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How to Live The Boss Life Part 3

Working 9 to 5 in a cubicle isn’t for everyone. Maybe you find it boring. Maybe the thought of eating yet another lunch at your computer is enough to make you scream. Relax. We’ve got you. Whether you’re looking for a total career overhaul or a lucrative side hustle, taking the plunge to be your own boss can have serious benefits. Recently, we introduced you to some amazing female entrepreneurs who are already living the Boss Life. Now, get ready to meet three more women who successfully went out on their own—and never looked back. From business tips to beauty tricks, here’s how they do it all, all on their own.

1.  My business:

“I’m editor of the lifestyle blog, Hitha On The Go. I’m also the co-founder of Bridge2Act, a platform that’s transforming the giving process. My first book, How To Pack, was released on March 7th.”

Why I became my own boss:

“Two years ago, I was mulling a career change from business development in the pharma industry, when my best friend came to me with a revolutionary idea focused on bridging the media, nonprofits, and the readers to enable taking action—the moment you felt compelled. I decided to take the plunge, because I loved the idea and I loved my team. It was the second-best surprise that year—the first was finding out I was expecting a baby!”

Favorite thing about working for myself:

“I love the autonomy. I have a young son and a second business I’m managing, and I couldn’t be the mother or the businesswoman I am if I had to work for anyone else. And even though I don’t get to my computer until noon on some days, or work until 1 a.m on others, it’s worth it, because it’s my work.”

The hardest thing about it:

“I do miss having external direction, i.e. being told what to do. When you’re the boss, it’s on you to prioritize and delegate.”

Best business tip:

“You can only be one person at a time—a writer, a businesswoman, a mom, a friend. Be the best writer/boss lady/mama you can be in that moment. Give it your all and you’ll be far more productive and satisfied than if you try to multitask. One great way to enforce this tip is to work in a single window on your computer at a time and hide everything else.”

Best beauty tip:

“I didn’t start filling in my eyebrows until two years ago, and I have no clue why I didn’t start sooner! Even if I’m working from home in leggings, I’ll dab on some concealer and fill in my brows. I’m always more productive on the days I take two minutes for a little glam.”

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2.  My business:

“Inspiralized is my culinary brand dedicated to cooking creatively, healthfully, and deliciously with a spiralizer, the kitchen countertop tool that turns vegetables and fruits into noodles. Inspiralized consists of a daily recipe and resource blog, two New York Times best-selling cookbooks, a Recipe App, and a branded, proprietary spiralizer called the Inspiralizer.”

Why I became my own boss:

“When I discovered spiralized veggies, I was immediately blown away by how much they mimicked the texture of actual pasta. As an Italian American who has always struggled with portion control, this helped me find a healthier alternative to one of my favorite foods. I started spiralizing every night and writing recipes at lunchtime while working my corporate job. I noticed that there was no community built around spiralizing—no resources or recipes on the Internet—so I decided to start one. I built up the courage, walked into my boss’s office, and quit. The next day, I went to a coffee shop and started Inspiralized with one single blog post.”

Favorite thing about working for myself:

“You see the direct results of your efforts and the correlation between hard work and success. It’s the most gratifying feeling to put effort into something and see it grow.”

The hardest thing about it:

“You can’t really call in sick and can’t truly sign off. You can’t just check out, and if you do, you’ll see it negatively impact your business. If you work a traditional position at a job with an employer, if you call in sick, there are people and a team to back you up in your absence. As an entrepreneur, it’s just you.”

Best business tip:

“It’s a tip I picked up from [life coach and motivational speaker] Marie Forleo: ‘Schedule your priorities; don’t prioritize your schedule.’ It’s easy to clear your inbox or complete your daily tasks. It’s a lot harder to accomplish a big project, and if you keep putting it off, it’ll never get done. The bigger, harder projects are the ones that move the needle in your business, and if you don’t prioritize them first, you won’t achieve success as quickly as you’d like.”

Best beauty tip:

“Never go to bed without taking off your makeup, cleansing, and moisturizing. It’s a cardinal rule for me, no matter how late it is.”

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1.  My business:

“I have been an Avon Representative for 15 years. I’ve raised my three children off of my Avon earnings and I love my business!”

Why I became my own boss:

“I was a stay-at-home mom when I started. I had been a lab tech, but I got laid off when I had my first child. When I had my daughter a year and a half later, I decided I needed to do something to get out of the house and also for some extra money. So, I chose Avon. I couldn’t have been happier to have this to fall back on and build as big as I have. And it’s still growing!”

Favorite thing about working for yourself:

“I love the freedom that I have to be with my kids and never miss anything in their lives. As a single mom of three, it’s a struggle. But with my own business, I have been there for my children, and by making it a success, they have seen how anything is possible with hard work. I love how proud my children are. They brag about me!”

The hardest thing about it:

“It’s not easy working from home—finding a schedule that you can stick with, doing the work instead of getting sidetracked, staying motivated when there’s no one to tell you what needs to be done. The longer you stick with it and be consistent, the more success you find.”

Best business tip:

“Make a plan. Set a schedule for you and for you and your family. Be diligent and persistent. Read motivational material to keep you focused, and most importantly, never give up.”

Best beauty tip:                                                                                                                                “Beauty is what makes our world what it is. Everyone loves it and wants it. Just be the best example of how beauty works in your life and people will be attracted to that.”

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How To Live The Boss Life Part 2

 My business:  “I run Possessionista, a TV fashion blog that helps viewers track down the fashion, beauty, and home decor from their favorite TV shows.”

Why I became my own boss:  “After my second son was born, I decided not to go back to work. I started Possessionista as a hobby, and it evolved into a business.

Favorite thing about working for myself:  “I love that I never have to ask for permission for anything.”

The hardest thing about it:  “Working for yourself can be lonely. You’re accountable to yourself, which is great, but I do miss working in a team.”

Best business tip:  “Continue to evolve. The best businesses are never their first iteration. Being open to learning and growing as a person will enable your own business to change and flourish.”

Beauty secret:  “I once did a beauty video with the makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan and she taught me that using a waterproof pencil in the waterline makes your eyelashes look longer.”

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How to Live The Boss Life Part 1

Earning extra money, making your own hours, and working from home doing something you love—it all sounds like a dream! But it also seems kind of scary, right? Whether it’s leaving a comfy day job or starting your own side gig, the thought of taking a chance on yourself can be daunting. Yet, as these three women prove, it can be done—and it can pay off big time.Three top women were asked to share why they took the entrepreneurial plunge, their secrets for success, and of course, how they look so good while doing it all.“Why I became my own boss: “I started my business seven years ago, which is so crazy to think about. At the time, it wasn’t a business at all—more of a fun little passion project. But with time, the site grew and grew, and I was stretched too thin. It was either work for someone else or take a chance on myself. I decided to take the riskier move. So, a little over a year ago, I left my day job to work for myself.”

Favorite thing about working for myself:  “I love the flexibility. I have to work really, really hard—probably harder than if I just had a nine to five—but I can control the pace. I’m a night owl, so I love being able to work late and then not feel so bad about sleeping until 9:30 in the morning. I also really love working from home, especially as it gets colder.”

The hardest thing about it: “Taxes and all the unglamorous stuff like internet hosting and back-end site problems. But mostly, taxes!”

Best business tip:  “Don’t feel bad saying no. You’ll make time to actually work, and also to say yes to projects and things you genuinely care about. When you are just starting out, networking is super important—and it always will be—but you have to protect your time. Most meetings can be phone calls, many phone calls can be emails.”

Beauty secret:   “Always, always use eye cream. I put it on morning, night, and sometimes mid-afternoon. It keeps you young!”

My business:  I’ve been an Avon Representative for 8 and a half years!”

Why I became my own boss:  “I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. When my third child turned one, I decided that it was time to find a way to earn extra money without leaving my family every evening and arriving home late. I had missed so much with my first two and couldn’t see myself doing that again.”

Favorite thing about working for myself:  “I love the flexibility of making my own hours and my income goals.”

The hardest thing about it:  “The hardest thing is realizing that, even though I have a full time job, I need to give my business the same, if not more, time and effort, because I’m working for myself. I have to make sure that I’m working as hard for me as I do for others, because my family and I are worth it.”

Best business tip:  Stay organized and always follow up. Customers always appreciate when you pay attention to the small details and do something to acknowledge them and their preferences.”

Beauty secret:  “Make your look your own—and then own it. As a mom, I know my daughters are watching me, so it’s important to me to show them that I don’t need a lot to highlight my beauty. It’s not about the makeup, it’s about how you wear it.”

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