How a Family Created One of the Most Successful Corporate Housing Companies

Jessica Abo sits down with Furnished Quarters’ co-owners and co-founders, Steve and Gary Brown. October 12, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When brothers Steve and Gary Brown started their company, their goal was to help people who needed corporate housing. The two created Furnished Quarters in 1998 and today the company is the largest independently owned and operated supplier of global temporary housing. The Browns oversee more than 100,000 fully furnished apartments in more than 800 cities around the world. Furnished Quarters also operates a residential hotel in Lower Manhattan for those who need short-term apartments with no minimum stay requirements. The Browns sat down with Jessica Abo to discuss their success and their No. 1 piece of advice to succeed in business. Related: My Book and Baby Are Due the Same Day! Follow Along on My Journey. Episode 14: New York Fashion Week. Watch more videos from Jessica Abo […]

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Using the “Whenever” Rule to Not Feel Crappy About Your Social Media Feed

Whenever you’re having one of those days and seeing others’ social media posts makes you feel low, the “whenever” rule can help cheer you up. October 10, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look on Social Media. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound Let’s talk about how to course correct the next time you feel like you’re slipping into old social media habits. I like to think of these takeaways as my “whenever” statements. Whenever you log onto social media and feel crappy, thanks to the compare and despair trap, identify what is really bothering you about your own life. Are there actionable steps you can take to get out of your rut? Find ways to step out of your situation, […]

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My Book and Baby Are Due the Same Day! Follow Along on My Journey. Episode 14: New York Fashion Week.

Jessica Abo brings her book to life with a runway at New York Fashion Week. October 5, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This video is part of a series brought to you by Entrepreneur’s book division, Entrepreneur Press, the publisher of Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look On Social Media. The book is online and on store shelves; and, as you know from following along this vlog series, I always wanted to bring the book to life with a fashion show at New York Fashion Week. The men and women who walked down the runway were CEOs, changemakers, mothers, fathers and kids who I feature in the book. I did the #UNFILTERED runway show in collaboration with Style360 and IVY. We kicked off the night with a special empowerment medley by Jonah Platt and livestreamed the full show on Entrepreneur‘s Facebook page. To watch […]

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How to Run Your Own Charity Event

If you’re determined to get involved in a big way, this eight-step plan can take you from start to finish. October 3, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look on Social Media. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound Following is the action plan I like to follow when I’m running an event. On the first read, it may seem overwhelming, but once you make your list and start to cross off tasks, it’ll get easier. Related: Surprising Ways to Reduce Stress  Step 1: Know what you want to change and why you want to change it Before I asked anyone to get involved in the Marrow Match Gala, I established my goal: I wanted to clear all the swab kits Gift of […]

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Finding Your Philanthropic Passion – new from #Unfiltered

If you’d like to volunteer more or even become an activist, these tips can guide you to the causes that mean the most to you. September 26, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look on Social Media. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound If you’re trying to figure out what you’re passionate about and how you can do something to help others, let me offer some tips that will help. The fact is, everyone has the ability to change lives and save lives. The first thing I want you to do is think about what makes you happy. Is it painting? Cooking? Playing sports? We often get so busy with our to-do lists that we forget what brings us joy. So […]

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Pitching 101: Reaching Out to the Media and Getting Them to Bite

Increase your success with the press by following this advice on pitching your business story. September 19, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look on Social Media. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound After spending so many years reading pitches from publicists, I can tell you there’s a right way and a wrong way to pitch. To help you get the coverage you’re looking for, I asked Jason Feifer, the editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine, to share his thoughts on the subject. Jason started as a community newspaper reporter and has worked as an editor for Boston magazine, Men’s Health, Fast Company, Maxim and now Entrepreneur. He has freelanced for GQ, ESPN the Magazine, New York magazine, The New York Times, The Washington […]

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My Book and Baby Are Due the Same Day! Follow Along on My Journey. Episode 12: Working Mama.

Jessica Abo talks about the final stage of the book process and how she’s getting ready for her fashion show with a newborn. September 7, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This video is part of a series brought to you by Entrepreneur’s book division, Entrepreneur Press, the publisher of Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look on Social Media. It’s been a long road and I can’t thank you enough for joining me on this wild ride. I have loved every minute of writing this book; but, I will admit it was an intense project for sure. Lol. Now all eyes are on the launch, book tour and my fashion show at New York Fashion Week. I will bring you that update from New York City soon! You can watch the book come to life at my fashion show […]

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Why Being Nice Makes You a Better Leader

Being nice doesn’t mean you’re weak. Find out more about treating your employees well and winning at the “lady boss” game. September 5, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look on Social Media. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound For far too long, being nice has been mistaken for being weak, and Fran Hauser, a startup investor and longtime media executive, is on a mission to change that. There are plenty of women who believe being a bitch helped them succeed, but Fran says you don’t have to be a bitch (or a jerk) to be the boss. That’s why she wrote The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate (Houghton Mifflin […]

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Done Is Better Than Perfect.

Jessica Abo shares one productivity lesson that motherhood can teach. August 31, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This video is part of a series brought to you by Entrepreneur’s book division, Entrepreneur Press, the publisher of Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look On Social Media. I’ve always loved to work toward something and produce my best work possible. As I went through the design notes for my book, the process required attention to detail. I also was in the thick of motherhood, fashion show planning and finalizing the testimonials for the book. For the first time in my life, I embraced the saying that done is better than perfect. If you have a lot on your plate, I hope you can make peace with letting go a little bit, too. Related: My Book and Baby Are Due the Same Day! Follow […]

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My Book and Baby Are Due the Same Day! Follow Along on My Journey. Episode 10: Let the Revisions Begin.

Jessica Abo gets back the copy editor’s queries. August 24, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This video is part of a series brought to you by Entrepreneur’s book division, Entrepreneur Press, the publisher of Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look On Social Media. Soon after giving birth to my daughter, the copy editor’s queries came back. Just when I thought I was done — another round of intense editing started. Everyone told me to “sleep when the baby sleeps” but that was impossible with my book deadline. I did what I could, when I could, while making sure my daughter got all of my time and attention. The first five weeks were a whirlwind for sure! If you’re at the final copy editing stage, congrats! The finish line is around the corner. Related: My Book and Baby Are Due […]

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How to Turn Rejection into Resiliency

Find out what you can do when you get turned down for your dream job, your business plan gets rejected, you don’t land the promotion you wanted and other potential career deal-breakers. August 22, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look on Social Media. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound There are universal truths when it comes to rejection. For one, not getting the job or promotion doesn’t define who you are or dismiss all you’ve accomplished. If you got passed over, it means the company or your boss needs more information before they can know if you truly belong there and in that position. It’s also possible you just weren’t the right fit for this particular position at this point […]

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My Book and Baby Are Due the Same Day! Follow Along on My Journey. Episode 9: My Due Date

August 17, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This video is part of a series brought to you by Entrepreneur’s book division, Entrepreneur Press, the publisher of Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look On Social Media. Well, here we are! My book and baby’s due date. It’s been a wild ride, and I can’t thank you enough for watching. I hope you have fun plans to celebrate if your book is due today, too Related: My Book and Baby Are Due the Same Day! Follow Along on My Journey. Episode 8: Sometimes You Need to Cry It Out. Watch more videos from Jessica Abo on her YouTube channel here. Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio […]

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What to Do When You’ve Hit a Wall.

Jessica Abo shares the best piece of advice she received while writing her first book. August 3, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This video is part of a series brought to you by Entrepreneur’s book division, Entrepreneur Press, the publisher of Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look On Social Media. If you have been writing and rewriting the same section of your book and feel like you still don’t have things the way you want them, then this episode is for you. No matter how hard I tried to work with some of the chapters I finished, I still felt like something was off. Entrepreneur’s editorial director, Jennifer Dorsey, suggested I take out all of the sections that were giving me a hard time and paste them in a new document. I printed the chapters to see where the […]

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Sometimes You Just Have to Laugh.

Find the funny people in your life and keep them close. July 27, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This video is part of a series brought to you by Entrepreneur’s book division, Entrepreneur Press, the publisher of Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look On Social Media. As I hit nine months of my pregnancy, working on my book just kept getting tougher and tougher. I was uncomfortable sitting in a chair for too long. I couldn’t type in bed because my belly was so big, and it was hard for me to sit up with my computer on my lap because I couldn’t reach the keys. When you work on something for so long, and in such an intense way, sometimes you just need to laugh! I looked like crap on most days, felt like I was about to […]

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My Book and Baby Are Due the Same Day! Follow Along on My Journey. Episode 5: Choosing My Book Cover.

Jessica Abo learns about all of the different options that exist when choosing a book cover and shares tips to help you pick yours. July 20, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This video is part of a series brought to you by Entrepreneur’s book division, Entrepreneur Press, the publisher of Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look On Social Media. My manuscript was accepted, which was really exciting! Little did I know after writing 85,000 words that the real work was about to begin. In this episode, I’m with Vanessa Campos, Entrepreneur’s director of sales and marketing. Campos spent two hours with my husband and me showing us the different paper options and textures for paperbacks and the different finishes for hard covers. From the beginning, I wanted my book to pop and leaned toward going with yellow as […]

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Sometimes Life Slows You Down.

Jessica Abo opens up about not being able to burn the candle at both ends like she used to and how she’s taking the book one page at a time. July 13, 2018 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This video is part of a series brought to you by Entrepreneur’s book division, Entrepreneur Press, the publisher of Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look On Social Media. Hello there! If you’re new to my series, let me catch you up. I got married last summer, signed a book deal in the fall, moved to LA and was on a race against time to finish my book before my baby arrived. I used to be someone who felt so good about how much I could pack into a day, but writing a book throughout my pregnancy taught me that you have […]

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My Book and Baby Are Due the Same Day! Follow Along on My Journey. Next up: Trust Your Gut

Jessica Abo shares the different elements she’s working on at once to prepare for her next deadline and marketing strategy. July 6, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This video is part of a series brought to you by Entrepreneur’s book division, Entrepreneur Press, the publisher of Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look On Social Media. Hi again! If you watched the first two episodes of this series, you know that once I started working on my book, I spent the beginning struggling with the table of contents (TOC). While I worked, and reworked, the chapter titles and chapter order, I still had to keep writing to make my next deadline. While I wrote more chapters to submit to Jennifer Dorsey, Vanessa Campos and I started thinking about the book cover and marketing. Campos and the designer used the […]

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It’s Okay to Step Away.

Jessica Abo shares how she’s working through her biggest obstacle: restructuring her table of contents. June 29, 2018 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This video is part of a series brought to you by Entrepreneur’s book division, Entrepreneur Press, the publisher of Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look On Social Media. Have you ever worked on a project and had all of the elements, but couldn’t figure out how to put all of the puzzle pieces together? That’s how I felt writing this book. I was sitting on years and years worth of personal stories; but, I wasn’t publishing a diary. I had to figure out how to make sense of my own anecdotes, interviews with experts and the main themes I wanted to incorporate in this book. Whenever I hit a wall, I would take a step back […]

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My Book and Baby Are Due the Same Day! Follow Along on My Journey. First up: Finding the Right Title.

Jessica Abo takes us along her journey of writing her first book. June 22, 2018 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This video is part of a series brought to you by Entrepreneur’s book division, Entrepreneur Press, the publisher of Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look on Social Media. Hello! Whether you have seen my videos on Entrepreneur.com or are meeting me for the first time, I want to start this series by thanking you for following my road to writing Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look On Social Media. A little bit about me: I spent the past 10 years living in New York. For the majority of that time, I worked as a TV news anchor and reporter. Two years ago, I met my husband, and we were long distance until we got married this past summer. […]

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How One Entrepreneur Is Creating an Alternative Global Ivy League Experience

Beri Meric shares his path to creating IVY and his advice for aspiring entrepreneurs with Jessica Abo. June 15, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you live in Boston, Chicago, D.C., Miami, New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco, chances are you’ve heard of an IVY event, seen video content from one or attended. Beri Meric co-founded IVY: The Social University with Phillip Triebel in 2013 to bring together intellectually curious entrepreneurs, creatives and innovative professionals. Today, IVY has more than 500,000 followers. Members are positively impacting the world through travel experiences and curated events in art and culture, entrepreneurship, policy, health and wellness, and social impact. Meric shares with Jessica Abo why he created this platform and the key to IVY’s rapid growth. Related: Protect Yourself From Attackers, From the Streets to the Boardroom Watch more videos from Jessica Abo on her YouTube channel here. Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network […]

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