Without knowing that Cass was a true fashionista, my first conversation with her was about clothes. J. Crew in fact, and exactly which outpost to visit to locate the sweater she was wearing. Eventually I learned about her side gig, Classy by Cass. I followed along for over a year, impressed with her persistence in developing her writing style and business, all while staying true to her vision of classic, modest fashion.
If her story inspires you, maybe starting a side hustle is for you, too! This is a great way to explore a career interest "on the side," testing out a creative idea or developing your skills for a launch in a new direction while enjoying the security of a day job.
Who: Cass, twenty-something
What: Legal secretary by day, fashion blogger by night.
Q: Trace the steps leading your current career interest; What were the most pivotal experiences that led you here?
What inspired me to start my blog, Classy By Cass is my friends and family...as well as everyone else who cared what I was wearing. I have always had a thing for fashion, styling, and travel. I was constantly being asked about this or that and to share where and how I pull modest looks together. I was so overwhelmed (in a good way) and started seeing all these other bloggers out there doing the same thing. So I figured I'd give it a go and try it out.
Turns out it's as fun, and as stressful, at times, as one would think. In the beginning, I had no idea what SEO and " coding" was and when I was in the very tiny baby stage of educating myself I was a little discouraged and frustrated because I never thought I'd get anywhere and learn everything. I have learned SO much and I am still learning. I'm always reading and trying to figure out how to improve and grow Classy By Cass.
I think one of the things that helped me take the plunge and make me go ahead with Classy By Cass is the whole networking side of it and forming relationships with certain brands and other influencers alike. So many people inspire me and I wanted to be a part of that and hopefully at some point, inspire people to do something that they really enjoy doing.
Life is too short not to jump on opportunities and make things happen for yourself. When I landed my first sponsored post it was the greatest feeling in the world! I knew from that point that I was glad I didn't let fear and frustration keep me from doing something I knew I would love.
The biggest insight for me since starting Classy By Cass is that you don't have to be great to start something.
You don't even have to be good.
If you've got a tiny knack for something, start there.
I love fashion, interior design, and travel. I'm okay with taking photos but had NO idea how to run a website or do the business side of it. The business side and all the dynamics are constantly being learned. It takes time, but just going and doing is what you have to do.
Learning as I go, because for me personally, I am a hands-on kind of learner, has made me appreciate my little business that much more. I wouldn't be here now if I didn't forge on, pushing all the negative thoughts aside that so tried to stop me. I even had people tell me they didn't think I could do it. But I can. And I did and I AM doing it. And I absolutely adore it.
So friends, if you're on the fence about something, sometimes just starting (blindly, and uneducated like myself) can be so rewarding because it's something that you'll have to learn, work on and grow in. I have come to treasure my little spot on the internet and love what I do!