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Five #GIRLBOSS lessons from the founder of Nasty Gal

Career advice from the freegan-turned-flush founder of the $100-million fashion empire

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Multi-millionaire Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso wasn’t always so flush. The former punk freegan started her vintage eBay store as a way to waste time while working the front desk at a San Francisco art school. From there, her cool wares earned her a loyal following, and her eBay hobby grew into a online fashion empire worth $100-million. (With that kind of success, the 30-year-old CEO and creative director has earned the right to own her own hashtag.) Herewith, five invaluable tips from her new book, #GIRLBOSS (Penguin, $31), on how to crush it in your career. —Elianna Lev

1. BE CREATIVE, REGARDLESS OF YOUR GIG
“Anything you do can be creative,” Amoruso writes. Whether you’re a sandwich artist, or the CEO of a clothing empire, approach your work with a sense of whimsy—add an artistic touch to an otherwise mundane task, or turn it into a game.

2. NOTHING IS BELOW YOU
“That’s not my job” are four words that infuriate #GIRLBOSS. Amoruso strongly believes in putting all of herself into her work, even if it means doing something that’s not part of the job description. The employee who does the work that’s “below” her—bonus if it’s with a smile—is the one who stands out and excels.

3. WANT SOMETHING? ASK FOR IT
Obvious, yes, but this is particularly key if you want a raise at work—though Amoruso stresses not to ask only because you’ve been at the same job for a certain amount of time. If you’re requesting more cash, go in armed with proof that you’ve earned it.

4. BELIEVE IN MAGIC
Amoruso believes in chaos magic, a somewhat Secret-ish approach of “planting” wishes in the world. (Kooky yes, but can’t hurt.) She suggests turning your desires into a sigil (a symbol of what you want, like a dried flower if you want to open your own florist shop, say), which you carry around with you, and using your wishes as your email password, so that you’re reminded of them daily. By regularly expressing your wishes in some way, you’re putting them out into the universe, which is the first step—in her opinion—to making them happen.

5. AUTOMATICALLY SAVE 10% OF YOUR EARNINGS

Call it your “Oh, Shit” fund, in case your life collapses and you need some padding.