Emily Polner

Emily Polner
Emily Polner
  •  Articles have appeared on sites such as ShopKeep and Octoly
  • Degree in Sociology and a minor in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Chicago

  • Left the B2C world to work with small business publications, retail SaaS companies, and career coaches 


Formerly a retail and ecommerce expert for Rebecca Minkoff, Emily now uses her expertise in small business marketing, technology, and entrepreneurship to create compelling content for small businesses, freelancers, and consultants.

Emily has been featured by leading brands including Fit Small Business, ShopKeep, Octoly, and Carla Isabel Career Coaching. Her writing has helped thousands of small business owners and job seekers better understand complex topics, like loans and software, and achieve major milestones, like landing a dream job.

Emily is a frequently-quoted expert on starting and marketing small businesses and changing career paths.


She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a focus on social media, communication, and sociolinguistics, as well as with a minor in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Chicago.

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About The Balance Careers and Dotdash

The Balance Careers makes navigating your career easy. It is home to experts who provide clear, practical advice on job searching, resume writing, salary negotiations, and other career planning topics. Whether you're looking to find a new job, advance at your current position, or explore new paths, The Balance Careers will help you take your career to the next level.

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