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My 9 to 5: Eddie Harrop, Bag Designer

“In 2012 I moved to Vietnam. I went out there because of my ex-boyfriend’s job. The boyfriend didn’t last but I was determined to stay, even if I had just been dumped and was feeling heartbroken. To earn a living I opened a shop showcasing the best young, local designers. The shop had quite an eclectic feel and sold incredible clothes, but I knew I wanted to add accessories. There’s an amazing entrepreneurial spirit in Saigon, and you have incredible access to materials and craft. So I drew upon my styling experience and designed a range of bags to put in my shop.” read more >

My 9 to 5: Katia Beauchamp, Birchbox Co-Founder and CEO

“About six months before graduation my co-founder, Hayley Barna, and I came up with the idea for Birchbox. Initially our intent was, ‘We’re going to graduate from business school, so let’s write a business plan.’ That was the goal: write a plan. And when we saw this amazing opportunity waiting in beauty we just couldn’t settle. We couldn’t sleep. We were so excited because we saw that in 2010 less than 3% of beauty was purchased on the internet, and it was the only category that wasn’t changing its trajectory.” read more >

3 Instagram Strategies That Will Help You Gain Followers

On January 1st I set myself a challenge: I wanted to reach 27,000 followers on Instagram by my 27th birthday (April 7th). Now, with just under a month to go, I’m closing in on my target. But it’s going to be a tight race to the finish line. And, just to put things into perspective, I started the year having just reached 25K followers. So there was a lot of work to be done… read more >

My 9 to 5: Anna Johnson, TV & Radio Presenter

“Connections are really important in this industry. In a way, I hate saying that because so many big stars have connections in their family. And that obviously gives them an advantage. But it is possible to make those connections yourself – it just takes a bit longer. And, if you think about it, that time is going to pass even if you’re just sitting behind a desk at an office job you hate. So you may as well get on the path you actually want to be on and get the ball rolling…” read more >