I recently have seen social media taken by storm with Babes Who Hustle, and couldn’t help but wonder on the story behind this amazing online community connecting women from all industries. Coming to find out Chelsea, Founder and CEO resides in Jacksonville, I had to get a look into BWH and find out more about this inspiring business.

Why did you start Babes Who Hustle?

I started BWH on a complete whim, out of a personal need I didn’t realize I had. I was going through a pretty tough time (see: the presidential campaign period) and was desperate to fill a void (see what I did there?) in myself, but also in the media I was immersing myself in. Browsing the internet then – as we all know – was pretty much a nightmare, and I wanted to contribute something to the digital space that was encouraging and empowering – not just for women, but for everyone.

Selfishly, I also very much needed a creative outlet (as I work a very technical role in the environmental engineering industry – something I never planned on; I’m still trying to figure out how I got here) and wanted to build a space of my own where I could write and grow creatively, while also learning about what other women my age (and beyond) are doing in the workforce. I decided to combine all of those things and focus the blog on giving other women a voice and a spotlight, specifically when it comes to their careers and professional futures.

What is a, “babe who hustles?”

 To me, a babe who hustles is simply a woman who works her ass off at whatever it is she does for a living – whether she’s the high-level business executive, the barista who serves the coffee that other executives drink every morning, or the bank teller and grocery store cashier who take care of them weekly. A BWH doesn’t always have a glamorous “dream” job, but she hustles hard at whatever she’s doing until she gets where she wants to be.

What is your favorite part about your job?

Babes Who Hustle isn’t actually my full-time job (just yet!) I currently work as a project coordinator for an environmental engineering and infrastructure firm. My favorite part of BWH, though, is the incredible community of women that it has brought into my world over the past year. So far, I’ve had the opportunity to interview over 120+ women all across the board (and the world,) and the community continues to grow and expand each day. Seeing the genuine support, encouragement and connection between these ladies makes each and every day worthwhile for me.

What advice can you give to women who want to be a BWH?

No matter what your work looks like, what your job duties entail or what industry you’re in, show up, and own it. It’s not about what your role is, it’s about what you’re doing to make the most of it in order to become the best version of yourself, both professionally and personally. Be confident – and if you can’t – fake it ‘til you make it.

Also, know how to write a proper email and commit to deadlines.

What are your future plans for Babes Who Hustle? 

Good question. Because this wasn’t really planned and I’m pretty much winging it, I’m making decisions and coming up with ideas as I go. For now though, I’d love to expand the site into a full-time publication, to continue adding onto my current team of three, to open up a co-working space for local creatives, entrepreneurs and freelancers, and to host a women’s conference here in Jacksonville. You’re going to have to follow along to see what else we’ve got planned. 😉

 Anything else we should know?

 We are currently planning our first annual BWH Holiday Party, so mark your calendars for Saturday, December 16 from 8 p.m. to midnight at Manifest Distilling. (Details TBA!)

Find us on our website, online shop, IG + FB to stay in-the-loop, and nominate yourself or a fellow babe to be featured on the site!