Published on February 5th, 2013 | by thevyne0
Entrepreneur Spotlight: Camille Taylor
Twitter handle: @pluswho
Hometown: Originally Brooklyn, Currently Atlanta
Roles you play in life: Daughter, Sister, Wife, Friend, Confidante, Soror, Student, Teacher, Entrepreneur
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University, Currently enrolled in life
Business venture: PlusWho
Tell us about your journey as an entrepreneur. What led you to strike out on your own? I’ve been a freelance writer for more than a decade, and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, despite not knowing what to do. Two days after a conversation with God where I asked for direction, I literally woke up with the answer, and immediately went to work. So imagine my surprise when it took more than 4 years to come to fruition. Needless to say, God and I had a lot more talks about what was up with that.
Describe your business: In one word, friendship. PlusWho is an online social network created to help women find and meet, like-minded new female friends, offline in their local area.
The goal isn’t to replace your current friends, although sometimes you do need to clean house. There are times when your besties are unavailable, due to lifestyle or location, they’re just not interested in the same activities, or your go-to ‘girlfriend’ is your husband, and he’s tired of holding your purse. Then there are those moments where you just want to talk to, and hang out with, someone who can relate to exactly where you are and what you’re going through at a particular time, like a fellow bride-to-be, expectant mom or entrepreneur.
PlusWho is simply a way to expand your social life with women who are in the same place as you, geographically, as well as personally. Fabulous women you may have otherwise never met.Time is precious, especially free time. I think it should be spent with people you genuinely enjoy and who add value to your life, doing the things you love.
What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned from being an entrepreneur? Patience; with others as well as myself. I’m actually still learning it .
What advice would you give someone thinking about starting her own business? I believe that passion and profit can, and should, coexist. So my advice would be to do what you love & love what you do. That’ll make the long hours less noticeable and the obstacles worth pushing through.
What is the most gratifying thing about being a business owner? Seeing my vision come to life and having the ability to shape it in a way that reflects me, and my preferences, in everything from aesthetics right through to values.
What is the most challenging thing about being a business owner? I’ve heard that you should tell anyone and everyone about your business. Mention it, even when it has nothing to do with the conversation. The notion of being THAT person makes me cringe. Slowly, but surely though, I’m making the transition from writer, to at least talker, if you will.
3 words that describe you: Creative, funny, New-Agey
Favorite travel destination: Thailand
Shuffle Your iPod. What’s the first song that comes up?: I’m in Like – Raphael Saadiq
Finish this statement, “To feel more centered I…”: write in my journal.
One item you cannot live without: The Internet (not for more than a few days)
Favorite beauty product: It’s a tie between my Breville Juicer and joy. I’m a self-proclaimed product junkie, but know that nothing I put on the outside can compare to eating, technically drinking right and being happy.
Who have been some of your style inspirations? Total strangers! I’m inspired by Street Style