Add this to your reading list: #Girlboss

#Girlboss has been popular in the blogosphere lately, and for good reason. If you haven’t heard about it yet, #Girlboss is written by the founder and former CEO of Nastygal, Sophia Amoruso.

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I’ll be honest: I spend a lot of time in PJs or similarly comfortable clothing and wasn’t super familiar with Nastygal before hearing about this book, except maybe to see an ad or mention in passing on a client site. For those of you like me, here’s the quick version: Sophia started Nastygal as an eBay store by herself and has since grown it into a multimillion dollar business with 350+ employees. I’ll let her tell you the rest, but what makes her story stand out is not her success, but her attitude.

In this book, Sophia demonstrates a talent for uncomplicating business. If I could sum up this book in a single idea, it’s this: show, don’t tell. Sophia attributes her successes not to any special knowledge or background, but to simple action. If it sells, offer more products like it. If it doesn’t, let it go. Treat customers like you do your friends. Assume your customers appreciate the kind of details you do. Take pride in every aspect of your work, even the grunt work. Running a business isn’t as complicated as we make it out to be, it just means doing the work.

Ultimately, I found Sophia to be a great example of figuring things out as you go along and often found myself nodding along to the advice she was giving. She has an interesting story, and though most of the advice is common sense, it’s the kind of advice we could all stand to be reminded of on a regular basis.

Have you read #Girlboss? What did you think of it?

P.S. I love to read — let me know if there are any books you’d like me to review here!



  1. Ashley wrote:

    Starting this really soon! Currently I’m finishing up Tina Fey’s book, Bossypants. You should read that too. Its so good and she’s so inspirational.

    Posted 4.2.15
    • It’s on my list! I’m currently listening to Amy Poehler’s book, Yes Please. So good!

      Posted 4.9.15
  2. Danielle wrote:

    I read this a few months ago and loved it! I had heard of Nastygal a few years ago (an ad on a different site, I think), but had no idea it had grown so large. She’s definitely an inspiration! I also like how honest she is in the book about how much hard work it took.

    Posted 4.3.15
  3. GirlBoss is one of my favorite business/personal development reads. I literally felt like I couldn’t put it down, and was upset when it was over. Her perspective on business was really refreshing and relatable.

    Posted 4.3.15
  4. R U S S wrote:

    I should get this one for some new inspiration and extra push. Thank you for the recommendation.

    Posted 4.4.15
  5. Krystle wrote:

    I really enjoyed reading #GirlBoss. I was inspired by Sophia’s figure-it-out-as-she-goes approach to business. She also doesn’t get caught up in what her competition is doing (or saying) and instead focuses all her energy on her audience.

    Posted 4.5.15
  6. #GIRLBOSS is fantastic. I got so much out of reading about her own experiences + so much of her advice is spot on. I love her perspective!

    Posted 4.30.15

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