healthy work-life balance isn’t always attainable but I try to have my go-to goals like getting off the phone by a certain time at night, taking vitamins, exercising a few days a week and bringing around a water bottle more. I started getting sick a bit more often after starting my business and realized I needed to make some harder guidelines before burning out. These small steps have helped a ton.
What’s the best advice you’ve received from a mentor?
Take short term discomfort for long term success.
How do you deal with stress?
CBD, getting out of the house for a long walk and doing something small that brings me joy.
When do you feel most empowered?
When I’m able to empower someone else.
What keeps you motivated when you’re feeling burnt out?
That we’re creating a space for women to come to build their jobs around their true passions. We’ve had some incredible stories come out of Freelancing Females. We’ve helped single moms, women come out of abusive relationships and have helped build and launch a large campaign to bring self-esteem classes to young women. These stories and the women in our community motivate me each day to keep going.
Describe your personal aesthetic.
Simple, clean with pops of color and lots of plants.
What’s the biggest myth of starting your own business?
That there’s a right way to it. All businesses start differently, under different circumstances with different timelines. It is ok to take your time and do things a little unconventional.
What are you thoughts on “following your gut”?
At times in your business you come to a decision that needs to be made quicker than you have time for and this is when following your gut is the best decision you can make.
How does one find the courage to launch their own business?
No one knew what they were doing until they did it.
What are the three things someone should expect before deciding to freelance full-time?
It’s very rewarding to create your own job, it is also going to be more work, time and commitment, especially in the beginning.
Prepare yourself as much as you can before going freelance setting up a portfolio, potential clients and a small savings for business expenses.
The no’s are going to define your business more than the yeses and leave you room for better opportunities.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be like you?
Don’t be afraid to take chances.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
I don’t like chocolate but a good peanut butter sundae is my summer guilty pleasure.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
I’m pretty simple when it comes to a perfect day for me. Now that it’s summer in Brooklyn I’m so looking forward to getting out of the house more. A perfect day is minimal time on social media and emails with a nice long walk or bike ride over to a cafe for a bit of work in the morning to get myself out of the house.