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Side Hustle Pro

Side Hustle Pro spotlights bold black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business. Join Chief Side Hustler turned full-time entrepreneur 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 including interviews with Myleik Teele of CurlBox, Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter, Nicole Walters of The Monetized Life, Maya Elious of Built to Impact, and more!
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Sep 27, 2019

This week we have a bonus episode with Charis Jones, owner of Sassy Jones Boutique in the guest chair!

Sassy Jones is an award-winning accessory brand that specializes in exquisite pieces for the ‘sassy sophisticated girl on the go. Sassy Jones has both a brick-and-mortar store located in Richmond, Virginia and an online store and thousands of customers all over the world tune in weekly every Wednesday night to shop during their “Sparkle Parties.”

I’ve been fascinated by how Charis grew her boutique into a 7-figure business, so I had to have her in the guest chair. If you have an e-commerce business and are experiencing stagnant growth, this is the episode for you!

On today’s episode, we talk about:

  • How Charis was first called to side hustling and entrepreneurship after she kept getting laid off
  • How she uses her background as a top-ranking sales professional in major corporations to inform her sales and customer service strategy
  • How being a Mom of 4-year old twin boys kicked her hustle into overdrive
  • Her approach to paid marketing that helped her business grow from $365K in revenue to $2.6M the next year
  • Her fun differentiation techniques including weekly virtual Sparkle parties online which bring in huge sales days and happy customers

I learned a TON from Charis in this episode, including the mental shift I need to personally make to take my business to the next level. I can’t wait for you to hear so visit sidehustlepro.co/sassyjones to listen!

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This episode is brought to you by:

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Attend Side Hustle Pro Live!

Side Hustle Pro Live is coming to DC on October 9! Featuring a live onstage conversation with special guest Maya Elious, a pre-show shopping experience with Black women small business owners, and a live audience Q&A - the show will be an exciting night of the Side Hustle Pro podcast come to life! Get tickets here: sidehustlepro.co/live

 

Send questions to “Ask Nicaila”

You can now send questions for the new “Ask Nicaila” segment that’s coming to Side Hustle Pro. Once I get a critical mass of questions, I can start rolling out this segment. Just email hi@sidehustlepro.co and put hashtag #AskNicaila in the subject. 

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Sassy Jones - @shopsassyjones 

Charis N Jones - @charisnjones  

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Sep 25, 2019

This week, I chatted with Dr. Tykeia Robinson (also known as Keia). You may know her as co-host of the Gettin’ Grown Podcast, but she is also a PhD in Higher Education and multi-passionate side hustler with over 10 years of experience in higher education. She is also Head Coach of #TeamTypingFast, an online community of practice for anybody with work to do.

I started getting to know Keia last year after attending the Gettin’ Grown live podcast show. Fun fact: she and co-host Jade are one of the BIGGEST inspirations for me doing my own live show

One of the things I admire most about Keia is her commitment to supporting, encouraging, and uplifting Black women. 

In addition to Gettin’ Grown and #TeamTypingFast, Keia’s full-time job involves doing research that informs curriculum, policy, and practice, and she develops training for school faculty leaders. In today’s episode, she shares how she juggles everything, and what she’s learning along the way. 

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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

Attend Side Hustle Pro Live!

Side Hustle Pro Live is coming to DC on October 9! Featuring a live onstage conversation with special guest Maya Elious, a pre-show shopping experience with Black women small business owners, and a live audience Q&A - the show will be an exciting night of the Side Hustle Pro podcast come to life! Get tickets here: sidehustlepro.co/live

Send questions to “Ask Nicaila”

You can now send questions for the new “Ask Nicaila” segment that’s coming to Side Hustle Pro. Once I get a critical mass of questions, I can start rolling out this segment. Just email hi@sidehustlepro.co and put hashtag #AskNicaila in the subject. 

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Dr. Tykeia Robinson - @tykeianicole 

Gettin’ Grown Podcast: @gettinggrownpod 

Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro
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Sep 18, 2019

Today in the guest chair we have Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon (also known as Dr. Key), Founder, and CEO of The Village Market. I was blessed to cross paths with Dr. Hallmon at Summit 21; shout out to past Side Hustle Pro guest Jewel Burks Solomon for introducing us! 

Dr. Key started her career in education, but she wanted more freedom and flexibility. She wanted to be able to take her students outside. Soon got the idea for what was then called The Village Cafe, an economical vehicle that empowers the Black community through cooperative economics. From that seed, The Village Market has grown into an economic vehicle for #blackownedbusiness like no other.

Prior to launching The Village Market, Dr. Hallmon had no experience at all planning events. She had never even booked a venue for an event, much less create her own event with hundreds of vendors, but she had a vision and she wasn’t scared to make it come to life. 

The Village Market is now not only a market, but also offers summits, trainings, and workshops for small Black-owned businesses. 

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher 

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Join our Facebook Community

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

Attend Side Hustle Pro Live!

Side Hustle Pro Live is coming to DC on October 9! Featuring a live onstage conversation with special guest Maya Elious, a pre-show shopping experience with Black women small business owners, and a live audience Q&A - the show will be an exciting night of the Side Hustle Pro podcast come to life! Get tickets here: sidehustlepro.co/live

Send questions to “Ask Nicaila”

You can now send questions for the new “Ask Nicaila” segment that’s coming to Side Hustle Pro. Once I get a critical mass of questions, I can start rolling out this segment. Just email hi@sidehustlepro.co and put hashtag #AskNicaila in the subject. 

Social Media Info

The Village Market - @thevillagemarketatl

Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon - @drkeyhallmon

Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro


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Sep 11, 2019

Today in the guest chair we have Sonia Lewis, the CEO of the Student Loan Doctor, LLC. Her business has been recognized as the first African American and woman-owned student loan repayment company in the country. 


You might be surprised to hear that before starting the Student Loan Doctor, Sonia didn’t have personal budgeting discipline, she was living paycheck-to-paycheck, and grappling with her own student loan debt. Even with a background and passion for higher education, Sonia was frustrated with the process of how to get information about her student loans and knew she had to do something. 

She worked on her personal finances and eventually started working with clients to help them manage their student loan debt. Through trials, testing, and gathering feedback, Sonia now runs a six-figure business and employs a team of full time and contractors.    

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Join our Facebook Community

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

Attend Side Hustle Pro Live!

Side Hustle Pro Live is coming to DC on October 9! Featuring a live onstage conversation with special guest Maya Elious, a pre-show shopping experience with Black women small business owners, and a live audience Q&A - the show will be an exciting night of the Side Hustle Pro podcast come to life! Get tickets here: sidehustlepro.co/live

Send questions to “Ask Nicaila”

You can now send questions for the new “Ask Nicaila” segment that’s coming to Side Hustle Pro. Once I get a critical mass of questions, I can start rolling out this segment. Just email hi@sidehustlepro.co and put hashtag #AskNicaila in the subject.

Social Media Info

Sonia aka The Student Loan Dr - @thestudentloandoctor

Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro
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Sep 9, 2019

Get Tickets: SideHustlePro.co/Live

 

 

Side Hustle Pro Live!

October 9, 2019

THEARC Theatre in Washington, DC

Doors open: 7:00

Show Starts: 8:00 PM

Featuring Special Guest Maya Elious

 

**Meet & Greet ticket grants access to exclusive meet & greet at 6:30PM w/ Nicaila**

Featuring a live onstage conversation, pre-show shopping experience with Black women small business owners, and a live audience Q&A—the show will be an exciting night of the Side Hustle Pro podcast come to life!

Sep 4, 2019

In the latest episode of the Side Hustle Series, I’m breaking down How to Balance Your Side Hustle With Your J-O-B

I break this episode down into two parts: 

Part 1: How to side hustle and not get fired

Part 2: How to balance the side hustle with your full-time job

I’m breaking it down this way because I want to make sure you secure your income BEFORE you worry about balancing your side hustle. 

You have to make sure you still have that job because let’s face it, your full-time income is going to provide the capital to fund your side hustle!

Grab the Goal Getter Action Plan mentioned in today’s episode here

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You can now send questions for the new “Ask Nicaila” segment that’s coming to Side Hustle Pro. Once I get a critical mass of questions, I can start rolling out this segment. Just email hi@sidehustlepro.co and put hashtag #AskNicaila in the subject. 

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