Style Guide

How we look, sound, and feel.


Photography Style

 

YES

Real Business Owners in Authentic Settings

NO

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Staged, Over-Polished and/or Corporate

 
 
 

Diverse in Industry, Age, and Ethnicity

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Highly Feminine or Sexy

 
 
 

(Local) Representative of Charleston

(Global) Representative of New York

 
 
 

Professional Photography

Amateur / iPhone Photography

 

Tone of Voice & Writing Style

Words to Avoid

 
  • #bosslady, #bossbabe #girlboss | Overly feminist, instead use #womenownedbusiness or #womenowned

  • Startup | Implies tech; the startup space is saturated and many of our members own lifestyle businesses which are not typically considered “startups” since they aren’t investable or scaleable

  • Cliches such as "Work hard, play hard" | Our voice should be our own. We have other “sayings” that we like to use such as “We’re a little more worksheets than wine,” “Women on a mission to support women on a mission,” and “For women who know that profit is power.”

  • "Kick ass" and other curse words | We bring a fresh perspective, but we're not trying to be edgy

  • Cutesy Emojis 🙋🏼 👑 | Use icons/elements instead ⚡️ 👀 💵 🚨

  • "Inspiration" | Use instead: "Knowledge," "Expertise,” “Know-how,” “Skills,” or “Shortcuts.”

  • "Networking" | Use instead: "Connecting" or "Sharing"

  • Negative | We don't respond to news articles about sexism or unequal pay; instead we highlight articles about successful milestones for women in business

 

BEFORE

"Join us on Friday as we hear from kickass speaker Jane Doe who rocks the financial world with her wisdom and inspiration. 💁 #bosslady #inspirationalspeaker"

 

AFTER

"Jane Doe, owner of XYZ Accounting Firm, joins us on Friday to share her expertise on leveraging financial strategies to improve profitability year after year. Link in bio to purchase your ticket. #weofc #knowledgexchange 💰"