Episode 112: How to Run a Business with Your Friends with Curly Girl Collective

Nicaila Matthews
Jan 21 · 2 min read

Running a business with your friends is no easy feat. No one knows this better than the dynamic women of Curly Girl Collective: Charisse, Gia, Melody, Simone and Tracey.

These women come from all different backgrounds and career paths, yet they had a common passion — to be a change agent in the beauty industry by connecting, empowering and celebrating women of color around the world.

What started as an idea for a business during a potluck in one of their apartments has grown into a brand that now produces large scale, activation-filled experiences for natural hair women with brand partners including Shea Moisture, Target, BET and more! Their mission is to create innovative experiences that celebrate natural beauty and showcase the best brands for women of color.

Most importantly, these women are dear friends that have managed to run a successful business while keeping their friendships tight. In this episode, hear how they balance personal and professional and leave space for each members superpowers to naturally flourish.

On today’s episode we get into:

  • How to run a successful business with close friends
  • How they each juggle their full time careers with a major and successful side hustle that is Curly Girl Collective
  • You’ll also learn a fun fact about my personal connection to Curly Girl Collective
  • And so much more!

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Originally published at Side Hustle Pro.

Nicaila Matthews

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Creator and Host, Side Hustle Pro podcast (http://SideHustlePro.co/Podcast). || Twitter & IG: @SideHustlePro

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