Ermergerd! Let me start by saying I am totally in love with this magazine, even only having read half of it so far. I am the first to admit, I am a complete magazine junkie. I have been forever, although now I prefer mine on my iPad. I have more magazines on a monthly basis than I can read between the ones I buy and the ones I get free on the net (such as 91 Magazine). I read everything from Vogue to Self to Cross Stitcher and Mollie Makes. The only magazines I buy in paper format are the Stamping titles I read religiously, and how I love love love my Stampington magazines regardless of their high price (to me they are worth every single penny, and I read them over and over again, and save almost all of them).
But wow, Stampington really kicked it out of the park with this title. Where Women Create Business is completely enthralling to someone who is determined that one day (ONE DAY!!) she will have her own business. The whole magazine is successful, creative women sharing not only their story on how they got where they are now, but their own little nuggets of wisdom they have learned along the way. Yes, you might have seen some of these tips before, but somehow WWCB makes each tip sound completely fresh and achievable. And all of the articles are super inspiring with gorgeous Stampington quality photos to go along with them. I am reading this issue slowly, savoring the articles, thinking about the advice, and seeing what I can take away from it in this point in my life.
I don't run a business, but since I was 16, it has been my dream, and it is the continuing driving force behind me at all times. Even my hobby of having some little business on the side for some spare change (my Etsy shop that is currently collecting dust while I focus on my studies, selling Dove Chocolate, etc) all stems from my desire to run my own show. The type of business I wanted has changed many times over the years, not only as the market place has changed, but as I and my interests have changed. Right now the focus is finding some way to blend my law degree, my love of creating, and my soon to be had knowledge of historical preservation in to ... something. Something where I make my hours, my decisions and my money. I don't have to be rich and I am willing to work 80 hours a week (God knows I have been working long hours for a long time), but I want those hours to be for me and my family, not some corporate suit. I am confident that it is coming, I have worked too long towards it, and had too many roles that seemed to be preparing me for it, for it not to happen. And, as silly as it may sound, this magazine makes me even more determined to bring it about sooner than later.
You guys may not be as business driven as me, but if you are, and you enjoy reading about other women who have made it happen, in a non-condescending manner (the articles read like a discussion with a friend), then I cannot, cannot, recommend this magazine enough.
If, by chance, you would like to know what other titles from Stampington I recommend, they are:
I read every issue of these titles and I have NEVER been disappointed. Bonus! Somerset Memories always comes with free 8.5x11 Artist/Scrapbook Paper!
*I was in no way compensated for this review. I drove 2 hours to get the issue and paid for it out of my own pocket. I know you know that, but disclosures make the attorney in me happy.