Ashley Olafsen

Episode 19: Ashley Olafsen

EP 19 with Ashley Olafsen from March 9, 2023

Ashley Olafsen is a TEDx speaker and Forbes-featured 4x founder who is passionate about uplifting others and building impactful businesses.

She became an entrepreneur at the age of 16, when she gave an empowerment workshop to a group of eighth grade girls. After realizing her passion for helping others, Ashley co-founded MOVE, where she directed over 100 workshops and 6 summer programs for teenage girls, focusing on self-esteem, body image, leadership, and more. Ashley ran MOVE for 8 years and is unbelievably proud of the impact her and her team made in the lives of young women.

Most recently, Ashley co-founded The Wildflower Company: planner company and supportive community that helps you cultivate a thoughtful and meaningful life.

She is a loyal friend, an experienced leader, and an experienced small business coach.

During this episode, we talk through:

  • Ashley’s journey of being a young entrepreneur
  • The four businesses she started and what inspired her to start them
  • How to know if you should leave your passion as a hobby or turn it into a business
  • Ashley’s process of closing her businesses and knowing when the timing was right
  • What made her realize she was ready to transfer out of entrepreneurship and into a 9-5
  • How she balances both her full-time job and her business
  • Her advice for founders and what they need with building their businesses
  • The process of creating a “network map” and its various uses
  • Getting comfortable with doing uncomfortable things as an entrepreneur
  • What it’s like having a co-founder who’s your best friend
  • What Ashley’s new role at Northeastern University will entail
  • Her morning routine that helps her start her day on the right foot

Listen to this episode to learn more about Ashley and her experience of being a serial entrepreneur, with tips on how to manage it all.

Access the full transcript here.

Watch the episode on YouTube here.

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