Elaine started LadyBossBlogger.com during a particularly trying time in her life to connect with women online. She took her future into her own hands and created this platform to help female entrepreneurs learn how to start, grow and scale their own online businesses and blogs. Since it’s conception, LadyBossBlogger has garnered a massive audience of 100K in just 1.5 years. Elaine has been featured in HuffPost, Thrive Global, and over 100+ other websites, magazines and books. This past year, she has dedicated her business to serving the Honduran community.
My first job ever was… when my sister and I sold crafts to our classmates in Taiwan. We crocheted cell phone holders and sold them for 200-300NT a piece (~$7-9 bucks). But my first “real job” was when I moved to the states when I was 17 and worked at a European grocery and liquor store called Bende’s (which has since sadly gone out of business).
I decided to be an entrepreneur because… of my circumstances. I was jobless and living in a third world country and had to make money online somehow. So I decided to start researching how to do that and created a platform to showcase my findings. That platform was LadyBossBlogger.com which is now my business.
My proudest accomplishment is… being featured on the Huffington Post. It’s not just the fact that I was interviewed on there, that interview marked the first time I shared my entire story of how I ended up in a third world country. Prior to that I was too terrified of my former boss to talk about what had happened.
My boldest move to date was… leaving the comfortable life I had built in Chicago behind to be with my husband and his family in Honduras as he grieved the passing of his older brother who had just been murdered.
I surprise people when I tell them… I am only 27. Apparently, I have gone through a lot of things that people in their 20s haven’t.
My best advice to people starting a business is… don’t give yourself another option. If you have a backup plan, you’ll never be fully invested in giving your business your all which is why it may not succeed. This is the advice I gave myself.
My best advice from a mentor was… “How are you making the world a better place?” Initially, I was taken aback when he asked me that, but he opened my eyes to the bigger picture. Being in business isn’t just about making a living for yourself and your family, it should be impacting the WORLD in a small way. That day I got off the phone with him, I dedicated my business to the charity called The Micah Project.
“Being in business isn’t just about making a living for yourself and your family, it should be impacting the WORLD in a small way.”
I would tell my 20-year old self… you are so much stronger than you think you are. Life is going to get crazy and throw curveballs at you, but you will surprise yourself at how much strength you have inside and YOU WILL get through it all AND come out triumphant. Believe that.
My biggest setback was… moving back to the states after living in Honduras for a year and believing that my blog couldn’t make enough to “survive American bills” so I took on a job to compensate.
I overcame it by… quitting the stupid job I had gotten to “pay the bills” and believing in myself once again that I could make it work.
Work/life balance is… setting and sticking to a routine and schedule.
If you googled me, you still wouldn’t know… that I almost drowned TWICE when I was a kid and didn’t learn to swim until I was 21.
I stay inspired by… accepting guest panel speaking gigs to force myself to get out of the house to meet and learn from other people in the industry.
The future excites me because… there is still so much to learn, so much to see, so much life to live (God willing).
My next step is… creating a blogging course to help people learn how to start, grow and scale their own blogs so they can become full time bloggers too! I am halfway done with it now, stay tuned it’s going to be EPIC!