ll archives: ProfessionGal's Megan Broussard
We can't get enough of Megan Broussard. We sat down with the rather hilarious ladypreneur behind right-brained "career gal" website, ProfessionGal to chat doing what you love and working how you want.
Current location: New York, NY (Where the WiFi is)
Where are you from? Lafayette, La (Cajun Country, cher)
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Concentration in PR), Minors in Business and Spanish from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (GEAUX RAGIN’ CAJUNS!)
Business & Formal Title: Founder of ProfessionGal Inc.
What is ProfessionGal? Do what you love, work how you want. ProfessionGal is the one-stop-shop for career help, workspace décor & wardrobe trends. We help you gals find your style and work it.
What did you do before? I worked at a global PR firm for 3 years right after college in both Dallas and NYC. After that, I decided to pursue ProfessionGal full-time, while taking on side projects as a freelance writer and marketing contractor.
What did you think you’d be doing now whenever you were 10? Gal, I didn’t think, I knew, I was going to be Oprah. Chyeahhh...
Is ProfessionGal your dream job? If not, what else is in the works? It absolutely is. Pinch me!
Are you involved in any side hustles, ladypreneur collabs or baby projects? Tell us about them. Nope, I’m eating, sleeping and breathing my business at the moment because like a dancer, I’m scared to take my eye off of the spot on the wall or else I’ll fall out of my turns and fall on my face. Eye on the prize!
What does your daily routine consist of? Dog park for my Co-Wagger Chewie, coffee and breakfast while typing with one hand and answering emails. Managing our editor, interns and The Gals, filling shop orders and working with career service clients until it’s time to take the co-wagger to the park again (I know, so spoiled). Rinse, repeat, and throw in a few events, contributing articles for other sites, power lunches and coffee meetings. Whew! Then, it’s time for the gym and some netflix. Oh, and a few zzz’s (maybe?).
How do you balance work and life and is that actually even possible? It’s not possible. And, if you pressure yourself to have a true balance every single day, you will drive yourself insane. One wise business woman told me that you should allow yourself to be bad at only one thing per day, and then you’ll find some sense of balance. For example, if you’re a good boss that day and good at going to the gym, you’re allowed to be bad at getting back to friends that day. For the next day, make getting back to friends a priority and allow yourself to slack off on other things you did well the day before.
You have to do it and you hate it – what is your least favorite task to do at ProfessionGal? I hate anything granular. I’ll do the small, detailed things because they have to get done, but I’d prefer to focus on strategy, relationship-building and other broader subjects for the business to expand than to update my Twitter account. So sue me! :) That’s why I hire the best to handle these jobs for ProfessionGal.
Top 5 favorite cities? NYC, New Orleans, San Francisco, London and Paris
Red, White or Sparkling? Red all the way (even though it leaves me with stained lips all night and a headache in the morning).
Tell us the best place to eat in your city. If it’s your kitchen, share your favorite/best recipe. My girlfriends and I love a good mexican, boozy brunch on Sundays. El Camion in East Village has been our go-to. Huevos rancheros and bloody marys sprinkled with bacon?! Um...I’m pretty sure they’re going to start charging me rent I’m there so often.
Words to live by . . . Stranger things have happened. That’s what I remind myself (ever since I started ProfessionGal as an anonymous blog three years ago) because any time your goals or dreams seem to big to achieve, I remember that stranger things have come true before. It’s also comforting because it makes me think of the last time I said that to myself and it was usually about a goal I later did acheive. Then, I reflect on how far I’ve come with ProfessionGal, which motivates me to keep going. Try it! It might work for you too.
In 5 years you’ll be . . . Hopefully, focusing more on my personal life, and definitely growing the shop for our ProfessionGal customers.
On being a woman entrepreneur . . . It’s a special club to be a part of. Though our interests and motivations may be different, the curiosity and tenacity we share are the same. Most of us are entrepreneurs because we literally can’t imagine doing anything else, and the consistency of a corporate job is scarier than the unknown of starting a company from scratch.