It’s fun to find fellow friends supporting women business owners. I love the name: Damsels In Success! Enjoy meeting, Tessa. Another creative, spunky, inspiring women entrepreneur!
Name: Tessa Farnsworth
Education: Bachelors degree in Journalism from Brigham Young University
I worked with The Daily Universe as a reporter and editor for several years in college, went on to work in Washington D.C. as a summer associate at Ashoka on their News and Knowledge team, worked part-time with different SEO and online marketing agencies.
What you wanted to be when you grew up:
A marine biologist. I got to swim with dolphins when I was 8 and fell in love. After realizing how many science classes that would take in college, I had to move on from that dream.
What you are:
I am the editor for damselsinsuccess.com, a site for and about women in business.
Brief Summary of your Start Up:
What inspired you?
Women everywhere. After working with inspiring women and being surrounded by so many my whole life I realized that there was a lack of information about women in business and wanted to create a space to share news and stories, while having others join the conversation as well.
How long have you been in business?
About 6 months.
How did you fund it?
We run ads and are looking into more ways to find funding. We are still young and looking to grow.
Do you have a Fairy Godmother (or Mentor)?
My mother has always been a huge mentor to me. Along with several women from my hometown who managed to balance family and work life in a way that I find incredible.
Do you belong to any Business Organization or Networking Groups?
Currently we are looking to join some that fit our profile.
Current Business Challenge?
Finding funding. It’s always a challenge when you first start a business to get others on board and people to back you up.
What are you doing about it?
Gaining a broader audience and building our credibility
Favorite motivational quote:
“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
I’m engaged and getting married in a few weeks!
If so, how do you balance family and business?
It’s been a crazy few months with the business and planning a wedding, but I make sure to set aside time after work where I am not at my computer and I can focus on having fun with my fiancé.
I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter series.
What do you do to relax?
I like to be outside. Whether it’s taking a drive or going on a picnic it’s relaxing to get away from my electronics for a while and just be.
What do you want to change most about your world?
If there was more time in a day I would be on top of the world. Oh, and traffic. I hate traffic.
What are you most proud of?
That I’ve been able to grow the website from the ground up. It’s a scary thing to try and do and I’m proud that I’m moving forward with it.
What advice would you like to offer other Start Up Princesses?
Don’t be afraid to try new things and go after what you’ve always wanted to do. There’s no reason to sit around and wait.
Favorite Magic Wand (tool/resource)?
Google analytics are my best friend right now. I check them every morning to help me track and manage my site. If you could design a tiara, what precious stones would you use? Sapphire is my birthstone and I’ve always been partial to it. Plus, it looks good alongside diamonds
Did I leave something out you would like me to know about yourself or your
I love to travel and I love meeting inspirational women all across the globe. It’s humbling and amazing to see the impact we can have.