As women, we should lift each other up instead of tear each other down.
When did we start believing that one person’s success meant less for the rest of us? I believe when another business consultant has a victory, it means I’m more likely to reach those same heights.
That’s how this list began.
I was sick of seeing women saying horrible things about each other on social media, so I asked my lovely readers to nominate their favorite badass female entrepreneurs.
You came through! Every woman on this list was nominated by women in my audience.
We’ve got an amazing list from lifestyle bloggers to copywriters to authors to photographers to business consultants and more.
Under many names in the list below, you’ll find quotes from the women who nominated the entrepreneur, describing why she nominated her as well as one of my favorite posts from that entrepreneur or where you should follow them on social media.
I would love for you to take two extra steps: 1) please share this list with your social media followers and 2) pick at least one woman on this list to connect with on social media, to tell her that she’s doing inspiring work.
The more positivity we put out, the less the hate will stand out.
The girl boss spirit of Abagail and Emylee makes you want to spend hours on their website. They help creatives with design, branding and marketing and definitely have the ‘abundant, we-can-all-succeed’ mindset.
“These girls share a lot of actionable advice, are hilariously funny and open and make you want to be best friends with them. They also seem really down-to-earth and relatable. Even though they’ve had a great amount of success, it still seems like you can do it too – and they’ll help you get there.” -Samantha Donohue, Pawtastic Photography
Must-Read Post: How to Plan Your First Webinar
Need help with Instagram? Alex has a free 7-day Instagram ecourse you should check out.
“Her Instagram courses are amazing. What I really like about her is the honest way she shares her experiences and how she built her business.” -Andrea Szabo-Kirchmayer, Andimaginary
Must-Read Post: Everything You Need to Know about Instagram Business Profiles
Alexis wants to help you work smarter–not harder. And, if you’re a #plannergirl, you need to subscribe to her YouTube channel.
“Alexis consistently puts out quality products that are practical and immediately useful to fledgling entrepreneurs. She has a gift for delivering solid business methodology in easily understood modules. And she really is a productivity guru! What’s not to love!?” -Debra Giuliano, Artfully Chosen Words
“Alexis is known as Miss Trenchcoat on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. I found out about her on YouTube, where she has lot of planning and productivity videos. I love her YouTube videos and her whole branding style of the “strange and charmed” theme. As she puts it, her business is for ‘quirky millennial women who are busting their butts trying to establish their career, a home, and a life they can be proud of.’ I discovered her when searching for reviews on various types of planners on Youtube and I found hers to be very thorough, interesting and useful.” -Tiffany Smith, Tiffany Scribbles
Must-Watch Video: How to Use Instagram to Promote Your Business
Alisa is a mixed-media artist and she teaches a lot of online art courses. Check out her blog for DIYs, an inside look into her sketchbook, coloring pages and more..
“Judging from her blog and Instagram, her life’s non-stop creativity and adventures. I like that she’s not only teaching, but still makes her own products and pushes her art forward. It’s the kind of life and career I aspire to.” -Nela Dunato, Nela Dunato Art & Design
When you land on Allison’s website, the bright colors scream, “you’re gonna have fun hanging out here.” You’ll find tips on growing your audience and building a business you love.
“I love the valuable information she offers as well as the fact that she always stays true to who she is. She always delivers and delivers it as herself, never fronts or fakes anything. She speaks from the heart always.” -Klayci Green, Homegrown Harmony
Must-Read Post: The Ultimate Guide To Shooting Beautifully Styled Blog Photos
Alycia helps interior design pros kick ass online.
“Alycia is badass, unapologetic, and wildly successful. She motivates her followers and clients to do more than they ever thought possible.” -Misha Hettie, Uncommonly Good Biz
Must-Read Post: How To Write Like A Human And Not A Total Lame-O
Amanda is the super talented website designer who redesigned Blacksburg Belle. I think she might be a magical wizard–she’s that good. If you’re a creative entrepreneur in need a website design, do yourself a huge favor and contact Amanda to see if she has openings.
Must-Read Post: How To Plan Your Website Using Wireframes
Need another podcast to listen to when you’re doing the dishes or putting on makeup or folding laundry? Check out the Market Like a Nerd podcast.
“I found out about Amanda when she was interviewing a lot of top notch experts in the online business world through a daily series of interviews, which was called million dollar masterclass. She is a marketing coach for online entrepreneurs. I love her branding, her style, and her website–which looks like a comic book strip.” -Tiffany Smith, Tiffany Scribbles
Must-Watch Video: Growing Your Business vs. Scaling Your Business
Amanda Sue is my lovely virtual assistant. You might’ve seen her in my FB groups making sure everyone is playing by the rules. She has six children, runs a business, homeschools her kids, writes fiction and crochets like a pro.
“She makes me not scared to have kids and run a business. She has multiple children, but she gets stuff done. Besides being wildly funny and creative, she is one of the most supportive women.” -Sarah Fox, The Bookish Fox
Must-Read Post: Confessions of a Not So Shy Introvert
“Amber creates some of the best handcrafted soaps I’ve ever used. She is a great mom and has turned a whim of an idea into a successful business in the community. She is a reminder that taking leaps of faith are sometimes the only way to freedom.” -Molly Darlington, Madame Molly’s
Straight from Amethyst: “I run Spiritual Badass – one of the only places on the internet specifically for magical business owners who read Tarot cards, do Reiki or other energy work, Angel healings, or life coaches who use these modalities. Basically it’s the place for people to go who are ostracized in other groups.”
“She is inspiring to me and I believe she is someone to be watched as she continues to reach out and empower other women entrepreneurs.” -Molly Darlington, Madame Molly’s
“She’s smart, successful, outspoken and isn’t afraid to stomp over startup/entrepreneurship myths.” -Nela Dunato, Nela Dunato Art & Design
Must-Read Post: Why You Should Do A Tiny Product First
Anastasia does incredibly important work. She helps women to learn to love their bodies. That’s pretty great, isn’t it?
“She inspires and encourages women to love themselves, flaws and all. She teaches women to accept themselves in such a raw way.” -Cole Nemeth, Cole Nemeth
Anne is your girl if you need help with your next launch (and who doesn’t want their next launch to be super successful?!?).
“Anne is sincerely interested in the success of her clients. She is professional and personable. I deeply respect Anne for her knowledge and experience. She is a delight to work with!” -Debra Giuliano, Artfully Chosen Words
Must-Read Post: 5 Ways To Gather Social Proof For Your Next Launch
April Bowles-Olin (hey, that’s me!)
If you’re new to Blacksburg Belle, here’s the short version of what you need to know: I help creative entrepreneurs build their dream businesses around the lives they crave to live. I run a membership program for creatives, Sunday Society, that gives entrepreneurs a space to connect with other girl bosses and work on different areas of their businesses together.
Instead of talking about myself, I’ll share what some of my readers said for their nominations:
“April is the most motivating authentic badass biz hero ever! Seriously! I thank the stars I came across her CL course!” -Neesha Merani, Paper Wand
“I NEVER miss April’s posts. And I read her posts FIRST – before any other blog post!” -Renuka Weeradekare
“April is the one I ‘squeeeeeeeeee’ about when an email comes in. She has been such a force in changing everything about the way I work and market for the better. She is a great teacher.” -Angela King, Spirithorse Designs
“She’s not afraid to tell it like it is to get you off your butt and get the work done! No slacking here! It’s like she’s stalking you and knows everything! LOL! You are awesome April!” -Shelly Seward, The View from Where I Am
“April is a savvy social media and creative business coach. I became fascinated with her perceptive, practical vision delivered through a deceptively light, whimsical, disarming girly frappe. Her delight in life always encourages me to drop the deadly seriousness that will kill entrepreneurial enthusiasm.” -Deb Fels, Deborah Fels
Arianna specializes in helping hospitality and travel businesses with PR and marketing.
“Arianna is creative, entrepreneurial, and the very best cheerleader to her colleagues. She is fearless in that she will try and test ideas. I nominate her because she is generous in sharing her knowledge.” -Allison Durazzi, Allison Durazzi
Must-Read Post: How To Overcome A Nasty Online Review
I can’t get enough from Ash. Every single time I see an email from her, I bounce up and down in my seat like a five-year-old eating cotton candy.
“I’m sure Ash will grace many o’ nominations. She is one of the few entrepreneurs who speaks the truth online. Her emails are the only ones I open and read.” -Kaye Putnam, Kaye Putnam
Must-Read Post (although…in my opinion, all of Ash’s posts are a must read): How to Stop Writing With a Stick Up Your Ass
Audrey focuses on helping couples build strong marriages.
“Audrey and Jeremy Roloff are strong figures with a passion for saving marriages and keeping faith strong. I love reading their articles and have implemented some of their advise.” -Andrea Foushanji, Andrea J Design
Must Follow on Instagram
Becca quit her tech job in 2013 and has been running The Dabblist full time ever since. Taking raw ingredients and turning them into something beautiful with your hands is one of the values her blog and business is built on.
“Becca has such a big heart. She is passionate about holding space for women to make deep connections.” -Sarah Shotts, Sarah Shotts
Must-Read Post: Stop Shaming Handmaking As Lesser Work
I taught at a retreat that was co-hosted by Bonnie and I felt like we instantly connected. She creates lovely fabric patterns, blogs at Going Home to Roost and shares pieces of her life with her husband and two kiddos on Instagram. I have a biz crush on Bonnie–she makes running a successful business look easy (even though we all know it’s not).
Must-Watch Video: Love for the Process
Brene is the author of multiple best-selling books and has spent over thirteen years studying vulnerability and courage.
“Brene just cuts through the crap and makes you look at yourself in a way that feels genuine and real. I’ve known so many women that carry soooo much baggage and don’t feel good about themselves. It breaks my heart when I see them struggling and continue down the same self-destructive path. I tell them to listen to some Breńe Brown. It always helps. If not right away, then gradually or later, but it always helps. I love listening to her talks, they always pump me up!” -Nancy Gaines, Yourdori Girl Photography
Must-Watch TED Talk: The Power of Vulnerability
“I’m so inspired by Bridget’s work. Truly creative and innovative. She just released a beautiful journal with her nature art and I’m dying to go buy it!” -Neesha Merani, Paper Wand
Must Follow on Instagram
Bridget is a great example of a multi-passionate entrepreneur. If you feel like you have to focus on just one thing, take a look at Bridget’s website. You’ll find a mix of graphic design, web design, fiber art and more.
“Bridget does it all! She runs an Etsy shop where she sells woven art and enamel pins, and she is a graphic designer and she find the time to support and help other makers.” -Arielle Moore, Cake Spun
Must Follow on Instagram
Caroline is a self-proclaimed artist, designer and happiness hunter. From scanning her blog posts, it’s obvious that she wants to help creatives live a more passion-filled life.
“Caroline is so authentic and shares her process very openly. She takes her audience on a journey to live their most vibrant lives. I learn so much from each of her weekly emails.” -Sarah Hendler, Golden Nuggets
Must-Read Post: How To Embrace Experimentation In Your Creative Business
I met Christina at a retreat for creative entrepreneurs that I spoke at and I never would’ve guessed she was a lawyer from spending time with her. (I feel like I can say that because my husband is a lawyer.) She’s savvy and fun and doing really cool things–like making legalizing your business easier.
“She is real on Instagram – more so than in her blog or emails. Her words are from the heart and how cool to be a lawyer that drops the corporate to help creatives!” -Mary Kathleen Scott, Discovering Breadcrumbs
Must-Read Post: When Is It Worth It to Pursue a Client For Money They Owe You?
Feel frustrated by your Facebook ad results? Check out Claire’s blog.
“Claire is a Facebook ads specialist but I love her get-real voice that stops a technical subject from being boring. I also LOVE her podcast, The Get Paid Podcast for sharing the reality of what it takes to get paid online.” -Lucy Parsons, Life More Extraordinary
Must-Read Post: How to Create Facebook Ad Images When You’re a Terrible Designer
If you suffer from ‘no matter what I try, my sales copy sounds like a seventh grader trying to impress her english teacher’ syndrome, you should lose yourself in Courtney’s blog.
“She’s awesome and real. She gives kickass actionable advice. She also seems really down to earth and someone who will tell it to you like it is. I think I’ve got a bit of a biz crush on her when she started periscoping without looking perfectly made up. It made me believe that if she can keep it real and be successful by being herself, then maybe I can too.” -Samantha Donohue, Pawtastic Photography
Dana creates delicious recipes with 10 ingredients or less! That’s pretty cool.
“Thanks to Dana’s awesome recipes my family eats healthier and I spend less time in the kitchen with less dishes to wash. Her recipes are easy to make, wholesome and super yummy. And her photos! They are so delicious that I want to lick the screen when I’m reading her blog. Her writing style is honest with a good sense of humour. I visit her site daily.” -Andrea Szabo-Kirchmayer, Andimaginary
Must Follow on Instagram
“Danae is always supporting other people whether it’s enthusiastically sharing their stuff online, participating in their projects or featuring them on her blog. She has so much love and energy for what she does and for what others are doing too!” -Cole Nemeth, Cole Nemeth
Danielle started her blog to share art that she was jealous of but that same art now inspires her instead of filling her with a toxic envy.
“I love that Danielle took something that many of us feel deep down–that envy and fear of competitors and instead of being a “hater” or letting it discourage her, she turned it into something spectacularly positive–a whole brand, podcast, books, etc. celebrating those competitors.” -Janet Taylor, Household Art
Must-Listen to Podcast Episode: A Passion for Process
“There is no way to see her work and not fall in love. She creates the most beautiful ceramic creatures that feel magical.” -Neesha Merani, Paper Wand
Must Follow on Instagram
I’ve known Danielle for years, starting out when she was finding her footing selling on Etsy. Now, she’s practically a rockstar in the creative realm. I send creative entrepreneurs her way pretty much every single day. She’s a go-to resource for makers and handmade shop owners.
“Danielle keeps it real. She runs a great podcast and she tells it like it is. No sugar candy coating from this girl. You can tell she cares about her audience and wants to spread creativity and success.” -Tricia Bertrand, Jewels by Trish
“She is no nonsense, shares useable information for product sellers, and is not just for Etsy.” -Angela King, Spirithorse Designs
Must-Listen to Podcast Episode: Why You Need to Have Your Own Website
Money issues? Denise is your gal.
“I love Denise’s nurturing and very female attitude. I also love the way she shows up all over the place, always adding value.” -Lucy Parsons, Life More Extraordinary
Must-Read Post: 4 Steps to Creating Financial Independence
Elise is the creator of the Get to Work Book that you can check out right here.
“I love that she’s taken a relatively simple idea and turned it into a tightly focussed line of products. By really focussing on her ideal customer and listening to them, she’s built a beautiful brand and product line. She also has a wonderful, thoughtful podcast.” -Janet Taylor, Household Art
Must Follow on Instagram
These are the two women behind the incredibly popular blog, A Beautiful Mess. Whenever I’m having a rough day, I click over to A Beautiful Mess and I’m instantly happier while scrolling through pretty photos, unique DIYs and fun fashion posts.
I’ve also been subscribed to their Happy Mail monthly subscription since they launched it and it encourages me to send out physical mail every month. I highly recommend it!
Must-Read Post: Tips for Laying Out Blog Posts
You could spend hours on Emily’s website and Instagram feed, because her photos are gorgeous. Plus, she gives lots of actionable tips that you can apply to your own photos immediately. If you’re a maker, you need to check her out.
“Emily is a wife, a mom and an entrepreneur. She has four kids, runs a successful biz with her hubby, and takes weekend off. She is professional and just so sweet. She is real with her audience and gives us insight into how she successfully does things personally as well as in her business. (She runs courses on photography. If only I lived in the UK, I’d attend her courses live!)” -Tricia Bertrand, Jewels by Trish
Must-Watch Video: Simple Tips for Food Photography
One of the things I love about Emily is that she’s unapologetically herself. Always. She’s funny and confident and she’s one of those people that you want to spend more time around because of the way you feel when you hang out with her.
Emily co-hosts a podcast with Kathleen Shannon that is filled with valuable advice for creative entrepreneurs.
Must-Listen to Podcast Episode: Creating a Business Model with Tara Gentile
Over the past six years, Erin has photographed more than 300 women. She loves making women feel great about themselves through beautiful photos.
“Her photography work is beautiful but she is also extremely generous with her knowledge to other photographers. She started a local women’s professional photographers group that has over 200 members for the purpose of elevating the whole profession and each other. She loves helping women see just how beautiful they are.” -Maria Rote
Must Follow on Instagram
Erin offers support to website designers and her blog is packed with content that will help you up your web design business.
“She truly cares about her clients. Her work, her advice, her efforts in the web design and development industry all come from a ‘community first’ place. Personally, she’s gone above and beyond to help me and my business. She’s really smart and just does business well.” -Amanda Creek, Amanda Creek Creative
Must-Read Post: How to Raise Your Rates (And Why You Should)
If you’re struggling with branding, you need to pour yourself a cup of tea and dive into The Brand Stylist. You’ll need the cup of tea because you’ll probably spend a good hour (or more) reading through Fiona’s blog posts.
“She is the best teacher on brand styling with the kindest heart on earth!” -Monika Burger, Eimotion
Gina will help you escape the 9 to 5 by starting your own freelance business.
“Gina is a perfect example of the entrepreneurial spirit. She provides affordable courses for getting started as a freelance writer or virtual assistant. Gina has built an active and vibrant community of freelancers who generously share encouragement and job opportunities. Priceless!” -Debra Giuliano, Artfully Chosen Words
Must-Read Post: Being Authentic Matters
Gudy is a trend expert specializing in interior design and lifestyle. Warning: the images on her website will suck you in so get ready!
“She has a beautiful understatement of style and I love her work more than anything. It is full of fresh ideas and endless inspiration!” -Monika Burger, Eimotion
Must-Read Post: How to Create an Inspiration Wall with 60 Creative Professionals
As a knitter, Heidi’s cozy yarn photos on Instagram make me want to cuddle up and knit a chunky scarf while watching Friends on Netflix.
“I aspire to be the Velvet Acorn! She has 222664 sales on Etsy since 2010. She also has a shop on Ravelry where she always has something in the top 50 patterns. She has a short and sweet website, no blog, and only posts a little on Instagram. She creates cute patterns, mostly for kids, and sells really well. She’s extensively copied which aggravates me, but I guess that’s what happens when you start to become successful. Anyway, I when I feel down, I look at Heidi May’s numbers and make myself get back to work. Seeing someone make it work inspires me that if they can, then I can, too.” -Patty McGuire, Pattymac Knits
Must Follow on Instagram
Jamie will teach you to incorporate sassy, smart, and soulful stories in your copy.
“Her writing is amazing! She always makes me laugh. Besides that, she is the kind woman who also has business savvy. As if that weren’t enough, she has a movie on Hulu!” -Sarah Fox, The Bookish Fox
Must-Read Post: How to Write an Email People Actually Want to Read
Have questions about PR, press releases and getting media coverage? You’ll find all your answers and more on Janet’s website through blog posts and podcast episodes.
“Janet is a powerhouse of expertise who uses her 15 years of experience as a journalist to teach entrepreneurs how to get national press coverage for their businesses. She’s brilliant at online community building but also brings everyone together in her stylish in-person events.” -Lucy Parsons, Life More Extraordinary
Must Listen to Podcast Episode: Five Ways to Get More Media Coverage in 2017
Janice is a fine art photographer specializing in fine art macro photography. She has a ton of energy and is willing to experiment and try new things.
“She’s a wonderful photographer and an awesome teacher (in The Arcanum). She’s inspirational!” -Jeri Mearns, Jeri Mearns Photography
Must-Read Post: Fun Gadgets for Macro Photography
Jasmine left law school for photography and now teaches creative entrepreneurs how to build successful businesses.
“Jasmine is a strong entrepreneur who isn’t afraid to be vulnerable with her audience. She is a dynamic teacher who makes learning enjoyable. Her Facebook posts are so very inspiring and motivational.” -Sarah Hendler, Golden Nuggets
Must Follow on Facebook
Jen is a creative coach who works with purpose-driven creatives to build more fulfilling lives and businesses.
“She’s a quiet voice that’s unassuming but strong and caring. She doesn’t roll with trends or seem to be in a hurry like so many people online seem to be.” -Mary Kathleen Scott, Discovering Breadcrumbs
Jen has been a crafter and needleworker all of her life and her website focuses on DIY, conservation and creativity.
“Jen Is living her dream life, traveling the world, doing what she loves. She is encouraging and helpful but will also give you a kick in the arse when she knows you need it. Her travels and experience give her a wonderful, unique outlook on life’s problems and situations.” -Cara Vincens, The Hooting Pirate
Favorite line on Jen’s website: Friends don’t let friends have boring websites. YES! The Tonic Site Shop is handcrafted, completely customizable websites for modern creatives.
Must Follow on Instagram
Jenna is a photographer, educator and artist.
“I appreciate her attitude towards community building. She’s helped me to build my business and learn how to advertise using social media in a way that attracts buyers instead of followers.” -Arielle Moore, Cake Spun
Must-Listen to Podcast Episode: Starting a Movement and Fostering Community with Natalie Franke
Jennifer will help you get seen, get heard and get paid. Check…check…check!
“She’s a powerhouse entrepreneur. Every product she launches sells out, she works with some of the biggest names on TV (through her agency KemComm) and is generous with her time and knowledge.” -Kaye Putnam, Kaye Putnam
Must-Read Post: Be Willing to Repel
“Using her art, Jenny helps woman not only take care of themselves but also to lead a better life. The life they were meant to live. She is the mother of 8. EIGHT! And encourages woman to look beyond their motherhood to their own unique talents and bring them to the world.” -Cara Vincens, The Hooting Pirate
Must Follow on Instagram
I just started reading Kelsey’s blog posts and I’m already a huge fan. (That must-read blog post below might’ve made me cry.)
“Kelsey is so inspiring, she surpassed huge obstacles and found herself in an extremely tough situation and made it through. She’s her own boss and I love everything she does.” -Monica Aguinaga, Monica Aguinaga
Must-Read Post: Why Sharing Your Story Can be Both Inspiring and Terrifying
I’ve had the opportunity to see Kris speak at three conferences and every time, I leave feeling more motivated than ever to make healthy changes in my life. Through one of Kris’ books, I realized that I was allergic to gluten and when I stopped consuming gluten, I felt so much better. It changed my life.
Must-Read Post: 10 Ways to Increase Your Energy and Fight Fatigue Naturally
Kris taught a segment during my CreativeLive bootcamp about the writing process and I felt like everyone watching had some ‘a-ha’ moments: ‘wait…I’m supposed to write the rough draft and edit at different times?’ (Try it. It makes a HUGE difference!)
“She is flat out authentic everywhere she is. You can see her personality shine through automatically. And it’s a personality worth seeing!” -Mary Kathleen Scott, Discovering Breadcrumbs
“Kris has a great style of teaching that mixes a don’t-stress-out-about-this attitude with real talk and a powerful writing toolbox. She’s great at making writing accessible for new writers and helping experienced writers tighten up their skillset. (Plus she makes adorable printables with little kittens wearing wing tip glasses.)” -Sarah Shotts, Sarah Shotts
“I nominated Kris because of her talent and tenacity. She’s a little voice in the back of my head, encouraging me and giving me some no nonsense “head mistress” talk as well. I love how she has grown her biz and fine tuned it little by little. I love that she’s so positive and giving, even when life is not always the easiest for her. She is the epitome of a BA biz lady to me.” -Nancy Gaines, Yourdori Girl Photography
Must-Read Post: Your Blog Editorial Calendar Can Actually Make you Happy
Krista is another superhero in my eyes because she helped Amanda Creek with the coding for my website. (Thanks Krista!)
“She provides abundant value for ladies in business, specifically designers and developers, but also people who are trying to navigate the online business world. I really value the advice she gives through her blog and love her Facebook groups!” -Amanda Creek, Amanda Creek Creative
Must-Read Post: 5 Simple Copy Lessons You Can Learn from Swiss Design
If you want to land more speaking engagements or want to build a business around speaking, you have to check out Kristin’s website.
“Kristin is a rock star. She walks her talk when it comes to helping other entrepreneurs grow through speaking. I love learning from her. (Through her courses and also through her example!)” -Kaye Putnam, Kaye Putnam
Must-Watch Video: How to Use Speaking To Attract New Coaching or Consulting Clients
Lain covers topics from personal development to productivity to community building and has worked with many well-known internet marketers including Pat Flynn and John Lee Dumas.
“Lain is smart and funny and kind. She is an amazing business woman and a great encouragement to women. She has a great knack at seeing women’s talents and unique abilities.” -Cara Vincens, The Hooting Pirate
Must-Read Post: “Why Isn’t My Sales Page Converting?”
Laura is an award-winning artist and creative spiritual entrepreneur. Her website feels like a playground for adults.
“She’s unique, stands out from the crowd, gives permission to women to express themselves. Her yearly Soul Art Day is a treat to find one’s true essence.” -Ana Matamoros, Ana Life Design
Take Her Quiz: What Kind of Creative Spirit Are You?
Laura published her cookbook in May: Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. If one of your resolutions for this year is eating healthier, you should take a peek at her recipes.
“I love how open and real she is as an anxious, introvert, vegan. I relate with her on many levels and not only enjoy her blog and Instagram but also her YouTube videos. She makes me laugh and accepts my quirkiness.” -Andrea Foushanji, Andrea J Design
Must Try Recipe: Raw and Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
Elle and Company is such a pretty website. But, even better, it’s filled with value-packed blog posts for creative entrepreneurs.
“I love this fact that’s she’s so open about her entire business and shares her knowledge freely. I also love that even though she’s monetizing through courses, it’s not the only content she puts out. She still blogs regularly at least twice a month and has awesome webinars on various topics each month and leaves them up for FREE! I also love that not everything is directly related to a product or what she’s trying to sell. It’s helpful, informative and actionable and makes me trust her so you can bet your boogie when I have enough money to invest, I’ll invest with her.” -Samantha Donohue, Pawtastic Photography
I always get questions from artists who want to know what they should blog about and I always use Lisa’s blog as an example of an artist who does blogging right. I constantly go to check if there’s anything new and I enjoy all of her posts–whether they’re short or long or in between.
“Lisa has taken her artistic talent, and by reaching into many different income streams, made her art and name a fantastic brand.” -Janet Taylor, Household Art
Must-Read Post: On Changing the Story
Madeline is a talented photographer that creates such unique pieces of art with her photos.
“I love her photographs. She has a wonderful ability to tell a big story with just one image. Her photos remind me of those big Hollywood productions.” -Anja Griessmeyer, Cat and Raven
Must-Read Post: The Intersection of Creativity and Inspiration
I stumbled upon Mariah over a year ago by watching her live on Periscope. I knew right away she was my kind of girl. She shares all of her behind-the-scenes secrets, plans and results. When you read her blog, you never feel like she’s holding back and it’s one of the reasons I love her content.
“I looooove Mariah, she’s super cool. I’ve learned a lot from her and it’s one of the few people online that actually knows what she’s talking about.” -Monica Aguinaga, Monica Aguinaga
The first conference I attended was Marie Forleo’s Rich Happy and Hot, because I won a seat with a video entry. I’ve been a fangirl ever since. Marie is the example of what happens when you have a clear vision and work your booty off. Her program, B-School, completely changed my business and life and I will forever be grateful for that.
“I love all of Marie’s videos. Every piece of content she puts out contains so much value and heart. She’s the business whisperer that I’ve never met.” -Neesha Merani, Paper Wand
Straight from the FarmHer about page: “Today, FarmHer has grown into not just a gallery of images that are changing the way people perceive a farmer, but also into an online community built just for women in agriculture. This community is a place where this imperative group of women can experience stories about others like them.”
I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty cool.
“Marji Guyler-Alaniz started FarmHer in 2013 and has since launched an amazing business that shines a light on women in agriculture, something that no one had done before. A photographer that travels the country taking pictures of women farming has grown into a business that also has events for women in agriculture, a line of clothing, a TV show, and the opportunity to reach people not only across the country and across the world.” -Lexi Marek, Lexi Marek
Mary has created a website where self-love meets creativity. She helps people learn how to accept and love themselves. We need more women like this in the world, don’t you think?
“She’s so positive and motivating. I love how honest she is, how fearless she is and how kind and supportive of other people she is.” -Cole Nemeth, Cole Nemeth
Must-Read Post: How to Embrace Your Inner Weird
Mayi embodies the kind of entrepreneur most of us want to be: the kind of entrepreneur who allows herself to experiment with new ideas and move into very different directions. She’s coached creative entrepreneurs, she runs Life is Messy Bootcamp, she wrote a cookbook, she designed rainboots, she designed an entire ballet set and more.
When she had her adorable baby, Olivia, she adapted by doing work that lit her fire instead of sticking with the stuff she’d already been successful with.
And, she makes the most entertaining while still packed with value videos ever.
“I love Mayi’s heart-exploding energy. She radiates sunshine. I just smile any time I see one of her blog posts or videos. She’s also a super talented artist.” -Neesha Merani, Paper Wand
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One of my favorite things about Melyssa is that she’s completely transparent, even sharing her income reports each month. If you don’t read her blog, you should start immediately.
“She’s kind of a re-discovery for me. I used to follow her back when she was under the Nectar Collective. I stumbled upon her a month or so ago, and I love just about everything on her site. She’s got a great looking site, super clean blog graphics, and she’s outstanding with the amount of value she offers.” -Amanda Sue Howell, Magic in the Mess
“She’s very supportive and provides excellent information both in her free and paid content. She also has a zero tolerance policy for bad behavior. I bought her Pinterest class and found it very informative. And while I haven’t had the wild success that others describe, it has helped.” -Patty McGuire, Pattymac Knits
I met Michelle years ago when we both spoke at the Etsy Success Symposium. Because I’m introverted and was super nervous about my first big speaking engagement, Michelle thought I didn’t like her which couldn’t have been further from the truth. I was just trying to stop myself from projectile vomiting all over everyone.
Michelle is another transparent entrepreneur who constantly inspires me.
If you’re trying to figure out what you want to do ‘when you grow up’ or you’re trying to transition from a day job to making your business your full-time gig, you should check Michelle’s blog and courses.
“She is kind, gentle and awesome!! She helps people figure out what they want to be when they grow up. No job title is outside the box with her. You can be whatever you want!” -Shelly Seward, The View from Where I Am
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Mimi and her family moved to the country and she started documenting her culinary adventures that led to hosting a cooking show and publishing two cookbooks.
“Cook, lifestyle blogger, cookbook author, mother, wife – she does it all. I don’t know Mimi, but her energy and enthusiasm are wonderful.” -Jeri Mearns, Jeri Mearns Photography
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Oh my goodness, Miranda Parker’s boudoir photography is steamy and sexy and beautiful.
“Miranda photographs women at their most vulnerable. She photographs women’s inner and outer beauty. Her blog posts hit you deep with other women’s testimonies of life, struggle and acceptance. She is a strong, beautiful woman and she photographs the same.” -Andrea Foushanji, Andrea J Design
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Misha is a self-proclaimed friendly neighborhood story evangelist. Just from that title, I like her already. How about you? She’ll help you turn your yawn-worthy copy into something you’re proud enough to actually share with other humans!
“I fell in love with Misha Hettie when I saw her photo with purple donuts. And purple hair. She is my Spirit Animal. Misha tells it like it is in a no-holds-barred but I still love you kind of way. Her videos are the bomb diggity (because the 90s). When she says Uncommonly Good Biz, she means it.” -Amethyst Mahoney, Amethyst Mahoney
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I encourage creatives to use their own photos so that they’re more branded and unique, but not everyone has the skillset. And, it’s better to use high-quality stock photos than using crappy, waaaaaaay too dark and fuzzy photos. The great thing about Nancy’s photos is that they don’t look like your typical stock photos (which is a really awesome thing). You should check them out.
“She has the biggest heart and makes everyone feel wonderful about themselves. She is a great support and her comments and words always leave me feeling fuzzy-good. Her photography is fabulous and tells a fabulous story that feels so familiar.” -Cara Vincens, The Hooting Pirate
Natalie is the co-founder of the Rising Tide Society which is an “international network of creative entrepreneurs who believe in community over competition.” Hello…I’m all for community over competition. Natalie speaks my love language.
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If you’re looking for affordable fonts and graphics that are perfect for creative entrepreneurs, you need to check out Nicky’s corner of Creative Market.
“She is such an amazing font creator – I love all her work, it’s so gorgeous and she is living her dream. Being a creative that actually creates for a living! She just hit 1 million sales on her Creative Market shop – sooooo happy for her!” -Neesha Merani, Paper Wand
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Patty is a super talented knitting pattern designer. She has taken knitting and made it much more modern (and easy for us gals who’ve knitted about 64 scarves and are ready to move on). She also happens to be a DIY queen.
“Patty has the most gorgeous Instagram feed ever! She is all about the knitting, but she also includes fun craft tutorials. She makes knitwear look tres cool!” -Tricia Bertrand, Jewels by Trish
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Promise is a graphic and web designer with one of the cutest dogs of all time, Parker.
“She is funny. She is creative. Just awesome!” -Monika Burger, Eimotion
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If you want to learn the basics of brush lettering, you need Olivia in your life. Her Brush Lettering Practice Guide is exactly what you need if you’re learning the ins and outs of brush lettering. I know, because I bought it myself.
“As a fan of brush lettering, I love her videos on IG. She makes lettering look so easy.” -Anja Griessmeyer, Cat and Raven
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Regina will help you “monetize your epicness.” I like the sound of that.
“She is straightforward, but in a super hilarious non-jerky way. She recently did a post that was THE business, about why you shouldn’t fall into the “omg I need to have a 6-figure biz” black hole.” -Amanda Sue Howell, Magic in the Mess
Reina and Christina recently interviewed me for their podcast, The Creative Empire, and it was one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever done. Reina is upbeat and energetic and I always get a positivity boost when I watch her Instagram stories.
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Ria teaches classes on creativity and inspiration on Skillshare, sells printables on Etsy and fine art on Minted.
“She is super smart and amazingly creative!! I nominate her because I love the work she does and how supportive she is with others.” -Alisha Hastings-Kimball, Songbird Studio
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Richelle, who is known as Red to most of her friends, is a designer of unique, bold jewelry. With her jewelry and blog posts, Richelle wants to inspire your fearless and independent spirit.
Richelle attended all of my CreativeLive courses, so I got the chance to dig into her business and learn more about her jewelry. I can say with certainty that she cares about every single piece that she creates which makes her badass in my book.
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I fell in love the moment I read Rocky’s tagline: Be brave. Bleed ink. The world is waiting.
“As a book coach, she liberates people’s books, and she brings people’s stories into the world. She is also so generous. She gives so much free time to help people with their books, and she also is interested in giving back to charity. She has bestselling books, and she is involved with suicide prevention.” -Sarah Fox, The Bookish Fox
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Sally will help you look great online. She’s been creating websites for 20 years and has worked with authors, life coaches, business mentors and more.
“Sally is super smart, organised, enthusiastic and so easy to work with. I’m Sally’s client because although I have the skills to build the website myself, I wanted someone with the experience of building websites for clients. It’s not easy to hand something over like that but I’m so happy I found Sally. You just have to read her website and follow her on Instagram to know that she’s real, she knows her stuff, she understands her clients, and she really looks after them. Sally’s a breath of fresh air. And she’s doing it on her own! Frankly, I’m in awe.” -Ailene Cuthbertson, Old Mountain Art
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Samantha is your girl if you need help maximizing your social media strategy.
“Samantha Parker is a badass unicorn with real business advice full of rainbow sparkles and glitter shots of awesomeness. Plus, she runs Badassary Magazine. How can you not love that? One only has to be in her presence (even online) for a few moments to realize how down-to-earth and honest she is. Or just take a look at her last boho desert photoshoot.” -Amethyst Mahoney, Amethyst Mahoney
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Sarah makes writing fun! When I see a new email from Sarah, I click to read it immediately (and that’s only true for about three email lists that I’m on). She’s one of those people that I feel like I’ll be saying something like, ‘Yeah…I knew her back when…’ because she’s going to write a best-seller one day.
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Sarah is an emotional eating and lifestyle coach.
“Sarah has powerful positive messages about women’s bodies and an incredible intuition.” -Sarah Shotts, Sarah Shotts
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“She’s been so much fun to watch (and I’m truly sorry that I wasn’t able to meet her at CreativeLive). This year she did a virtual camp, complete with prompts to do things like scavenger hunts and make s’mores.” -Amanda Sue Howell, Magic in the Mess
“Sarah is smart and funny and a kind, gentle soul. She lifts women up by being herself and encouraging us to enjoy life’s adventures, big and small!” -Cara Vincens, The Hooting Pirate
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“She is helping people kick ass and grow their business’ and she’s just awesome!” -Kendra Martin, Kendra Martin Photography
“As a coach, she really works to set up female professionals for long term success. She does not allow any half-assed answers, prompting one to go further. She is one of the baddest badasses I know!” -Christine Kirby, Carousel Atelier
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Stephanie will help you build a successful sales funnel.
“I think she embodies the myth that one can become a millionaire really fast online. I’ve seen her tutorials on sales funnels, and I think she’s really smart and a relentless go-getter.” -Ana Matamoros, Ana Life Design
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Tara has taught multiple CreativeLive courses, has a value-packed podcast and is the creator of the Quiet Power Strategy®.
“Tara is a genius small business coach. She was a divinity student in college, then discovered a knack for business. She brings her unique view and sensitivity to find the truth in a crowded and loud conversation. I highly value her view.” -Deb Fels, Deborah Fels
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“Tara has been on fire this year. She has ramped up her game and provides so much high-quality content for free, and yet still has customers clamoring for her membership programs. And she has done it all using systems (which she freely shares) that can be replicated.” -Richelle Shadoan, Red Scorpio
“Tara has been around for a long time, and is extremely supportive. She is very nuts and bolts about running a business. Her Market Yourself Workbook is the first marketing book I ever purchased.” -Patty McGuire, Pattymac Knits
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If you have icky money issues, Tiffany will help you fix those negative beliefs about money.
“I really love her podcasts! I just want to create art but knowing I want a business to support myself…I need to be reminded that the “money” word is not a bad word.” -Janice Sullivan, Sullivan J Photography
Must-Listen to Podcast Episode: Do You Love Money? Are You Sure?
“Tiffany encourages her audience to find the courage to reach beyond their comfort zone. She spreads her positive energy to everyone who comes in contact with her. I enjoy her email and podcasts.” -Sarah Hendler, Golden Nuggets
“To quote Tiffany: ‘I light fires under creative women to create bold brands and businesses that they love (and that love them back)’. She is all about bold moves and saying yes!” -Shelly Seward, The View from Where I Am
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“I had the privilege of taking a course with her. She is smart, business-savvy and compassionate. If she saw that one of us was being left behind, she gaves us a free 15-minute one-on-one coaching session. She over delivers always!” -Ana Matamoros, Ana Life Design
I took Vanessa’s CreativeLive Bootcamp, Master Your People Skills and she kept me engaged for 30 straight days. I highly recommend it to every single person I know.
“I learn so much that’s important from Vanessa: 1) How to create a meaningful life from one’s strengths, and vulnerabilities 2) The enthusiasm she has for human dynamics, and sharing what she discovers has enriched my daily life hugely 3) How to be engaging and loveable and expert – all at the same time.” -Deb Fels, Deborah Fels
“She is an amazing teacher! I would love to write like her and she rocks when it comes to working the shot!” -Janice Sullivan, Sullivan J Photography
Wardee started Traditional Cooking School to honor her grandmother’s cooking traditions.
“She is doing exactly what I hope to do! I love the way she scales information and yet keeps personal contact with her subscribers. Such great content!” -Lita Bledsoe, The Bledsoe Zone
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