March 10, 2016
Alex asks: I absolutely hate my job. I work for a very large, globally well know company who I do enjoy working for, but my current position within the company is becoming more unbearable by the second. It's really starting to affect my mental well being even outside of work; it's hard for me to get out of bed on my days off and I get really short tempered with friends and family. For almost a year now I've been trying to work with management to switch to a different role but none of my managers seem willing to give me a chance at a different position. I let them know at my last quarterly evaluation with them how I feel (in a professional manner) and yet they still appear to not even care. I've been diligently searching for another job in the mean time but have been coming up…Read More
March 2, 2016
Reader questions vol 5: Portfolios, scams, and freelancing!
Got a business, school, or career question? Ask it here! Kamran asks: I have a question that I hope you can cover in a future article: I've seen these people from time to time... They're always talking about living life with "total economic freedom", not having a boss or anyone to answer to, posting from exotic places in the world, etc. This guy works for a weight loss shake company and I think he makes money either by bringing people into the company somehow and/or by selling people the shakes. They typically have outlandish beliefs like traditional schooling is unnecessary, all you need to do to get rich is be like them, etc. Something about the whole thing is very shady to me, but I can't pinpoint what it may be exactly. For all I know, he could be living the life, but something about it screams scam to me.…Read More
February 25, 2016
Read questions vol 4: Where can I get an internship that isn’t BORING?
Got a career, school, or business question? Ask it here! James asks: Hi Finn and Co. I am currently a bachelor in Corporate Finance & Accounting (2nd year) and I really am enjoying college. Currently I'm thinking about an internship but it seems the only ads I find are from these huge, "boring" corporations like P&G, Aon etc. How can I find a career path in a creative and less corporate environment? What are some of the best companies for internships? A couple things here… First of all, I would challenge your basic premise here that working for a big corporation is inherently boring or uncreative-- not true at all!! For example I have worked with P&G and they are one of the most innovative, smartest companies on the planet— I probably shouldn’t talk about the details, but I did some seriously crazy, fun, creative stuff for them (and those were…Read More
February 18, 2016
Reader questions vol 3: How do I grow my apparel company?
Rui asks: Thanks for the input on how to start an apparel brand - I really identified with the steps you mentioned. Now that I've started mine, got some national-wide traction... how do I make it *click*? I want it to become my main job, other than a side-project. 1) Is it by getting distribution? Got any tips? 2) Is it by licensing the products? I feel like I'm over-protecting my brand by avoiding licensing to other countries where I won't know how many units they'll be producing, etc. What are the main guidelines for a licensing deal? Like I said in that post, apparel is a REALLY tough business and there’s no real magic bullet for making it “click” and unlocking growth. It takes TIME— a lot of brands that seem newish have actually been around for a long time: Supreme is 22 years old, Mishka is 13, Stussy is 36,…Read More
February 6, 2016
Reader Questions vol 2: How to be a writer & should I start a business
Viktor asks: I humbly request your career advice. I have a BA in Software Engineering. I was fed up with IT as a profession in general, right now I'm working in journalism but i want to switch back as the money to time ratio is just way better. Now my question: Should i pursue a stable 20h/week freelance gig to invest the other time into a startup (my own, not working for free) or should i go full corporate and try to climb the established ladder? thanks! Entrepreneurship is awesome, but it's fucking HARD. If you're thinking about it, make VERY sure you know what you're getting yourself into... it's WAY harder than working for someone else. If you don't believe me, ask any small business owner. Some wise words from a former (successful) startup founder on the realities of "entrepreneurshit:" I like to speak about this topic with first-time wantrapreneurs because if you…Read More
January 26, 2016
PRMBA Reader questions Vol 1: apparel, careers in branding, and more
C asks: This is a question out of nowhere but you seem very business savvy and to have a lot of contacts in a wide range of fields. I'm trying to pursue my dream of starting a clothing line but I really don't know where to start. I was wondering if you had any advice or could put me in contact with someone who has some. I can read articles online about it all day but that's not the same. I read your article on how small teams work well and that kind of inspired me to actually look into this and pursue the dream. I did design and marketing for Hollister/Abercrombie & Fitch for several years and a close friend of mine was the design director for Homage, so I've seen a couple versions of the apparel business. The first thing you need to know is that THIS BUSINESS IS TOUGH.…Read More