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Random Musing: February

Sharing insight on running a small business as a creative women entrepreneur

This has been a great month for my business and my personal life. So many Aha! moments have happened. One of my favorite quotes that I have been sharing as of lately is the Steve Jobs one on connecting dots. You really do not know where or what your future holds. Every day is different but if you live long enough you can connect your past dots to your future ones. It’s crazy and at the same time a brilliant thing to experience.

Business Life

I hosted my first workshop with the Austin Public Library system on the 7th of this month. I really didn’t know what to expect. There wasn’t going to be any of my friends in the audience to cheer me on. Before the session began, I talked to a friend who gave me a good peep talk. It went really great and we discussed plans for future workshops. Also, during this month I had an abundance of meetings for future projects. I always say dream bigger dreams and God will let you grow into them. That’s what’s occurring as of right now. As, the deals become more clear and contracts are signed I will share more.

A couple of times this month I fell into comparison traps. Mainly with the direction of the blog. My goal with this site is to provide tools, resources, and personal insight on running a business. There are 2 million blogs posted DAILY. The content I select for my audience is important to me. Especially, when people with “no validity” have become experts and start misguiding folks. I’ve seen women who just started blogging get millions of page views, press, and comments; things I am not per se getting. I may not have the millions of followers or thousands of comments that I would want on the site. Then I reminded myself, I have aligned some major contracts without the comments or being someone with 19K followers. Do I wish more people would comment, sure. It would help me gauge which content is actually helping them and which isn’t. Yes, you can see that looking at the analytics, but I believe sometimes you need more than numbers.

Investments for My Business

This month a good amount of money went to domains, fonts, support team, and other necessities. It’s true, to make money you have to spend money. Growing the team cost money. Having the right graphic designer for projects. Hiring a senior editor and much more. All cost, money, and the investment is totally worth it. When it comes to fonts I want my brand to be even more cohesive, so investing in that really matters to me. These fonts will be something I use on all my projects.

Book Purchases This Month: The Artisan Soul, POP, and You Are a Badass

Another highlight was doing Tamara of Jem of The South radio show this past Sunday. Listen to our chat on her Jem of The South Channel.

Personal Life

The day before my workshop, I was on the phone with a friend when my doctor called. She wanted to inform me of the underlying reason for me being sick non-stop was that I had mono. My blood work had finally came back. Mono can be in your system up to 6 months and its a virus that can’t be treated with antibiotics. Rest and fluids are your prescriptions. So, I have been doing less than usual to help. The other day I had a big meeting. The day before I felt like I could run a 5K, the day of the meeting I woke up feeling like death was upon me. The meeting went great and the next day I felt normal. Isn’t that how it goes?

Hopefully, I will kick all the germs soon because I want to get back to yoga and jogging.

I have done a lot of shopping this month, at the usual spots.

Purchases: Felicia Boots – Just Fab, two sweaters & two pair jeans – Joe Fresh, “Hi” Crystal baseball cap- Jcrew Kid’s, and Ikat Cali Tunic, and Crescent Moon Lariat Necklace – Worldmarket.

The most rewarding thing that happened this month personally was writing my final payment to Chase for my student loan. Paying off debt has become my favorite thing to do. It’s freeing up money for me to live. I am still using the “debt snowball” that Dave Ramsey created. So, the money I was using for that is now going towards my Sallie Mae payment.

Sharing insight on what it is like to run a successful business.

Supporting Small Businesses

This is something I harp on all the time. If you want to be successful with your small business you need to support other small businesses. Even if it is $20 a month. That $20 means so much to someone starting out. This month I purchased 31 Prayers For The Dream & Doer, Make It Happen, and Redeem Girl Scripture Cards. I have yet to read the two books, but I have started using the scripture cards. I was gifted, The Writings of Florence Scovel Shinn , from a social media friend.

In addition to that, I have made a personal goal monthly to send someone flowers. Everyone loves to receive flowers and it’s a great way to remind people that they matter to you.

The first two months of the year have been extremely great; both my personal and business life. I am growing in both areas and I really love that. Going into March I am going to reduce content on this site to three days a week with the schedule of MWF. This will help free up my time. I love that I am a content creator and am able to inspire others. This has afforded me some great opportunities, but I want to grow in other areas. So in March I plan to work on those areas. It’s always good to get out my comfort zone.

P.S. The site will be going through some changes next month. As Davon, my web developer, and I alter the site in some amazing ways.

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  • Congrats on the workshops and contracts in the works. I hope you feel better soon. You are a Badass is a great read.

    • imperfctconcept

      thank you so much. The book has been on my list for awhile. Excited to read it.

  • Elesha

    Congrats on the things happening for you especially paying off debt. When we believe, we achieve.

    • imperfctconcept

      Thank you so much. Love writing those checks. Believe it, receive it and achieve it =)

  • Tamara Belvin

    Congrats on your success thus far. I can see you exceeding with unlimited possibilities! I just started getting into Dave Ramsey and I want to read his book TMM. I saw on his site that he has a workbook to go along with it. Have you used that and if so, was it beneficial?

    • imperfctconcept

      Thank you so much. No, I didn’t get the TMM book or do Financial Peace University. A good chuck of associates had took the course and really gave me insight. Which was really sticking to your budget, do it at a pace you can keep up (don’t get caught up in those people who pay off large sums in short time frame) and be around people who support your decision. I made sure I had my friends family, social media and even bankers keep me accountable.

      • Tamara Belvin

        Thank you for responding. I brought the book on my lunch break today because I’ve read some great things about it. I love your blog btw! It is very informative. I am looking to launch a business in the next 2 months or so and have already purchased several products from your company ICB Consults to help me.

        • imperfctconcept

          Yes, the book is really good. What kept me on track at the beginning of doing it was listening to his podcast. I would listen when I was running or working out.

          Thank you so much =) that is my goal and thank you for buying my digital products.

  • Reading this and smiling. Congrats!!! So happy for you RE: paying off your debt student loan! I’m checking out some small businesses this weekend to make my $20 purchase! Can’t wait to see the updates on the site! 🙂

    • imperfctconcept

      Thank you so much. I am smiling because its gone. lol Yes, source new small businesses to support =)

  • Tamara Eckles

    Great post Tasha! I love seeing a glimpse into your personal life! You are an inspiration!!

    • imperfctconcept

      Thank you so much. Giving a small glimpse I hope helps someone else in the process or running a business. So, they don’t think are at this all alone.

  • Ashley D Stevenson

    I absolutely love your patience. Please remember that while someone has millions of likes and followers if those don’t translate who is committed to you and your brand it means nothing. I said it last night in a moment of sadness that while some people are out here trying to figure out out to make a buck and go from one thing to the next I’m building something that can never be broken and that was my Aha! moment for February. Keep doing what you are doing because you have an audience who actually values you and the things you give us. You are a fountain of knowledge that I cannot be replaced.

    • imperfctconcept

      Yes, its all about staying focused. As, I see all the great things happening for my business I just remember take it slow. You are building generational wealth. So many people are focused on a quick buck. Stay your course. You are doing something you are passionate about.

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