Like Instagram and Love to Shop? You Need to DL Bestie
There are literally countless fashion and shopping apps on the market that promise to change the way you buy shoes or discover your favorite new denim brand. More often than not, however, these “shopping savers” end up overwhelming you, leaving you back where you started — with a desire to spend your hard earned cash, but no clue where to even begin. Enter: Bestie, a newly-launched social media-meets-e-commerce app that hopes to simplify the way you shop by giving you access to all of your favorite stores and brands. Oo, and it’ll even introduce you to new ones at the same time.
Bestie describes itself as “part fashion finder service, part virtual mall and part social network for shopaholics.” And it’s exactly that: A mix of your favorite online stores with your favorite discovery tools and, of course, your favorite social media apps all rolled up into one. And although it can do a lot, it’s extremely intuitive and simple to use.
After downloading the app, you can choose from hundreds of your go-to brands, like Nastygal and Nordstrom, as well as fashionable users and tastemakers to scope out what they’re shopping, saving or tagging. Once you’ve done that, you’ll receive a stream of updates, just like you would on Instagram. Bestie will also scan who you’re following and suggest recommendations based on what they know you like. It’s almost like having a personal stylist in your smartphone!
But it’s not just about following, either. With Bestie, you can create your own profile, upload your own shoppable items and create your own collections. Users can also interact with other fellow Besties by commenting on their products or adding it to their respective wishlists. And last, but not least, you buy items directly from the app.
Other cool extras to note: Bestie gives you the ability to view merchant promo codes without having to leave the app. You can also add hashtags to any product, allowing you to keep track of specific categories. If you’re an up-and-coming merchant (we’re looking at you, makers!), you can set up an account and showcase your products to Bestie users. Sounds good, well, awesome, to us. The app is available to download now in the Apple or Android store for free.
Will you download Bestie? What’s your favorite way to online shop? Tell us in the comments below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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