This post is a compensated collaboration with QVC. As always, all opinions are my own.
With International Women’s Day here, I wanted to open up about my journey to blogging full-time and share some important lessons from my experience as a female entrepreneur. This is a topic I’m extremely passionate about because I believe that one’s personal journey and experiences can help and guide others to find success.
I’m excited to collaborate with QVC in today’s post to share lessons I’ve learned along the way in my blog-to-business journey. Plus I’ll be sharing my picks from their female-made beauty brands that share the same #dreamdaredo empowerment that International Women’s Day embodies. In honor of International Women’s Day, QVC® and participating vendors will donate a minimum of $250,000 to benefit Nest, a global nonprofit committed to the social and economic advancement of women by supporting female artisans who might not have the resources they need to flourish.
Keep Reading Lessons as a Female Entrepreneur
As females, we’re often regarded as delicate, but today, many of us have gone beyond the archaic stereotypes to running full-fledged businesses of our own. I couldn’t be more proud to be part of a community that values and empowers other women to turn their passions into a career.
I’ve shared my blogging story before, but in case you missed it, I was a graphic designer and creative director before I became a fashion/lifestyle blogger (you can read more on my journey here). My blog started as a way for me to share my design projects and the things that inspired me in the design world. It eventually evolved into what it is today. Since then, I’ve met so many amazing women in the field that have taught me so much about running a business. Here are the three biggest themes that have taken with me:
1. Trust your instincts.
If you want to start a blog or a business, stop overthinking it. As I’ve said before, make sure you are starting it around a topic that you love and are willing to hustle for. No one ever has their business model figured out from the get-go. You have to accept that timing, resources, and opportunities won’t always be perfect, and you will have to correct or edit your decisions and actions along the way. It’s all a natural process. All you have to do is trust your intuition and dive in for the gold.
2. Create a strong support network
Much of what I have been able to achieve up to this point wouldn’t have been possible without a strong support network within the industry. I’ve been able to connect with so many talented, inspirational women across social media. And with the influencer industry being so new, I love discussing strategy, ideas, and tips with other women who know and understand what I do. Learning from their experiences and receiving advice have been invaluable to my career. The encouragement and surprise emails I get from all of you also count as support! I love that social media has enabled all of us to connect. If you want to be a successful blogger or entrepreneur, you really need to leverage the power of social to grow and expose your brand by finding your tribe.
3. BE KIND and support other female entrepreneurs
I love having my own business and growing with the influencer industry. I’m constantly looking for ways to become a better business owner whether it’s listening to podcasts, watching webinars, or attending networking events. Without the strong female entrepreneurs willing to share their knowledge and successes with the rest of us, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get very far. I honestly believe that it’s so important for women, especially in this community, to support one another. Be sure to applaud each other’s successes, celebrate wins, and join forces to uplift one another and become better!
Thank you to QVC for supporting so many women businesses and for encouraging me to share my experience!
Photos by Eric Garcia