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I'm Jordan Lee Dooley. I'm just a simple Indiana girl, writing, speaking, and handing out free hugs left and right. In college, I started a small shop called SoulScripts, just for fun, and now it's a widely recognized brand, houses a full fledged movement (Your Brokenness is Welcome Here), and provides employment opportunities to college women working to fund their education. On top of that, it led to further creative endeavors like speaking, writing books, and creating a variety of resources to help everyday women across the to live their most intentional lives.

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I received a question on Instagram from one of my girls this past week. She asked, “Do you have any advice for a 20-something who wants to start a business?”

There were SO many pieces of advice I wanted to pass on. However, I didn’t want to bombard the poor soul with alllll the hard lessons I’ve learned over the years.

So, I honed in on a few that I felt were most important. I’ve included these below, just in case, you know, you find yourself thinking about starting your own thing 😉

  1. Start Small and Live by the 1-1-1 Rule. Instead of trying to serve everyone, grow every social media platform, and do all the things, start by building and perfecting 1 product, 1 platform (or audience), and one marketing process at a time. This is the #1 thing I’d go back and tell myself when I was first getting started.
  2. Decide if you want to be a Walmart or a Target. I heard this at the Business Boutique conference last fall and I loved the comparison. Here’s what I mean: Walmart is known for their low prices. Target is known for quality and a beautiful shopping experience. In other words, don’t sell yourself short and you don’t need to make your “angle” that you have the lowest or cheapest prices. Don’t be afraid to charge what you’re worth. This doesn’t mean you have to be greedy or that you shouldn’t bless people with discounts now and then but please hear this: you are valuable even if you feel like an imposter. I’ve heard business gurus say something along the line of, “either make it expensive or free, but don’t make it cheap.” Good, right? When you make something cheap, you communicate that you believe it’s cheap. And you need a ton of buyers to make it worth while. When you make something a bit more expensive, you can sell less volume and add more value. It’s not slimy. It’s savvy. Don’t be afraid to charge, sis. (Proverbs 31:18)
  3. Get legal. Even if you have a caused based business, such as a shop that donates a portion of proceeds to a charity or ministry, I’d highly recommend starting as simply as possible. In other words, you don’t have to go through the insane headache of being a non-profit to be generous and even function like a non-profit (at least when it’s just you and you’re just getting started). Instead, I’d recommend filing as an LLC, which essentially limits your liability and protects you from being sued of all your personal belongings if you ever had an issue or were accused of something. It limits your losses to what is in the business but still allows you file taxes as an individual without the corporate hassle / double taxation 🙂
  4. BONUS TIP: TRACK YOUR RECEIPTS AND PUT MONEY AWAY FOR TAXES FROM THE BEGINNING. Seriously. This was a HUGE mistake I made my first year when I started my Etsy store. I hadn’t made a whole lot of money, and I was just so excited about what I was doing, that I didn’t even THINK about financial management or taxes…until Uncle Sam came knocking. I ended up owing a couple thousand dollars (which I did NOT have saved up) and my dad had to cover me until I could pay him back! I may not have owed that had I actually tracked and saved my receipts so I could legally report all the expenses I incurred in that first year of business, too. So, make sure you track your expenses (use an app like Receipt Bank to keep it simple and avoid holding on to stacks of paper receipts).

These are just a handful of tips but I believe they are some of the key things every aspiring or new female entrepreneur needs to know when she’s just getting started.

Cheering for you sister!

3 Things A Girl Needs to Know Before She Starts Her Own Business

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I am almost enough.

Have you ever said this to yourself? Or perhaps it’s a thought that constantly cycles in the back of your mind?

If only you were just a little more talented, or skilled, or smart, or funny…THEN you’d be able to execute on that dream. THEN you’d be successful in your endeavors. THEN your business or mission idea would for sure work.

Sound familiar?

If so, you aren’t alone, friend.

It’s time to rally the troops and stop allowing that limiting narrative to hold you back from making an impact. Even if you aren’t exactly sure what that looks like just yet.

In this episode, Jordan brings on powerhouse CEO/Founder of the Dressember Foundation, an annual campaign to raise awareness and money for anti-human trafficking work. Listen in as they discuss how Blythe’s small idea transformed into a dignity restoring non profit, how she has raised over $5M, and where her idea was surprisingly birthed in the first place.

Gal, if you have a knack for business and heart for missions, this episode is for you.

Blythe brings the fire with knowledge, wisdom, and better yet – hands on experience, around beginning a movement, building a non profit, overcoming self-doubt at any stage of the game, and weaving together your passions with your individual skillset. In this inspiring discussion, you’ll learn:

–         Why bad ideas are indeed not bad, but a good thing;
–         Why you actually are NOT enough (spoiler alert – NO ONE is) and why you should embrace that;
–         Why holding your goals and vision loosely can lead to great growth; and
–         Why it’s important to get creative with your own journey.

Sister, if you want to make a difference, but you’re feeling stuck, unsure, or have unfigured out dreams – you’re in good company.

Release yourself of the fear of others seeing you ‘start small’ and start asking yourself, ‘What can be created at the intersection of my passion and skillset?’  Maybe that crazy idea is the door to your destiny. And will impact the lives of women around the world.

And when your vision just doesn’t seem to make sense, remember Blythe’s wisdom, ‘Maybe your path isn’t linear because it’s bigger than the vision you have for it currently.’

For more information on how to raise awareness and money for anti-human trafficking work domestically and internationally, check out Dressember.org. Can’t wait to see how this tribe gives back this season.

Give this episode a listen on Spotify here!

And for you Android users, listen on Stitcher here!

Un-Figured Out Dreams? How a Small Idea Can Turn into Big Impact that Gives Back w/ Blythe Hill

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I'm Jordan Lee Dooley. I'm just a simple Indiana girl, writing, speaking, and handing out free hugs left and right. In college, I started a blog called SoulScripts, just for fun, and to speak life and truth into any peers that might have stumbled upon it. I never imagined it'd end up reaching hundreds of thousands, turn into books, speaking, and more. But hey, it's true: when you just say yes to God right where you are, He does more than you could ever ask or imagine. Let's help you find your yes and start walk in your gifting, too. Sound good?