Escaping The 9-to-5 With Girlboss Simone Moelle
Earlier this year, we sat down with Danish entrepreneur, influencer, and creative consultant Simone Moelle to see what we could learn from this versatile and inspiring woman-on-the-go. Here’s what we discovered.
Meet Inspirational 'Girlboss' Simone Moelle
Simone Holland-Møller is a Danish entrepreneur, blogger, YouTuber, creative consultant, and social media influencer - basically, she does it all. A few years ago, Simone gave up the safety and predictability of her 9 to 5 “adult job” in favor of a “totally alternative life” in which she now splits her time between Copenhagen and travelling the world with the man of her dreams. The ‘red thread’ that connects everything Simone does is her passion for inspiring others to, ‘live out their dreams even if it means going against the norm.’
Earlier this year, we sat down with Simone to see what we could learn from this versatile and inspiring woman-on-the-go. Here’s what we discovered…
How did you know you wanted to strike out on your own and start your own business?
The short answer is, it was a gut feeling I had and I knew that I had to go with it.
And the ‘long answer…?’
Well, when I finished my studies, I got a traditional 9 to 5 job, but then quickly realised that it was not what I wanted to do. At the same time, I also felt like I wanted to put my education and my experience from the influencer world into some sort of business, so, that's why I founded Honey Studio. Starting something of my own felt really important to me. That being said it took me around five years to actually get everything off the ground.
What are some things you love about running your own business?
I have always been very motivated by creativity and making things. I love having projects, I love making my own money and I love being the boss. By running my own business, my team can consult and make social content for companies and people that we really like and believe in. This way, I feel like I get to experience the best from both worlds: collaboration and partnerships with great people and a lot of personal creative control.
What were some of the biggest obstacles that you had to overcome?
The biggest challenge was my own insecurity: wondering whether or not I was good enough to do this on my own? The other big challenge was the lack of financial security: obviously, it is very convenient to have a paycheck coming every month. Looking back though, through this process, I learned how so much about how to face challenges head on and how important it is to follow your own gut no matter what.
Who are some women that have inspired you over the years?
I have been very fortunate to surround myself with women that I really admire. I have a lot of female friends that are successful business women and, of course, I want to follow their example. Also, my business partner and my business mentor are both huge inspirations in my life.
Can you talk about the role of having a business mentor in your life?
My mentor Sisel has an amazing way of helping me to work through my own insecurities. She was the woman who helped me see that I am actually quite good at what I’m doing and that I have something to say: that was the biggest game changer for me. Honestly, I feel like a new woman now!
What tips do you have for other women who would like to start their own businesses?
First off, I would say, if you can, find a partner that you trust. It doesn't need to be your best friend but find someone that compliments you, because life as an entrepreneur can be extremely lonely and you want someone to share in both the struggles and the successes. Secondly, I would say, find a mentor! I truly believe that all women can benefit from having a mentor in their life (even for a short period of time), someone to help them see their work and life in new and powerful ways.
For me, the best thing has been to travel on this journey with others.