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Side Hustle Pro: Female Entrepreneurs | Black Women Business Owners | Sidepreneurs

Side Hustle Pro spotlights bold black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business. Join Nicaila Matthews, Senior Manager of Social Marketing at NPR by day and Chief Side Hustler by night, 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 Venture Capitalist Stefanie Thomas, named a “Voice of Black Women VCs” by Fast Company, Award-winning financial educator and best-selling author Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche, and entrepreneur, speaker and goal ­achievement specialist Courtney Sanders, the Founder of Think and Grow Chick, LLC.
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Oct 18, 2017

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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Side Hustle Pro is now over 4500 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/facebook

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Oct 11, 2017

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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Side Hustle Pro is now over 4400 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/facebook

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Nicole Alexis - @lovenicolealexis

PRMP Beauty - @prmpbeauty

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Oct 4, 2017

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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Side Hustle Pro is now over 4300 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/facebook

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Latham Thomas - @glowmaven

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Sep 27, 2017

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.

Links mentioned on this episode

Goal Getter Action Plan

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Side Hustle Pro is now over 4300 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/facebook

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Sep 20, 2017

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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Side Hustle Pro is now over 4200 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/facebook

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Evita Robinson - @evierobbie

Nomadness - @nomadnesstribe

Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro

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Sep 13, 2017

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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Side Hustle Pro is now over 4200 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/facebook

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Sep 6, 2017

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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Links mentioned on this episode

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

 

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Side Hustle Pro is now over 4000 members strong and counting. 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/facebook

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Coach Cass - @coachcassfit

Kukuwa Fitness - @kukuwafitness

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Aug 30, 2017

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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Side Hustle Pro is now over 4000 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/facebook

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Munaluchi Bride - @MunaluchiBride

Jacqueline Nwobu - @jackienwobu

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Jul 22, 2017

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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Side Hustle Pro is now over 3500 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/facebook

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Gwen Jimmere - @gwenjimmere

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Jul 12, 2017

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.

Jun 28, 2017

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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Announcements

Side Hustle Pro is now over 3000 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/facebook

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Lisa Price - @iamlisaprice

Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro

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Jun 22, 2017

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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Side Hustle Pro is 3000 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/facebook

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Jun 15, 2017

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

 

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MonifC.com

LaunchOfAFashionBrand.com

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Side Hustle Pro is almost 3000 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/facebook

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Monif C - @monifcplussizes

Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro

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Jun 7, 2017

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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Side Hustle Pro is now over 2200 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/facebook

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Meiko and The Dish - @meikoandthedish

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May 31, 2017

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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Links mentioned on this episode

LIT Brooklyn

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Side Hustle Pro is now over 2200 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/facebook

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LIT Brooklyn - @litbklyn

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May 24, 2017

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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curlBOX

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Side Hustle Pro is now over 2100 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/facebook

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Myleik Teele - @myleik

curlBOX - @curlBOX

Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro

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May 17, 2017

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 10, 2017

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.

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May 3, 2017

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.

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Apr 28, 2017

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 26, 2017

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.

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Apr 19, 2017

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.


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Apr 12, 2017

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

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Apr 5, 2017

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

 

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Mar 29, 2017

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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