Michael Dermer, founder of The Lonely Entrepreneur.
There’s a crushing, isolating pressure that engulfs many entrepreneurs as they try to transform a passion into a profession. Long days extend into exhausting late nights as they wrangle talent, negotiate funds, and wonder just how far away success (or failure) lies.
In the world of business, anything can happen and nothing is promised. No one knows this better than Michael Dermer, a lawyer, author, and life and career coach, who painstakingly built a company over 10 years only to see it collapse in 10 days during the financial crisis. Undaunted, Dermer turned the hard lessons he learned into an opportunity, launching a platform to help people start businesses with the support and knowledge they need.
The Lonely Entrepreneur — a book, website, and global community — is Dermer’s salve for the heartaches of entrepreneurship. Packed with learning modules, community connections, and expert advice, The Lonely Entrepreneur helps budding businesspeople get on their feet and take strides toward success.
For years, Chelsea Nicholson and Vanessa Stofenmacher felt that the fine jewelry on the market just wasn’t for them. They wanted to make a statement with pieces that were classic yet attainable, and had an inkling other women felt the same. After graduating from General Assembly’s User Experience Design Immersive program in Los Angeles, they decided to do something about it.
The pair, who were friends before they were classmates, teamed up to launch Vrai and Oro — a Warby Parker-style fine jewelry startup that embodies UX principles its core. Vrai and Oro means truth (in French) and gold (in Spanish), and the name is reflected in the company’s values: quality, simplicity, and transparency. Chelsea and Vanessa produce their jewelry with ethically sourced materials in downtown Los Angeles — without designer markups. And, true to their UX-driven brand, their website and eCommerce platform is minimalistic and image-driven for easy use.
We caught up with Chelsea to learn more about Vrai & Oro, the site’s user experience, and how GA helped the co-founders achieve their goals.
Embracing your professional development or pursuing a career change can seem daunting, tedious and, at times, impossible. We often measure success by comparing ourselves to those around us, instead of focusing on our own qualities.
The reality is that there are many paths forward, and each person has a unique approach to finding theirs. Your success is the byproduct of a process of trial and error, your own experiments, and the practice of learning along the way.
Jen Glantz and Francesco Marconi’s paths have been anything but similar. While both live in New York City, one is an entrepreneur and the other works at The Associated Press. They, along with many others, started pursuing a career change while feeling lost. They asked themselves, “What should I do with my life? Why am I working here? Am I in the right place?”
As they found their answers, they came to share the belief that true fulfillment comes when you start focusing on building the “best version of yourself.”
Being a small-business owner often means taking bold risks against long odds. According to data compiled by the Small Business Administration, only 34.4% of businesses started in the U.S. in 2002 survived until 2012. But where are the most entrepreneurial states?
There are ways entrepreneurs can increase their chance of success. One way is to go where there’s a bustling local economy with a track record of success for entrepreneurs. Another foundation for success is having enough money to run your business by making sure it is properly funded. When it comes to financing, there are more options than ever — whether it’s through the SBA or a number of online lenders.
NerdWallet analyzed data from the SBA and the U.S. Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns to identify the most entrepreneurial states. Although no entrepreneur is guaranteed success, no matter where they set up shop, there are some themes found in our top states.
What separates the heroes from the one hit wonders? Why do the names of some men and women echo throughout history while others fade into background? While some might call it luck, we’d like to think it’s something else: Hustle.
Whether you’re building an empire or embarking on your own small business, there is much to learn from the creative thinkers of yesteryear. From Grace Hopper to Henry Ford, we’ve compiled a list of five innovators who mastered the art of the hustle and never took “no” for an answer.
One of the coolest parts about this Millennial revolution, though, is that as our generation starts to take over more and more of the working world, we become surrounded by peers who motivate us and inspire us to hustle even harder. Here, we’ve gathered 10 of our favorites. As entrepreneurs, bloggers, scientists, and all-around game changers, these Millennials are igniting our inner desire to hustlehustlehustle.
General Assembly started as a small project in the heart of NYC—we set out to build a community of entrepreneurs and creators in our city’s burgeoning ecosystem. I’m in awe of the evolution we’ve seen take place—in 5 years we’ve become a global organization, now equipping tens of thousands of students with the skills they need to succeed in the new economy.
At this time of great debate around the future of higher education and workforce development, our worldwide team has succeeded in creating and scaling a model solely focused on bridging education to employment. But we are even more ambitious about our future goals: To make a visible dent in the skills gap, clearly connecting education and employment to show an ROI positive model of higher education, and build our alumni community into one of the most powerful professional networks in the world.
Entrepreneurial narratives are everywhere. From executive education classes to TED to General Assembly’s own enterprise programs, it’s not difficult to find the story of a successful entrepreneur in almost any industry. These stories inspire not just aspiring founders, but also innovators within Fortune 500 companies and creative agencies.
While many entrepreneurs stood out in 2014 for their product, their personality, or their potential, there were some that seemed particularly interesting, for better or worse. Here are the 11 entrepreneurs who entered our consciousness in 2014.
As a valuable team member, you are entitled to certain perks at your job. Unfortunately, guilt often prevents people from seeking the benefits they deserve. Whether it’s better pay or the freedom to take on more challenging projects, there’s no shame in asking your supervisor for things that will motivate you to work harder. Keep in mind that your relationship with your employer is give and take. If they allow you certain privileges, you’re more likely to perform better in the workplace. If you put in the work, you shouldn’t feel guilty asking for specific benefits because it’s a win-win situation for both parties. Continue reading →