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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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Jun 30, 2021

Zakia Blain, the CEO and Founder of FBF Body is in the Side Hustle Pro podcast guest chair today for an update episode! Zakia is the master of the pivot. 

Her company started with a fitness challenge, and when her doctors told her that she couldn’t work out anymore due to an illness, she pivoted into shapewear. 

Then, when the pandemic hit and people were not going outside and didn’t need as much shapewear, FBF Body pivoted into athleisure apparel.

FBF Body’s highly sought after shapewear and fitness apparel has taken on a cult following of its own, largely in part due to Zakia’s open and honest method of sharing herself actually wearing it and looking amazing while doing so.

On this episode, Zakia shares:

  • How she builds anticipation for her products
  • How she manages and plans out her inventory seasons in advance
  • Her monthly drop technique for new items and so much more

Check out this episode and others on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and watch on YouTube 

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FBF Body - @fbfbody

Zakia Blain - @zakiablain

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Jun 24, 2021

Today in the guest chair is Jerri Evans, the Owner of Turning Natural Juice Bars. Jerri was first on the show in 2017 and now she’s back with an update!

As the Owner of Turning Natural Juice Bars, Jerri Evans has revolutionized juicing in the “hood”.  By bringing better choices to communities that otherwise lack access to healthy options, Jerri dedicated her mission to serving the often under-served and overlooked.  

It was Evans’ late mother Annette Turner, who founded Turning Natural, after being diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer. Shortly after her mother’s transition, Evans quit her then excelling career as an Aeronautical Engineer to pursue helping those who were looking to take care of themselves.  

Eight years and six locations later, Jerri has committed to continuing her mom’s legacy and trailblazing her own. 

On this episode, hear how Jerri:

  • Thinks about how and when to expand to a new location
  • Addressed her shortcomings as a manager to make her team stronger
  • Navigates “graduating” from a business she founded and having an exit strategy!

Check out this episode and others on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and watch on YouTube 

This episode is brought to you by:

AWeber

Your side hustle needs a reliable way to connect with your audience and promote your product or service. Start growing your business with email marketing, web push notifications, and landing page builder. Visit AWeber.com and enter code HUSTLEPRO for a free 30-day free trial of AWeber’s PRO plan. 

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Turning Natural - @turningnatural

Jerri Evans - @jerrichanel

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Jun 16, 2021

I’m celebrating the 5 Year Anniversary of Side Hustle Pro all this month with video interviews with some of my favorite guests of all time! (So you can listen to this episode on your favorite podcast app or watch on the Side Hustle Pro YouTube Channel)

Today in the guest chair, we have Kim Lewis, the CEO and co-founder of CurlMix, a clean beauty brand for curly hair. After a strong showing on Season 10 of ABC’s Emmy Award-winning Shark Tank with her husband and co-founder, Tim, Kim made the daring decision to bet on herself, and turned down a $400,000 Shark deal. 

Less than six months later, Kim’s talent for logistics and marketing secured a seed investment of $1.2M. CurlMix’s sales catapulted to $6M in annual revenue and they have earned over $13M in lifetime sales – all online. 

On this episode, hear how CurlMix:

  • Went from a DIY box for curly hair to launching their own products
  • Empowers, educates, and grows their community and customers with weekly Facebook lives
  • Turned down an offer on Shark Tank
  • Started their Equity Crowdfunding campaign
  • How they juggled raising two kids while building a huge business

Check out this episode and others on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube 

This episode is brought to you by:

AWeber

Your side hustle needs a reliable way to connect with your audience and promote your product or service. Start growing your business with email marketing, web push notifications, and landing page builder. Visit AWeber.com and enter code HUSTLEPRO for a free 30-day free trial of AWeber’s PRO plan.

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CurlMix - @CurlMix

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Jun 9, 2021

I’m celebrating the 5 Year Anniversary of Side Hustle Pro all this month with video interviews with some of my favorite guests of all time! (So you can listen to this episode on your favorite podcast app or watch on the Side Hustle Pro YouTube Channel)

Today in the guest chair, we have Angel Gregorio, the founder and owner of The Spice Suite, a growing community-centric spice boutique, located in Washington DC’s Takoma Park community. 

When we first spoke with Angel on the Side Hustle Pro podcast in 2018, she shared how she walked by a vacant storefront with no plan or desire to be a small business owner and decided on the spot to turn it into a spice shop. 

That spice shop has since become a dream incubator and haven. Voted Best Spice Shop in Washington City Paper’s Best of DC, The Spice Suite offers fresh spice blends and cooking oils from around the world, handcrafted and customized to disrupt the typical dining experience. 

And as a way to pay it forward and support fellow dreamers, Angel offers space at The Spice Suite for pop-up shops, free of charge. No fine print. No commission.

On this episode, hear how Angel:

  • The first steps she took to get her very first product made (and how she started all wrong!)
  • How she makes the margins work for her in eCommerce:
  • How her approach to life and business has shaped her business expansion

Check out this episode and others on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube 

This episode is brought to you by:

AWeber

Your side hustle needs a reliable way to connect with your audience and promote your product or service. Start growing your business with email marketing, web push notifications, and landing page builder. Visit AWeber.com and enter code HUSTLEPRO for a free 30-day free trial of AWeber’s PRO plan.

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Announcements

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The Spice Suite - @thespicesuite

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