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"#GIRLBOSS" By Sophia Amoruso - Book Review

ok. I am absolutely in love with this book. I originally went to the thrift store to find books that I could use for my art - and was looking for books that were aligned with what I was trying to express. Empowerment basically is always what my intention is.

This book looked too good to just use for my art I decided to read it first. Now I am absolutely in love with it and will keep it on the bookshelf to lend out and continue to inspire myself and those around me.

The timing was so right. As I have recently hired my first 3 employees! I know actually huge for me, my business really is a thing. This book is all about a young entrepreneur starting a company with no budget, how to work with people, how to be a boss ass *CEO, and more.

I recommend it to everyone even if you're not starting a business. The energy is phenomenal and the writing is beautiful. I love how she wrote it because it was so real and some. I connected with it and absolutely powered through it. It got me stoked for the day and told me exactly what I needed to hear.

It also reminded me that I absolutely can succeed with no"budget" and to just make it work with what I have.

Get ready to be empowered af!!!

#GIRLBOSS for life.

1. So You Want To Be a #Girlboss?

  • You take control and accept responsibility. You're a fighter. pg.11

  • Always on your own terms. You know where you're going but can't do it without having some fun along the way. You value honesty over perfection. You take your life seriously, but you don't take yourself too seriously. You're going to take over the world, and change it in the process. You're a badass. pg.11

  • You combine hard work, creativity, and self-determination, and things start to happen. pg.16

  • If you believe in yourself, the people will believe in you, too. pg.16

2. How I became a #girlboss?

  • letin and blog post pg.29

  • running a successful business: knowing your customer and knowing how to get free marketing. pg.29

  • responded to every single comment that anyone left on my page. pg.29

  • went with my instincts and treated my customers like they were my friends. pg.29

  • When you hold yourself to the same standard in your work that you do as a friend, girlfriend, student, or otherwise, it pays off. pg.29

  • Every week, one full day was spent shooting in the drive-way. pg.29

  • the night before pg.29

  • Suring that no two similar items were listed at the same time. pg.29

  • This way, my items weren't competing against one another. and I was able to maximize the potential of each. pg.29

  • Many people assume that working from home is like a vacation, where you get to do what you want when you want. This was not the case for me. The demands of eBay put me on the strictest schedule I'd ever endured. Because my auctions were tied, there were very real consequences for missing deadlines, The prime time for auctions to go live was Sunday evening. If mine went up late, that meant my customers, who were likely waiting to pounce on my latest batch of vintage gems, might end up disappointed, instead of giving another seller their business. If I took too long to respond to a customer inquiry, she might get impatient, choosing to bid on something else. Shipping orders out late might result in negative feedback, and if I didn't steam and prep all the clothes the night before a shoot, there wouldn't be time to get through everything in one day. pg.33

  • Systems to increase my efficiency whenever and wherever. I uploaded all my photos to an FTP and used a template for my listings, My finger was a carpal-tunnel whirlwind, typing out primitive HTML in the equal form to a twelve-year-old hacker. When I wrote product descriptions, I exalted the details. I included styling tips in the copy, in case someone was considering biding on a Betty White-type windbreaker but wasn't quite sure how to pull it off as MIA could. I included all of the details: shoulder-to-shoulder measurements, armpit to armpit, waist, hips, length...I noted every flaw and was always totally honest about the condition of everything. pg.34

  • Auction titles on eBay are more of a science than an art. pg.34

  • I got as OCD on the USPS pg.34

  • I was a one-girl assembly line. pg.34

  • stuff as much as we do! - even though "we" was just me. pg.35

  • I took a lot of pride in how carefully I affixed those labels. pg.35

You can't sit with me: The ebay clique
  • I completely dropped out of everything for two years. From the time I woke up until the tie I went to sleep, eBay was my entire world. pg.36

  • Dealing vintage is like dealing drugs - you never reveal your source. pg.37

  • What made me successful wasn't necessarily what I sold, but how I sold it. pg.38

  • I focus on making my store as unique as possible. pg.38

  • If the business is war, I always think that's the kind of #GIRLBOSS I want next to me in the trenches. pg.41

  • me is when I hear no, I rarely listen. ph.41

  • It takes a special kind of stubbornness to succeed as an entrepreneur. And anyway, you don't get what you don't ask for. pg.41

  • If it sold, we learned. If it didn't sell, we learned. And we kept on learning. pg.42

  • "market research" or "direct to consumer" pg.43

  • "demographic" pg.43

  • "org chart" pg.46

  • first $100,000 day, and I decided to celebrate pg.46