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


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA details back-up plan for commuters for potential…

The MTA said it was prepared to offer buses and ferries to counter a potential LIRR strike as early as July 20.

Local

Lawmakers look to regulate Elmo, Spider-Man and other…

After a string of incidents and growing concern, officials are hoping to regulate costumed characters that solicit money for photos in Times Square.

Local

Brooklyn Bridge Park rink opens up for free…

New Yorkers can now get three hours of free skate three days a week at a new rink alongside the East River in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Local

Babe Ruth bat sells for $214,000 at auction

A nearly century-old Babe Ruth bat sold for $214,000 at a memorabilia auction Saturday night.

Gossip

Jenni 'JWoww' Farley gives birth

First came smooshing, then came love, then came a baby.

Movies

Interview: Josh Gad on 'Wish I Was Here'…

"Wish I Was Here" star Josh Gad talks about "Garden State," the pain of playing mean and how kids today know that he's the voice of "Frozen"'s snowman.

Movies

Box office: Humans let 'Apes' conquer humans, giant…

This weekend at the box office, audiences flocked to watch humanity get dominated by a bunch of CGI apes.

Movies

Noel Clarke wants in on ‘Star Wars’

Former "Doctor Who" co-star Noel Clarke has his sights set on the "Star Wars" franchise next, and personally he likes his odds of landing a role.

NBA

Nets lose Paul Pierce to two-year deal with…

Paul Pierce is taking a gamble on joining a franchise on the rise.

NBA

GIF: LeBron James returns to Cleveland so deal…

To anyone out there who is upset about his decision, this .GIF is for you. Enjoy.

World Cup

A game of two popes: Vatican plays down…

By Philip PullellaVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - With Argentina meeting Germany in the World Cup final, the Vatican on Friday brushed aside talk of soccer rivalry…

NFL

Which Jets player has the best odds at…

Metro New York asked Bovada.LV to rank the top three contenders for the NFL MVP on the Jets.

Home

Bring on the flea market

The editors at Wayfair show us what to do with cute flea market finds.

Education

Beat summer brain drain with these 5 tips

  Hazy, hot and humid summer afternoons have often been used as the perfect excuse to procrastinate. But summer can be a great time to…

Food

Peanut butter like you've never had it before

Peanut butter recipes for adult palate.

Parenting

3 lessons from Pinterest's most popular toddler

Meet Quinoa from the "My Imaginary Well-Dressed Daughter" Pinterest board.