“About half our plumbers are lesbian or bisexual, but that is by accident, not design. We think that women living outside the dominant box are probably more likely to also work outside of it.”
Will this be the year you finally quit that job and launch your own project? Or the year you plan to up your game in your existing business and outshine all of your competition? Wherever you’re at, let these awesome queer entrepreneurs inspire you to follow your own arrow in 2016.
Stories include Gawker’s affiliate marketing payout, Vice Media maybe being a bunch of lies, the early days of Vox, why pageviews won’t die despite being useless, a new podcast from Issa Rae, a robust Businesswomen’s special and more!
In this inspiring and hilarious interview, Miyuki introduces us to her life as a continuously-evolving process of creation and discovery, and what it’s like to live solely off your art. (She also shares pictures of the tiny house she built, which are amazing!)
From an English lit degree to starting the Lingerie Lesbian blog to designing her first evening gown collection, NYC-based designer Caroline Elenowitz tells us all about her journey to running her own business.
The brand has a 100% “No Photoshop” policy, and takes pride in showcasing natural attributes such as body hair, cellulite, stretch marks, scars and freckles.
“In 2013 I was too ill to work, living on disability benefits, and had just dropped out of my masters degree. I was introduced to the world of lifestyle design, which then led me to the world of online business. Here were all these people, working from home/travelling, and running fun businesses from their laptops. About 2 months in I was making more than enough to live off, had doubled my rates and was hovering around fully booked…and now I’m a full-time, accidentally permanent VA!”
From Ali Adler to Nahnatchka Khan to Ilene Chaiken to three different women named “Liz,” you might not recognize their faces, but you’ll definitely recognize their work.
Bluestockings Boutique owner Jeanna Kadlec felt strongly about producing original imagery that would represent queer and trans bodies and identities in a realistic, respectful, body positive way.
Musician Sean Desiree — who alone makes up all parts of the indie band bell’s roar — explains how they juggle being a musician by day with running a furniture-making business by night, how they learned to deal with rejection, and what’s it’s like being a queer person of colour in an industry and genre dominated by straight white men.
Over the years, I’ve gotten emails from people who have said things like, “You inspired me to quit my job and pursue my real passion.” I want everyone on the planet to experience that same feeling — that feeling of knowing, “I matter, I am helping, I am making a difference,” whether you’re connecting with an audience of 1 person or 10,000.
“A-Camp was sort of a turning point for me. We were talking about building a year-round Autostraddle community and it was decided that I’d be the coffee roaster. I was like, ‘Well, guess I better get good at this coffee roasting thing.’ You can’t have mediocre coffee in a queer commune. I started actually writing a business plan the next weekend.”
“The one thing that is ‘typical’ about a day at the forge is that there is a lot of mess and noise, and that I sweat buckets and come home very dirty.”
“What your clients come to you for will be a huge signal for what your focus could be. They are attracted to a certain quality within you. If you pay attention, your clients will call it out from within you. My clients were speaking to me all along. It took a while, but I listened in and came to my true focus. It takes time. Let yourself grow. It is a sacred journey.”
Autostraddle’s webmaster Cee Webster has been a freelance web developer for 15 years. Here, she shares her thoughts on freelance working, ‘winging it’, the challenges of juggling many projects, and the perks of working when you choose.
What’s going on with Gawker, what’s going on with Reddit, Facebook’s algorithm, coming up with ideas as a freelancer, why many entrepreneurs are comfortable taking risks, and more!
In Follow Your Arrow, we’re talking a lot about building a business out of doing what you love. But what if you don’t have just one thing? What if you have so many interests you wouldn’t know where to start creating a business? Meet Emilie Wapnick, who has built an entire community around helping people just like you!
Even if your career goal is to totally nail every single element of your role eventually, acknowledging that you’re already crushing a few tasks will ideally build your confidence as you work on mastering the whole shebang.
Topics include “the cult of Vice,” the folding of Scratch Mag, mental illness in business environments, the theory of 1,000 True Fans, Trollbusters and more!
Welcome to this new column featuring interviews with queer and trans women running all kinds of businesses! We’ll talk about the challenges, what drives us, tools and tips, workspaces, marketing, and realism. First up: Beth interviews herself about her business, Little Red Tarot.