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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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Aug 27, 2020

This week we have a rewind episode with @PlayPits founder Chantel Powell.  As a busy working mom and wife, Chantel found herself shuttling her son Kameron between summer basketball camp and football practice. She quickly noticed that he was starting to smell like a grown man because he was sweating buckets under his armpits, and that’s when her innovative mindset kicked in.

Chantel decided to develop an all-natural deodorant for her son. And so Play Pits the brand was born. 

Play Pits is a 100% all-natural deodorant. It’s free of aluminum, parabens, synthetic fragrances and other harsh chemicals. While it can be used on the most gentle skin types, it also packs a strong punch against odors. Although it started out with a focus on kids, it has an adult line as well, and I love the Queen deodorant! With recent features by @Beyonce and the grand opening of an official Play Pits warehouse, Play Pits is growing and thriving.

  • In this episode hear how it all got started as Chantel breaks down:
    • How she tested out Play Pits on family to get feedback
    • How customer demand led her to evolve from children’s deodorant to an adult deodorant component as well
    • How she did it all while side hustling

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Play Pits (Instagram) - @playpits

Creator (Instagram) - @chantellovestyling

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Aug 20, 2020

Tracey Pickett wants to make sure that you don’t get caught slippin’ in the rain. She is the founder of Hairbrella, an innovative rain hat combining fashion and function to protect women's hair from the rain. Not only is she an entrepreneur, but an attorney, inventor, and speaker.

Tracey’s original plan was to “get law school out of the way,” then get a job, and she did just that. While working in intellectual property as a lawyer, the entrepreneurial bug started tapping on her shoulder. It reminded her of the promise she made to herself prior to beginning law school. Tracey vowed to not spend more than five years in a legal career without pursuing the business ideas she had for her life: that included her first entrepreneurial endeavor, Eboticon. 

Although, along with some colleagues, she’d been working on Eboticon, an emoji app to represent Black culture on nights and weekends. While still working full time as a lawyer, Tracey managed to meet her deadline, pace herself, save up a year’s worth of income, and complete the first test version of Hairbrella. And on her fifth work anniversary, she quit! After leaving her job, Tracey launched a Kickstarter campaign with a prototype in hand, and the rest is history.

Take a listen, and learn:

  • All about the financial investments Tracey made to patent and prototype Hairbrella
  • How she used early user feedback to continue to develop and improve her product
  • How she pushed past the earliest challenges in her business to make a product that is stylish and works

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Guest Social Media Info

Tracey Pickett (Instagram) — @traceypickettesq 

Tracey Pickett (Twitter) — @traceypickett__

Hairbrella (Instagram) —  @hairbrella

Hairbrealla (Twitter) — @hairbrella 

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Aug 13, 2020

Teri Ijeoma is the first one to tell you that she loves investing in stocks because it allowed her to live her dreams. She is a millennial millionaire, minister, stock investor, and an entrepreneur who teaches others how to invest in the stock market to be able to pay off debt, go on trips, and pay down on mortgages. In other words, how to use stocks in real time to make money now.

Her journey has been unconventional, but has led to a path full of purpose and uniquely made for Teri. She first learned about stocks and trading in high school. After graduating from college, Teri delved into the world of consulting, but later decided she wanted to pursue something more meaningful, which led to a position in education. 

While working in education, Teri started investing in and trading stocks as a side hustle. When she grew this trading side hustle to the point of making $300/day, she decided to make the leap. In this episode, you’ll find out:

  • Why Teri quit her job in order to help people learn how to trade
  • How going to seminary helped to shape her career
  • How you can use trading as a means for supplemental income

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Teri Ijeoma (Instagram) – @imaninvestor
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Aug 5, 2020

It’s been a while since we checked in with our Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Lisa Pegram. On today’s episode, you’ll get a look into what her life and business looks like one year after launching her beauty tech company, Belle51. Belle51 focuses on the specific skin issues of Black and Brown communities and how to treat them effectively.

Lisa is no stranger to the side hustle life. She is currently in pursuit of her PhD at Columbia where she studies meta-cognition and data sciences, working in the field full-time, and managing her own company. 

Since I last spoke with Lisa, she now offers products such as an esthetician-grade, automatic microneedling tool, an oil serum, and a laser for hyperpigmentation. Things have been booming! You know the notion of focusing on what you have first, so you can get that where it needs to be before you add new products? Well for Lisa, she went against the grain of that and is carving out a new path for her company. She’s learned that adding products has actually increased her revenue because customers have choices within her offerings.

Get to know more about how Belle51 is growing, and what Lisa has learned about marketing, scaling up and betting on herself.

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Belle51 (Instagram) – @belle51co
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