Business and Career

ANNIE HASLAM: A “RENAISSANCE” WOMAN

Annie Haslam is the long-time lead singer of the symphonic rock band “Renaissance” that played sold out shows across the globe. She is known for her five-octave voice, recognizable in her band or solo career, and her incredible intuitive artwork. Annie sat down with Harness to talk about finding her career and overcoming obstacles to find herself. Annie, how did your journey begin? My journey began in 1947 in a smoky cotton mill town called Bolton in Lancashire.  We were a working-class family; I had two brothers, Michael and Keith, and Mum and Dad, Annie and George. I had a loving childhood with a few medical situations, but I came through okay except for an ongoing ear problem that I now live with and can deal with. …It’s a long story! My dad was an amateur comedian/singer as a hobby, bu...

5 WAYS TO BECOME A NETWORKING PRO

The word “networking” has always made me cringe. There’s something about its connotations with forced interactions that seems unnatural and insincere, let alone daunting. In my mind, my visions of “networking” had always centred on turning up to an event alone and nervy, introducing yourself to as many people as possible in forced surroundings, without ever quite knowing what you’re doing, who to approach, and whether you’re saying the wrong thing. The dragons den of networking pros, with expectation and judgement. However, my perspective on “networking” soon changed once I had got over that one little word. It’s easy to forget that often you will be networking without even realising it as you go about your life and daily jobs. Ne...

TIPS ON PUBLISHING YOUR OWN MAGAZINE (PLUS A SNEAK PEEK OF OUR FIRST ISSUE)

WHOAH did we just publish the first ever print issue of Harness Magazine? It feels like just yesterday I was dreaming up logos and wondering if anyone would find our cause worthy. While the process is still fresh in my mind, I wanted to talk through publishing your own magazine and some tips/tricks I learned along the way. Plus, I am going to sneak peek some of our spreads and maybe that will entice you to purchase our masterpiece. If you’re reading this you have one of two motives: a) you’ve thought about publishing your own magazine or book; or b) you want to see what’s in-between the cover of ours. Both motives I can respect. Let me give you a little background information. I self-fund the platform. We do occasional sponsored blog posts and there is a banner ad at the ...

OWNING OUR BUSINESS (AND LIFE)

People in my family still ask me how my husband’s business is. “Our business is doing really well,” I say, with an ever-so-slight emphasis on our. Alex and I have co-owned Edgework Creative, a custom millwork and metal fabrication shop based in Columbus, Ohio, since 2012. It started because I couldn’t find the table for our dining room that I was envisioning, so I asked him to build it. He did, and after friends and family saw the final product, they started placing orders. I’m aware that those who ask about his business don’t mean to discredit my contribution to Edgework. They know we build things, and the manufacturing industry is largely made up of men. Women represent just 29 percent of manufacturing workers, despite making up nearly 48 percent of the general workforce, according to Ce...

EXACTLY HOW I MANAGE MY MONEY AS A FREELANCE WRITER

The first thing I ever wanted to be was a farmer. I read the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ series when I was in middle school, and decided that I would live just like Laura Ingalls Wilder.  The second thing I ever wanted to be was a writer. After starting a garden in my backyard and realizing how hard farming would actually be, I came to see that it was the story of Laura’s life that really captured me. I was enthralled by the images she painted with her words, and the characters she made come to life. Today I make the majority of my money as a writer. It took roughly 20 years, but I’ve achieved my goal of being a writer. I pitch stories, write and edit them, and people pay me for it!  The Realities of Being a Freelance Writer  It’s wonderful and weird to be a freelance writer. On the one ...

SPEED DATING

Got you with the title!  My idea of speed dating is probably not what you thought of when you read the title, speed dating in my world is more like speed networking. In my main gig, networking is key and quite frankly, it is your connections that help you get where you want to go. I have realized in my side gig, my blog, the Journey of Julie , there is really no difference. The more I am immersed, the more I see the similarities. I recently attended a blogger conference and was invited to a “speed dating” type of event for bloggers to meet with select brands for partnerships. I am not going to lie, it was intense! However, it made me think, what if we did the same for professionals? Here are my tips for preparing for such an event.  1 – Be prepared with a pitch. This sounds simple, b...

HARNESS X 614 FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR GIVEAWAY

The holiday season is finally here. Can you believe it? It feels like just yesterday we were toasting to good health and happiness in 2016. It’s no secret that Harness seeks to empower women, and one of our FAVORITE things to do is celebrate women-owned businesses. What better way to celebrate than to share a few from our beautiful hometown of Columbus, Ohio? These women are exceptionally magical. Not only are they killing it in their respective areas, they’re also inspiring so many of us in the community. When we asked each of them to participate in this giveaway, they jumped without any hesitation. This is just a testament to how magical they really are. Without further ado, here’s the 411 on each of our amazing brands and their selected items for this week’s giveaway: Under Aurora: Tina...

#SUPERWOMAN | AMANDA HESLINGA | FOUNDER OF ROCKS WITH SASS TALKS TO HARNESS

Amanda Heslinga is the creative mastermind behind the jewelry company Rocks with Sass. She is the true embodiment of a superwoman. She is a female entrepreneur who launched a business while battling Crohn’s Disease. We are so excited to share her journey with you today. Amanda, tell us about how Rocks with Sass was born? How did your journey begin? Rocks with Sass all began as a hobby; something to distract myself from my current health struggles. I was going through my first relapse, three years after I had surgery for Crohn’s Disease, and wasn’t feeling up to socializing or going out on the weekends. Instead I would curl up on the couch and create. The jewelry I made was never worn, but instead put on display in my apartment. Things that sparkle always seem to lift my spirits. I really h...

A BLESSING IN DISGUISE: HOW I SURVIVED BEING LAID OFF

“They’ve started early.”  I felt my heart drop into my stomach. I knew it was inevitable, but I had no idea it would happen so soon.  “I thought we were going to have two weeks to prepare,” I said, my voice shaking.  My co-worker responded with sympathy, “We’ve severed ties with all recruitment agencies, so freelancers can no longer work here.”  I nodded my head, trying to keep my cool. Then, I did the only thing I could think of in that moment – I picked up the phone and called my boyfriend.  “Hello?”  “Tom, I’m about to be laid off,” I said abruptly. I felt numb. “I’ll be home soon.”  Tom was silent for a moment, took a deep breath, and replied with resounding conviction, “Everything is going to be just fine.”  I didn’t believe him. I felt embarrassed, scared and cheated. I felt like a f...

WORKING WITH IMPOSTER SYNDROME WHILE TRYING TO BE A FEARLESS FEMALE

“I think I can…” “No, wait, I can’t…” This is me. Every day of my life, just trying to figure out my place in the workforce and whether or not I am doing a great job in the work I produce. I am currently trying to get my own small business underway, having been a freelancer for five years and having worked with different clients in many different niches within the marketing, social media, and public relations realm. I want to officially be legitimate, but in reality, I should feel legitimate whether I am a freelancer or have an LLC next to my brand name. The reality of it is, even after I become an LLC, get a website revamp, get some more clients, I probably still will not feel good enough. As women in the workforce, we have to toot our own horns a...

HOW TO KICK CREATIVE ANXIETY AND GET YOUR SMALL BUSINESS MOVING DESPITE YOURSELF

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action.” – Carrie Fisher Starting an Etsy store has been on my goals list for a good two years now, so why did it take me until a few months ago to bite the bullet and actually open my store, Tiding of Magpies? I mean, there are obviously a ton of different factors, but if I was going to boil it down into one reason, it would be this: anxiety. Now, my mental health isn’t the best; but I’m talking creative anxiety, not diagnosable anxiety issues. It’s something that affects even the most ambitious and confident creatives from time to time, and never more so than when we’re starting out. Because, let’s face it, starting something new is scary. Putting yourself and your work out there is no small ask, and it’s so tempting to immerse your...

IS YOUR BUSINESS WORTH IT? (A HARSH LOOK ON THE REALITY OF BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEUR)

I remember the first time I thought of my supposed million-dollar business. No, it didn’t come to me in a dream, and I didn’t know I’d be quitting my job two days later. All I knew was I was unhappy, ready for a change and knew it would be worth it…or so I thought.   Before I make big changes in my life, I always think back to a moment I had during my youth group at church many years ago. I was in middle school and just started going to youth group with my older, wiser and cooler sister. We came in late and sat near the back. I’m not sure what the actual lesson was about, but I remember how the youth pastor ended his teaching.   “You all sit silently while I share records of people risking their lives for their beliefs but no one ever asks the question that most of you are thinking right n...

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