Mavenly + Co. Making Money And Making A Difference + Starting A Business in College With Jess Ekstrom

Jess Ekstrom

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Most people dream of making a living doing something they love that supports a good cause, and Jess Ekstrom managed to do both by the age of 19. Jess started Headbands of Hope in college, which is a company that sells headbands and for every headband purchased one is given to a young girl battling cancer and a dollar is donated to fund life-saving cancer research. Jess tells us about why she started Headbands of Hope, the benefits of starting a business in college, why she believes women can make a profit while doing something with a great mission, and much more.

Podcast Breakdown

2:43 – Jess’ personal story and how she created Headbands for Hope.

5:12 – Why Jess decided Headbands for Hope should be a for profit company rather than a non-profit company.

7:07 – How Jess overcame the stereotype of millennials in the workplace and now uses it to her advantage.

9:39 – The benefits of becoming an entrepreneur and starting a business in college.

11:06 – How much money it took to start her company and what steps she took to get her business off the ground.

15:46 – Jess talks about her new book The Freshman Fabulous.

17:55 – How Jess manages the financial aspects of her business and a break down of her revenue model.

19:44 – How Jess got her products in stores.

21:49 – The mentors Jess looked to when starting her business.

25:12 – The adversity Jess faced when she started her business. “Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.” – John Sinclair

26:10 – What Jess sees for the future of Headbands for Hope.

27:44 – What Jess wish she would have known when she was starting out.

31:50 – You can find out more about Jess and Headbands for Hope here.

Staff