Two years ago, I was hyping up Kick Start Your eCommerce course to my audience because I thought it was the bee’s knees, but ultimately it failed miserably. What’s funny, I never wanted to do an eCourse, but my audience kept asking for it, and I felt I had to deliver what they wanted. This brings the question to the table do you do what your audience ask of you or give them what you want to deliver. I would love to be the Steve Jobs of the consulting industry for women of color small business owners, but I am not. I cannot just hop on social media one day and say you all need an eCourse that I created to revolutionize your companies. However, I can be the woman who is understanding how her failures can become her stepping stones to help propel her further in life.
There was a time in my business life prior to me becoming this polished business woman I am today, cough where I would rant about my customers or clients on social media. However, since then I have learned you not only lose more business by doing this, you’re stepping out of character for no real reason. Yes, I get on your website it shows your processing and shipping time, but people continuously email you about where their order is. Or you have clients who sign service agreements, but several years later want all the raw images from their wedding when said contract said they only get 100 for the amount they agreed to. I have been on all three sides of this spectrum from being the customer to product business and a service based company. In the last several months, I have cringed and vowed not to support small business owners who have done these things. Let me also note when I see these things done I send a private message or email as a consulting stating why this is bad for business. Today, I want you to learn how to turn your rants about customers into educational moments for you and them.
For the longest, that I can remember the glorification of busy has been a thing that people love discussing. To be completely honest, I was never a fan of the glorification of busy or fake busy, because I understood that it could hinder you more than it can help you. Over the years, we have all read stories of people saying “they will sleep when they are dead” or “resting is for the rich, powerful and wealthy.” All those things and more have been lies created in entrepreneurial communities and hyped up by some influential people who have robust teams that help them. Today, I want to talk to you about the transition from the glorification of busy to self-care matters when it comes to your small business, personal life and more.
Okay, I know the struggle is real when it comes to having an action plan for launching new product or service. This is something so many small business owners have issues with because it’s not something they create a plan around. Heck, a plethora of small business owners do not have a launch plan for when they plan on starting their company, that is why I created Launch Week guide to help others. However, today, I want to share a five step action plan for launching a new product or service for your small business. Landing sales on the first day are essential to your mindset of you can do this, and you can do this with these tips.
We are less than four half months away before the holiday season is full swing. Big stores such as Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Target and more will have Santa Claus decking their aisle soon as Halloween is over. Too many times, I hear small business owners complain about missed opportunities, being overwhelmed, lack of sales and more when the holidays do roll around. Nine times out of ten its because they were not preparing at all for the upcoming season. It always baffles me when people say “I can’t believe it’s Christmas time.” It happens every year like clockwork we should not be surprised at all. Here are five ways you can prepare your business for this upcoming holiday season.
On a weekly basis, someone is asking me how I can get everything done effortlessly. To be honest, a very long time ago I decided what matters more was my sanity and that meant putting a schedule, rules, boundaries, and guidelines in place for my business. Even when I am out of town for client meetings I have a particular schedule I adhere to that way I am consistent. Only time, this has been through for a loop is when I am sick, or a close family friend is sick. Trust, I have tried to keep my schedule for my business when I am sick, lol.
First, let me say this article is not just for consumers of small businesses, but the invidiuals who operate companies too. We can all learn how to help a company expand their reach in order to grow in a global marketplace. Starting a small business is a plethora of work that most people will never realize. Even when running a company you never actually understand the valleys or mountains you climb until they appear before you. As a supporter of small business, you can lend a hand to the owner by doing one of these things.
Last month, one of my social media friends was on Instagram stories asking how does she find her stride in business to ensure she is on the right track. Funny thing, when I was listening to her share her thoughts regarding business I knew others had this question too. Too many times, people will seek out advice of consultant or coach and they give them a recycled business model on how to do things. I don’t believe in that. Even if your industry was invited when Jesus was born you can always add to the wheel house.
There must be a secretive excuse manual for those looking to start a business, but don’t want to commit to making their vision, dream or empire happen. One of the first excuses people tend to tell me is “I do not have extra income or money in general to fund my business.” Today, I want to share six creative ways to save money in order to fund your small business. What’s great about this advice and a majority of the advice, I provide is, I used it myself for my small business.
There are a plethora of things I have learned in the last decade of my life. I would say in the last three years, I have learned even more about myself when it comes to growing and becoming a better person. Adulting is a real thing that when we were kids were completely obviously too. Our parents were the glue that held everything together for us making sure that all the bills were paid, a roof over our heads and other things were taken care of. Today, I want to share five investments you need to make monthly for yourself.
People ask me often how I can do so much in such a short period of time. Truth be told my schedule is not as hectic as creative business owners because I am not a fan of celebrating faux busy or anything of that other mess to be truthful. Outside of that the reason I can achieve so many of my goals is that my mind frame and this breakdown I created. In recent months, I have given my one on one clients the breakdown too, and it changes everything.
One of the hardest things about having an online business is finding customers to shop or support your business. We all know there are millions of companies like yours or similar. However, most times small business owners are looking at the same marketing playbook that other ones are looking at too. Instead, I want you to tap into your local community to turn those people into customers for your business. Last month, I talked about obtaining one percent of the local community as a revenue stream, but today I want to go even further on how to find these local customers.