Working it: Bea Arthur, Web entrepreneur

Bea Arthur is the founder of www.prettypaddedroom.com. Don't get her confused with the late "Golden Girls" actress.
Bea Arthur is the founder of www.prettypaddedroom.com. Don’t get her confused with the late “Golden Girls” actress.

Bea Arthur is the founder and CEO of Pretty Padded Room, a website that provides online therapy to women on their own time. We sat down with Arthur to ask about her experience running her own business.

When did you start your company, Pretty Padded Room?
I just had the two-year anniversary of my business in February, and celebrated with a fancy meal and even fancier wine from Trader Joe’s.

What’s your favorite moment of the work day?
We have been able to help clients from all over the world in all kinds of circumstances, so I love it when I get a message thanking us. We had a client in the United Arab Emirates tell us that therapy wasn’t an option where she lived, so it was nice to know that we helped her feel heard. It keeps me going on tougher days.

What is surprising about your job?
I spend a lot of time alone. Even though my days are filled with meetings, connecting with clients and following up on leads, it’s all done remotely. Entrepreneurship can get lonely. I talk to myself a lot!

How does your job affect the larger community?
I believe my team and I are making a difference in the world. With our little site, we’ve been able to provide therapy for people who wouldn’t have had access to it otherwise. We’ve all had moments where we wanted to scream or cry, so being able to be there for someone during those moments means a lot to me.

A client video chats with her therapist via prettypaddedroom.com
A client video chats with her therapist via prettypaddedroom.com


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