Business and Career

#SUPERWOMAN AUNT FLOW | 20-YEAR-OLD FOUNDER CLAIRE CODER CHATS WITH HARNESS

Photo by The Wonder Jam Claire discusses period positivity, dropping out of college and entrepreneurism She’s only 20-years-old, but Claire Coder is changing the world – one cycle at a time. As Chief Estrogen Officer of Aunt Flow, a subscription service which mails a customized box of tampons and pads, Coder’s mission is to provide every menstruator access to menstrual products. For each box bought, another one is donated to a select organization or an individual in need. Businesses can also purchase their tampons and provide them – for free – in bathrooms. As the website reads: “Taking care of your flow, takes care of their flow.” Tampons and pads are not covered by food stamps or by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Accord...

4 TIPS ON WORKING REMOTE

Many few companies decide to go remote, and for what reason? My opinion is that the consistency of workflow can either make or break the company, which causes the hesitancy for companies to go remote. I believe that they can remain successful based off of the habits and lifestyles the team embraces. I started noticing a lot of the struggles that I went through as a designer for a company that is fully remote. Through my struggles I’ve tried to make healthy habits in adapting to the traditional “college habits” that we tend to fall into when working from home. Tip 1: Make a schedule! I know it kind of sounds stupid to schedule out everything, but it really forces you to take breaks or eat lunch. Yes, I said eat lunch. I definitely fell into the habit of working so much at times that I forgo...

THOUGHTS ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Lately, I’ve realized entrepreneurship is all about final moments. It’s an attitude that permeates through everything in your life. It’s finishing when no one expects you to finish. Not because you want to prove others wrong – but because you challenge yourself to see final moments through. These final moments came to me while I was running on the treadmill. I had thirty seconds left and I had basically finished my workout. I could have stopped – thirty seconds wouldn’t have made a difference in the grand scheme of things. But I kept going despite my mind telling me it made no difference. There I found the last thirty seconds to be the most challenging. I was fighting against myself. I realized that seeing things through when you’ve mentally check ...

10 PROVEN WAYS TO MAKE MONEY OUTSIDE YOUR 9-5

In need of some extra money but don’t want to get another job? Well it happens, and I’m here to tell you that you don’t have get another job to have extra cash on hand. I have some ideas that have been proven to work and they do work, so try one or more and see which one works best for you. Keep working your 9 to 5 with the side job that you newly discovered by reading this article. RENT OUT YOUR CAR Yes, in this new era of the world we live in, you can rent out your car for extra cash. Download this app on your phone: TURO. With this app, travelers or locals can rent your car when they get into town. If you have a truck, someone can rent it for moving purposes. If you have a very expensive car, someone can rent it for fun, a night out on the town. If you have a car that is just sitting in...

#SUPERWOMAN WILD HEARTS | FOUNDERS LINDSEY & LAUREN TALK TO HARNESS

Lin & Lou discuss the difficulties of running a business, their inspiration and the meaning of “wild heart.” Meet the founders of Wild Hearts Co., – a self-proclaimed place for the dream chasers, magic makers and action takers – Lindsey Eryn Clark and Lauren Palomares (also known as Lin and Lou). Wild Hearts builds sisterhoods and supplies women with the tools to achieve their dreams. It provides “Wknds,” a weekend getaway for entrepreneurs, and “Conferences,” a two-day event including panelists, speakers and women from all over the world. The company began as Coast to Coast Central, a way for Lin and Lou to stay in touch, revamp their closets and post it on Instagram. #CoastToCoastChallenge spread globally – and the two women partnered with Go International and hoste...

#SUPERWOMAN TEENEAR | UP-AND-COMING URBAN POP SINGER TALKS TO HARNESS

Teenear discusses the biggest risk she’s taken, why she wants to be a good role model to young girls and positivity.  Women from all different walks of life contribute to Harness Magazine. On rare occasions, we come across women who are pursuing a dream that is quite extraordinary. Take Teenear, for instance: a young urban pop singer from Miami. When she was 15-years-old, her parents encouraged her to upload her cover of “Stay” by Rihanna to YouTube. Soon after, she signed on to Slip-n-Slide Records (the label worked with the likes of Rick Ross, Trina and Plies) and released singles with accompanying music videos. One of them, “Friday Night,” even featured Sage the Gemini. The song, an empowered anthem (peep the lyric: “Tonight I’m doin’ me”)  is about a girl who doesn’t need a man o...

THE IMPORTANCE OF REMAINING PROFESSIONAL IN AN “AUTHENTIC” GENERATION

I’m a firm believer in openly sharing my journey in hopes of inspiring and helping others. So, I’m not afraid to tell you that in my first year in business, I made a whopping $1,000. But, I’m also proud to say that three years later, I was grossing six figures and enjoying the perks of being named one of Atlanta’s top wedding planners, among veterans in the industry. It was a wild ride that left me with a fierce passion to share what I learned with other women, thus launching in 13+ cities (some successes, some failures), a wedding planner course program and a list a mile long of ways to generate sales for a small business. Whew! It’s a miracle I survived, seriously, but I’m thankful for the journey and all that I’ve learned through it. I get a lot of questions abou...

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: LESSONS LEARNED AS A SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

I am a millennial. There is a societal belief that because of the year in which I was born it is my job to understand social media. There is also a societal belief that all I care about is social media. And while the negative connotation associated with both beliefs is unwelcomed, those statements are not exactly wrong. Technically, it is my job to understand social media. And yes, I do care a lot about social media, but not in the way some individuals might think. Instagram has over 500 million active monthly users, and those users have shared over 40 billion photos since the start of the social media giant. There is no shortage of individuals creating, sharing and “#regram-ing” content, which makes one wonder, how and when did a feed full of sunrises, cat videos and avocado toast become ...

10 THINGS LADIES IN THE CORPORATE WORLD NEED TO READ

The fast-paced, ruthless and profit-driven corporate world tends to upset the optimistic 20-something clocking into the work force for the first time, hungry for success but unaware of how to achieve it. We unwittingly mistake the successful job application as our first step upon the rung of the career ladder, only to learn that our next few moves are not quite in the expected upward direction. Two turbulent years of being immersed in the corporate world have taught me 10 things and I try to remind myself of the following: As a graduate start, you will be wrong pretty much most of the time. This is in part due to lack of experience. Occasionally the ideas that young people bring to the table will not be heard due to the establishment’s reluctance to change. Best thing to do is soak it in a...

HOW TO BE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL YOU POSSIBLE

The road to success is long and filled with obstacles, but the end-goal and final destination never came to anyone without hardships and a whole lot of work. I was never the type of person to go along with life and let it steer me in the direction it wanted me to take me. I was the type of person who grabbed onto the wheel and drove down my own uncharted path, unwilling to simply be mediocre or “just okay” at anything that I did. Here’s how you can do the same thing: Don’t Slack I get it – school is hard, work is hard, everything is hard. Nothing in life is easy, and you learn that pretty quickly. You know the saying “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? The same concept should apply to every facet of your life. Getting by and doing the bare minimum may seem like a good idea ...

SELF-TITLED

I miss the good old days when I was given a title. The title came neatly packaged with a full description mapping out 50 to 60 hours of my week. A one page present of convenience. When living in the corporate world explaining what I did for a living was never worrisome. When someone asked, “What do you do?” I didn’t have to think. The answer was written for me. I was a coordinator or a specialist or senior account executive. It was even typed out on a 2 1/2 x 3 inch card in case I forgot. When uttered, these titles were often accepted without explanation. It was an easy exchange. Titles, particularly job titles, are a funny thing. They can hold immense weight in the description of a person. It can determine salary and how close you park to the office. It can determine the...

5 SUCCESS TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

  Running a small business can be a grind. What’s that phrase? Entrepreneurs quit their corporate jobs so they no longer have to work 9-5, only to end up working 70-hours a week??!! We definitely don’t want that to be the scenario for you. Running a successful business does take a lot of attention and time, but what if you can work smarter instead of harder? What if operating from an inspired and empowered place, can short cut the length of time it actually takes to achieve the results you are looking for? Well, after helping thousands of entrepreneurs around the globe, I have discovered how to just to do that. Here are 5 tips that will help you move into an empowered place, where you will be readily able to see the solutions that are already there for you that will lead you to the re...

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