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Side Hustle Pro spotlights bold black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business. Join Nicaila Matthews Okome for your weekly installment of Side Hustle Pro and learn actionable strategies to start small and get going–wherever and whoever you are. Side Hustle Pro features interviews with inspiring black women entrepreneurs like Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter and Myleik Teele of CurlBox.

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Ep 103: Ask Nicaila Anything
39:47

I’m back with another solo episode. I have been promising you a Q&A for months now. And I actually love doing these so I am happy to jump in an answer your Q&As. For those of you wondering how to send me questions or how I choose these questions, I usually ask on my IG story or in my Facebook group and some people email me questions directly. So if you would like to be on the next Q&A episode make sure you’re following me on IG at sidehustlepro, or a member of the Side Hustle Pro FB community or email me at hi@sidehustlepro.co.

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Aug 08, 2018
Ep 102: How Celebrity Choreographer Luam Went From Pre-Med to Creating Dance Moves for Beyoncé
50:38

Today in the guest chair we have Luam, celebrity choreographer and creative director. Luam has worked with artists and projects such as Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Nike, Rihanna, Kelly, Kanye, Reebok, Janelle Monae, X Factor, American Idol, America's Got Talent, the list goes on. She has obtained cult popularity among the dance community all over the world with her teachings and passion for spreading inspiration.

Funny enough, Luam got her start dancing in the very same dance troupe that I danced with in college at UPenn, African Rhythms Drum and Dance Troupe. Though we were years apart, I relate to her as a creative spirit who finally allowed herself to be led by her soul and her natural talents and calling.

Through her work, teachings and mentoring in the entertainment industry and beyond, Luam works to promote spiritual resilience and resistance and advocates for those overcoming all obstacles to do so.

If there’s one thing I hope you get from this episode, it’s that you can be an artist and still thrive as an entrepreneur. Do not feel pressured to fit into the boxes that life makes you so desperately want to fit into it. Live unboxed.

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Aug 01, 2018
Ep 101: How Lindsey Day Co-Founded CRWN Magazine
46:32

Today in the guest chair, we have Lindsey Day, the co-founder & Editor-In-Chief of CRWN Magazine; a premium, independent print publication about natural hair and the women who wear it. Through beautiful content, thoughtful commentary, hair inspiration and resources; CRWN exists to edify and empower Black women across the globe.

Since its inception, CRWN has been featured by Forbes, Newsweek, NBC New York, Girlboss, and more; and has partnered with brands and advertisers like Cadillac, Toyota, and a number of beauty brands. In 2017, Day was featured by HuffPost as one of 7 Black Innovators Who Are Creating A Better Tomorrow and Essence Magazine named her one of their 50 Founders to Watch.

Through CRWN, Day is on a mission to create the most honest and beautiful representation of Black women in the history of print.

 

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Jul 23, 2018
Ep 100: How Candice Idehen Founded Harlem's Luxury Bed of Nails Salon
51:38

Today in the guest chair, we have Candice Idehen, the Founder and CEO of York City's Bed of Nails - Nail Bar, an unconventional co-ed salon offering designer nail products, a chic atmosphere and unwavering quality manicures.

Mesmerized by art and beauty since childhood, Candice has utilized her passion and education to not only become a successful freelance celebrity manicurist, but also a driven entrepreneur.

Her business and contracted nail services have been commissioned by the beauty and entertainment's most prestigious brands, from commercial photo shoots to Fashion Week. She’s been featured by some of pop culture’s favorite websites, including ESSENCE, Refinery29, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Candice was also named a Tory Burch Fellows Finalist and Education Program participant.

What I love about Candice is she is not only ambitious but relentless. Once she set her mind to open Bed of Nails, there was no stopping her, and she opened a prime location in bustling and expensive Harlem, New York at the young age of 25.

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Jul 18, 2018
Ep 99: How Tina Wells Grew Buzz Marketing Group into a 7-Figure Enterprise
52:39

Tina Wells is the CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, a marketing agency that creates strategies for clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors. For more than two decades, Tina has connected thousands of influencers and consumers to brand clients. Through its network of 30,000 buzzSpotters® and 7,000 momSpotters®, Buzz Marketing Group delivers data and digital strategies that drive the marketing approach for clients  like Dell, The Oprah Winfrey Network, and American Eagle Outfitters.


Tina sits on numerous boards, including the Young Entrepreneurs Council and  The Franklin Institute , and THINX.

If that doesn’t keep her busy enough, she is a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute and the Academic Director (Practicum) of Wharton’s Leadership in the Business World program at the University of Pennsylvania.


It’s no wonder her list of honors include, Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Phenom Award, Essence’s 40 Under 40, Inc’s 30 Under 30, and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.

 

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Jul 17, 2018
Ep 98: How Venture Capitalist Ebony Pope Is Paving The Way For Startups To Get Funding
42:40

Today in the guest chair, we have a certified boss. If you don’t already know this woman, this is a name you need to jot down and follow. Her name is Ebony Pope and she is the Director of US Ventures at Village Capital. She oversees Village Capital’s work in finding and supporting US start-ups in the five sectors that receive investment from Vilcap Investments.

Ebony graduated with her MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in 2015, focusing on strategy and entrepreneurship. While at Ross, she traveled to Tanzania, where she developed and taught a business curriculum for agriculture technology entrepreneurs as an Enterprise Consultant for Land O’Lakes. Additionally, she was Education Circle Director for the Ross’s Social Venture Fund.


Prior to Ross, Ebony worked at New Urban Learning, a charter education management company focused on preparing Detroit students to successfully graduate from four-year colleges and universities. She is also a former Googler and holds a B.B.A in Finance from Howard University.

 

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Ebony Pope

 

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Jul 09, 2018
Ep 97: Tela Holcomb Was Fired For Having a Side Hustle Then Taught Herself How To Trade Stocks And Retire Early
38:31

On today’s show, we will hear from a woman who actually got laid off as a result of her hustle.

Her name is Tela Holcomb, she is a stocks and options trader, investor and serial entrepreneur. In her own words, she’s financially free and living a life she loves!

But, it wasn’t always that way. Like many of us, she had to side hustle, and was dependent on her 9 to 5 to pay the bills. And although she got paid very well it just… her heart wasn’t quite in it.

So in 2009, she started learning about trading stocks. She learned a system of trading and investing that had the potential of replacing her paycheck but didn't require her to be behind a computer 8 hours a day. But then, she lost her job. So she got to focused on replacing that income. On today’s episode, she will share how she traded her 9 to 5 and how you can too.

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Jul 01, 2018
Ep 96: How Coveted Photographer Amy Anaiz Turned Her Side Hustle Into A Successful Business
47:00

Today in the guest chair is Amy Anaiz. Amy is a New York City-based intimate editorial wedding and portrait photographer. Her professional journey began as a talent agent for New York City’s top still-life and beauty photographers where she learned the ins-and-outs of advertising and commercial photography and was surrounded by beautiful images on a daily basis. While representing these top talent photographers, she masterfully integrated this knowledge and experience into her own business and refined her skills as a photographer and was able to grow from side hustler to full time entrepreneur.

Today, her work has been featured in Inside Weddings, The New York Times, Brides, Huffington Post, NY Weddings, The Knot, Dropbox, VH1, E!, HBO, TLC, Essence, Munaluchi Bride, BuzzFeed, PopSugar, Grace Ormonde, and Style Me Pretty amongst others.

On today’s episode, Amy shares how she carefully and thoughtfully, planned her journey from doing photography on the side to owning her own business.

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Jun 29, 2018
Ep 95: From Side Hustler to C-Suite Coach With Angelina Darrisaw Cheeks
55:30

Today in the guest chair is Angelina Darrisaw Cheeks. Angelina is a social entrepreneur, an international business and career coach and a digital media strategist. As the founder and CEO of C-Suite Coach, a career-coaching platform that provides accessible professional development resources to diverse working professionals, Angelina collaborates with employers to create business solutions that empower and educate teams, as well as retain and engage diverse employees. She also facilitates transformative career workshops and experiences that have reached over 4,000 working and aspiring professionals.

Angelina’s company C-Suite Coach has a growing global client footprint with companies and individual entrepreneurs and across the United States, Israel, Australia, Canada, and more. C-Suite Coach has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Business Insider, Fast Company, Forbes, Essence, and more.

Angelina also services small businesses as a Google Digital Coach, joining Google in bridging the digital divide by offering free coaching and resources to over 2500 NY-based diverse small businesses.

On today’s episode, you will learn how Angelina successfully side hustled and transitioned from her full time role as a Senior Manager of Digital Business Development at Viacom to owning her own business.

 

Angelina shares:

  • How she made a business case for her company sponsoring her Coaching certificate
  • How she transitioned her business model from B2B to B2C



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Jun 20, 2018
Ep 94: How to Thrive In Your Career and Your Side Hustle with Charreah K. Jackson
45:13

Charreah K. Jackson joins me in the guest chair today to discuss how to thrive in your career and side hustle (without getting fired). Charreah and I first crossed paths in NYC when we were both recent grads, trying to make our way in the crazy world of media. She was always super supportive of other women, always willing to share her knowledge and resources with me and that’s why I have always routed for her. When you see someone who you knew “back when” it’s truly so inspiring to know how far they’ve come and how much more they are capable of and how they are going to keep taking the world by storm.

Charreah is an international speaker, coach and you may know her best for her role as ESSENCE Senior Editor, empowering the brand's global audience of 13 million. She’s been featured on CNN, The CW, ABC News, Fortune and TIME and if you saw the movie Girls Trip, you definitely saw a cameo of Charreah on the big screen. She’s also earned a Hearst Award in journalism and has interviewed newsmakers such as Vice President Joe Biden, Kerry Washington and Hillary Clinton.

Charreah is the author of Boss Bride: The Powerful Woman's Playbook for Love & Success, which was just released this week. As a certified family life educator and coach, Charreah speaks on tapping into our personal power for success.

On today’s episode, Charreah reveals how her playbook for personal power has informed her champion side hustler life. We’ll get into how she maintains a high profile both personally and professionally, while keeping her job and herself happy.


On today’s episode, Charreah gets into:

 

  • How to thrive at work without sacrificing your personal goals
  • How to side hustle and not lose your day job
  • How to navigate writing your first book

 

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Jun 07, 2018
REWIND: How to Run Your Side Hustle in 1 Hour A Day
30:42

Up until this year, the last quarter of every year always felt like the most stressful for me. This year is the first year that that's not the case for me. This year, I got better at getting things done, even under pressure. In this episode I’m sharing some of the biggest mistakes I made when I first started out side hustling and what I've learned from them.

It’s important that you understand where I and most successful side hustlers went wrong and what I did to turn it around.

These mistakes could have easily been avoided if I had only known how to create a realistic goals setting system. Now, I've mastered the "less talk, more hustle" approach, and it’s what has gotten me results.

I spend less time thinking and talking about what I'm going to do and more time actually doing it.

I learned to cut out all the fluff that makes you FEEL like you're doing something (to-do lists, buying fancy planners, well organized trello boards) and get down to business.

By making these mistakes, I also learned some key lessons as to why most side hustlers aren’t making the progress they anticipated. You’re probably not accomplishing your goal, because you bit off too much or not taking action because you want everything to be perfect and are afraid of making a mistake.

If you want more guidance on how to actually get things done, consider learning​ ​my​ ​signature Goal Getter Action Plan​. I can show you how to run a side business in 7 hours per week.

In this episode, I break down how you can quit stalling and make moves on your side hustle. Listen through to the end to get more info plus an early bird discount code to my signature Goal Getter Action Plan for just $27.

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Goal Getter Action Plan

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May 31, 2018
REWIND: From Selling Tea Out of Her Trunk to Selling in Major Retailers: Nailah Ellis-Brown of Ellis Island Tea
47:47

Today’s REWIND guest is Nailah Ellis-Brown. I first heard about Nailah from my roommates, Nydia and Stefanie at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

They supported her business as part of the MBAs Across America program that they participated in (and you’ll hear more about this in the episode).

I’ve been fascinated by Nailah every since. A Black Woman from Detroit with Jamaican roots, Ellis-Brown has made a name for herself as part of the Detroit manufacturing renaissance. Her distinctive hibiscus Ellis Island Tea, based on a family recipe and bottled in an urban 4,000 square foot plant, has expanded sales into six airports and locations across 12 Midwestern states along with shelf space in regional retailer Meijer, Whole Foods and most recently Sam Club stores.

She’s been named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30, has been featured on MSNBC for a small business makeover, and she’s only getting started.

Her plan was to go to school, work on wall street then quit and be an entrepreneur. But when she realized the student loan hustle, she wanted no parts of it.

On today’s episode, Nailah gets into:

  • How she’s been able to brew and bottle a recipe steeped in family tradition
  • How she went from selling out of her trunk to selling in Sam’s clb
  • Learning the science behind her
  • How she took a leap of faith and started over from scratch
  • How investing in herself and her business led to big rewards in major brand partnership
  • Plus how she’s continuing to grow her brand

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May 24, 2018
REWIND: Myleik Teele On Why You Should Leap Before You’re Ready
54:35

On this REWIND edition of Side Hustle Pro, I share my experience "meeting" Michelle Obama, launching the newest cohort of my Podcast Moguls training program, then get into this best of edition of Side Hustle Pro with Myleik Teele. 

Myleik has revolutionized the way women address their curly hair needs. As the founder of curlBOX, an exclusive monthly subscription box full of amazing products, she has garnered partnerships with Procter & Gamble, Carol’s Daughter, Walmart, Target, SheaMoisture and more.

Before creating curlBOX, Myleik honed her talents for a decade in public relations, working with brands such as The Grammy Awards, American Idol and Nike, as well as music artists like the late Prince. Now, as the creator of the premier hair sampling box, she has developed a loyal following of savvy women. She is very much like a virtual big sister, dishing out spot­ on entrepreneurial advice.

We all have our thing that #MyTaughtUs, but one thing I learned from her, is to intentionally put myself in the places and spaces to meet the people I want to connect with. This episode felt more like a heart to heart, an opportunity to really connect with a mentor in my head.

On Today's show, Myleik shares:

  1. What led her to be an entrepreneur
  2. The most surprising part of starting curlBOX
  3. How we as entrepreneurs can push past the need for approval
  4. Her thoughts on taking that leap even when you're not ready
  5. PLUS, get ready to hear a special listener edition of lightning round, where she answers questions from listeners in the Side Hustle Pro community

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May 17, 2018
REWIND: From Drowning in Debt to Making 5 Figures A Month (Courtney Sanders of Think and Grow Chick)
01:09:53

It’s Nicaila here with another special REWIND edition of Side Hustle Pro.

Take a listen to this best of episode with Courtney Sanders. This is one of my favorite episodes because Courtney is so thorough! She is an entrepreneur who started making money online by packaging her expertise in productivity systems and goal achievement and has impacted thousands of people.

But, even though she was starting to make 4 then 5 figures monthly in her business, she didn’t just quit her job. She planned it out, she was prepared and she really set a high standard for herself of what she needed to achieve before she would allow herself to quit.

So Courtney’s episode is one that I came back to many, many times in 2017. I would literally re-listen to it over and over again as I prepared to leave my job. 1) Because it was like talking to a life coach and 2) It was a reminder that I could not just quit impulsively and expect success, I needed to establish a plan.

In this this episode, Courtney breaks down:

  • The inspiration for Think And Grow Chick and when she realized she could help other women think and grow into their best selves
  • How she grew her company into a profitable business
  • How she juggles her side hustle with her full time job
  • Financial wisdom she has learned along the way
  • When she knew it was time to take her side hustle to the next level

Links mentioned on this episode

REGISTER for Podcast Moguls Masterclass

Think And Grow Chick website

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May 09, 2018
REWIND: Find Your Niche, Create a Sales Funnel and Monetize with Maya Elious
58:12

It's a special REWIND edition of Side Hustle Pro. Side Hustle Pro is on a brief hiatus in May and I’ll be back in June with fresh new episodes. I can assure you, this is no vacation for me. Behind the scenes I am cooking up something great. In the meantime, I’ll be checking in each week with a quick update at the top of each REWIND episode. So you’ll still here from me.

Now take a listen to this best of episode with Maya Elious. Maya is the first ever coach that I purchased an online course from and I continue to benefit from her teachings. Since this episode, it’s been amazing to watch her evolve even further with her content strategy, placing a particular focus on helping other coaches and consultants to use the power of content to make an impact with their brand.

This is one that I re-listen to when I need to recenter and refocus. 

 

On this episode, Maya shares:

  • Her journey from designing MySpace pages to leaving college to become an entrepreneur
  • How she earns money today as a content strategist and coach
  • Her most simple sales funnel that anyone can replicate
  • The common misconceptions about being a coach or course instructor
  • Her number one pro tip for building an audience that craves your content

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Side Hustle Pro is now over 6000 members strong. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind

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May 03, 2018
Ep 93: How Brandice Daniel Grew Harlem’s Fashion Row Into A Premier Fashion Hub
42:33

Today in the guest chair is the legendary Brandice Daniel, the Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row.

Harlem's Fashion Row is the most prestigious platform for multicultural fashion designers.

Founded in 2007, Harlem's Fashion Row began as a project of passion, aiming to fill the void for multicultural fashion designers and high profile professionals in the industry.

Today, HFR’s mission is to partner with designers to build profitable and sustainable businesses that will leave a legacy for generations to come.

HFR hosts an annual September Style Awards and Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week which has been covered by New York Times, NY Magazine, Elle, ESSENCE, and the Wall Street Journal.

On today’s episode, Brandice shares show she went from literally painting the runway an hour before HFR’s first fashion show to getting major brands to pay for her events.


 

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Apr 30, 2018
Ep 92: How This Fly Sister Duo Built An Epic Online Boutique (Cee Cee’s Closet NYC)
52:21

Today in the guest chair we have self described accidental entrepreneurs Chioma and Uchenna, the Founders of Cee Cee's Closet NYC. What started with selling cute clutches that were brought back from Nigeria has expanded into a full fledged business incorporating products like headwraps, backpacks, and leather goods.

Being a black-women-owned business to them meant having an opportunity to create highly functional products that tap into their Nigerian cultural heritage and specific needs. This is especially true when you think about their silk-lined headwraps. As two naturalistas, they wanted to remove the step of having to wear a bonnet or silk scarf underneath our headwraps to protect their hair. Therefore, they created a product that addressed that particular need.

Most importantly, Chioma and Uchenna view Cee Cee's Closet NYC as an opportunity to have a positive economic impact on Nigeria. All of their products are made locally in Nigeria. They are making an impact and building a legacy at the same time.

 

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Apr 27, 2018
Ep 91: Entrepreneur Diaries: I'm My Own Boss, Now What?
40:16

Hi Guys, I’m back with a check-in. Hear how my first quarter of entrepreneurship went.

I share how I’m learning to master my self, master my time (now that there is so much more of it!), master my energy and so much more.

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Apr 11, 2018
Ep 90: From the Kitchen Sink to Target Shelves: Melissa Butler of The Lip Bar
54:05

Today in the guest chair we have former Wall Street analyst turned Founder and CEO Melissa Butler. Melissa is a visionary who challenges the standard of beauty through the products, pricing, and ingredients in her brand, The Lip Bar.

You may have come across The Lip Bar since it’s become a celebrity fave shared by the likes of Taraji P. Henson on Instagram and it is now sold in select Target stores. But before there was Target, there was just Melissa and her business partner, squeezed into a tiny bedroom in Brooklyn.

Melissa launched The Lip Bar from her kitchen. She describes her move from stocks and bonds to beauty as a natural one, not because she loved makeup, but because she was frustrated with the beauty industry and ready to create a solution. Not only that, but she was tired of the harsh chemicals in ordinary cosmetics, so she created a vegan and cruelty-free product line.

On today’s show, Melissa shares why she was passionate about disrupting the narrative on beauty and creating a line of cosmetics that are safe and affordable.

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Apr 05, 2018
Ep 89: Meet the Woman Behind DC’s SpiceSuite and Entrepreneur Hub
47:03

Today in the guest chair we have the oh so fly and oh so dope Angel Anderson. Angel is the Founder and Owner of the The SpiceSuite, an interactive spice bar in the Takoma Park neighborhood in NW Washington DC.


Angel opened this space in 2015 after only 3.5 weeks of planning and dreaming. Now, The SpiceSuite is not only a store that sells fragrant spices, but also serves as an incubator for fellow dreamers.  


Angel provides the space to showcase other local female business owners, free of charge. So on any given day, you can indulge in tantalizing spices, infused oils, sample shea butter, try on clothes, and treat yourself to culinary delights in this hip, quaint and comfortable, atmosphere.


The aesthetics and energy of The SpiceSuite mirror Angel's home- welcoming, engaging and just overall fun! 

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Mar 28, 2018
Ep 88: Lifestyle Blogger Dayna Bolden on How to Turn Your Influence Into Your Income
57:39

Today in the guest chair we have the dynamic Dayna Bolden. Dayna is a Lifestyle blogger and CEO of Bolden Creative Media. You may recognize Dayna’s face from her campaigns with some of our favorite beauty brands. On today’s show, Dayna will share how, by combining her passion for both beauty and fashion, she has built a strong following of engaged millennial women and an amazing social media presence, which led to major brand partnerships. As a seasoned creative director and content creator, Dayna has also captured the attention of major online and print publications, including ESSENCE and FORBES.

One thing to note about Dayna, is that she has taken the blogging world by storm in a relatively short period of time. You’ll learn on the show that although she had started growing her presence before stepping out on her own, it’s when she truly invested in her personal brand that brands started calling her to partner.

She juggled a coveted career at Under Armour for as long as she could while side hustling as a lifestyle influencer, but finally stepped out on her own in 2017.

I can totally relate to Dayna’s journey of going all in on her creative passions and launching a business around her personal brand. Today, we’ll unpack the life and business journey of a lifestyle blogger and entrepreneur.

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Mar 21, 2018
Ep 87: How Interior Design Boss Beth Diana Smith Went from Corporate Finance to HGTV
45:20

Today in the guest chair we have the one and only Beth Diana Smith, an interior design KING that side hustled for years before venturing out on her own.

Beth possessed a natural ability for creating functionality, efficiency, and organization from a very young age, so she pursued degrees in business and accounting to satiate her love of processes and business strategy.

After completing her M.B.A., she spent more than a decade in corporate finance in companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Viacom honing her skills in understanding clients, analytics, budgeting, and a keen attention to detail.

During her years in corporate finance Beth was also a homeowner.  It was during that time that she discovered an appreciation of color, pattern, and texture; a love for beautiful things and problem solving; and a passion for interior design. Beth decided to pursue her passion, launch her interior design company and began attending the New York School of Interior Design.

Today, Beth, her work, and her design advice have been featured on TV and in various print and online publications including NBC, HGTV, Vogue.com, EBONY, Design*Sponge, and The New York Times.

Hear all about Beth’s journey on today’s episode.

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Mar 14, 2018
Ep 86: Odyssey Media Founder Linda Spradley Dunn Is Empowering Women Of Color Around The World
38:55

Today in the guest chair we have Linda Spradley Dunn, a woman who is the epitome of knowing the value she brings to the table and who is not afraid to go out and get hers.


She spent fourteen years at IBM, where she received numerous awards and moved quickly through the ranks but always knew that she would one day be her own boss. Armed with world-class training from IBM, Linda finally stepped out on her own.  

Twenty years later, Linda commands the ear and marketing dollars of Fortune 500 companies that seek her advice on multicultural marketing strategies and want to connect with the powerful community of multicultural, affluent, and influential women in her Odyssey Media network.

Odyssey Media is a unique organization that provides an unparalleled blend of programs and resources, including conferences, business retreats, boot-camps, philanthropic and community initiatives, digital forums, networking, and more.

The Odyssey network of women includes senior corporate executives, seasoned entrepreneurs, attorneys, physicians, community leaders and women in transition, you name it. Odyssey is an organization that is unapologetic about gathering like-minded women to explore everything from venture capital to rock-climbing.

 

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Mar 07, 2018
Ep 85: Danielle Leslie Is Growing Her Online Course into a Million Dollar Business and She Wants to Teach You How
01:04:05

Today on the show, I am introducing you to my best kept secret: the woman who has taught me to turn my knowledge into a valuable, premium course.

Her name is Danielle Leslie and she founded Culture Add™ Labs to help companies and individuals uncover their Culture Add™ and launch profitable products online. She is also the creator of #CourseFromScratch, an 8-week online intensive that helps people create & launch their profitable & poppin’ online courses.

She has been an online marketer in Silicon Valley for almost 10 years and helped personal brands & influencers, including Guy Kawasaki, earn collectively millions of dollars by launching their online courses.

One of the reasons I wanted to have Danielle on the show is because her framework for course launches addresses our common human tendency to get stuck on the preparation part and delay your launch.

She teaches people like myself to not fall into the trap of creating your course content all before you’re ready to launch and instead, focus on what she calls the 4Cs. She breaks this all down in her masterclass, which you can sign up for at SideHustlePro.co/CourseFromScratch if you are interested.

In my own case, I have wanted to launch a podcast training program for almost a year, and I have been dragging my feet because:

  1. I was overwhelmed with the thought of breaking all of the content down
  2. I knew it was really valuable information that could make people thousands of dollars and thus I knew I would need to charge a premium price point (and I was SCARED to set that premium price point)

I turned to Danielle and with her guidance, I launched my podcast accelerator as an invite only program in February and it’s been an AMAZING experience so far.

What I’ve learned from Danielle is:

  • Focusing on creating a course that truly meets your student’s needs, means creating it with their active feedback, not creating it in a vacuum without their input
  • I’ve also learned that it’s not going to be perfect the first time you do it so you have to get down to business and start, so you can improve.

On today’s episode, Danielle gets into:

  • Her straight line to the cash formula that shatters the most popular course creation narrative
  • The tools she used to do a $20,000 course launch in 60 days with no email list
  • Her MVC method to not overthink your launch and to pre-sell your course
  • How her online course made $25,000 alone in one month on Instagram...and how it has exploded since then.
  • As this episode premieres, Danielle just crossed the $100,000 mark, her first six figure month. And in today’s episode, she breaks down how she’s quickly approaching $1M in revenue this year

If you want to learn how Danielle’s online course made $100,000 in one month alone from Instagram listen to this entire episode, and remember to sign up for her Course From Scratch class at SideHustlePro.co/CourseFromScratch.

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Feb 28, 2018
Ep 84: How Nubian Skin Founder Ade Hassan Redefined What Nude Means For Women of Color
37:03

Today in the guest chair we have Ade Hassan. Ade is the founder and director of lingerie brand Nubian Skin. Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices to go with her ever-expanding wardrobe, Ade decided it was time for a different kind of nude. She knew that there were lots of women out there like her who needed the same thing. Nubian Skin has redefined what "nude" means, offering essentials in different colors with current pieces include bras, underwear, hosiery, and shoes.

When Ade set out to create skin-tone choices that actually matched her skin tone, she had no idea the level of interest she would generate. Today, celebrity-favorite Nubian Skin is stocked in leading stores such as Asos, Nordstroms and she even styled the Queen Bey herself, Beyoncé and dancers for the Formation World Tour as well as the cast of the blockbuster film Hidden Figures.

On today’s episode, Ade shares how she transitioned from a career in finance to creating an impactful and highly sought after brand.

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Feb 21, 2018
Ep 83: Meet the Entrepreneur Training the Next Generation of Startup Founders
50:04

Today in the guest chair, we have Mandela SH Dixon. She is one of the only black women who has navigated the tech space as a VC-backed tech startup founder, global startup ecosystem builder, and VC portfolio services director.

Mandela began her career in Silicon Valley in 2011 as a startup founder backed by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K12 (acquired by Y Combinator). Thereafter, she led a global entrepreneurial program called Startup Weekend Education (acquired by Techstars) that spanned six continents and empowered thousands of entrepreneurs to launch edtech startups.

Most recently, Mandela worked at venture capital firm Kapor Capital, where she supported the success of over 120 tech startups and launched the Founders' Commitment, a first-of-its kind initiative teaching founders how to bake diversity and inclusion into the DNA of their early stage startups.

To-date, Mandela has shared her frameworks for success on over 65 stages, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, and Facebook. She has also received several recognitions, including being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List, LinkedIn's Top 10 Voices in Venture Capital and Startups, and Medium's Top 10% of Writers. Most recently, Mandela co-founded Founder Gym, an online training center that teaches underrepresented founders how to build successful tech startups (applications for Cohort 2 are now open).

On this episode, we get into:

  • What it was like to walk away from her first company
  • Why it’s so important to her to democratize access to information in Silicon Valley
  • Why there needs to be more transparency among founders
  • How seeing both sides of the table and all aspects of the startup ecosystem has shaped her experience
  • The start of Founder Gym and more!

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Feb 14, 2018
Ep 82: How to Be An Entrepreneur On Your Own Terms with Shellye Archambeau
50:40

Today in the guest chair, we have Shellye Archambeau.

Not everyone with entrepreneurial instincts comes up with that million dollar idea. Sometimes, people are better on the execution front. You need that person who can take a vision, turn it into an actual viable business, and grow your company year over year. That’s Shellye’s story.

Shellye is best known for being the Chief Executive Officer of MetricStream, Inc. up  until January 2018. She is somewhat of a legend in Silicon Valley, having grown MetricStream to what it is today. She has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career. In 2014 she was named one of the 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology by Business Insider. In September 2015, Shellye was recognized as the 97th most influential business leader in America.

When she’s not busy building software companies or sitting on Fortune 500 boards, Shellye is simply a family oriented, energetic, goal driven foodie.


We can all stand to learn a lot from Shellye about living a full life and being an entrepreneur on our own terms.

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Feb 07, 2018
Ep 81: Entrepreneur Diaries 1
27:40

Hi Guys, I’m back with a check-in. Hear how my very first month of entrepreneurship went. I’ll share some behind the scenes of launching my first premium product, dealing with anxiety, facing #adulting head on and making some small changes in how I’m thinking about my business.

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Jan 31, 2018
Ep 80: Tonya Rapley on How to Monetize Your Expertise
47:53

Today in the guest chair we have Tonya Rapley.

Tonya is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and founder of the award-winning site, My Fab Finance. She has graced the cover of Black Enterprise magazine and was deemed the "New Face of Wealth Building". She was also selected as a Modern History Maker by TV One and has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Women in Personal Finance on Twitter”. Her mission is to help millennial women break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck and own their power.

Because of her relatable personality and fabulous flair, Tonya is a highly sought after media personality. Her work has been featured in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, EBONY, and on CentricTV. Tonya’s expertise has also been recognized by popular media outlets such as Forbes, the NY Daily News, Yahoo! Finance, and Marketwatch. As a writer, Tonya has also contributed to Credit.com, Buzzfeed, and TheRoot.com, making a powerful influence on the financial lives of millennials.

On this episode, you’ll learn how Tonya went from crying tears of frustration at a thankless job to branching out on her own as a Personal Finance Coach and Entrepreneur. 

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Jan 25, 2018
Ep 79: Queen of Side Hustles Tracey Coleman on How to Thrive as a Multi Passionate Entrepreneur
53:19

What happens when you pair a love for writing, travel, design, experience activations and more? You get today’s guest. Her name is Tracey Coleman, and she is a creator, writer, designer and visionary. She’s also a multi passionate entrepreneur with a myriad of hustles.

Her main hustle is Show & Tell Creative, a boutique activation agency specializing in social media, event activation and multicultural marketing.

Her various side hustles include being Event Director and Partner in Curly Girl Collective, the founders and producers of  the epic CURLFEST.

She’s also the Brooklyn Travel Addict, a Witty storyteller and content creator through her legendary travel blog.  

Finally, she’s is the Founder of Purpose Driven Passports - a nonprofit organization that identifies and creates opportunities for travelers to give back abroad. In 2017, less than 6 months after launching, Tracey won the WeWork Creator Award.

In keeping with the theme of women who are redefining entrepreneurship, I’m happy to share Tracey’s journey today. She is living proof that if you work it right, you can be multi passionate and have a business and a life walking in your purpose.

Jan 17, 2018
Ep 78: Nicole Walters Wants To Teach You To Add More Commas To Your Bank Account
46:46

Today in the guest chair, we have Nicole Walters.

By age 28, Nicole was a highly-paid executive at a Fortune 500 company, managing multibillion dollar accounts. But something just wasn’t right. She felt like her job was paying the bills and feeding her family, but not her soul.

So, live on Periscope, Nicole quit her corporate job to focus on opening her own private business and product development consulting firm, The Monetized Life. Through her programs and consulting, she shares her secrets to earning “passive income” with other entrepreneurs, including in her popular online course, 1K1Day.

Nicole has been on my radar for some time and I thought what better way to kick off 2018, than with a woman who is pushing the boundaries of entrepreneurship and redefining what it means to package your skills into services and make money on your own terms.

As Nicole says, she teaches people how to add commas to their bank accounts and learn that they don’t have to trade time for money.


On today’s episode, Nicole gets into:

  • Her 5 years of (debt free!) side hustling before quitting
  • Why she quit her job LIVE on Periscope
  • Generating $11,000 from a $12.99 product
  • The streams of income in her business

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Jan 10, 2018
Ep 77: How to Fear Less and Live Your Best Life in 2018
24:32

2017  was an amazing year for me (I got married, took my business to new heights, spent time with my family, was embraced into a new family and culture). I am so grateful for the lessons learned and blessings received.

Something I may have shared less of is that it was also an emotional year and sometimes a downright stressful year. I pushed myself harder than I ever have, took on more responsibility at work, was challenged in unexpected ways, grew a lot and took a major leap and quit my job.

Now, I enter 2018 with a new perspective and determination to do my best work and live my best life.


On today’s episode, I share:

  • How we can all adopt a fearless mindset
  • What it really means to invest in yourself
  • Why I’m committed to nurturing human connections

 

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Jan 04, 2018
Ep 76: I QUIT My Job
34:36

A year ago, I made the decision that I need to work for myself. Today on the show, I share how I spent the last year gearing up for my quit day.

I got laser-focused on monetizing my content.

I explored multiple revenue streams.

I got busy learning to be a sales team of one.

I studied, I worked, I tried, I failed, I stayed determined.

And then, on November 29, 2017 - I QUIT.


On today’s episode, I share:

  • Why I’m betting on myself!
  • What went into taking my leap of faith
  • My plan to move forward

 

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Dec 27, 2017
Ep 75: From Founder to Acquisition: Jewel Burks and the Partpic Story
50:32

Today’s guest is Jewel Burks. As co-founder and CEO of Partpic, an Atlanta based startup designed to streamline the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using computer vision technology, Jewel and her team built groundbreaking technology poised to change the way people everywhere locate products. Partpic raised over $2 million in seed funding to integrate its proprietary technology into mobile apps and websites of parts distributors and retailers.

And then, something incredible happened, Partpic was acquired by Amazon. Currently Jewel serves as Team Lead for Visual Search at A9.com, an Amazon Company. In addition to this role, Jewel is a proud board member at Amplify 4 Good, and spends much of her free time working with startups.

On today’s show, Jewel shares:

  • How she came up with the idea for Partpic
  • How she recruited a smart and talented team and Co-Founder
  • What it was like to juggle working for Google while building Partpic
  • And what it’s like to have your company be acquired.

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Dec 22, 2017
Ep 74: Serial Entrepreneur Dawn Dickson On How to Launch Like a Boss
43:46

Today on the show, we have a real boss. Her name is Dawn Dickson and she is a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in marketing and business development. She has launched four successful cash flow positive companies since 2002. Her most recent ventures are Flat Out of Heels (which provides rollable flats for women) and Solutions Vending International, recently renamed Pop Com, which provides a software solution to make vending machines more intelligent.

Dawn has received numerous awards and accolades for her Business savvy and pitching skills, including being awarded First place in the PowerMoves NOLA Big Break pitch Competition and second place in the 2016 SBA InnovateHer Challenge.

 

Additionally, Dawn was selected to participate in some of the nation’s top accelerator programs for entrepreneurs including the NewME(San Francisco),Canopy Boulder (Boulder,Colorado) and Techstars(Los Angeles).


On today’s episode, Dawn gets into:

 

  • How she went from living her best life with her first business to broke and moving in with her cousin
  • How she lost $15,000 attempting to start Solutions Vending
  • How she became a pitching queen
  • And Her best kept secret to find amazing business partners

 

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Dec 20, 2017
Ep 73: From Hustle to Empire: How Claire Sulmers Grew Fashion Bomb Daily Beyond A Blog
52:16

Today on the show, is the one and only Claire Sulmers, the founder of FashionBombDaily.com, and the industry’s leading fashion blogger chronicling fashionistas of color. Her pioneering work ushered in a new wave of digital journalism that fed and fueled an underserved community of African-American and Latino style lovers.

Claire’s body of work and online following- has allowed her to partner with major corporate brands who want to reach her audience including Toyota, Verizon and others.

In 11 years, Claire has accumulated over 1.2 million followers, written a book “The Bomb Life”, and is now hosting on Revolt.

I first learned about Claire when I started reading the Fashion Bomb blog 11 years ago. Like other readers, I have followed Claire’s evolution from blogger to brand ambassador to business woman.  

One of the reasons I am always so intrigued by Claire, is that at first glance, just looking at her instagram feed, you would have no idea of her story. But she has made some humbling moves  and missteps on her path to getting where she is today and I have much respect for her for how she’s been able to flip fumbles into fortune.


On today’s episode, Claire gets into:

  • How she started from the bottom in fashion with unpaid internships and thankless jobs
  • Why she took a leap of faith and moved to Paris with no job and barely any money
  • How she started and differentiated Fashion Bomb Daily
  • All of the revenue streams in her business
  • How a rogue ex almost ruined her reputation
  • Plus how she’s continuing to grow her brand

 

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Dec 13, 2017
Ep 72: Q&As - How Much Money Do You Invest Into Your Side Hustle & More
30:51

I’m answering your questions on all things side hustle. On this episode I get into:

  • What tips and tricks do you have for managing your spare time after the day job is over and hubby is fed?
  • How and when did you decide to convert your personal social media pages into public brand/company profiles? Do you have a finsta for your friends and family?
  • I’d love to know how you deal with family and friends who want your service for free!
  • What tips do you have for those who feel they have plateaued in growing their IG with engaged shoppers?
  • What are your tips for finding networking events?
  • What’s your favorite piece of advice you’ve ever gotten about being a black female entrepreneur?
  • How much money did you invest into your side hustle before it was profitable?
  • What do you look for when searching for people to interview? I swear you have the most interesting people on!
  • What is your long term goal as it relates to turning the wonderful work you’ve done with the podcast? What will that look like for you? What do you want to do?

 

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Dec 06, 2017
Ep 71: How This Entrepreneur Built A Life She No Longer Needs A Vacation From
40:51

Today in the guest chair I have online coach and personal trainer Tameika G. Tameika’s story is far from ordinary. Over the course of ten years, she completely flipped her lifestyle and her long term career path as a result.

Years ago, she was overweight, living in her home country of Canada and just generally unhappy. But she decided she didn’t want her food addiction and obesity to be what defined her story and her end game. So she made drastic life changes to rewrite her own story.

She lost 90 lbs and has kept it off for 10 years. Since losing 90 pounds, she has devoted her time to helping others achieve the same happiness she's found on this journey.  As a Certified Personal Trainer, she has helped over 400 clients, both in person and online, lose a cumulative total of 3000+ pounds. And she did this all while side hustling.

After several years side hustling, working in corporate and being a fitness professional on the side, she was finally able to build a life she no longer needs a vacation from. 


On today’s episode, Tameika gets into:

  • Why heartbreak led her to make a radical life and professional change
  • What made her choose Asia
  • How she quit her job and found a way to move to another country
  • How she kept costs low to work her “get out of a debt plan”
  • The tipping point that made her quit her job
  • How she focuses on her purpose and her passion
  • How she paid her rent in full for the year so she can focus on her purpose and passion

 

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Nov 30, 2017
Ep 70: This Brooklyn-Bred Entrepreneur is Breaking Barriers, One T-Shirt At a Time
36:03

Today in the guest chair is Brooklyn-bred and Baltimore-based entrepreneur, Kalilah Wright. Kalilah is the Owner and Creative Director of t-shirt company, Mess in a Bottle. Through Mess in a Bottle, a cutting-edge brand with timely and to-the-point messaging, she hopes to give voice to the voiceless.

Kalilah has always had a business spirit and, in 2016, quit her job and hit the ground running with a fierce work ethic and grind mentality. As an accomplished designer and trained architect, she used her Master's degree from Morgan State University and Bachelors of Arts from Penn State University to establish her brand in Baltimore City, Maryland.

I met Kalilah at the Rise Empowerment conference in DC in 2016. All I remember is her dressed in her Mess in a Bottle Gear and handing out free product to the conference speakers. Almost immediately, when I checked the conference hashtag one of the conference speakers had already shared Kalilah's gift on Instagram. I was impressed by her guerilla marketing and hustle mentality then and have been watching her journey ever since.

On today's show, Kalilah shares more of the real deal holyfield of what it's like to be a new entrepreneur.

Kalilah gets into:

  • Why she left her dream job at Under Armour even though she didn't have everything all figured out
  • How she used craigslist and $500 to buy her early equipment
  • How she found and pays for her first business space ever
  • Her conference hustle strategy that helps her to get her name and brand out there and much more!

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Nov 22, 2017
Ep 69: From Selling Tea Out of Her Trunk to Selling in Major Retailers: Nailah Ellis-Brown of Ellis Island Tea
47:45

Today’s guest is Nailah Ellis Brown. I first heard about Nailah from my roommates, Nydia and Stefanie at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

They supported her business as part of the MBAs Across America program that the participated in (and you’ll hear more about this in the episode).

I’ve been fascinated by Nailah every since. A Black Woman from Detroit with Jamaican roots, Ellis-Brown has made a name for herself as part of the Detroit manufacturing renaissance. Her distinctive hibiscus Ellis Island Tea, based on a family recipe and bottled in an urban 4,000 square foot plant, has expanded sales into six airports and locations across 12 Midwestern states along with shelf space in regional retailer Meijer, Whole Foods and most recently Sam Club stores.

She’s been named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30, has been featured on MSNBC for a small business makeover, and she’s only getting started.

Her plan was to go to school, work on wall street then quit and be an entrepreneur

But when she realized the student loan hustle, she wanted no parts of it.


On today’s episode, Nailah gets into:

  • How she’s been able to brew and bottle a recipe steeped in family tradition
  • How she went from selling out of her trunk to selling in Sam’s clb
  • Learning the science behind her
  • How she took a leap of faith and started over from scratch
  • How investing in herself and her business led to big rewards in major brand partnership
  • Plus how she’s continuing to grow her brand

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Nov 16, 2017
Ep 68: How Felicia Leatherwood Became the Hollywood Hair Whisperer
36:02

Today in the Side Hustle Pro guest chair is leading celebrity stylist, Felicia Leatherwood. Felicia’s hair styles have been featured on such high profile stars as Issa Rae of HBO's Insecure, Oscar Award nominee Ava Duvernay, Grammy winner Jill Scott, as well as a host of other celebrities, entertainment executives, rising stars and beauty entrepreneurs.


With over 26 years of experience, Felicia also conducts hair care workshops for audiences around the globe under the brand "Loving Your Hair with Natural Care". Felicia's solutions and work have garnered her the "Hair Whisperer" title, as she is known for miraculously restoring health, beauty and vitality to her clientele's hair. She went so far as to conceive and manufacture her own Detangler Brush that allows easy detangling of all natural hair types.

On today’s show, Felicia gets into:

  • How she got her start doing hair

  • How she started working with celebrity clientele

  • And the biggest and most expensive mistake she made in her business

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Oct 31, 2017
Ep 67: Meet the Juice Bar Owner Transforming Lives in the Black Community
51:09

Today, I’m happy to welcome into the guest chair, a woman who is changing lives in her community. Her name is Jerri Evans, and she is the Owner of Turning Natural Juice Bars.

Growing up in SE Washington, D.C. she watched her mom and others struggle to find healthy options, while carry-outs and corner stores were readily available. Today on the show, we get into how she transformed a tragic life event into an impactful business that’s ensuring better health for underserved communities.

She makes it a point to transform areas that historically do not have access to fresh produce and tries to eradicate food deserts (areas that do not have access to such healthy options). Now with catchy names like Swizz Beets, Green Latifah, and Mi’Kale Jackson, Jerri has initiated creative ways to invite customers to try out to cold-pressed juices they’ve never had.

You can find her spreading the good health vibes and mission everywhere she can.



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Oct 25, 2017
Ep 66: An Entrepreneur in Hollywood: ‘Black Love’ Co-Creator Codie Elaine Oliver
46:33

Today, I’m happy to welcome into the guest chair, a woman who is putting #BlackLove on display for people to see on television screens across the country. Her name is Codie Elaine Oliver, and she is the filmmaker and creator of the #BlackLove documentary series on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. If you’ve ever wondered how producers, screenwriters and filmmakers of color get their work in front of a mass audience and on major networks or movie studios, this is the episode for you.

Codie is a graduate of Howard University and the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. Before becoming an independent filmmaker, she worked in feature film development at Fox Searchlight Pictures, then produced events and supported filmmaking programs at Film Independent, The Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Independent Spirit Awards. She also co-produced the feature film, DESTINED, starring Cory Hardrict and Jesse Metcalfe which will be released in fall 2017.

On this episode, we get into:

  • Her journey from Howard to independent filmmaker

  • How she recruited some of Hollywood’s biggest names to participate in #BlackLove

  • The road to pitching OWN network

  • And how to make money as a filmmaker in Hollywood

You will love and learn from what Codie had to share.

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Oct 18, 2017
Ep 65: From Financial Analyst to Entrepreneur: How This Beauty Maven Opened The Premier Brow Studio in DC
25:06

Nicole Alexis is the owner of the the beauty haven, PRMP Beauty Studio in Washington, D.C.

 

Nicole realized that her passion in beauty was more than a side hustle while working as a financial analyst with the federal government.  As her side hustle, providing brow shaping and body waxing, started to grow, she came to a cross road.  Staying comfortable with her comfy 6-figure salary and earn extra money on the side or taking her side hustle full -time.

She chose to be a true hustler and went for her beauty passion and opened Primp Beauty Studios. The rest is, as I like to say, HERstory.

On today’s show, Nicole shares how she built an organic brand, an in-demand business with clients that followed her from location to location and how she dealt with the surprise costs that come with being a novice business owner.

 

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Oct 11, 2017
Ep 64: Latham Thomas On How to Practice Self Care While Growing A Business
01:00:23

Latham Thomas is a celebrity wellness/ lifestyle maven and birth doula- transforming not only how women give birth to their babies, but how they give rise to the best version of themselves.

She’s here to teach us all how to own our power in mind, body and spirit as we hustle to launch our businesses. To Latham, self-care is a priority part of life, not just a trendy habit.

As the founder of Mama Glow, a lifestyle brand and highly regarded website offering inspiration, education, and holistic services for expectant and new mamas, Latham has been named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100.

Latham is also the best-selling author of “Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy.” And her highly anticipated second book, "Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living And Crowning The Queen Within” just debuted in September 2017.

 

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Oct 04, 2017
Ep 63: How to Run Your Side Hustle in 1 Hour A Day
24:40

Up until this year, the last quarter of every year always felt like the most stressful for me. This year is the first year that that's not the case for me. This year, I got better at getting things done, even under pressure. In this episode I’m sharing some of the biggest mistakes I made when I first started out side hustling and what I've learned from them.

It’s important that you understand where I and most successful side hustlers went wrong and what I did to turn it around.

These mistakes could have easily been avoided if I had only known how to create a realistic goals setting system. Now, I've mastered the "less talk, more hustle" approach, and it’s what has gotten me results.

I spend less time thinking and talking about what I'm going to do and more time actually doing it.

I learned to cut out all the fluff that makes you FEEL like you're doing something (to-do lists, buying fancy planners, well organized trello boards) and get down to business.

By making these mistakes, I also learned some key lessons as to why most side hustlers aren’t making the progress they anticipated. You’re probably not accomplishing your goal, because you bit off too much or not taking action because you want everything to be perfect and are afraid of making a mistake.

If you want more guidance on how to actually get things done, consider learning​ ​my​ ​signature Goal Getter Action Plan​. I can show you how to run a side business in 7 hours per week.

In this episode, I break down how you can quit stalling and make moves on  your side hustle. Listen through to the end to get more info plus an early bird discount code to my signature Goal Getter Action Plan for just $27.

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Sep 27, 2017
Episode 62: How Evita Robinson Changed the Face of Travel
35:02

Today on the show, we have a woman who started a travel movement. Her name is Evita Robinson and she is the Founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe.

Evita has always been a creator in visual media. Yet, it was a trip to Paris, six weeks after graduating from undergrad, that changed the scope of her personal and professional life.

So in September 2011, she created the Nomadness Travel Tribe, an online social community primarily for travelers of color. Nomadness was the first of its kind targeting diverse millennials, in the newly coined 'black travel movement'. The group currently surpasses 16,000 international members, with over 100,000 passport stamps, and nearly 100 meetups a year, all across the globe. Evita has shattered the myth that people of color don’t travel.

She is also a keynote speaker, TED Resident, consultant for Destination Marketing Organizations, and continues her love of seeing the world while writing her first book.

On today’s episode, Evita gets into:

  • How Nomadness started organically and she never expected it to be a business
  • Why she doesn’t believe in 5 years plans and why you shouldn’t either
  • Why we all need multiple revenue streams
  • How she recovered from near burnout
  • How she decides what’s best for her brand

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Sep 20, 2017
Ep 61: Meet the Black Harvard Grads Flipping the Script On Beauty Norms
41:59

This week on the show I have KJ Miller & Amanda Johnson. KJ and Amanda are graduates of Harvard Business School and the co-founders of Mented Cosmetics (short for pigmented).

These two women are making their mark on the beauty industry, redefining what a natural, clean beauty look is for women of color. It all started when they both realized they were struggling to find the perfect nude lip. So these ladies took matters into their own hands and created Mented.

Mented is an upscale beauty brand for all women of color who are looking for great nude and neutral looks.

These two figured out the one thing the industry had forgotten to do and now have a thriving beauty company.

 

On this episode, KJ & Amanda share:

  • How they learned to make beauty products

  • Their early mistakes when starting the brand

  • What it really takes to launch and keep a brand afloat

 

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Sep 13, 2017
Ep 60: How Fitness Guru Cassandra Nuamah Turned Her Side Hustle into Her Dream Business
32:10

Cassandra Nuamah, better known as Coach Cass, is a certified personal trainer, group, exercise instructor and health and wellness coach. She is master trainer with KUKUWA® African Dance Workout and a source of inspiration for many. After dropping more than 50 pounds, this one time advertising professional pursued her certification as a wellness and fitness coach and began devoting her life to helping others. Originally from Ghana, Coach Cass and her Mother Kukuwa (the founder of founder of kukuwa fitness.com) also organize yearly Fitness and cultural excursions to different countries in Africa and teach Fitness and dance classes locally and internationally. When she’s not teaching us to get in fitness formation, she’s proudly infusing her Ghanaian culture into everything she touches. For years, Cassandra tried to juggle her advertising career with her rapidly growing fitness side hustle. Find out what caused her to finally say goodbye to a 9 to 5 and hello to her purpose.

 

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  1. Kukuwa Fitness
  2. Google Calendar
  3. Upwork
  4. 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
  5. Africa With Us

 

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Sep 06, 2017
Ep 59: MunaLuchi Creator Jacqueline Nwobu on Reshaping the Wedding Industry
44:08

Today’s guest and the platform she created provided me the most assistance and resources with planning my wedding. Her name is Jacqueline Nwobu, and she is the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of MunaLuchi Bride Magazine, the leading nationally distributed wedding magazine catering to women of color.


Women of color are major contributors to the billion dollar wedding industry, yet, our presence within major bridal publications and websites/blogs is rare. Jacqueline had a vision and determination to fill this void. Today, MunaLuchi is a multi-cultural global technology company serving the $200 billion international wedding and events industry. It caters to the growing multi-cultural wedding and events industry throughout the world with a vertical online marketplace connecting engaged couples to event professionals.

Today on the show, we’ll hear how Jacqueline and her husband launched MunaLuchi with no prior experience and obtained national distribution within major retailers including Target and Barnes and Noble. Plus, hear how she’s continuing to grow the brand and what she’s learned about hiring the right people.

On today’s episode, Jacqueline gets into:

  • How she started MunaLuchi Bride Magazine with no distributor and no plan
  • How she got MunaLuchi into Barnes & Noble, Safeways and other major newsstands across the country
  • When she knew it was time to leave her job
  • What led her to launch The Coterie, the vendor and education arm of MunaLuchi
  • How she juggles love and business with her business partner and husband, Chike

 

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Aug 30, 2017
Ep 58: How Gwen Jimmere Founded and Patented Beauty Brand Naturalicious
58:59

Today in the guest chair, we Gwen Jimmere. Gwen is the CEO and founder of Naturalicious. What really stood out to me about Gwen is that she’s already cemented her place in history as the first African American woman to hold a patent for a natural hair care product.

Not only is she a respected authority in the hair care industry, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in the U.S. as a 2016 Root 100 Award honoree. She is also the winner of the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition, and has been featured everywere from Fast Company and Essence to Entrepreneur and The Washington Post.


On today’s episode, Gwen gets into:

 

  • How she quit her job and created Naturalicious with $32 dollars in the bank, she founded Naturalicious
  • The way she hustled and marketed during the early days
  • What her target customer has to do with Shonda Rhimes
  • How she’s been able to push past self-doubt + much more!

I really love what Gwen had to share.

 

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Jul 22, 2017
Ep 57: Up close with Morgan DeBaun: The Millennial CEO Shaping Black Digital Media
42:35

Today on the show, we have a woman who is a millennial CEO shaping Black digital media.

Her name is Morgan DeBaun and she is the Founder of Blavity, one of the fastest growing digital media startups and a top destination for black youth culture. In March 2017, she launched a new lifestyle brand called 21Ninety, a website focused on beauty, health and wellness for women of color. She is one of only 12 Black women to raise over 1 million dollars in venture funding and has been featured on Essence, New York Magazine, Teen Vogue, Nylon, and was a finalist for 2016 TechCrunch Founder of the year.

I first encountered Morgan at the Blavity EmpowerHer conference back in 2016. I was already impressed enough with Blavity to buy a ticket, but what Morgan created in that room, really sealed the deal for me. I needed to start Side Hustle Pro. As a matter of fact, when the emcee asked, I forget what the question was, but she basically asked who wanted to share a new initiative or something, I raised my hand, got on stage and announced to this room full of black women creators and entrepreneurs that I was starting Side Hustle Pro. And there was NO turning back after that. So it's a pleasure to welcome Morgan to the guest chair today.

Jul 12, 2017
Ep 56: How Lisa Price Turned Her Side Hustle Into A Multimillion Dollar Business
01:03:39

Today in the guest chair, we have Lisa Price, Founder of multi-million dollar hair and beauty company Carol’s Daughter.

I am really honored to have Lisa in the guest chair, as hers is a product that transformed my personal journey to loving my natural hair and natural beauty. When I learned about Carol’s daughter’s back in the day when I was in college, I used to have it shipped to my dorm room. And this is when I was a broke college student and had no business ordering anything online. But that’s how crucial it was for me to obtain a product that could actually moisturize and nourish my kinky threads. And since then, I have followed Lisa Price’s entrepreneurial journey.

If you don’t know, Lisa Price and Carol’s Daughter has been in business for over two decades.

In the early 1990s, Lisa began experimenting with making her own fragrances and perfume sprays when she wasn’t busy working at her full-time job in TV production.

In 1992, Price dedicated herself full time to creating beauty products. With $100 in cash, her own kitchen, and the simple notion that people should follow their hearts, Lisa started building the collection that would become a beauty revolution.


In August of 1994, Price officially established Carol’s Daughter (the company lovingly named after her mother). Initially starting out with a handful of steady customers, those numbers grew in leaps and bounds as women outside her neighborhood and circle of friends began to take notice.

Today, Carol’s Daughter sells millions of dollars’ worth of products, having launched an exclusive collection in Target stores nationwide and on Target.com in March 2014 as well as extending into select Walgreens in March 2015. As a culmination to the Carol’s Daughter business trajectory, Lisa sold her company to L’Oréal USA in November 2014.


Today on the show, Lisa walks us back through the journey of building Carol’s Daughter to what it is today.

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Jun 28, 2017
Ep 55: A Year of Side Hustle Pro
39:43

One year ago, June 22, 2016 to be exact, I created Side Hustle Pro podcast with a microphone and a dream.

The road to Side Hustle Pro really started when I graduated with my MBA, but no job. I was feeling pretty dejected, especially after I kept going on interview after interview and getting rejection after rejection. Then I started to wrestle with the idea of doing my own thing, but for some reason, I just couldn’t pull the trigger, because I  didn’t see myself as an entrepreneur. And the reason I didn’t see myself as an entrepreneur is because...the narrative of entrepreneurship was of white men.

I wanted to gain confidence and motivation from women who look like me. And particularly women who started as side hustlers (because, let's face it, these student loans are not going to pay themselves). So I started a series of "Side Hustle Pro" interviews on my old blog while I was unemployed and trying to find my way. The rest, is herSTORY.

I didn't know all the blessings and challenges that would unfold as a result of launching Side Hustle Pro. Today, on my one year anniversary, I pause to look back on year one. I don’t come up for air often enough to take notes and reflect on how this all came to be (I'm too busy working to release an episode each week!). SoI'm grateful to have had some time to look back.


On today’s episode, I get into:

 

  • The "secret" behind Side Hustle Pro's first year growth
  • My hits and misses
  • What I would do differently if I had to start it all over again
  • My biggest lessons from Year 1
  • My goals and what's up next!

 

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Jun 22, 2017
Ep 54: How Plus Size Designer Monif C. Redefined the Fashion Industry
01:02:19

Today in the guest chair, we have a woman who has literally redefined the fashion industry. Her name is Monif Clarke, and she is the Founder of Monif C.

Monif C. is a fashion forward, plus-size designer brand specializing in clothing and swimsuits for women sizes 14 - 24.  Monif had no prior design experience, but grew frustrated with the lack of trendy plus size clothing and  n 2005, teamed up with her mother to bring Monif C to life.

Monif’s story is the perfect example of not letting one person’s no discourage you from continuing on your journey. In fact, Monif received a lot of No’s on the way to success, often being told that her designs were too sexy and that “plus-size women preferred not show off their bodies." But Monif refused to take No for an answer. Today, Monif C. is sold not only on MonifC.com, but in Asos.com, Forever21.com, as well as specialty boutiques throughout the US, London, Canada, and Australia just to name a few.

In September 2017, Monif C. will celebrate 12 years serving plus size women.


On today’s episode, Monif gets into:

  • How she funded the business in the early days, before she was profitable
  • That time she wouldn’t let Jill Scott have Monif C clothing for free
  • Why press doesn’t automatically equal sales
  • The investments she makes in her business
  • Plus how she’s continuing to grow her brand

 

This episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter. If you're looking to hire  top talent for your business and take it to the next level, go to ZipRecruiter.com. Try ZipRecruiter for free today at ziprecruiter.com/hustle

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MonifC.com

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Jun 15, 2017
Ep 53: A Year in Review with Meiko Drew, Our Entrepreneur-In-Residence
38:50

My final check-in with Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Meiko Drew.

 

When you first joined me on this journey in June of 2016, I introduced you to Meiko. We checked in with Meiko throughout the year to learn how her journey was going. Meiko is a Corporate America retiree as she has coined herself, who jumped ship from a lucrative career in marketing to venture out on her own.

 

In the last year, she has founded the blog Meiko and the Dish, she’s launched an online store of food related merchandise, she’s partnered with major brands, learned more about the food blogging industry and today  she shares the latest business that she is getting ready to launch.

 

Meiko has always been transparent about her bumps along the road, including when she’s been low on funds, gone through a breakup, slept on the couch of her friends, she’s shared it all.

 

So today, we see what she’s been up to since the last time we spoke. 

 

On this episode, Meiko reveals:

  1. How she’s continuing to grow Meiko and the Dish the brand
  2. How she’s keeping income coming in
  3. Why she decided to partner on new website, Hitch Hatch
  4. How she’s growing her new business from scratch
  5. How she’s managing entrepreneurship, life and love + what’s next

 

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Jun 07, 2017
Ep 52: LIT Brooklyn Founder Denequa Williams on Launching a Hit Luxury Candle Line
39:17

Today on the show, we have a woman who’s hustle inspires me.

Her name is Denequa Williams and she is the maker and owner of luxury soy candle company, LIT Brooklyn. Every candle is candle is hand poured, packaged, and shipped from Brooklyn. Within a year of it's existence, she has been featured in some of your favorite publications, Essence, Ebony, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed & more.

Now LIT Brooklyn is still a young company, but it seems like for the past year, every event I was at, she was at. Not only that, but she would make sure that her candles were in the hands of guests attending that event. Lo and behold, people would go home, use the product and before you know it were sharing on social media and talking about this amazing product.

What better way to round out the theme of How to create, sell and market your physical products, than to talk to an entrepreneur who is learning on the go, making it work and pushing through real, life personal challenges to make it by any means necessary.

On this episode, Denequa dishes on:

  1. Not being afraid to ask for help
  2. Networking the smart way
  3. Creating a product that people would be proud to own and share
  4. How she found the strength to keep going through personal tragedy

  

This episode wraps up our theme for the month, which is How to Create, Sell and Market Your Physical products.

 

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May 31, 2017
Ep 51: Myleik Teele On Why You Should Leap Before You’re Ready
47:51

Myleik Teele has revolutionized the way women address their curly hair needs. As the founder of curlBOX, an exclusive monthly subscription box full of amazing products, she has garnered partnerships with Procter & Gamble, Carol’s Daughter, Walmart, Target, SheaMoisture and more.

On Today's show, Myleik shares:

  1. What led her to be an entrepreneur

  2. The most surprising part of starting curlBOX

  3. How we as entrepreneurs can push past the need for approval

  4. Her thoughts on taking that leap even when you're not ready

  5. PLUS, get ready to hear a special listener edition of lightning round, where she answers questions from listeners in the Side Hustle Pro community

This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks. You can get a free, unrestricted 30 day trial of Freshbooks, just go to FreshBooks.com/SideHustlePro ​and enter SIDE HUSTLE PRO ​in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section

 

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May 24, 2017
Ep 50: How Food Entrepreneur Agatha Achindu Created Yummy Spoonfuls
48:29

Today in the guest chair, we have a woman by the name of Agatha Achindu. Agatha is not only a dedicated mother and entrepreneur but also a chef and as a child growing up in Cameroon she ate only the freshest organic foods from her family's Gardens and local markets.

But after her son's birth in 2004 she struggled to find meals for him which were just as delicious and nutritious. So that set her on her journey to create yummy spoonfuls. Determined, she took to her kitchen to create meals packed with healthy organic ingredients—and nothing else. Soon, she began filling casual orders for friends and—in 2006— Yummy Spoonfuls® was born. On today’s episode we get into the details of that journey.

Agatha shares the real deal about:

 

  1. What went into creating a food product
  2. Getting the license to sell it
  3. Finding a place to manufacture it in bulk
  4. Getting her brand into major retailers
  5. Plus, she’ll share how she partnered with fellow mom and entrepreneur, Camila Alves, to expand Yummy Spoonfuls® and fulfill their collective vision of providing fresh, organic foods to babies and tots.

This episode is brought to you by FreshBooks. If you want to create and send branded invoices in no time like me, Freshbooks has a special offer for my Side Hustle Pro listeners. You can get a free, unrestricted 30 day trial of Freshbooks, just go to FreshBooks.com/SideHustlePro ​and enter SIDE HUSTLE PRO ​in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section

 

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May 17, 2017
Ep 49: Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship with Attorney Art Steele
01:10:44

Today’s show, is all about the Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship.

A few episodes back, I opened up the show for Q&A and many of you had some burning legal questions that you were dying to get answered. So today I’ve invited attorney Art Steele to the guest chair.

Art Steele is a tax lawyer who founded her own law firm in 2014 with practice areas in: small business counseling, international trusts and estate planning, immigration, and foreign tax compliance.

Before launching her law firm, Art began her legal career as a transactional tax associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP in Washington, D.C.  She later worked as Tax Counsel for Global Tax Planning at Discovery Communications in Silver Spring, M.D.  Her international tax background brings a unique perspective when advising clients regarding small business formation, estate planning and immigration.

Art is also an Adjunct Professor of Wills, Trusts and Estates at American University Washington College of Law and is barred in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

This episode is brought to you by FRESHBOOKS. Freshbooks has a special offer for my Side Hustle Pro listeners. You can get a free, unrestricted 30 day trial of Freshbooks, just go to FreshBooks.com/SideHustlePro ​and enter SIDE HUSTLE PRO ​in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section

 

May 10, 2017
Ep 48: CurlMix Founder Kim Lewis on How to Market Your Physical Products
58:57

Today on the show, we have a woman who dived into an industry she knew absolutely nothing about and with sacrifice and grind, has been able to grow a profitable company.

Her name is Kim Lewis and she is the Creator of CurlMix. I first learned about CurlMix when I went to a conference where Kim was a vendor. I saw her table set up and the eye catching CurlMix boxes and I remember thinking, what a cool idea, I wonder what goes into producing those. Later, we connected on Facebook and through her daily updates, I really get to see the behind-the-scenes of building a new, young company from the ground up.

One of the reasons I was and continue to be so in awe of Kim, is that she has accomplished so much under the age of 30. And that’s not to say us over 30 peeps aren’t as impressive when we start companies. I’m just always fascinated by people, especially black women, who are starting companies at an age when I was having a quarter life crisis and still figuring out my next career moves.

On today’s episode, Kim gets into:

  • What starting her first (and unprofitable company) taught her about being a business owner
  • The importance of validating your idea
  • How she secured press coverage BEFORE her launch
  • Why if you're completely happy with the first version of your business, you waited too long to launch
  • Tips on saving money to ship your physical products and much more

I really love what Kim had to share.

Bonus

Freshbooks has a special offer for my Side Hustle Pro listeners. You can get a free, unrestricted 30 day trial of Freshbooks, just go to FreshBooks.com/SideHustlePro ​and enter SIDE HUSTLE PRO ​in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section

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May 03, 2017
Ep 47: Christine Llewellyn Quit her Successful Career to Go Back to School For Design. The Magic Came Next.
44:45

This episode actually wraps up our theme for the month, which is How to Make a Living Doing What You Love.

Today on the show, we have a woman who truly epitomizes the theme of this show, Her name is Christine Llewellyn and she is the Founder of Christine Joy Design. Christine Joy Design, LLC is a Brooklyn-based surface pattern design studio specializing in the home goods, apparel and consumer product markets. I first learned about Christine from a video on Facebook, that shared her journey to entrepreneurship and a partnership with West Elm. I actually saved this video two years ago for inspiration, before I even had any plans to start the Side Hustle Pro podcast. When I did start the podcast, I knew I would eventually need to have Christine in the guest chair.

One of the reasons I was so intrigued by Christine, is that she already had a successful career as a marketer, when she said, you know what, this is not what I really want to be doing with my life...and she  pivoted to found Christine Joy Design.

How many of you have ever thought, oh it's too late or I've been doing this for so long, I don't want to start over. Well today's episode just might just make you rethink all of that.


On today’s episode, Christine gets into:

  • Why shouldn’t be afraid to pursue your passion...no matter what stage you are in your career
  • How she took a leap of faith and started over from scratch
  • How investing in herself and her business led to big rewards in major brand partnerships
  • All of the revenue streams in her business
  • Plus how she’s continuing to grow her brand

I really love what Christine had to share.

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Apr 28, 2017
Ep 46: Q&As - How to know when it’s time to quit, The most efficient way to market your side hustle & more
32:11

I’m answering your questions on all things side hustle. On this episode I get into:

  • What are good resources for researching your target market effectively, to include in your business plan?
  • What are the other measures to use aside from profit to know when it's time to leave your full time job?
  • How do you recharge when you hit a wall in your side hustle, full time job, or life in general?
  • + much more

I’m going to try to do more of these, maybe like once a month. If you find it helpful let me know and that honestly is what will determine if I keep ‘em up.

This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks. To get your free, unrestricted 30 day trial of Freshbooks, just go to FreshBooks.com/SideHustlePro ​and enter SIDE HUSTLE PRO ​in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section

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Apr 26, 2017
Ep 45: The Business of Baking with Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes
51:52

Continuing with ‘How to Make a Living Doing What You Love’ month, today in the guest chair we have Jocelyn Delk Adams of ‘Grandbaby Cakes.’ You may know Jocelyn for her awesome recipes, including the mouthwatering Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. She is better known as a founder, author, national television personality and brand ambassador behind the award winning cookbook Grandbaby Cakes and the food website Grandbaby-Cakes.com, which gives her family’s, particularly her grandmother’s, cherished generational recipes her modern spin while preserving the most important ingredient- tradition. Jocelyn is also TODAY Show Tastemaker and a cast member one of the Cooking Channel’s longest running most popular shows, “Unique Sweets”.

Nowadays, being a food blogger is no easy feat. Jocelyn and I get into how you really have to be scrappy and identify what’s going to set you apart.

On this episode, Jocelyn dishes on:

  • What made her start a blog in the first place
  • How she knew when it was time to make the leap
  • Her approach to forming partnerships and relationships with major brands
  • Plus ALL of the revenue streams in her business

Get ready to jump into the kitchen with Jocelyn.


This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks. To get your free, unrestricted 30 day trial of Freshbooks, just go to FreshBooks.com/SideHustlePro ​and enter SIDE HUSTLE PRO ​in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section

 

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Apr 19, 2017
Ep 44: How DC’s Best Makeup Artist Tiyana Robinson Makes a Living Doing What She Loves
01:08:52

Today on the show, we have Makeup Artist extraordinaire Tiyana Robinson. Tiyana is a Washington DC-based Makeup Artist, Brand Ambassador, and International Beauty Educator. I first came across Tiyana on...you know it, Instagram. I was looking for someone to do my makeup for my Side Hustle Pro photoshoot and after viewing her Instagram portfolio, I immediately reached out and booked an appointment.

On the day of my shoot, I went to her studio to get my makeup done and of course we got to chatting about entrepreneurship and side hustle, and I was just so captivated by her story I knew I had to have her in the guest chair.

On this episode, Tiyana breaks down:

  • How she transitioned from working for a hair care line to being a full time makeup artist
  • Why making an investment in a Coach and Mentor transformed her business
  • How she sets herself apart and stands out in an oversaturated market
  • The different revenue streams in her business (she’s not just a makeup artists)
  • Her top tips for side hustlers who are just getting started

This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks. To get your free, unrestricted 30 day trial of Freshbooks, just go to FreshBooks.com/Side Hustle Pro ​and enter SIDE HUSTLE PRO ​in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section

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Tiyana Robinson - @TiyanaRobinsonBeauty

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Apr 12, 2017
EP 43: How to Side Hustle and Not Get Fired
17:22

To kick off How to make a living doing what you love month,  I want to address something that I've been asked a few times, both in the side hustle pro community on Facebook and in one-on-one emails and text messages. And that question is: how do I side hustle without getting fired? I think it’s so important that I pause to address this concern, because it may be the thing that’s preventing your from taking your side hustle to that next level.

On this episode I break it down into three main points:

  1. Don’t Assume Your Employer Will Tell You No
  2. Create A Schedule that Doesn’t Conflict With Work
  3. What’s in it for them: Know the Benefits of A Side Hustle For Your Employer

 

This episode is brought to you by Freshbooks. To get your free, unrestricted 30 day trial of Freshbooks, just go to FreshBooks.com/Side Hustle Pro ​and enter SIDE HUSTLE PRO ​in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section

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Side Hustle Pro is now over 1700 members strong and the group is growing by hundreds each week. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind

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Apr 05, 2017
Ep 42: Opening my LLC and Business Bank Account and Landing My First Sponsor
33:11

I’m back with some updates and progress on my own side hustle and to report out on how my 12-Week Sprint went.

Today I will get into:

  • Why I decided to do a 12-Week Sprint
  • How I Structured My 12-Week Sprint
  • A Report out on my goals and accomplishments
  • And finally What I learned from my first 12-Week Sprint

If you want to try out your own 12-week sprint with me, I’ve created a handy worksheet for you to structure your goals over 12-weeks. Visit SideHustlePro.co/42 to grab the freebie for this episode, which is a complete 12-Week Goal Getter Worksheet.

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Side Hustle Pro is now over 1600 members strong and the group is growing by hundreds each week. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: sidehustlepro.co/FACEBOOK

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Mar 29, 2017
Ep 41: How to Create Your First Online Course
30:25

Today, we are going to get into one of the most common side hustles out there: creating your own online course.

Nowadays, it seems like everyone and their mother has an online course. From how to grow your social media pages to how to build your first app, you name it, online courses are extremely prevalent these days. Even Shonda Rhimes has an online course!

It’s nothing new, online courses have existed for a while now, what’s new is the abundance of technology and plug and play platforms out there, so the barriers to entry have really decreased and so anyone, literally anyone can create a course. You can use easy to replace templates and have your own school up online in no time.

Now, you might be wondering, well…why is everyone creating courses, should I? Is this a viable side hustle?

Well, the reason it’s such a popular revenue stream, is because with an online course, you can package your knowledge and create a funnel, so that you’re constantly getting students and have a passive stream of income in your business. But hold on, before you think creating an online course is easy peasy, there are many steps you need to take before you can get your course to be a passive and consistent money maker.

Today, I’ll get into:

  • How to know what your online course should be about
  • How to setup your online course
  • How to record your content
  • How to price your course
  • How to market your course

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Side Hustle Pro is now over 1500 members strong and the group is growing by hundreds each week. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind

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Mar 22, 2017
EP 40: Black Card Revoked’s Latesha Williams on Turning Black Culture into a Hit Game
48:44

Latesha Williams is the Co-Founder of Cards For All People, AKA the makers of Black Card Revoked, a card game many of us know and love. Cards for All People is a cultural casual gaming company that humorously celebrates the diverse subcultures of America.


An accomplished sports & entertainment executive, Latesha is well networked and respected from her years of experience honed with companies such as Admiral’s Center, IMG, LeBron James / LRMR Marketing, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Rocawear.

On this episode Latesha shares:

  • Why working for Lebron James at LRMR Marketing was like working for a start-up
  • What she did to figure out how to make her own card game
  • How learning to get her legal ducks in a row made the launch of Black Card Revoked that much smoother
  • How she zeroed in on her target market and got Black Card Revoked in front of the right influencers and publications
  • How she’s been able to get orders fulfilled in a seamless manner
  • Who you really need to target if you want your product in the hands of a celebrity
  • And why we all need to rethink the myth of “security”

 

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INSTAGRAM FOR SIDE HUSTLERS

Join in on the Instagram for Side Hustlers challenge happening all this week (March 5-March 9). Over 3500 people have tuned in so far! Register here to make sure you receive the free workbook, daily emails AND the recorded replay. I don't want you to miss any of it.

I'm breaking down:

  • How to get more of the RIGHT followers on Instagram
  • How and when to create JUICY content on the 'gram
  • How to raise your visibility with the right hashtags
  • How to do this all in less than 30 minutes a day

SIDE HUSTLE PRO COMMUNITY

Side Hustle Pro is now over 1300 members strong and the group is growing by hundreds each week. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind

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Black Card Revoked - @blackcardrevoked

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Mar 08, 2017
EP 39: Why You Need to Focus on One Side Hustle At a Time
17:37

Former Side Hustle Pro guest Maya Elious shared that the number one thing she would tell any entrepreneur is to niche down.

After her episode, a few people in the Side Hustle Pro community talked about how illuminating and critical this advice was. But a few people commented that it was hard for them to niche down, because they were worried about putting themselves into a box. Or to be labeled as one thing. That got me thinking about how too many times, we are scared to niche down and narrow our audience, because we are actually trying to focus on too many side hustles at once.

On this episode, I get real about:

  • Why trying to be a Janelle of All Trades leads you to be a master of none
  • Why you need to choose a lane
  • The fact that it’s hard to do more than one thing really well, especially if you are still working on being excellent at one. And definitely if you’re still side hustling.
  • Real life examples of people who are known for many things...and the secret to their success
  • How focusing on one side hustle at a time gives you more time to target the right audience
  • HOW to choose the lane for you

 

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Important Announcements:

If you’re interested in growing your business and brand using the powers of Instagram, register for the MASTER THE GRAM mini course. Master The Gram is the ultimate Instagram course for business owners who want to attract their true fans and turn them into loyal, returning customers. In a series of four modules, plus a bonus module, you will learn how to leverage Instagram to grow your brand, drive traffic to your site and increase your income. REGISTER HERE: sidehustlepro.co/masterthegram

Side Hustle Pro is now over 1000 members strong. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind

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Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro

#SideHustlePro

Mar 01, 2017
EP 38: How Kathryn Finney is Disrupting the Fundraising Game for Black and Latina Entrepreneurs
01:03:09

Today’s guest, Kathryn Finney, is the Founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID for short), an organization that invests in the success of Black and Latina women tech founders by providing them with the network, coaching, and funding to build, scale, and exit their high growth companies.


Kathryn was also one of the first social media “stars” and in 2014 sold her site, The Budget Fashionista, to a midwest media company and later was the editor at large at BlogHer, a platform representing 40MM+ women influencers.

Named by Inc Magazine as one of the most influential women in tech, Kathryn has made her mark as a tech entrepreneur, social media visionary, an advocate, investor, writer, and television correspondent.

 

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Announcements

Important Announcements:

If you’re interested in growing your business and brand using the powers of Instagram, register for MASTER THE GRAM. Master The Gram is the ultimate Instagram course for business owners who want to attract their true fans and turn them into loyal, returning customers. In a series of four modules, plus a bonus module, you will learn how to leverage Instagram to grow your brand, drive traffic to your site and increase your income. REGISTER HERE: http://sidehustlepro.co/masterthegram

Side Hustle Pro is now over 1000 members strong. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind

Social Media Info

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Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro

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Feb 22, 2017
EP 37: Find Your Niche, Create a Sales Funnel and Monetize (with Content Expert Maya Elious)
58:55

Today in the guest chair we have Maya Elious. Maya is a personal branding strategist that teaches content creators and experts how to strategize, organize, and monetize their online business.

She creates online courses and coaching programs with a focus on teaching entrepreneurs how to get clear with their messaging so they can create premium content and products that will get them noticed and paid online.


She’s helped hundreds of students and clients launch & monetize blogs, online challenges, masterclasses, webinars, online courses and other successful content platforms so they can make an impact in their industry.

On this episode, Maya shares:

  • Her journey from designing MySpace pages to leaving college to become an entrepreneur
  • How she earns money today as a content strategist and coach
  • Her most simple sales funnel that anyone can replicate
  • The common misconceptions about being a coach or course instructor
  • Her number one pro tip for building an audience that craves your content
Feb 15, 2017
EP 36: Side Hustle Diaries: Check-In with Side Hustle Pro
20:38

Side Hustle Pro Nicaila is back with a second check-in for 2017. Time is flying by. It seems like just the other day I was kicking off with the first episode of the year, and telling you guys about my mindset hacks for 2017. Now I'm here with some updates and progress reports. 

I break this episode up into three main topics:

Number One: The Lessons I’ve learned since we last spoke

Number Two: How my 12-week sprint is going.

Number Three: What I’ve learned from launching my first online course, Master The Gram

Feb 08, 2017
Ep 35: From Magazine Editor to Co-Founder of a Platform Revolutionizing Black Hair Care (Jihan Thompson of Swivel Beauty)
44:33

Today in the guest chair we have Jihan Thompson. Jihan Thompson is a magazine editor turned entrepreneur, out to disrupt the haircare industry. She co-founded the company, Swivel Beauty, Inc., which wants to make it easier for women of color to build a beauty team that meets all their needs while also helping talented stylists behind the chair find new clients. Swivel's goal is to create a curated, referral-based experience so women can avoid useless trial and error in the beauty department.

Prior to launching Swivel, Jihan was the Health Editor for O, The Oprah Magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

On this episode, Jihan shares:

  • The first steps she and her business partner Jennifer Lambert took to take Swivel Beauty from idea to business
  • How she juggled creating the Swivel Beauty, Inc. while working as a busy Health Editor at for O, The Oprah Magazine
  • The catalyst that made her finally say: “Yes, I can do this.”
  • Swivel Beauty’s approach to building strategic relationships with stylists and salons
  • The surprising online resource that’s been a lifesaver in her business

 

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Important Announcements:

If you’re interested in growing your business and brand using the powers of Instagram, register for MASTER THE GRAM. Master The Gram is the ultimate Instagram course for business owners who want to attract their true fans and turn them into loyal, returning customers. In a series of four modules, plus a bonus module, you will learn how to leverage Instagram to grow your brand, drive traffic to your site and increase your income. REGISTER HERE: http://sidehustlepro.co/masterthegram

Side Hustle Pro is now over 1000 members strong. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind

 

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Feb 01, 2017
EP 34: How App Guru Sheena Allen Earned 3 Million Downloads With No Coding Experience
53:33

Today in the guest chair we have a woman I consider the queen of apps. Her name is Sheena Allen and she is a tech entrepreneur. She started her first company in 2011 as a senior at the University of South Mississippi. At the time, she had no tech background and was a psychology and film major and on a whim decided to launch a mobile application company.


Giving herself a year to see if she would see any success with her company, Sheena Allen Applications, she eventually found that success with app #3, Dubblen. In fact, three months after launching the app for Android, Dubblen received over 500,000 downloads. That year, 2013, Sheena made the decision to leave Mississippi and move to a tech-hub to find mentor and increase her knowledge in the tech space.


Since then, she has gone on to experience frustration with raising money and the predatory lending practices in Silicon Valley, Sheena decided to fight back through the launch of a second startup, CapWay. CapWay is financial company that focuses on the unbanked and underbanked. The service offers financial literacy content and onboards unbanked users to get a bank account.

She has been featured in various publications, including Forbes.com, BlackEnterprise.com, and EBONY Magazine. In late 2016, Sheena made her premiere in She Started It, a documentary film that follows five women around on their startup journey.

On this episode, Sheena shares:

  • The steps she took to create an app as a non-technical creator
  • How and why her third app became so successful
  • The challenges of raising money in Silicon Valley as a black women entrepreneur and some tips to overcome it
  • Her secret to building a strong and loyal team
  • How she is setting her business and brand up for success

 

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Announcements

Important Announcements:

If you’re interested in growing your business and brand using the powers of Instagram, register for MASTER THE GRAM. Master The Gram is the ultimate Instagram course for business owners who want to attract their true fans and turn them into loyal, returning customers. In a series of four modules, plus a bonus module, you will learn how to leverage Instagram to grow your brand, drive traffic to your site and increase your income. REGISTER HERE: http://sidehustlepro.co/masterthegram

Side Hustle Pro is now 1000 members strong. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind

Social Media Info

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@WhoisSheena

Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro

#SideHustlePro

Jan 25, 2017
Ep 33: Turning Your Blog Into A Profitable Business (Christina Brown of LoveBrownSugar)
48:39

On this episode, style blogger and digital media expert Christina S. Brown joins us in the guest chair. Christina is the founder of the fast-growing style & beauty destination LoveBrownSugar.com, mommy destination BabyBrownSugar.com and digital empowerment community BrownGirlsLove.

As a Wharton grad with no formal editorial experience, Christina started her blog started out as a hobby and portfolio piece to get hired by magazines. She didn’t go into it with the intention of building a business or making money from it. Fast forward eight years and she’s been recognized everywhere from the New York Times to People StyleWatch as a top lifestyle expert, and is known for curating platforms for multicultural women with an emphasis on self-empowerment. Christina has been heralded as a “30 Under 30 Style Maven​” by HelloBeautiful.com, a “Top 40 Style Blogger​” by Essence Magazine, a Black Enterprise Magazine “Blogger Month​” Honoree, and a Wharton Magazine “Social Media Watch List​” Honoree.

On this episode, Christina shares:

  • The planning she did before leaving her full time job
  • How you can make money from blogging in the current landscape (all the revenue streams she pursues)
  • How NEW bloggers can approach sponsored opportunities
  • The difference between popularity and INFLUENCE
  • Her approach to expanding her original blog into new verticals, including live events
  • How to financially sustain yourself given the unpredictable nature of entrepreneurship

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Important Announcements:

If you’re interested in growing your business and brand using the powers of Instagram, register for MASTER THE GRAM. Master The Gram is the ultimate Instagram course for business owners who want to attract their true fans and turn them into loyal, returning customers. In a series of four modules, plus a bonus module, you will learn how to leverage Instagram to grow your brand, drive traffic to your site and increase your income. REGISTER HERE: http://sidehustlepro.co/masterthegram

Side Hustle Pro is now almost 1000 members strong. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind

Connect on Instagram:

Love Brown Sugar - @LoveBrownSugar

Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro

#SideHustlePro

Jan 18, 2017
EP 32: How Social Media Strategist Lola Bakare Launched Her Own Company
01:09:17

Today in the guest chair we have Lola Bakare, a Social Media Strategist, savvy Content Marketer and the founder of LOLA Consulting. LOLA Consulting specializes in digital marketing including user acquisition, brand messaging, partnership development, and social media strategy. Fun fact, Lola and I went to undergrad together and I admire her greatly. Why? Because she followed the path well traveled for many years, before finally leaping into entrepreneurship.


On this episode, Lola shares:

  • Her pathway from majoring in English at Penn to landing in Brand Management by chance
  • Why she ultimately got her MBA and how it influenced her current path as an entrepreneur
  • How she succumbed to pressure when MBA recruiters came knocking
  • How she finally worked up the nerve to found her own company
  • Why she focuses on the WORK first and the fluff later

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Important Announcements:

If you’re interested in growing your business and brand using the powers of Instagram, register for MASTER THE GRAM. Master The Gram is the ultimate Instagram course for business owners who want to attract their true fans and turn them into loyal, returning customers. In a series of four modules, plus a bonus module, you will learn how to leverage Instagram to grow your brand, drive traffic to your site and increase your income. REGISTER HERE: http://sidehustlepro.co/masterthegram

Side Hustle Pro is now almost 1000 members strong. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind

Connect on Instagram:

Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro

#SideHustlePro

Jan 11, 2017
Ep 31: Mindset Hacks To Make 2017 The Best Year Ever
31:49

In the first episode of 2017, I’m breaking down the mindset hacks I’m adopting to make 2017 the year of execution.

On this episode, I share:

  • How I’m kicking procrastination to the curb
  • Why I’m breaking my year into 12-week sprints
  • How I’ve revamped my mindset about selling

 

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

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Important Announcements:

If you’re interested in growing your business and brand using the powers of Instagram, register for the MASTER THE GRAM mini course. Master The Gram is the ultimate Instagram course for business owners who want to attract their true fans and turn them into loyal, returning customers. In a series of four modules, plus a bonus module, you will learn how to leverage Instagram to grow your brand, drive traffic to your site and increase your income. REGISTER HERE: sidehustlepro.co/masterthegram

Side Hustle Pro is now almost 900 members strong. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind

Connect with us on Instagram:

Muoyo Okome – @dailysparktv

Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro

#SideHustlePro

Jan 04, 2017
EP 30: How To Make More As An Entrepreneur—Tips from Finance Coach Dominique Broadway
54:11

As we head into 2017, Award winning Financial Planner and Personal Finance Coach Dominique Broadway blesses the guest chair to teach money management tips for entrepreneurs. Dominique is the Founder of Finances De•mys•ti•fied & The Social Money Tour. Shortly after launching Finances De•mys•ti•fied, she was named one of the top Financial Advisors in the United States for Millennials at the age of 28. What I love about Dominique is that she has transformed the reputation of personal finances into a social experience by making it engaging, easy to understand and even trendy.

Her demystified financial advice, has been highlighted on Yahoo!, Black Enterprise, Marketwatch.com, Ebony, USA Today and much more.

On this episode, Dominique shares:

  • How she went from managing million dollar investments for other people to branching out on her own as a Personal Finance Coach and Entrepreneur
  • How she learned to start treating her business like a business and not like a passion project
  • The biggest money mistakes entrepreneurs are making
  • Why you should make an income action plan and transform the way you manage your personal vs business finances

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Important Announcements:

If you’re interested in growing your business and brand using the powers of Instagram, register for the MASTER THE GRAM mini course. Master The Gram is the ultimate Instagram course for business owners who want to attract their true fans and turn them into loyal, returning customers. In a series of four modules, plus a bonus module, you will learn how to leverage Instagram to grow your brand, drive traffic to your site and increase your income. REGISTER HERE: sidehustlepro.co/masterthegram

Side Hustle Pro is now over 800 members strong. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here:http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind

Connect with us on Instagram:

Dominique Broadway – @dominiquebroadway

Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro

#SideHustlePro

Dec 28, 2016
Ep 29: How One Entrepreneur Is Monetizing Her Food Blog (Check-In with Meiko And the Dish)
43:17

On this episode, we are welcoming back Meiko Drew, the Side Hustle Pro Entrepreneur-in-Residence. We’re following Meiko for an entire year to chronicle her journey from Corporate America retiree to the Founder of Food and Lifestyle brand MeikoAndTheDish. For those of you who don’t know, Meiko walked away from a six-figure salary at Target to focus on MeikoAndTheDish full time. Though it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, her brand is steadily rising and so it’s time to check in with her again to see how it’s all going.

On this episode Meiko shares:

 

  • How she’s partnering with brands and getting paid for it
  • How she’s monetizing her blog through different income streams
  • Her radical move from one city to the next and how it’s helped her hit her stride
  • Her vision and goals for 2017

 

Find out how Meiko is making it work despite the twists and turns life throws at her.

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Important Announcements:

I'm doing a FREE Instagram Training this Wed, Dec 21 at 8PM ET. If you're interested in growing your business and brand using the powers of Instagram, this is for you! REGISTER HERE: http://sidehustlepro.co/getthegram

Side Hustle Pro is now over 800 members strong. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind

Connect with us on Instagram:

Meiko And The Dish - @meikoandthedish

Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro

#SideHustlePro

Dec 21, 2016
Instagram 101: How To Grow Your Followers And Find Your True Fans
44:52

I’m checking in with an update on all things social media marketing: Specifically, Instagram. I have heard many of you ask: How can I organically grow my audience on Instagram? I see this question come up in most of the groups I am in and with most entrepreneurs. Now in Episode 7, I broke down How to Grow Explode Your Social Media Audience with Five Steps and Zero Dollars.

There, I went step by step through my methodology and the steps I used to grow my Instagram over 1000% in a year. Today, I am here with updates, updates. As you know, you miss a day you miss A LOT when it comes to social media. Case in point: The last time we spoke, there was no Instagram stories and certainly no Instagram LIVE.

On this episode, we will get into:

  • What’s working and what’s not on Instagram How to find your target audience on Instagram - *NEW INSIGHTS*
  • Why you CAN start a business on Instagram
  • What you can accomplish with even 30 minutes a day on Instagram
  • The number one reason why your following is NOT growing

BONUS: I've created a LIVE Masterclass, Get The Gram on December 21 to show you the 5 Steps To Grow An Engaged Following On Instagram. Register here: http://www.sidehustlepro.co/getthegram

Dec 14, 2016
Ep 27: How One Woman Ditched Her 9-5 To Launch The First Crowdfunded B&B on Kickstarter (Kalisa Martin of The Runaway Experience)
36:15

Today’s guest, is Kalisa Martin, The Co-Founder of The Runaway Experience, a global travel pop-up designed to foster cultural discovery through unforgettable dining experiences, personal connections with local communities and meticulously curated adventures. Kalisa and her better half Jeff, a New York couple of Caribbean heritage, left the 9-5 city grind to pursue their passion for food, culture and travel. They stated with the creation of a community-oriented luxury bed & breakfast. After becoming the first and only successfully funded Bed & Breakfast on Kickstarter, they have quickly become the go-to destination for adventurous travelers seeking an authentic immersion into island life. Now, building on the experience they’ve begun in Jamaica, Kalisa and Jeff are expanding to new destinations around the world.

On this episode, Kalisa shares:

  • How she and partner Jeff initially launched The Runaway Jamaica, a community-oriented luxury bed & breakfast
  • How she got the courage to quit her 9-5 and pursue her entrepreneurial dreams
  • What she learned from creating the first and only successfully funded B&B on Kickstarter
  • Why The Runaway Jamaica has expanded into destinations across the world as The Runaway Experience
  • How she differentiates The Runaway Experience in the market
  • What happens when you pivot from your initial idea to one that is more fitting of your long term vision

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Important Announcements:

Side Hustle Pro is now over 700 members strong. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind

 

Connect with me on Instagram:

Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro

#SideHustlePro

Dec 07, 2016
Ep 26: How to Start an eCommerce Empire with less than $100 (Arsha Jones of Tees in the Trap)
01:01:53

Today’s guest is Arsha Jones, a serial entrepreneur and an emerging leader in the ecommerce industry. She has built multiple, highly profitable brands, with revenues approaching nearly a half million dollars in less than two years .As we speak, she is currently operating and managing Capital City Co, keeping you fly through the Tees in the Trap brand, building iOS apps for Apps By The Pound, all while running the design blog (and Facebook Group!), Brand Build Sell.


Her first venture, co-founded with her husband is Capital City Co, produces a Washington, DC area wing sauce called mambo sauce - a local staple. Her second company is Tees in the Trap, which is a lifestyle brand inspired by pop culture and infused with black girl magic.

 

On today’s episode, Arsha shares:

  • How she started the Capital City Co Mambo sauce in her kitchen and ended up on the front page of the Washington Post
  • How she launched her first t-shirt shop with no shirts and no supplies
  • How haters reporting and shutting down her Etsy shop gave her the motivation to launch her own ecommerce site
  • Why you should test and validate your ideas before spending a lot of money on branding and inventory
  • Her number one secret to Facebook marketing
 

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Links and people mentioned in this episode:

 

Show notes from this week's episode: SideHustlePro.co

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Important Announcements:

 

Side Hustle Pro is now almost 700 members strong. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind


Connect with me on Instagram:
Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro
#SideHustlePro

Nov 30, 2016
Ep 25: How to Push Past Overwhelm And Actually Get Things Done (My Side Hustle Check-In)
17:55

On this episode, I'm providing another check in and update on how my own side hustle is going. How am I balancing my full-time job with my podcast, Side Hustle Pro brand and business AND wedding planning? On this episode I’m talking about:

The feeling of overwhelm, what it stems from and the ways I’m pushing through it. Tune in to hear my latest updates in this Side Hustle Pro journey!

Links mentioned in this episode:

Show notes from this week's episode: http://sidehustlepro.co/

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Nov 23, 2016
Ep 24: From Starting A Business With $500 to Making $2 Million in Sales: The Story of Zuvaa’s Kelechi Anyadiegwu
38:17

Today’s guest, is Kelechi Anyadiegwu. Kelechi is the founder of Zuvaa, an online community and marketplace for African Inspired Fashion. Zuvaa helps emerging African Fashion Brands increase revenue, scale operation and streamline their process with our easy to use online platform for social selling and personal shopping. The mission of Zuvaa is to give African Fashion Labels the tools they need to transform their brands, and bring authentic African Inspired Fashion to the main stream. In 2016, Kelechi was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for retail and e-commerce.

On this episode, you’ll learn how Kelechi got the idea and started Zuvaa with $500 and in 2016 is expected to earn $2 Million in sales.

Nov 16, 2016
Ep 23: How One Creative Grew An Active Digital Community of over 22K Millennials of Color
01:05:40

Today in the guest chair we have a woman who is building a community of creatives all over the country. Melissa Kimble is a Chicago based Social Media Strategist and Writer who believes in using social media for good through education and empowerment. She is the Founding Editor of #BlkCreatives, a platform for young professionals of color. She also created and facilitates the #blkcreatives Twitter Chat Series. Melissa is also the Senior Social Media Manager for EBONY Magazine.

In this episode, she shares:

  • The first steps she took to start taking blkcreatives from idea to brand
  • How she balances creating her brand with working a full time job
  • What’s behind her strong love and passion for social media
Nov 09, 2016
Ep 22: What I Learned At The Signature CEO Conference That Every Entrepreneur Should Know
25:57

A bold decision to pitch myself for an opportunity landed me right next to my business idol.

In early 2016, the Signature CEO conference landed on my radar as it was on the list of appearances CurlBox Founder and CEO Myleik Teele had on her website and it was right in my neck of the woods. Initially, I thought a conference specifically tailored to wedding and event planners would not be relevant to me. But when I took a closer look at the agenda, I realized the knowledge that would be shared would be both valuable and applicable to my own brand. I brainstormed ways that I could contribute value to the conference organizer and pitched myself to cover the conference as press.

On today’s episode, I get into:

  • Why you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take
  • Myleik Teele’s social media strategy gems to take your business to the next level
  • Why Shea Radiance Founder Funlayo Alabi wants us to dare to be different
  • How Personal Finance Coach Dominique Broadway leads entrepreneurs to financial greatness
  • Wedding Planner Tiffany Chalk’s strategy for selling your value not your price
 

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Important Announcements:

I’m updating my Mastering The Cold Email templates. These are the exact emails I used to land even the most hard to reach guests plus pitch myself as press. Be the first to get it when you subscribe to the Side Hustle Pro newsletter here: SideHustlePro.co/SideHustleCorner

 

Side Hustle Pro is now 500 members strong. If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/mastermind


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Nov 02, 2016
Ep 21: The Business of Podcasting with Joymarie Parker of Joblogues podcast
49:58

Joymarie had always been a web and design junkie. Since the age of 13 she was building website and blogs. But after flunking out of design school, she went through an eight year journey to finish her undergrad degree and land her dream job. Now Joymarie is determined to help other young professionals navigate their career journey.

As the co-host of Joblogues podcast, a weekly podcast that highlights candid career conversations with young professionals around the world, Joymarie is also breaking down the doors of podcasting and making waves as a featured iTunes podcast.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Her turbulent journey to finding her dream job and discovering that she could be a resource for others
  • Why you should treat your day job as an investor in your side hustle
  • The BUSINESS of podcasting
  • Simple ways to raise the visibility of your podcast
  • Why you shouldn’t start a podcast to make money
  • How to use podcasts as a platform to expand your brand
Inspired to start your own podcast? Check out this step-by-step guide to starting your own podcast with no experience.

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

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Important Announcements:

 

Side Hustle Pro has a buzzing Facebook group! Get the support you need to create and grow your side hustle in the welcoming Side Hustle Pro Community on Facebook. I’m continually impressed by the level of support and candid conversation happening in our community. Join us here: SideHustlePro.co/Mastermind


More from Nicaila:
SideHustlePro.co

Side Hustle Pro Community


Connect with us on Instagram:
Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro
Joymarie Parker –  @heymissparker

Joblogues - @Joblogues

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Oct 26, 2016
Ep 20: From Starting a YouTube in her Bedroom to 1M Views on Facebook: Evelyn from the Internets
36:31

Evelyn Ngugi is a Kenyan-American YouTube sensation literally blowing up the internet right now, and she can even count Beyoncé (yes, Queen Bey) among her fans (but we’ll get into that story on the episode). What’s it like to amass a huge following on YouTube and Facebook organically while you’re still figuring out your long term plan? On today’s episode, Evelyn shares how she balances being a popular YouTube and social media sensation with a regular 9to5 just like you and me. She is an example that even with a growing side hustle, we're all still just figuring it out as we go, and that’s OK.

On this episode we discuss:

  • Evelyn's “system” for developing and publishing content
  • How she’s grown her brand organically, without actively trying
  • What it’s like to have your work singled out by Beyoncé herself!
  • Why monetizing content on the internet is easy, but monetizing in a way that is sustainable is a different ball game
  • Why it’s important to differentiate what you enjoy doing and want to make money from, and what you actually want to do for a full-time job
  • Why you should get out there and explore your gift, even when you don’t have it all figured out 

Links mentioned in this episode:

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Important Announcements:

Side Hustle Pro has a buzzing Facebook group! Get the support you need to create and grow your side hustle in the welcoming Side Hustle Pro Community on Facebook. I’m continually impressed by the level of support and candid conversation happening in our community. Join us here: SideHustlePro.co/Mastermind


More from Evelyn

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

More from Nicaila:
SideHustlePro.co

Side Hustle Pro Community


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Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro
Evelyn from The Internets –  @evelynfromtheinternets

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Oct 19, 2016
Ep 19: How Rejection Led Me To Be A Side Hustle Pro
25:39

A rejection from Google was the best thing that ever happened to me. Two years ago I was an MBA intern at Google. I didn’t get the offer. Dejected, I refused to talk about it, unsure of how to unpack the experience. On today’s episode I’m sharing why that experience, along with other “rejections” were really blessings that positively fueled my side hustle mission. Here are just a few nuggets from this episode:

  • Google’s ‘No’ led me to my ultimate purpose: inspiring people to live unboxed and without apologies
  • Failure is an event, not a personality trait
  • Failure taught me to stop waiting to be chosen and instead choose myself
  • Everyone should start a side hustle, even if you don’t want to be a full-time entrepreneur

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

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Important Announcements:

If you listened to last week’s episodes, you know I’m gearing up to release the exact email templates I used to land even the most hard to reach guests. Be the first to get it when you subscribe to the Side Hustle Pro newsletter here: SideHustlePro.co/SideHustleCorner


Connect with me on Instagram:
Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro
#SideHustlePro

Oct 12, 2016
Ep 18: How To Make Yourself Marketable with Emmelie De La Cruz
38:54

Today’s featured guest Emmelie De La Cruz is best known for her ability to empower entrepreneurs, college students and young professionals to become more competitive in the market. Emmelie will be the first to tell you: “Entrepreneurship isn’t cute. It’s not an exit strategy or an alternative to a job you hate.” As a personal branding strategist and brand auditor, Emmelie is here to empower us all to gain clarity around our personal brands, build a credible brand from scratch and make money on our own terms. Her insights have been featured in Refinery 29, Black Enterprise, Cosmo for Latinas, The Miami Herald, PR Daily, and The Huffington Post. Most notably, Forbes named her site one of the top career websites in 2013.

 

On this episode we discuss:

  • Why having a side hustle is one of the most empowering things you can do
  • How she streamlined her business processes to provide value while saving time
  • How she cultivated her unique voice and set herself apart as a personal brand strategist
  • The importance of preparing for seasons of drought as an entrepreneur
  • What it takes to make a VALUABLE digital product (not just get rich quick schemes)
  • Why it’s so important to validate your ideas before you create a product

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

Show notes from this week's episode: SideHustlePro.co

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Important Announcements:

If you listened to last week’s episode, you know I’m gearing up to release the exact email templates I used to land even the most hard to reach guests. Be the first to get it when you subscribe to the Side Hustle Pro newsletter here: SideHustlePro.co/SideHustleCorner

 

Side Hustle Pro has a buzzing Facebook group! Get the support you need to create and grow your side hustle in the welcoming Side Hustle Pro Community on Facebook. I’m continually impressed by the level of support and candid conversation happening in our community. Join us here: SideHustlePro.co/Mastermind


More from Emmelie:

http://www.emmeliedelacruz.com/


More from Nicaila:
SideHustlePro.co

Side Hustle Pro Community


Connect with us on Instagram:
Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro
Emmelie De La Cruz – @emmeliedelacruz


#SideHustlePro

Oct 05, 2016
Ep 17: Mastering The Art Of The Cold Email
13:48

On this episode, I'm sharing the art of reaching out to potential collaborators, customers and clients via the cold email. While many of many of my guests are people I know or have met, 50% of the women I interview on my podcast were complete strangers before I reached out to them via email. In this episode I’m sharing the art of writing enticing cold emails that get responses. Here are some of my key tips:

 

  1. Preparation
    1. Do your research - Google, social media
    2. Consider what’s in it for them
    3. Eliminate words like, “pick your brain” from your vocabulary
    1. Keep a Google doc with your email templates and tweak for each individual outreach
    2. Revise as you learn what works
  2. Start a Template Document
    1. Make sure every person you reach out to knows why you appreciate their work and the value  the collab would bring
    2. Be prepared to GIVE before you get
    3. Make it EASY for them to collaborate. Propose dates and times (hello, Calendly!) and offer to work around their schedule.
  3. The outreach

 

If you want my exact email templates that I’ve used to reach out to the likes of Luvvie and Courtney Sanders of Think and Grow Chick, sign up for my email list at sidehustlepro.co/sidehustlecorner.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

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Sep 28, 2016
Ep 16: First Year Entrepreneur Denise Sarkor Shares How She’s Building Her Business From Scratch
58:50

At the age of 5, Denise Sarkor escaped the Liberian Civil War with family and lived as a refugee in Ivory Coast. Raised in a rough part of NJ by a determined mother, she would go on to graduate from The Wharton School on a full scholarship and obtain her Masters in International Finance and Economic Policy from Columbia University. Although entrepreneurship tugged at her heart, she took a safer path, working as an international banker and development consultant at Goldman Sachs and the World Bank.

But after a devastating divorce rocked her to the core, she became fearless. Realizing that Corporate America had led her to yet another glass ceiling, she finally made the leap.

On this episode, you’ll learn how she hit the ground running after quitting unexpectedly and how she’s navigating the twists and turns of starting her own business.

Topics discussed:

  • How she honed in on what services she should offer in her business and how she’s managing cash flow
  • The surprising move she’s willing to make to sustain her business
  • Self-publishing her first book and successfully fundraising on Kickstarter
  • Why Poet and Activist Nikki Giovanni wrote her a personal note of congratulations


Links Mentioned:

 

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Sep 21, 2016
Ep 15: How Vivian Kaye of KinkyCurlyYaki Turned Her Side Hustle Into a Million Dollar Business
47:20

How did a former wedding planner turn her side hustle into a million dollar business? Today’s guest has the answer. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “bias for action” she is the epitome of that. When she thinks of an idea, she doesn’t just sit on it, she acts on it. She’s founded two successful businesses in her lifetime with no business degree and only education from the school of hard knocks. I’m talking about Vivian Kaye, the Founder and CEO of KinkyCurlyYaki, a successful natural hair extensions brand.

Known by fans as The Queen of Kank, Vivian founded KinkyCurlyYaki in 2012 to provide natural hair solutions for women who wanted the ease and flexibility of kinky curly hair extensions.

On this episode, you’ll learn how she got the idea and started her business from her living room and is now at the head of a soon to be million dollar brand.

Topics discussed:

  • How her Ghanaian upbringing influenced her entrepreneurial fire
  • Why she never felt the pressure to complete school to start a business
  • How getting laid off gave her the final push to dive into entrepreneurship full time
  • How she started two successful businesses from scratch
  • Balancing entrepreneurship and motherhood

Important Announcements:

  1. Side Hustle Pro has a buzzing Facebook group! Get the support you need to create and grow your side hustle in the welcoming Side Hustle Pro Community on Facebook.SideHustlePro.co/Mastermind So much great convo and connection is already happening in there.

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Sep 14, 2016
Ep 14: Branding 101 with Luvvie Ajayi, Creator of AwesomelyLuvvie and Author of ‘I’m Judging You’
37:20

What’s it like to be a 13-year seasoned blogger in the age of Instagram and Snapchat Influencers?

On this episode I sit down for a conversation with Luvvie Ajayi to talk Branding 101. Luvvie is is a writer, digital strategist and creator of entertainment and humor blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com. As a fellow writer and avid blogger, I’ve always been inspired by Luvvie’s journey to full-time entrepreneur. She started her blog after peer pressure from friends who recognized her talent. After starting as a casual blogger, she slowly increased to blogging more than once a week. Three years in, she was working a 9 to 5 then blogging from 7 to 9 like a true side hustler. Though she was getting paid zero dollars, her first blogging award in 2009 made her realize maybe she was on to something. The rest, as they say, is history. Now Luvvie is getting ready to debut her first book, called I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do Better Manual, which is available on September 16 (or earlier if you pre-order).

FYI, I talked to Luvvie a few months ago for a Q&A before I launched my podcast. There we covered more of her background and how she got started. Check out part one here: then tune in to the episode.

On this episode we discuss:

  • Why you shouldn’t be so consumed with the idea of you being a brand
  • Why you need to be so good they can’t ignore you
  • How to make sure you’re prioritizing solid content over marketing
  • How to negotiate with brands once you get to that level
  • The real deal with how she approaches brand partnerships and her certified deal breakers

MORE FROM LUVVIE:

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Sep 07, 2016
Ep 13: Check-in with Meiko Drew: The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Entrepreneurship
44:06

On this episode, we are welcoming back Meiko Drew, the Side Hustle Pro Entrepreneur-in-Residence. We’re following Meiko for an entire year to chronicle her journey from Corporate America retiree to the Founder of Food and Lifestyle brand MeikoAndTheDish. For those of you who don’t know, Meiko walked away from a six-figure salary at Target to focus on Meiko And The Dish full time. Though it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, her brand is steadily rising and so it’s time to check in with her again to see how it’s all going. On this episode we talk about:

  • The financial sacrifices she’s had to make to pursue her dream
  • The marketing steps she’s taking to grow the Meiko And The Dish brand on social media
  • How she’s building relationships and partnerships in her niche
  • The upcoming launch of the Black Food Network

Find out how Meiko is making it work despite the twists and turns life throws at her.

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Aug 31, 2016
Ep 12: How I Found My Tribe And Formed A Mastermind Group
27:24

When you’re starting your own business, the company you keep is more important than ever before. On this episode, I'm answering a listener’s question about how to ignore the haters and find a true entrepreneurship support group. I talk about how I found my own tribe and created a mastermind group, and what you can do to find your own entrepreneurship support system.

I also get into updates on my own side hustle journey, including: what I’m doing to monetize and my new Side Hustle Pro Shop. Tune in to hear my latest updates in this Side Hustle Pro journey! Links mentioned in this episode:

Aug 24, 2016
Ep 11: From Unemployed to Award-Winning Financial Expert: Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche
01:04:11

In 2009, Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche lost her job as a preschool teacher. Unable to afford her mortgage, she moved back home with her parents at age 29. At her lowest moment, she was 31 years old, with no job, no money, and no home of her own. After hitting rock bottom, she determined it was time to put the financial wisdom she had learned growing up to good use. In this week’s episode, she shares how she bounced back from financial despair to take charge of her own life and help others do the same. Along the way, she has built a hugely profitable brand and even more, an insanely loyal community of Dream Catchers devoted to her Live Richer principles.

Author of two #1 Amazon bestsellers, The One Week Budget and Live Richer Challenge, Tiffany The Budgetnista and her financial advice have also been featured in The New York Times, Reuters, US News and World Report, the TODAY show, PBS, Fox Business, MSNBC, CBS MoneyWatch, TIME, ESSENCE Magazine, and FORBES.

In this episode, Tiffany breaks down:

  1. The inspiration for The Budgetnista and when she realized she could package and sell her financial wisdom.
  2. How she transitioned from major debt and losing it all to starting her own business.
  3. How she developed and grew the Live Richer Challenge to be a profitable and sustainable business.
  4. How she has grown her private Facebook community to over 100K members.

Links mentioned in this episode

The One Week Budget

Live Richer Challenge

 

Aug 17, 2016
Ep 10: From Drowning in Debt to Making 5 Figures A Month: Courtney Sanders of Think and Grow Chick
01:00:00

In 2009, Courtney Sanders found herself drowning in debt, bad grades, and almost having to leave college. Three years later, she had paid off all her debt, earned a scholarship, started a business and graduated from college magna cum laude. How did she turn her life around? Find out on this week’s episode.

Courtney is an entrepreneur, speaker, and goal ­achievement specialist. Through her training and development company, Think & Grow Chick, LLC, Courtney provides online & in-­person education, mentorship, and community for women, students, and minorities looking to accomplish BIG goals. Courtney reaches nearly 50,000 young professionals every month through her blog and social media platforms. In 2015 she authored the book, Get What You Want: The Ultimate Guide to Figuring Out + Getting What You Want in Life which has since served as a catalyst for several related trainings and programs, including her 2015 live workshop, Launch Your Life.

In this this episode, Courtney breaks down:

  • The inspiration for Think And Grow Chick and when she realized she could help other women
  • How she grew her company into a profitable business
  • How she juggles her side hustle with her full time job
  • The financial wisdom she has learned along the way
  • When she knew it was time to take her side hustle to the next level

Find out about all Courtney’s experience as a woman who has scaled her side hustle to extraordinary levels and is getting ready to make the leap into full time entrepreneurship.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Think And Grow Chick website

Think And Grow Chick Instagram

 

Aug 10, 2016
Ep 9: My Side Hustle Progress
30:52

On this episode, I'm providing an update on how my own side hustle is going. How am I balancing my 9to5 at NPR with my podcast and burgeoning Side Hustle Pro brand and business? I talk about the challenges I’m facing with time management and why I believe time management is a myth. I’m also sharing the best tools I’ve found to help me manage my calendar and organize the Side Hustle Pro process (Shout-out to Amanda Miller Littlejohn for the productivity tips!).

I also get into a strategy that I’m using to build my brand and network: attending strategic conferences. I talk about the hustle bombs I learned from Myleik Teele, CEO of curlBOX:

  1. “A real hustler invests in themselves.”
  2. “If you are not popping or balling, you do not need to be sleeping in.”
  3. “Followers are not dollars.”

Tune in to hear my latest updates in this Side Hustle Pro journey!

Links mentioned in this episode:

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Aug 03, 2016