I’m really loving my #BossBabe posts so far. Nomatter what industry, you will always find some amazing women who are pushing their limits to achieve success in their work, whether they are employed or self employed. This week, I have one hell of a babe. A gorgeous Northern girl with bright red hair a la The Little Mermaid (and you all know how much I love me some Ariel!). She is also a fellow plus size blogger and a dab hand at makeup, and as it happens, running an online magazine. It’s Georgina Grogan of She Might Be Loved.
Tell me a little bit about your background.
I was born in Essex, London, but we moved to Sheffield when I was really young. I grew up wanting to be a Lawyer but in College I realised it wasn’t my strongest subject and changed my career path to an English Teacher. I loved writing, editing, reading, and the English Language in general. I was accepted into university but I had such a tough time in College that I decided to defer for one year. During that year I started up She Might Be Loved and now I’m here!
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your company?
During my gap year I was only working 2 shifts a week and finding it hard to fill up the time in between of work. A couple of customers mentioned how I should start blogging and then one night it just happened! I’ve always loved sharing my life online (I’ve been complaining on twitter since 2009), but I never thought I could just write about the things I love and keep a sort of diary. I hadn’t really had any experience writing about beauty or fashion before, and I’ve learnt everything along the way! Around 18 months into blogging I was contacted by a new brand that needed help with social media and having ran the social accounts at my retail job, I offered my services and started up a social media management company. In September I wanted a new challenge and I finally started up the online magazine that I had been dreaming about for years!
What’s the best thing about your job, and why?
Being a freelancer is so FREE, I can work when I want, how I want, even from the bath if I want too. I’m also suffering from chronic pain which means that freelance life is actually the only way I can work now. Sometimes I need to nap, other times I’m doing 12 hour days. Being your own boss also means that you don’t have to work for difficult people if you don’t want to. I’m very picky over my clients ensuring that I only take on work that I will enjoy and the same goes for my blogging work. I only work with brands that I’m genuinely interested in and it makes everything a lot more funner, enjoyable, and you’re always motivated to work as you love what you do!
What’s the most difficult part about your job, and why?
Lately it seems really competitive, everyone is trying to become a freelancer and no one really wants to share tips and advice anymore. It’s making it quite hostile if you get a campaign over someone else, but you just have to stay in your own lane and keep going!
What do you think sets you aside from your competition?
To be honest I think I’m actually a nice person, which seems a rare thing to come across now! I’ll always go out of my way to help people, offer advice, suggestions, anything people come to me for, I’ll always make sure they go away with a genuine, honest, and helpful answer. I know I’ve messaged some bloggers for advice and they’ve actually not replied to me at all. Plus I’m bluntly honest, to the point where some brands don’t like me, but I don’t care about that. To me it’s all about being open and honest with your readers.
What are you most proud of about your job?
The fact how much I manage to do with a body that isn’t working to 100%. A lot of the time people don’t actually realise I’m disabled because of how much I do regardless and that really makes me proud, because it’s making me happy at the same time.
Who or what inspires you?
Everything around me, I’ve never looked to one individual. It’s always the vibe around, for example if people are discriminating against a set type of people, or there’s another patch of brands mistreating bloggers, then I’ll have months of content lined up around it! Equally when I see other bloggers doing amazingly and rocking what they’re doing, it makes me also want to do better and inspires me.
What trends are you loving this season, and why?
I actually don’t usually like Summer clothes, I’m definitely more of an Autumn girl, but this year I’m loving really bright colours. Whether it’s an actual trend or not, I’m not sure, but there’s definitely a lot of bold, bright prints around.
If you could impart some wisdom to your fifteen year old self, what would you say?
You don’t have to put up with any of this shit for much longer, in a couple years things are going to be amazing. Far better than you could ever imagine. You look incredible, you’re young, fun, abled, and you should go and do as many things as you want, try new things, have adventures, just go out and live!
What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you, and who gave it to you?
My friends Faith, Daisy & Sophie often give me really good advice but it’s always specific to what I’m going through at that time. Nobody else springs to mind when I’m in need of good advice. They’re so levelheaded, wise, and supportive of anything I do.
If someone wanted to follow in your career path, what advice would you give to them?
Probably a 2000 word essay. I’d always tell any aspiring freelancer to really save up money before taking the plunge. A safety net is not something I had the luxury of building up due to my circumstances and although I’ve been lucky enough for work not to dry up, it can and does happen. So save up for as long as you possibly can, perhaps help out a family/friend with their business to gain experience and build up a couple clients before quitting your stable job! With experience, a safety net, and a couple small clients behind you, you’ll be in a great position to go freelance!
Describe to me your perfect work day!
A perfect day for me is just being able to stay awake all day without my pain being too much!
When you’re not busy working, how do you relax?
Spa days, long baths, going out for meals and cocktails. If I’m at home I’m always on my phone or working so it’s definitely when I’m out of the house that I relax when it comes to work.
What’s your favourite drink/cocktail?
WooWoo! Vodka, Peach Schnapps, and Cranberry Juice.
What music do you listen to when you really need to get stuff done!?
Disney or cheesy music that everyone knows the words too. I can be singing along whilst scheduling and it’s really fun!
Who would you like to work with, if anyone, and why?
Ohhh tough question, I have a couple of my favourite brands that I would love to collaborate with but I’m not one for gushing over celebrities.
What’s coming up for you and your company?
We’re growing the magazine a little more each month and this week I’ve had interest from over 50 new writers so it looks like we’re going to get real busy!