5 Real Quotes From 5 Real Boss Ladies

Kicking ass and taking names. Barefoot while she’s at it.

Boss B*tch. Girl Boss. Boss Babe. We’ve heard the terms thrown out left and right, but what does it really mean to be your own boss and manage a business in 2016?

We asked five real boss ladies to weigh in with some of their thoughts on what it’s like to be in a position of leadership and how to keep yourself motivated even when the going gets tough.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting their own business?

“Start by starting. Just do it. Know that it requires a lot of stamina, know that you will be exhausted, but people do this all the time, which means that YOU can definitely do it. It can be done, you just have to start, and then figure out a way to keep going.”
— Jen Jones, Owner of New Love City

Q: Tell us one truth you’ve learned about business ownership.

“Choose something you love to do. The money will follow.”
— Chelsea Dornan, Owner of Chelsea Fitness NYC

Q: What made you start your own business in the first place?

“I started Simulacra to further my own belief that the modern woman is complicated and multi-dimensional in her work, her pastimes, her passion — her life. Though Simulacra is a clothing company, what I really wanted to build as a business owner was community.”
— Christine Yao, Owner of Simulacra

Q: Guidance on breakthroughs and getting over your fears?

“Imagine the worst case scenario. Once you accept that you can do anything.”
— Jena Steinbach, CEO of Little House

Q: How do you remind yourself that it’s all worth it?

“I live by the quote “when you die, you’ll have the results that you wanted or reasons why you don’t.” That might sound harsh- but I think it’s an amazing reminder that the only thing that gets in our way are the reasons we invent.”
— Hannah Roodman, Managing Director at HUMAN

Want more motivational sound bites to carry with you while you conjure up your own ideas on taking over the world? Join us on Wednesday, April 27th at Humboldt & Jackson for Flow & Tell: A Pop-Up Yoga + Panel event where we’ll join a handful of business owners in an honest, conversational Q&A, co-moderated by our friends at The Goaldigger’s Club.

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