46 Best Inspirational Quotes to Inspire You Today in 2024

Updated Feb 14, 2023.
Inspirational Quotes

Everyone needs an inspirational quote in their lives. An inspirational quote uplifts and motivates you when you feel down and incapable of achieving your goals.

Many people aim to be productive in their various areas of specialization but the biggest problem with success is that it is very easy to get carried away.

It is even easier to lose the balance that keeps you grounded and focused. This is why you need to have something or someone that reminds you to keep trying your best.

The success road can be a very lonely one because not a lot of people walk that path and so it is necessary for you to stay inspired and keep your eyes on the ball.

Here are some powerful inspirational quotes to keep you inspired at all times.

Inspirational Quotes About Life and Business

01
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
― Helen Keller. 

The reality of life is that there will be down moments and up moments.

If you choose to focus your attention on the things that went wrong then you are giving your power away because you will then become incapacitated and unable to take any valuable action.

Perspective is what changes everything and a closed door should not be seen as the end but as a wake-up call.

Your perspective matters a lot. It is what makes you see opportunities and take advantage of them. What separates successful business tycoons from ordinary people is their perspective.

They used every failure as an opportunity to become better. This made them stronger to take advantage of the business opportunities they had.

They probably didn't have the best opportunities, nor were they more privileged than you. But what makes them golden is that they took advantage of the chances they had and didn't let them slip away

It should be a pointer to the fact that you can do better; either by trying something else or by trying again in a different way.

02
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
— Michael Jordan.

Everybody has at some point in life wished for something but it takes a lot of work to make those wishes a reality.

Unfortunately, in the real world, not all wishes will come true.

The keyword to achieving anything in life is commitment.

You might want to be one of the best entrepreneurs in the world (or maybe in your field), but without committing your time and energy to do what you need to do, you will not get to where you wish to get to.

The first stage is the mental stage but what you do in the physical stage is what matters the most.

Begin with having a mental image of what you want to achieve making it as clear as possible and then proceed to take action.

03
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
— Mahatma Gandhi. 

We are responsible for our actions but the truth is that we can also positively influence other people's actions.

There are so many imperfections in our world and we might think that one person is too small to make any impact whatsoever but this is a completely false narrative.

One person can influence other people's decisions in the right direction.

The best way to be the change you want to see is to live an exemplary life.

Here are examples of ways to do this;

  • Put in the work.
  • Do not cut through corners.
  • Do the things you want to see others do.
04
“When you leave work on Friday, leave work. Don't let technology follow you throughout your weekend (answering text messages and emails). Take a break. You will be more refreshed to begin the workweek if you have had a break.”
— Catherine Pulsifer.

One of the major reasons why you may lack inspiration is that you are worn out. You have probably worked and overworked yourself till the point your mind can't handle the stress anymore.

While actively pursuing your goals, you also need to know when to take a break and just relax. Your mind and body need time to relax and revitalize.

Research has shown that taking breaks can improve learning abilities.

A recharge is necessary because humans are similar to batteries and the more work we put in, the faster our batteries run low.

The mistake many people make is to think that they are robots and keep working till they break down. This is a sure remedy for disaster.

05
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
—Earl Nightingale.

Just because your dreams may take a decade to become a reality doesn't mean you should give up on them. Whether you like it or not, 10 years will come. So it is best to just start it anyway.

Which is worst, start practicing good financial habits now and in 10 years, you become financially free? Or giving up on the idea of becoming financially free in 10 years because the time is too short, then in 10 years, you are still broke with nothing?

I hope you see the situation now. It's better to start working now and get results in 10 years than to give up and be left with nothing in 10 years.

06
“Don't count the days, make the days count.”
—Muhammad Ali.

Making the days count simply means using your time wisely and prioritizing important things over unimportant ones.

24 hours is enough to do all the things that you need to do in a day. But most times we love to go around the circle of distractions.

Everyone has the same 24 hours a day. Rather than just wait for time to pass, use your time wisely. This is most efficient when you know how to manage your time effectively.

Here are tips to make the days count;

  • Attach meaning to what you do
  • Do what you love and love what you do.
  • Put yourself first.
  • Do not waste time on regrets.
07
“One of the differences between some successful and unsuccessful people is that one group is full of doers, while the other is full of wishers.”
— Edmond Mbiaka.

It is not enough to mentally picture what you want out of life. You will have to work very hard to get to the top.

You might fall and not always succeed at every single thing you try something out but you need to be resilient if you are ever going to succeed at anything.

The most innovative entrepreneurs in the world didn't wake up one morning and become innovative. Their innovation was a result of several failed attempts to achieve something great.

These entrepreneurs didn't just wish to get positive results, they went out to ENSURE THEY GET positive positive results.

So if you want to succeed in life and business, don't just wish. You should also take action.

Success takes a level of devotion to see what others are not seeing.

08
“It is only when we take chances that our lives improve. The initial and the most difficult risk that we need to take is to become honest.
—Walter Anderson.

Self-dishonesty and deceit are one of the ways to stagnate yourself. It is easy to tell yourself convenient answers and lie to yourself but this will lead to unproductivity.

Always take out time to evaluate yourself and your progress very honestly. You don't have to be brutal or harsh but be as real as possible.

Identify areas that need improvement and also applaud yourself for the areas you get right.

09
“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The process of change is not comfortable but that stretch is necessary for growth to happen.

We must be aware of the changes that must occur before expansion so that we can adjust properly to them.

According to Ackerman in 1997, change can be distinguished into 3; developmental, transitional, and transformational.

No matter the type of change that we go through, it will always lead us to a better place than we were before those changes occurred.

We need to be open-minded to change because they contribute to our build-up as individuals and businesses.

10
“You define your own life. Don't let other people write your script.”
— Oprah Winfrey.

There are two kinds of people in life; the ones that let the opinions of the people around them determine their lives and the ones that don't.

The first kind is termed people-pleasers and they fear the idea of them not getting approval from people and would rather follow the crowd than stand alone.

The second kind is not scared of walking a path alone as long as they know that it is a good path.

It is not a crime to want support from people or seek validation from the people around you but it is mandatory to draw the line and know when to make independent decisions.

You can always ask for advice from others but only you should determine what your actions are.

11
“Make Friday a day to celebrate work well done that you can be proud of knowing that you just didn't put in the time to the next paycheck.”
—Byron Pulsifer.

Hard work can be very addicting and it is easy to get lost in the search for the next big thing that you don't take out time to appreciate yourself and the efforts you put in.

Many people wait till their retirement or till when they hit a big break before they indulge themselves in little enjoyments here and there but they don't realize that this can even be a way to spur yourself up to work harder.

Simple things such as; taking yourself on a date, buying something nice for yourself, or even just looking at yourself in the mirror and telling yourself that you are proud of the work you are doing can go a very long way in motivating you.

Think of it as the little rewards that could help motivate you before the big rewards come.

12
“It's no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
―Lewis Carroll.

One important thing we must recognize is that people change as a result of growth.

We learn from mistakes and failures and those things have a way of swinging us into a more enlightened place.

Indeed, we will suffer from the consequences of our actions but we should always aim to be better today than we were yesterday.

Nobody knows everything as they are born and our mistakes sometimes force us to grow but they in the process develop us.

13
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”
— Oprah Winfrey.

One of the greatest life skills to possess is the ability to get up every time you fall. This ability is called resilience. A resilient mind is never afraid to fail because every failure is a chance to become stronger and better.

The best part about resilience is that you can learn it. Anyone with a strong will can learn to be resilient. This is how I learned to be resilient. Another way I learned was through resilience quotes.

By taking time every day to meditate on quotes about resilience, you inspire yourself and strengthen your mindset.

14
“We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.”
— Dr. Henry Link.

Most of the things we are so scared of are the things that we have never tried and this fear could make us never try those things.

Fear has crippled so many business owners and they do not try out new things because they are scared that their customers will not like them.

What they fail to realize is that flexibility and spontaneity are what foster growth and expansion in business.

What worked 5 years ago will not keep working and there is a serious need to be creative and elastic.

Take your attention off fear and just do what you need to do.

15
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
— Confucius.

Without failing multiple times, we will not know the true value of success.

We tend to appreciate something when we know what the opposite of it feels like.

Failing is not in any way a rule-off because it does not mean that we can never succeed.

It simply means that we can re-strategize and restructure our goals in a more refined way.

This will help us to expand on areas that we need to work on.

16
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you are.”
— E.E  Cummings.

Our purpose is found in the depths of who we truly are.

As humans, we all have diverse interests but most times we let judgment from others stop us from doing what we want to do.

We have to realize that everybody's path is unique and success can only be achieved when you build on your passion.

If you do not follow your instincts and try out the different things that interest you, you might never discover your true purpose.

Finally, learn to be free and daring. Create a bucket list and follow them. There are lots of bucket list ideas you can try. Always remember that the best life is the one not lived in regret.

Motivational Quotes About Success

17
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
— Maya Angelou.

Success does not happen in a day or a month, there is no guaranteed amount of time before success occurs.

It takes a lot of trial and error before one can get to the point of attainment.

This period of waiting and trying is what determines everything.

Hence, it is vital to be in love with what you do, otherwise, you will easily fall along the way because you will not always see favorable results.

Passion for what you do is what will keep you focused.

18
“Gently, you can shake the world.”
— Mahatma Gandhi. 

There is power in our individuality and this is one thing that many people do not realize.

In little ways, we each bring something special to our world.

Our voice, our talents, our efforts, and our kindness all go a long way in determining the quality of life we live.

What we give out determines what we get back from life and even in our little actions, we are sowing seeds that we will eventually reap from.

19
“If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one!”  
— Dolly Parton.

Life will not always present you with wonderful options, sometimes you will need to take a leap of faith and create an opportunity for yourself.

For example, a graduate might not find a job to sustain himself fresh out of school but he can decide to leverage his marketing skills and become an entrepreneur.

The idea is to not keep waiting for all the right doors to be opened before taking action but to have a plan that can open a door for yourself.

After making this plan, be very intentional about it and take all the necessary steps to make that opportunity successful.

It won't necessarily be easy but you can choose to be persistent and not give up.

20
“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
—Nelson Henderson.

Relationships are really important and they go a long way in determining how far we go in life.

Some of the best friendships or relationships happen in the most unexpected places and at the most unexpected timing.

Hence, we should always try to keep an open mind towards meeting people because there will be some people that we might not like at first glance that will come into our lives and will take us to the next stage of our life.

Networking is important but having a good attitude at all times is even more important.

21
“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”
– Diane Von Furstenberg.

A sad fact is that some people are not even friends with themselves.

This is not because they are bad people but because they have not learned to love themselves.

Self-love is a lifelong process and it takes a lot of uncovering hidden scars, and traumas and then learning to accept your weakness as part of you.

Some people learn faster than other people but everyone needs to learn to love themselves.

You need to love and understand yourself to attain success in every field of life.

Self-love helps to prevent you from second-guessing yourself and your potential.

22
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot.”
— Michael Altshuler.

It is true that time passes very quickly but this could be a blessing depending on our choices and how much control we take of our lives.

We can decide to take responsibility for ourselves or we can decide to be irresponsible but we must understand that our actions have consequences.

A guaranteed way for one to become responsible is to embrace accountability.

As humans, we all need some level of control for us to not lose focus.

We all need someone to remind us of who we are and what we stand for and this is why it is very important to have a mentor.

When choosing a mentor, endeavor to choose someone that has shared values with you and that has your best interest at heart.

23
“You've gotta dance like nobody's watching, love like you'll never be hurt, sing like nobody's listening, and live like its heaven on earth.”
— William W. Purkey.

It is essential to live your life to the highest point that you can. Never hold back in any aspect of your life because that would mean that you are denying yourself the satisfaction and happiness that you can get from those things.

Take wise decisions but also follow your heart.

There is an important role your heart plays in leading you to happiness and this is why you must not leave out your heart in decision-making.

Life is best lived without regrets. If you still feel you need a boost to enjoy life, there are some amazing short quotes about life you should meditate on.

24
“People's passion and desire for authenticity are strong.”
—Constance Wu.

Individuals can be easily influenced by their environment.

Society will always expect us to live in the same pattern that has been lived for years even if it does not resonate with who we are.

However, there is a uniqueness in being your authentic self and hence we must break free from other people's expectations of how we should live our lives.

Be confident in your uniqueness as a person because this is your power over everyone else.

25
“You make a choice: continue living your life feeling muddled in this abyss of self-misunderstanding, or you find your identity independent of it. You draw your own box.”
— Duchess Meghan.

Self-discovery is the first step to attaining success in life because it takes a conscious awareness of your strengths and weaknesses to build a strong agenda.

This knowledge will help you identify your purpose and be passionate about it.

Self-discovery does not happen in months or even years, it takes a whole lifetime and during this journey, it is essential to be patient with yourself and your process.

The process of self-discovery can be broken down into segments and self-reflection is an important key to discovering your full potential.

26
“Belief creates the actual fact.”
— William James. 

Our beliefs go a long way in shaping who we become. If we think negatively, these thoughts will be reflected in how we feel which will then affect our actions.

There is a continuous cycle that starts with our minds. Our thoughts influence our beliefs which then influence our behaviors.

If you ever want to advance in life then you need to change your beliefs. Study the pattern that leads to these negative thoughts and then filter them out.

After removing the negative beliefs, replace them with the positives. Deliberately think on good thoughts.

27
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
— Vince Lombardi 

Perfection is a phenomenon that is viewed as unachievable because naturally as humans, we come as a package of both good and bad.

Our various weaknesses are still a part of who we are and can even motivate us in the right direction.

We cannot be perfect but we can strive to be the best at what we do and this is the true meaning of excellence.

Excellence takes a lot of hard work and consistency because it does not just happen overnight.

The aspiration to be the very best does not in any way mean that you will get it right on the first try.

It sometimes takes a lot of picking yourself back up and determination to never give up.

Inspirational Quotes To Help You Think Positively

28
“Every Friday, I like to high-five myself for getting through another week on little more than caffeine, willpower, and inappropriate humor.”
—Nanea Hoffman. 

Appreciation needs to be done in every workspace even if it is just verbal.

They help to energize individuals to keep on trying harder and it creates a picture that you are seen and your hard work is not in any way disregarded.

If you do not have a leader that values the efforts of workers, you can always play that role yourself.

Tell yourself how proud you are of the accomplishments you have had and never take them for granted no matter how little they seem.

29
“Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.”
— Maya Angelou.

Most times the problem is that we are too focused on ourselves and we only ever think of ourselves.

Humans are naturally selfish beings and this is a fact. But it's okay to step away from only doing things that favor you all the time.

We can add color to other people's lives just by being ourselves.

We can shine the light on the inside of us in other people's darkness.

In life, we can consciously make decisions to help others out, it may sometimes be hard but what matters is that we help others and we have some sort of impact on other people's lives.

30
“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.”
— Will Rogers.

Stagnation is the killer of success. It is caused by many factors like a lack of inspiration or exhaustion from working too hard.

Stress could lead to an overwhelmed feeling that then leaves you handicapped and unable to move forward.

The answer is to relieve yourself of all the pressure you put on yourself and just do what you enjoy.

Being stagnant is depressing and very risky because the world is advancing. If you don't move forward with it, you lose.

So what should you do?

Learn to set goals and motivate yourself to achieve them. Achieving your goals inspires you to set more goals and achieve them.

How To Set & Accomplish Goals
Source: Venngage

Have trouble setting reasonable goals? Then read and focus on some powerful goals quotes to inspire you to set your next goals.

31
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
— Henry David Thoreau

Consistency is the secret ingredient to progress.

Most times people beat themselves up about working hard but they don't realize that hard work is good but hard work without consistency is nothing.

All the world's greatest achievers were people who kept showing up on bad days and good days.

They persevered and travailed until the end even when every strength they had was used up. They had faith in themselves and kept moving regardless of their feelings

This consistency is what eventually breaks them out because it is only a matter of time before the world recognizes such people.

If you want to achieve your dreams, be consistent with them.

Don't put in 30 minutes today and then 10 minutes tomorrow. Fully devote your life to that dream and with time, you will achieve even more than you think.

32
“You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don't decide, others will decide for you.”
—Tony Morgan.

It is essential to know exactly what you want to do and then act out of purpose. Our choices establish the quality of our lives and there is no such thing as sitting on the fence.

If you decide not to take your life and business seriously then you are automatically choosing to face the consequences of that unseriousness.

So how do you take your life and business seriously?

Have a clear vision and create a vision board that contains all your goals, dreams, and visions. If you don't have time to build one physically, you can create an online vision board. As long as you can easily access it and be inspired.

Creating an online vision board isn't so difficult. There are online vision board apps to help you do it. In a matter of minutes, you are done.

Your vision shouldn't just be in your head. You are most likely to forget them when the harsh realities of life start to rear their ugly heads.

33
“Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt.

Some people are so pessimistic that they cannot see the good in things.

These types of people are very discouraging and not the kind to keep around you.

Have relationships with people that see your dreams as achievable and that will believe in you even on the days that your strength fails you.

Some toxic people truly believe you won't amount to anything and they exude the kind of negativity that can trap you if not careful.

Cut off friendships that do not align with your vision.

Friends that do not support your dreams are not your friends and the earlier you find true friends the better for you.

34
“You learn more from failure than from success. Don't let it stop you. Failure builds character.”
— Unknown. 

Failure can shake us in the right direction.

It can be the motivation that you need to work harder.

We can become too comfortable and foolishly believe that we will get something just because we want it and sometimes it takes the pain that results from failure to give us a reality check.

In life, you have to work very hard to get the life that you want or to achieve what you want to achieve.

Nothing good comes easy.

Failure makes us see that if we do not put in the work, we could lose everything and this is enough motivation to try harder.

Our attitude to failure also matters because if we decide to be so blinded by emotions, we will not acknowledge our faults or see where to improve.

35
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
―Suzy Kassem. 

When you have a dream, the reality is that it would either work out well or not.

There is an uncertainty that comes with having a dream and this is what drives a lot of people into inaction but the fear of failure limits more than the failure itself.

In life, we won't always feel secure when it comes to making decisions but we must learn to have faith and believe in our dreams if we ever want to succeed.

36
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
— Marilyn Monroe.

Being organized at work is needed but just like too much of everything is bad, it can affect our energies in negative ways.

There should be room for creativity and spontaneity as long as things do not drift too far from the overall plan.

Perfection is unattainable but excellence can be achieved and to be excellent, a good mix of freedom and control is required.

Best Inspirational Quotes Of All Time

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“Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.”  
—Albert Einstein

We can only attract what we truly believe and this goes in both positive and negative aspects in life.

We attract on the wavelengths of either fear or faith so you can attract something you are so scared of without even knowing it.

Hope and faith is the best way to live.

38
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman.

It is normal to have both good times and bad times but the problem is that in moments when things are not favorable, we easily forget all the blessings we have or have had in the past.

We should strive to endure hard times without reducing the good that we have because it is this mindset that will help us to survive.

Here are tips to help out;

  • Adjust your perspective on things from a more optimistic angle.
  • Practice more gratitude.
  • Communicate your feelings to those around you.
39
“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don't have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”
— Steve Jobs.

Having a vision brings a level of excitement and enthusiasm that could either be drowned out or fired up.

Visions are imaginations of what we want to achieve in the coming years and they can be fanned up into flames.

It is best to write down your visions as plainly as possible because seeing your vision board could serve as a source of motivation for hard work.

40
“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”
– Helen Keller.

With self-discovery comes a truckload of boldness and awareness.

It creates a certainty of who you are and makes you unapologetic.

All that you have to do is let go of fear and you will find the will and courage to go for your dreams.

Allow yourself to experience life as a forerunner and do not ever limit yourself.

41
“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts today.”
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Doubts can hinder us from achieving our dreams because they will affect the amount of effort we put into something.

You can have dreams crazier than what you can imagine. For example, you can dream of buying businesses or becoming an affiliate marketing genius someday. Whatever your dreams are, your only true obstacle is yourself. If you don't believe in yourself today, you can never achieve that dream tomorrow.

Failure is guaranteed whenever unbelief is present. So, eliminate every form of skepticism and put in everything we have in us.

42
“Life has got all those twists and turns. You've got to hold on tight and off you go.”
— Nicole Kidman. 

Life will not always be rosy and it will not always be hard too. In times when things are hard, we must remember the times when things were rosy and hold on to those moments.

Also, when things are rosy we need to prepare for evil days both mentally and financially.

This will help you to have some level of security and some safety to fall back on when things are not so smooth.

43
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
―Martin Luther King Jr.

There is a principle that says that to drive out anything that is already powerful, you will need something even more powerful than that thing. Darkness stems from a consistent thought pattern.

For instance, people who suffer from depression cannot cure themselves from it because they do not have the power to do so.

They will need a greater power to save them and the only thing greater than hate and darkness is love and light.

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“Every successful person in the world is a hustler in one way or another. We all hustle to get where we need to be. Only a fool would sit around and wait on another man to feed him.”
―K'wan

Hustle doesn't only mean working hard but also working smart.

The term “hustling” is not simple because it will not always be nice but sometimes you need to come in with a bit of aggression.

This charged-up spirit is needed in a workplace to get the work done.

Hustlers push harder regardless of what people think and they are not afraid to step up at any time. To channel your inner hustling spirit, I'll recommend you get some powerful hustle quotes and meditate on them.

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“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
— Aristotle.

It takes a lot to see good in bad situations but looking at things negatively will bring with it negative feelings that will keep attracting negativity.

Meditation is a way to spark light from within you.

Consciously try to focus and ponder on all the good things that have happened in your life or business before.

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“You do not find a happy life. You make it.”
— Camilla Eyring Kimball.

Happiness is not something that is lost because everyone has a child inside them that has been covered up by a lot of disappointment and pressure to be perfect.

We can always go back to the drawing board from time to time and tap into that happy child that lies inside us.

Happiness can be found in our workplaces by being intentional and not mounting too much pressure on yourself.

Let These Inspirational Quotes Inspire You For Success In 2023

Our actions, thoughts, and beliefs spring up from what we hear and what we see. What this means is that what we feed our minds with is exactly what will be produced back outwards.

It is therefore consequential for business owners, project managers, leaders, and individuals generally to invest in the quality of information that goes into their minds.

We should surround ourselves with anything at all that can make us better as this will yield immense fruits from within us.

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Anastasia Belyh

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Anastasia has been a professional blogger and researcher since 2014. She loves to perform in-depth software reviews to help software buyers make informed decisions when choosing project management software, CRM tools, website builders, and everything around growing a startup business.

Anastasia worked in management consulting and tech startups, so she has lots of experience in helping professionals choosing the right business software.