Beyond the #Girlbossmoment: Rachel Marshall gets her first article published!
“Magazines have always been a big part of my life. I still have issues of publications that do not exist anymore such as YM and CosmoGIRL! that have teenaged Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on the covers. I’ve grown up with magazines and still have subscriptions. I’ve dreamed about being in them and writing for them, too; they have influenced me in powerful ways.
In 2011, when I was a freshman in college, I was lounging in bed reading SEVENTEEN’s article about Beauty Peace Day and was so inspired that I ended up creating a student organization called BUILD Beauty for women at Emporia State University. The organization is still impacting female students today. To me, that’s mind blowing.
This year, I found myself severely unhappy at a job. I had miraculously landed a freelance contract to write for a women’s publication and obtained my first public relations client to freelance for as well, but these gigs weren’t going to pay all my bills. So I took the leap and left my job without an actual job job lined up.
My first article for the magazine was a tough assignment: “Alternative Funding For Women Entrepreneurs.” I researched like I was in school again. After sending my first draft to the editor, she noted the women I was writing for were women that had MBAs and making over $100,000 a year. Here I was, 24 years old with no business background and practically unemployed.
This was my first article to be printed in a magazine. I wanted to do the best job—nail it, knock it out of park, make an amazing first impression; you know, that sort of thing. After more editing and revising, and help from my editor, it was completed and my effort had been noticed.
The full-circle #girlbossmoment is that I included the Girlboss Foundation as one of the resources in the “alternative funding for women entrepreneurs” article and the editor actually liked it and kept it. I was happy to include Girlboss in one of my biggest #girlbossmoments to date. And now I’m writing about my #girlbossmoment for Girlboss. What?!”
Three pieces of advice to aspiring entrepreneurs:
1. Observe. Be observant of your environment. Take note of the people around you and what they are saying, and what businesses are doing. You might be able to spot things you can help with, change, lead or create an impact with your talents and skills. There are so many opportunities out there, and sometimes we need to dig around and find them for ourselves.
2. Pitch and ask. People won’t ever know what you want or what you are trying to do if you don’t put it out there in front of them. You should pitch yourself to show people what you have to offer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for what you want. You never know what can come from it. You might get a bunch of no’s, but then you may get a few people who will actually give you a chance.
3. Always say “thank you.” Time and money are valued resources. If someone is taking time to meet with you so you can pick their brain or if someone is investing in your business, thank them. Handwritten notes are the best. I keep a stock of thank you cards so I am always prepared!