Our dear friend Erica, of Of-A-Kind, wrote this amazing piece on Mashable about How to Start a Business with a Friend - and Actually Remain Friends, with her BFF co-founder Claire.
Obviously, as a girl-duo founded company, a lot of what they’re saying really resonated with us*. This piece is also extra special as we started Small Girls PR about 4 years ago, around the same time Claire & Erica joined forces, and I remember us meeting for the first time and discussing the projects we were about to embark on. Four years later, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic as well as proud of the success that both of our businesses have found.
From harnessing our shared history (which wasn’t as life-long as Claire and Erica’s since Mallory and I met only 6 months before we started Small Girls PR, though it feels as though we could’ve been friends for years), defining our roles (with Mallory taking on the title of CEO, and me doing more of that “creative, non-numbers, branding/ideas thing” as Creative Director), getting mistaken for each other and being asked whether or not we live together, and managing/nurturing our personal time together and apart- we can attest to the fact that these tips and tricks have definitely worked for us as well.
This piece is a must-read for fellow friend founders, who I imagine will also relate, or friends who are thinking about getting into business together, to get the real dealz. We’re so happy to call these two our friends and business running-buddies.
(Writing this post in first person on the SGPR blog- relating to me and Mallory- as though it were back in the day before we had a team contributing to the blog. Feeling inspired to get a little bit personal from this piece- and also apologies to Annie on our team for taking so long to get to this post written, even though I meant to share it when Erica’s piece first went up a month or so ago! Another challenge of growing a business- the shift in responsibilities from a two person team to a 12 person team! - xo, Bianca)