Quick Tips for the Eager Entrepreneur

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When Blackness and the Workplace founder Jessica Pharm ’10 realized that her job wasn’t working for her, she set out on her own and created a career that does. An expert in corporate know-how and navigating sticky professional situations, Pharm offers the following tips for folks seeking to take their careers into their own hands:

  1. Have a strong sense of self — but be patient. “That takes time. [You have to have] self-confidence, first and foremost. That was something that took a while for me to build from the professional point of view.”
  2. Have a goal. “What is it that you want to do?”
  3. Make a plan. “A goal without a plan is just a dream. […] You have to have a plan on how to get to where you want to be.”
  4. Just do it. “If you’re waiting for things to be perfect, you’re never going to do it. I created a website and a podcast in the middle of a pandemic and this crazy horrible year in 2020, and I didn’t know it was going to succeed. Sometimes you just have to say, ‘Look, I’m going to do it and keep at it and keep working on it every day.’ […] Don’t wait for things to perfect, because they’ll never be perfect.”