Entrepreneurial Advice: How to Be a Girl Boss in 7 Simple Steps

Many people dream about working for themselves, and I’ve been lucky enough to be steadily growing my own online business over the past few years. I’m not exactly where I want to be yet, but the exciting part is that it’s always changing and growing into something new. And I wanted to share my best tips on how to be a girl boss in 7 simple steps!

I began my entrepreneurial endeavour with freelance writing, which I absolutely love! Contributing to other blogs and websites has been such an amazing experience and I continue to jump into exciting new projects.

My blog has also been growing at a quick pace over the past few months. I’ve began to treat my blog like a business and I’m so excited that it has started bringing in some income!

PS. Have you started a blog yet? If you’ve always want to start a blog and make income doing what you love, I know you’ll love my step-by-step guide on how to start a successful lifestyle blog from the ground up!

As a “girl boss” every day is different and that’s what I love most. Some days it’s just me and my lap top in at my kitchen island (AKA my desk); sometimes me and my best friend Tracey will meet up at a coffee shop to get work done; other days I’m learning from other successful entrepreneurs, going to events, and meeting with mentors to figure out how I can grow in my business.

A great way to dip your toes into entrepreneurship? Start a side hustle! This is a passion job you can do on the side, and if it’s something you really love, you can build it into your full-time girl boss career!

If you’re looking to start a side hustle, you have to check out my post on 9 creative side hustles to boost your income.

Whether you’re an online shop owner, blogger, content creator, or other girl boss professional, here are a few solid tips for how to be a girl boss. Take a look at the things that help get me through each day!

gIRL BOSS: MEANING

Before diving into girl boss tips, let’s look at the “girl boss” meaning. The definition of a girl boss is “a confident, capable woman who pursues her own ambitions instead of working for others or otherwise settling in life.” It was popularized by Sophia Amoruso and her #Girlboss book.

10 CHARACTERISTICS OF A GIRL BOSS

Want to know 10 of the main characteristics of a girl boss? Here they are…do you have what it takes?

1. Confidence
2. Goal-oriented
3. Resilience
4. Strength
5. Proper values
6. Authenticity
7. Self worth and self investment
8. Kindness
9. Saying how you feel
10. Honesty

Alright, it’s time! Here are some of my best girl boss tips!

1. START A GIRL BOSS BLOG

My blog has helped me grow my business in SO many ways. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without it. It has helped me land freelance clients, express my creativity, and share my passions and expertise to those who need it most! Plus my blog itself has created a source of extra income (and who would say no to making an income doing what you love!).

If you’re wondering if you should start a girl boss blog, I say you should do it 100%! No one has your voice, your experiences or your stories and people need to hear them! If you feel like there are too many bloggers out there already, just remember that no one is YOU! If you want to start a girl boss blog today, check out my post on How to Start a Successful Blog!

2. HAVE A GIRL BOSS LIFESTYLE VISION

You can’t get to where you want to be without a clear vision. Why? Because without a girl boss lifestyle vision you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve. How to you want your day to day to look like? Do you want to build a team? What are your dream projects to work on?

Do you want to be the go-to source for ethically made yoga apparel? Do you want to be the most unapologetic and diverse lipstick line the world has ever seen?

Sit down and craft a well thought out girl boss lifestyle vision. Include everything from what your business will focus on to what your every day will look like. This will give your business a clear focus and keep you from going off in all the wrong directions.

3. CREATE GIRL BOSS GOALS

It’s very hard to see success without goals. From financial goals to growth goals, to customer service and networking goals, writing down goals can play a big part in the blooming of your girl boss business.

Be realistic with your goals, but don’t be afraid to dream big. And write your goals down! Putting pen to paper forces you to focus on what you really want and what you think you can achieve. Share your goals with others, as well. This is a way to hold yourself accountable to reach them!

4. READ BUSINESS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS

Some of the most successful entrepreneurs spend a significant amount of their day with their head buried in a book. From when I was young, I’ve always been told that reading will make me smarter and broaden my understanding of the world.

It’s true.

Find books that motivate you, teach you something, and make you want to do better. Check out my post on 7 books that should be on every creative’s reading list if you want to find some great ones!

RELATED POST: Lists to Make When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed 

5. FIND A GIRL BOSS MENTOR

Learning from those who have been where you are and where you want to go is essential to growing as a girl boss. Entrepreneurship isn’t always an easy road and success doesn’t happen overnight.

Tracey has already taught me so much in the short time I’ve known her and although she’s my business partner I also consider her one of the most valuable mentors in my life! She has grown her online business to somewhere I can only hope to be in the next few years and I continually learn something from her week after week!

Find a mentor. Listen to their advice. Ask them for help when you need it and don’t be resistant to learning and growing in a new way.

6. FIND A SUPPORT SYSTEM

I’ve heard horror stories about entrepreneurs not being supported by their family and friends. Bloggers whose husbands won’t even read their blog because they think it’s a waste of time, or parents that tell their entrepreneurial children they need to find a real job.

Luckily, I’m surrounded by people who are very supportive of me and my goals. Sure, there are some who are a little confused and wondering how and if I can make a living out of this.

But they still believe in me, and that’s what counts. My friends and family are the most important people to me and I couldn’t imagine what it would be like if I didn’t have their support.

If you can’t find support from your family and friends, join Facebook groups, meet up with biz owners in your community, find an accountability partner.

The best thing I’ve done for my business this year is join a team of like-minded entrepreneurs and bloggers. Find your tribe and keep them close!

7. CREATE KILLER BRANDING

If you’re wondering how to be a girl boss and create a girl boss empire, you need to have killer branding. Without branding, your business has no direction, aesthetic or real feel to it.

Your branding encompasses your logo, tagline, colour palette, writing style, font style, marketing materials, and so on. It should be consistent in every aspect of your business, from your website to your social media feeds, to your photography and marketing, and any other visual representation of your business.

One thing that has enhanced my branding significantly has been my investment in a Haute Stock membership. Rachel’s stock photos are absolutely perfect for female entrepreneurs whose branding is feminine, stylish and grounded in creativity.

You can use stock photos for Instagram, your blog, your website, pretty much anywhere that will enhance your business, so it’s always an investment I highly recommend. If you want to take your branding up a notch, make sure you check out Haute Stock!

8. START GIRL BOSS HABITS: CREATE AN AWESOME MORNING ROUTINE



It’s important to adopt girl boss habits if you want to be a girl boss. Along with a consistent exercise routine, a proper morning routine is also key! Wake up at the same time each day, write down your goals and to-do list, eat breakfast, and make a cup of tea.

Everyone has certain things that work best for them in terms of getting them started for the day. Maybe you like to read for half an hour before getting down to business, perhaps you need your morning yoga class to get you up and at ’em, or you like to journal before starting anything else.

I suggest taking some me-time first thing in the morning. Checking your emails and getting straight to work can be extremely stressful. Even if you have a lot on your plate, take at least half an hour in the morning to get up, make breakfast and keep your mind off the day ahead.

RELATED POST: Why You Need a Morning Routine (And What Mine Looks Like)

Do you aspire to lead a girl boss lifestyle? Female entrepreneurship is a goal for many, but it takes a lot of perseverance and motivation to get things done! I’ve rounded up my best tips and advice for a post on 7 things every girl boss needs to be successful. Click through to read it now and save this pin so others can read it too!

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It takes a lot of work and motivation to be a successful entrepreneur and run a successful business. From social media startups to full blown online empires, these are the skills you need to grow your business and brand like a girl boss! Learn how to be more productive, create a vision and goals, and stick to a killer morning routine! Read my post now and save this pin for others!

 

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64 Comments

  1. Reply

    LipstickandMuffin

    November 15, 2016

    Amazing Post!!! Thank you for the shout out! It has been a crazy but awesome journey working side by side with such a hard working and talented girlboss like you 🙂 Can’t wait to see you going places and achieving your next goals and dreams!!!

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      Kate

      November 24, 2016

      The best biz partner a girl could ask for! Xx

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    Summer Telban (@SummerTelban)

    November 16, 2016

    YES! This list is on point, Kate! Thank you. Goals are a huge one, especially when prioritized properly! It’s so important to have both long-term and short-term goals.

    Summer | http://www.coffeewithsummer.com

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      Kate

      November 16, 2016

      Thanks so much Summer! SO nice to hear form you – I adore your blog 🙂 Yes – goals are truly so important, both long term and short term! Writing down actionable goals has helped me so much over the past year! Cheers!

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    Shaina McGregor

    November 20, 2016

    Yes I agree with all of these points! I am currently writing a post about what to do when you feel stuck in your 20s, and I also feel it is so important to have a vision and goals. We need to have some sort of plan and hold ourselves accountable to those goals. I think mentorship and support systems are crucial! We want to do it all by ourselves but truly we all need some guidance.

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      Kate

      November 22, 2016

      Hi Shaina! Thanks for stopping by! It’s so true – everyone thinks/wants to do it no their own, but most successful entrepreneurs don’t work fully by themselves. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to hear form others who have taken our path before 🙂

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    Lynn White

    November 23, 2016

    All great points. The vision and morning routine I think are super important. If you don’t know where you’re going, how can you possibly get there? My morning routine sets the tone of my day and the days I skip it, boy do I miss and feel it!

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      Kate

      November 23, 2016

      Yes, exactly! How can you reach your goals without a vision and plan? Happy to hear you have such a great morning routine as well! I agree, it can totally mess up the day ahead! Thanks for stopping by, Lynn 🙂 Have a great day!

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    Martha Grace

    November 24, 2016

    I love this post! So inspiring and makes me realize I really need to honker down on the actual goal setting and stick to my morning routine! Thanks for the great read!

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      Kate

      November 24, 2016

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read this Martha 🙂 I’ve found all of these things have helped me so much over the past few months and I’m so excited to revisit and revise my goals for the new year!! Xx

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    Taylor C

    March 28, 2017

    Books and mentors are always key! Great share and would love to help you all find more resources to find success. Let us know http://www.profitingtools.com/

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      Kate

      March 30, 2017

      Thanks Taylor! Agreed, books and mentors are two of the most important ones on this list!!

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    The Sophisticated Gal

    April 2, 2017

    Love all of these tips! I can’t begin to explain how important it is to have a mentor and to set goals for yourself, both have helped me grow in my career so much. I recently launched my blog, so now I am looking to find a mentor who has experience in the blogging space 🙂

    Thanks again for all the great #girlboss tips!

    – Kristen
    http://www.sophisticatedgal.com

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      Kate

      June 8, 2017

      Thanks so much Kristen, how am I just seeing this now?! lol! A mentor is so key and so are goals! Without goals it’s hard to track where you’ve been and where you want to go 🙂 Good luck with your blogging journey 😀

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    lisaroswald

    May 15, 2017

    I love this! I need to find a mentor. I am very supported but sometimes I need some knowledgeable feedback.

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      Kate

      May 16, 2017

      Hi Lisa! Totally! It’s important to have someone who’s been through what you’re going through 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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    La Luna Rose Jewellery

    August 12, 2017

    Amazing post, thanks Kate! All very valid points even after 4 years of running an online business you constantly need to re-assess and come back to these things! x

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      Kate

      August 14, 2017

      Yes, it’s so true isn’t it! Always good to keep these things in mind <3

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    joy mkanyika

    October 10, 2017

    kate i really admire you….u already made it !keep posting bossbabe

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      Kate

      October 10, 2017

      Thanks so much Joy, you are so sweet. I appreciate your kind comment <3

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    Erica Langston

    October 25, 2017

    Thanks GF!!! I needed to hear the words below!!

    “No one has your voice, your experiences or your stories and people need to hear them! If you feel like there are too many bloggers out there already, just remember that no one is YOU!”

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    Pau Castillo

    October 28, 2017

    I’ve been searching around for tips and inspirations for my own #GirlBoss goal. This post helped a lot. Thank you!

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      Kate

      October 30, 2017

      You’er so welcome! Glad it could help you in your journey to reach your girlboss goals!

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    Ashleigh Alves

    November 5, 2017

    Thank you so much I am really enjoying reading through your website. Your helpful tips for website blogs and Instagram are so helpful and easy to understand when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Really appreciate your insight

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      Kate

      November 5, 2017

      Glad they can help, Ashleigh! Blogging and social media can definitely get really overwhelming so I’m happy to hear that 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    Nechama Sklar

    November 9, 2017

    I love these tips! My website is being launched, so I’m just about to break into this terrifying but epic world! How would you advise on how to get a mentor?

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      Kate

      November 10, 2017

      Thanks so much Nechama! For me, I was lucky to meet my mentors through friends/networking, so my advice would me to talk to as many people as you can, network and connect with people who are already where you want to be 🙂

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    Laura Jacques

    November 16, 2017

    A really inspiring list! It’s such a rewarding process + I’m a bit obsessed with learning at the moment. Will definitely check out those books! X

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    Summer DeHart

    December 5, 2017

    Thank you so much for your tips, this is going to help me out lots! I want to build my empire and be that “girl boss!”

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      Kate

      December 6, 2017

      Awesome, summer!! Good luck with your journey and so happy you enjoyed the tips!

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    Ilynn

    December 6, 2017

    Thank you so much for this information i know it will be of so much use

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    alanawork

    December 12, 2017

    Beautiful site and great post! Glad I found you today.

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      Kate

      December 12, 2017

      Thank you so much! Glad you like my site and found the post helpful 🙂

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    ciaaprior

    December 17, 2017

    Kate, Thanks so much for your list. I feel so unorganized, but finally came to the realization that my blog would never be ‘perfect’, I just needed to launch and start getting my content out there. Can you suggest anything that might help someone who changes time zones on a monthly basis?

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      Kate

      December 19, 2017

      You’re so welcome! It’s true, you can’t wait for everything to be perfect, it’s best just to start! Otherwise we hold ourselves back from so much! Hmmm not too sure about the time zone situation, I guess it’s just important to make sure you stick to a schedule in each time zone to keep yourself on track!

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    Ashley

    February 6, 2018

    Love all of these points, especially the morning routine. So important.

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      Kate

      February 9, 2018

      Yes! Having a morning routine is so, so important! Sets the tone for your whole day!

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    Libby

    April 6, 2018

    Thank you so much for such an inspirational, and honest post. So many I’ve read have had a ton of fluff and not enough honesty. Now I just need to get me a mentor who really gets me!

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      Kate

      April 16, 2018

      You’re so welcome Libby! Glad you found the post insightful, good luck with finding a mentor! It really is key!

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    Hsu Mon Kyaw

    May 8, 2018

    Good point!Kate.I like this point.And it’s support me to be a successful girlboss.I need mentors to suggest for many benefit point .Thank alot to you,Kate for your list points.

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    Navs

    May 15, 2018

    THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

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      Kate

      May 21, 2018

      THANK YOU!!

  24. Reply

    Noel White

    May 17, 2018

    This is such a helpful post! Thank you so much!

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      Kate

      May 21, 2018

      So glad you thought so, Noel! Have a great night and thanks for stopping by!

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    Lynda

    May 18, 2018

    Thank you! Awesome read and excellent advice.

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      Kate

      May 21, 2018

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Henrietta Paige

    August 27, 2018

    I am just getting started on my girl boss journey and have been looking for some kind of direction. This post is exactly what I needed to find! <3

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      Kate

      October 25, 2018

      SO happy to hear that, Henrietta! Good luck with your girl boss journey!

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    Melissa

    August 29, 2018

    Thanks for this lost! I feel like I know all the things, but actually applying it can be so hard! Your explenations were super helpful for thinking of how I could start applying them in my day to day schedule.

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      Kate

      October 25, 2018

      So glad this post could be of help! It’s so true- goals and execution are totally different things! Good luck with everything!

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    Amoy

    September 27, 2018

    Wow, this was very inspirational. I took the time to read every last piece of advice you had and I am extremely grateful for it. I am almost 17and I am striving to build my own online empire starting with a blog. My blog is Mediocre to Mogul and I absolutely love it but my parent is very unsupportive of it and of me. So it gets very difficult sometimes.

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      Kate

      October 25, 2018

      Hi Amoy, thank you so much for such a kind comment. It’s hard when people around you aren’t supportive, but if it’s something you’re passionate about, keep going with it! You’ll always find the most success when you’re passionate in what you’re doing!

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    Danny Lew

    September 30, 2018

    This is great information. My daughter was looking to start her own business and I will pass this on to her.

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      Kate

      October 25, 2018

      Thanks Danny! I hope she enjoys it and finds this post helpful!

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    Suladys R

    October 27, 2018

    I love this! We all want to be girl bosses, and my fav was number 8. Morning routines are the most essential thing to being a true girl boss. My morning routine has established everything for me. Usually if I don’t stick to it, I don’t have the best day! Thanks for such a great post!

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      Kate

      October 29, 2018

      It’s so true! Your morning routine sets the foundation for your entire day!! Thanks for stopping by <3

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    Hannah

    November 18, 2018

    Thanks for sharing this! This is an amazing and well-written post and your blog content and design is absolutely fantastic. Thanks for inspiring!

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      Kate

      November 20, 2018

      Wow, thank you so much Hannah, you seriously made my day! I’m so happy you enjoyed the article and love my blog 😀 Thanks for stopping by <3 xoxo

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    Latifa

    December 16, 2018

    I agree with all of theses points! As a freelance makeup artist i believe in setting goals and working to reach them. Consistency is key, discipline too!
    Thank you so much the best article i have read today

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    Clare from @Oh These Are The Good Old Days

    December 28, 2018

    Kate this is such a lovely article. From one girl boss to another thank you! I look forward to following and learning more from you. 🙂

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      Kate

      January 2, 2019

      Thanks so much, Clare! So glad you enjoyed the article and happy new year! Xo

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    The Sexy Chemical Company

    January 11, 2019

    Thank you for your advice. I started my first company 4 years ago, and the second one this month. I won’t say it’s easy but I will never change it.

    I discover your website through Pinterest and I already loved it !

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    Taylor

    February 9, 2019

    Great post! I’m starting my side hustle and I love it!! I’m looking forward to turning it into my full time business.

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    Yasmeen Ghazal

    May 17, 2019

    Honestly, I like the way you arrange your ideas and that you write in a friendly way that makes readers more attracted to finish the whole article. I am a fan already and looking forward to reading your new works!!

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