#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso was one of those books I casually picked up while scanning the book section at Target. The book caught my eye with its oh-so-trendy blush pink cover that features Amoruso in the most badass Superwoman stance. I’m sure we can all relate to the notion that you walk into Target looking for one thing and leave with ten other things. But, little did I know,this book I picked up on a whim would become something I really needed to help light a fire within me.
The book, written from Amoruso’s perspective, opens with her in her early 20s with no stable income and struggling to make ends meet. The book closes with the fashion empire that Amoruso created through her vintage clothing business, Nasty Gal Vintage [now commonly known as Nasty Gal]. Throughout the book, Amoruso addresses working painful minimum wage jobs, working out of her small studio apartment, the ups and downs of an online retail business and so many other steps that she had to take before Nasty Gal could succeed.
One thing that absolutely astonished me about Amoruso’s eBay business is how dedicated she was when building Nasty Gal. She did everything completely on her own when she first launched the business. From spending hours sifting through thrift shop clothing racks, to refurbishing or modernizing dated items and taking photos and writing product descriptions; Nasty Gal was a one-woman show. She paid special attention to detail [there are multiple pages in the book dedicated to how to craft the perfect product description, something I never would have thought could be so important] and made the shopping experience the best it could be.
While sharing her experiences, Amoruso also touched onwhat she’s learned throughout her journey and offered tips for any #GIRLBOSS out there, including resume writing and job hunting. Some things she talked about in the book that really stuck out to me were to “be who you are and do what you want” and how a #GIRLBOSS is someone who is in charge of her own life and gets what she wants because she works for it. Hearing this from someone who built her own business from the ground up absolutely inspired me to do the same.
I’ve never been super interested in working a 9-5 office job. I’d much rather build my own schedule and do my own thing. It is a goal of mine to one day build a brand of my own, whether it be film, fashion or social media related [or who knows, maybe even all three]. I want to create something of my own that others will enjoy.
From all the lessons Sophia talked about I made notes of what I learned and what it inspired me to do. I encourage any woman to pick up this book and give it a read. It has inspired me on a whole new level and it has showed me that I am a #GIRLBOSS.