Sylvan has asked freelance writer and blogger Laura Dunn to contribute to our Franchise Blog by sharing her experience as a businesswoman. Dunn will be featured here several times each month, so check back often to read her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.
When people ask me what I do for a living, my answer often needs me to refer to what particular hat I’m wearing.
The truth is I have many professional interests, and when I started my blog seven years ago, I never thought I would be on the path that I am today.
I am the Founder and Editor of Political Style, a global fashion, politics and lifestyle blog that I started as I began my BA in Journalism. Fascinated by blogging, I created Political Style to highlight my interest in two exciting fields, with little thought to its long-term goal. Fast forward to 2014, and Political Style has been featured on The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, Politico and The Daily Beast, and I have spoken at events and conferences about my blogging journey.
My love of writing led me to blog for The Huffington Post where I regularly interview women in business. I’ve been privileged to speak to inspiring women, including Cinnabon President Kat Cole, CEO of Polyvore, Jess Lee, and Maria Zhang, Senior Director of Engineering at Yahoo!. I was also invited to meet with Teen Vogue’s editor in chief, Amy Astley, for an interview that will be published in the near future.
Speaking to successful businesswomen and entrepreneurs led me to consider my own future, and earlier this year I set up my own business. At LED Media, I offer social media services, copywriting, content creation, proofreading and training for businesses, organizations and individuals in both the private and public sectors. This journey is both an exciting and frightening one, and I’m privileged to already be working with a great set of inspiring and diverse clients.
Contributing to the Sylvan blog has come at a time when I’m grateful for the business advice and acumen of others, and hopefully, I can inspire others like me to make that entrepreneurial step into the world.