I been looking for this book for the longest time. After a long search, I finally found the book, #GirlBoss. I didn’t know what to expect when I bought this book. It is a mix of an autobiography, self-impowerment/motivational book and book for starting entrepreneurs.
Sophie Amoruso is the author of the book and founder & CEO of Nasty Gal. Honestly, I have never heard of Nasty Girl before. I learned that Nasty Gal is an American-based online retailer of hip clothes, shoes ad accessories for young women. It was started by Sophie in 2006 and soon became a fastest growing retailer.
Sophie started the book by giving a chronology which lead her to being a #GirlBoss. Then she had a chapter of why women should be #GirlBosses. She, then, narrated how from jumping from different jobs lead her to start an ebay store selling vintage clothing. She used her innate good instinct in fashion and photography to her advantage. She realize that this is where her true passion lies. She worked hard to give her customers the best products and soon her ebay store gained so many customers and following. She eventually shifted to her own website and got an assistant. Her online store became such a success in a matter of time. Their sales were impressive at a short period of time. Soon, she needed more employees and a bigger office space. I have an inkling that the movie, “The Intern” starring Anne Hathaway got a bit of their story from Sophie Amoruso’s story.
Sophie reminds me of that rebelious classmate of yours that are just too cool. I would be too scared to go near her because I am sure I will either get bullied or insulted and I am sure she would find me too boring. She is the type of classmate that I would admire and fear at the same time. But as she progressed to became the #GirlBoss that she is today, I couldn’t help but idolize this woman. She is the real deal. She is authentic, hardworking, cool and just amazing. She unbashfully mentioned her previous shitty (pardon the language) jobs, even her stint as a shoplifter.
Sophie gives great advice for starting entrepreneurs. She values hard work, treating her customers right and pride in her products. She asks and learn along the way. She also take good care of her money. She doesn’t live lavishly even when her bank account is getting abundant. She believes in the power of magical thinking but with her feet on the ground. She gives excellent advice in taking good care of business.I am not sure if the older generation of entrepreneurs would appreciate her struggle & method or understand the business in this technology-advanced world. In every end of each chapters, there are pages for other #GirlBosses with their advice.
“Money looks better in the bank than on our feet”
“Take care of the little things – even the little things that you hate – and treat them as promises to your own future”
“Treat your thoughts like your dollar bills: Don’t Waste ‘Em”
” Learn how to take cream of yourself so that the man you marry is the man you choose to be with and to just a man who will take care of you.”
I am officially a fan of Nasty Gal and Sophie Amoruso. I am literally stalking her in instagram. She is awesome! I recommend this book for younger entrepreneurs, fashion addicts and strong women. This book shouts girl power, loud and clear!