What I’m Listening To: 50+ Podcasts To Download Now

It’s no secret. Podcasts are so hot right now.  When I discovered the world of podcasts about four years ago, I felt like I stumbled upon an amazing secret.  I promptly ditched the radio playing the same crappy song over and over again, and filled my morning commutes, workouts and general errand-running and lounging around […]

To The “Haters”: You Never See The Full Picture, So Please Stop Judging

Last week, The Penny Hoarder, one of the largest personal finance websites in the world with more than 16 million readers, published a profile on me and shared the story of how I quit my full-time job to start my business Jessica Lawlor & Company. The piece (which has been viewed more than 23,000 times […]

From Side Hustle to CEO: A Year 2, Quarter 2 Update & Income Breakdown

In 2015, I resigned from my job working in public relations to take my side hustle (freelancing, blogging and teaching) full time. Throughout my first year in business, I documented every step in my Becoming CEO series. I wrote monthly reports documenting my income, lessons learned and highs and lows. As I enter year two, I’m no […]

I’m Having a “Pinch Myself” Moment: 6 Perks of Being Your Own Boss

Okay, things got a little heavy last week as I shared the real and gritty downsides to running a business.  While those seven pitfalls are certainly true, there are many wonderful perks to being your own boss! It’s no wonder so many people dream of quitting their jobs to do exactly what I’m doing. After […]

It’s Not Always Sexy: 7 Things That Really Suck About Running a Business

Before I started JL&Co, when I only daydreamed about what it might be like to be my own boss, I often envisioned the following scenarios: Waking up slowly, no pesky alarms, places to be or bosses to answer to Working remotely from an exotic destination, sipping on a fruity drink, casually answering emails Going to […]

From Side Hustle to CEO: A Year 2, Quarter 1 Update & Income Breakdown

In 2015, I resigned from my job working in public relations to take my side hustle (freelancing, blogging and teaching) full time. Throughout my first year in business, I documented every step in my Becoming CEO series. I wrote monthly reports documenting my income, lessons learned and highs and lows. As I enter year two, I’m no […]

The Brutally Honest Truth About What Happens When You Turn Your Passions Into Your Career

I’m in a rut. Running a business has so many perks: schedule flexibility, the ability to choose the type of work I want to do, no “boss” to report back to…and, it’s worth repeating again, schedule flexibility. However, running a solo business also has its pitfalls: lack of structure, loneliness, little-to-no collaboration, and a general feeling […]