How One Social Media Freelancer Became a Profitable Founder in Just 12 Months

advice for new entrepreneurs from swim social founder
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I went to NYU for Film & TV and had the entrepreneur’s spirit since being a tot when I contracted chores out to my older sister for a profit (ha!). I run Hello Lucy Design (a web management and design biz) full time as well as Editorial Direction for As a full-of-energy go-getter, my motto is “Why the heck not?”. I'm a mid-western girl who has worked for the BBC in London, Nickelodeon in NYC, and Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Colorado. One of my proudest accomplishments was serving as Co-Director for three consecutive years for the Fusion Film Festival of NYU, celebrating women in film, TV, and new media.

Meet Elena Hansen, the founder and creative director of Los Angeles–based social media marketing agency Swim Social.

MY DOMAINE did a pretty great Q+A piece with this freelancer-turned-entrepreneur who turned her social-media marketing business (a one-woman show) into a profitable company with 11 employees in just 12 months.

Read the full piece here: How One Freelancer Became a Profitable Founder in Just 12 Months.

Our fav piece of advice for new entrepreneurs:

No opportunity is too small. I approached every opportunity like it was a game changer for me and for the business. This will help you build a strong reputation. Everyone thinks of the big opportunities when they start a business, but it’s really about killing it on a small scale. You never know who you’re going to meet through different opportunities, so it’s always important to give your all.

–Elena Hansen, Swim Social Creative Director + Founder

She just might have nailed the secret to success… and she’s only just beginning

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