Pivoting in 5 Easy Steps

We’ve all had that crisis. A birthday rolls around, or the end of the year sneaks up, or you hit a snag in your business or career. Then ALL OF A SUDDEN, you starting thinking “I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HELL I’M DOING. “ When you pick yourself off the ground, you are tempted to start completely over. IT’S ALL TRASH!!! THROW IT AWAY!!! Which spirals you even more. I’ve been there more times than I can count. I’ve NEVER been productive in hysteria. The only way I can see my way through is with pivoting. Pivoting is nothing more than shifting directions. I learned this lesson vividly in my last job hunt.   1. Find a starting point. You can’t pivot from nothing. It depends upon having a starting point. Look around at what you already have. When I was looking for a job, I wanted to switch into […]

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3 Reasons You Should Absolutely Change Your Mind

Few decisions are ACTUALLY permanent. Instead of thinking of decisions as the end, we should consider them the beginning of a learning experience. People throw around clichés like “Fail Fast, fail often,” which really means be decisive and willing to move on. Changing your mind is critical and here’s why:   1. You know more now. Decision-making is about taking action based on the information that you know at the time. If you’re doing life right, you’ll learn more information as you go along, some of which may negate your original information set and that’s fine. Just change your mind. I decided somewhere around 10 that I wanted to be a lawyer. I thought, “reading, writing, and debating, sounds perfect.” Family, friends, and even strangers affirmed that decision pretty early – people’s faces light up when they hear little black girls dream about being doctors and lawyers. Cool. After I […]

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5 Keys to Hustling Whole

When I returned to the entrepreneurial good fight after my first bout of serious anxiety, I found I was unable to grind while everyone else slept – I needed sleep. That realization made me think about hustling a little differently. These 5 things were instrumental to my productivity and mental health while grinding.   SLEEP  GO TO FUCKING SLEEP, OK? Go to sleep. To hell with all the “hustle” mantras, all the “I’ll sleep when I’m deads.” The body restores itself during sleep. If you never go to sleep, how will you have any energy to keep grinding? When I was in law school, I read that Diddy only sleeps about four hours a day. Of course, I tried it. I studied until 2AM and woke up at 6AM to prep for class and study more. I won’t lie – for about a couple days I was pretty productive. But […]

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5 Favorite Business Podcasts

For the first time in a long time, I enjoy my full time job. However, during the day I still have to contend with some of the challenges of a 9-to-5 like loud coworkers and lack of privacy, thanks to my open workspace. I also have quite a long commute. To get through the distractions, I LOVE listening to podcasts. I listen to all types of podcasts from business to entertainment. I give most any popular podcast a couple listens, just out of curiosity. So in the last year, I developed this arsenal of podcasts to learn vital information for my business. Here are some of favorites:   SIDE HUSTLE PRO I absolutely adore this podcast. As side hustlers we glorify full-time entrepreneurship. However, it is difficult to be as productive as a full-time entrepreneur in half, or less than half, the time. In a New Year’s resolution style effort […]

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5 Things to Cover in Every Accountability Session

Regular check-ins with you accountability partner can make all the difference in your progress. It will help you to prioritize, commit, and complete your goals. Here are a few topics you should cover in each chat with your accountability partner. Goal Setting. This is your tree moment. Setting good long term and short term goals is important for framing your journey. Revisiting these on a regular basis will keep you energized for the road ahead.  As HeyFranHey puts it, “zoom out.” It’s so easy to get stuck in the routine of the day to day, especially when you are working a full time job and hustling on the side. Taking a moment to zoom out helps you remember what makes it all worth it. Items Completed. Positive reinforcement is so important to productivity because it reminds you what you are capable of, especially when you are feeling down. Before you […]

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5 People to Include In Your Tribe

Everyone needs a tribe. Friends and family are amazing and essential, but you need more than just friends and family to fulfill your dreams.  These are the quintessential FACES that every tribe needs: Fantasizers. You need a safe vessel to store your dreams. This person will be an amazing listener and non judgmental. The point of this is just to let it out and inaction is not a negative in the dream phase. The dream is the why. It’s important to remember the why of what you’re doing.   Accountability partners. This person will hold your feet to the fire and make sure you move it along. You really need an accountability partner when you start making plans and deadlines. Your accountability partner will call bullshit when you blow a deadline or start making excuses. Co-conspirators. These are the people that will grow with you. Co-conspirators are perfect for collaborations […]

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3 Reasons To Not Structure Your Boutique As A Sole Proprietorship

I wrote a guest post on SincerelySonja.com about proper business structure for a boutique. Here’s an excerpt: Sole proprietorship is the easiest way to get into business for yourself. There’s no paperwork and no extra steps – just hang your sign and get going. While that may sound tempting, sole proprietorship also comes with more than a few problems. Here are a few reasons you should ditch the sole proprietorship and set up a corporate entity (LLC or corporation): 1. Legitimacy Setting up a separate corporate entity is a relatively easy and inexpensive step that will make your business appear legit and help outsiders to take you more seriously. Who’s going to take you seriously when your name, not your businesses name, comes up on their Square receipt? No matter your experience, customers, especially other business, will think you are unorganized and unprofessional if there no separation between you and […]

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