I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. In fact, I started my first business in the 7th grade. (The long story is for another time. The short version? I cut up my jeans and made them into handbags and sold them to my classmates. I called it The Status/Post Jeans Co.) That venture was short-lived, but because I grew up with two self-employed parents I knew that I, too, wanted to be my own boss one day.
The creative side of my business is the part that I love to share with you: the outfits, fashion shows, perfectly styled photos, exciting parties and glam sessions; but back in my office there are a lot of “business” things that happen behind closed doors that are not so fun: contracts, pitching, paying bills, accounting, and taxes. Unfortunately those not-so-fun activities aren’t optional. In fact, they’re integral to my business.
Once I decided to take my passion project full-time and officially file my LLC, I quickly realized that there’s a big learning curve when you don’t have a business degree. Lucky for me, Eric is a numbers guy. His expertise in business finance has been invaluable… and I get his consulting for cheap. Ha. He taught me to get my finances in order, and how to keep track of it all myself using tools like Quickbooks by Intuit. There’s nothing more empowering than knowing I run my own business using the same technology that Fortune 500 companies are built on!
I often joke that over the past eight years in this industry I’ve not only worked as a blogger and wardrobe stylist, but also as my own PR, editor, writer, photographer, attorney, manager and accountant. Aside from the occasional intern, I’m a one woman show. On tough days I can often feel exhausted, but on days when everything clicks into place or I land a major campaign I feel like a Girl on Fire!
Do you know an amazing entrepreneurial woman that deserves a vacation? Nominate her to win an all-expense paid trip to SXSW to see the band Freedom Fry perform “Girl on Fire”, the soundtrack to Intuit’s animated short film, “A Giant Story“.
Are you a #GirlOnFire? Win an all-expense paid trip to SXSW!
Prize: 1 Grand prize winner will receive a 4 day/3 night trip for themselves and one guest to SXSW in Austin, TX.
- Two tickets to SXSW;
- 3 nights hotel accommodations;
- Round trip coach class airfare; and
- VIP access to Intuit’s activation
Nominate an entrepreneur in your life by posting a picture on Instagram and sharing why you think they are a #GirlOnFire. You both could win SXSW tickets and VIP access to all things Intuit!
- Post 1 picture to Instagram and include the name of the entrepreneur being nominated and a story about why they are a #GirlOnFire
- Tag @Intuit in the picture and caption
- Use #GirlOnFire hashtag
- Use #Contest hashtag
*Winner must be available to travel 3/12/18 – 3/15/18. For more information click here.
Photos by Karla Garcia