Wednesday, January 14, 2015

IN REVIEW || #GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso ||

Sophia Amoruso's memoir #GIRLBOSS could have also been titled, 'how to turn $50.00 into $150 million'. 

As a teenager Amoruso learned to hustle, shoplifting, dumpster diving and hitchiking her story is on par with many rap superstars. As is her attitude: Work hard, play hard, learn fast and always make back more money than what you put into something.

#GIRLBOSS details Amoruso's 'rags to riches' story, but it's no fairytale: Amoruso doesn't beat around the bush in telling her audience how she made her fortune: She spent hours online, days adding her target market to Myspace and other social media, communicating, styling, buying and learning everything as she went. 

#GIRLBOSS is entertaining as a memoir, but it also offers some cold hard advice if you want to make cold hard cash, and let's face it it's not unsolicited advice if it comes from a woman who made a multi-million dollar company out of $50.00. 

Not only does #GIRLBOSS equip the reader with some much-needed know-how if they are the entrepreneurial type, the book also details some often looked-over advice for the following lifestyle necessities: How to get a job, how to live within your means, and how to just get shit done (hint: Do it). My favourite chapter in the book was 5: Money Looks Better in the Bank than on your Feet. in which Amoruso talks about her days building Nasty Gal, though she was making money she was rarely spending it on anything that wasn't related to building her business. She wasn't buying herself Versace or Chanel, and it was years worth of revenue that eventuated in her buying a Porsche. 

I enjoyed the fast paced, no bullshit, take no prisoners voice Amoruso wrote her story in. The inspirational quotes, Nasty Gal philosophy and 'live within your means' attitude littered throughout the pages was also highly respectable and refreshing for a book written about a fashion start-up. 

This book was not written for stunning prose and long-winded monologues, it was written for those of us (and I wholeheartedly include myself in this) who need a massive kick in the butt in order to get shit done. 

I thoroughly enjoyed #GIRLBOSS and would recommend it to everyone, whether you want to start a business or just need a little life motivation from a total badass. 

Xo, Ellen