Starting Your Business in 2019?

Are you planning to go into business for yourself in 2019? What have you done to get started?? Is your business scalable??

Entrepreneurship can be a real challenge, but if it’s something you truly believe in dont give up on it! Surround yourself with good people who has been there and done it and can help you…go getters and like-minded individuals!

Keep in mind, everything takes time your business will not boom overnight. What’s most important is to find what works for you and determining if it will be profitable over time.

Here are a few tips I want to share with you based on my own experiences as an entrepreneur and what I know works…

  • Create a business plan
  • Do your research!
  • Network with the right people
  • Hire a Mentor
  • Believe in yourself!
  • Stay focused
  • Remember, you cannot please everyone
  • Put in the work

These are just a few tips that can help get you on the right track to making your dreams a reality. You have to do the work.

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How Important Is It For You To Create A Vision Board

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to get back focused on creating what we see in our future and what we’ve been working so hard to accomplish all year, its Vision Board time! Whether you are creating an actual board and pasting photos of your dreams and goals to post in your bedroom or office to see first thing in the morning, or you are creating an album with all of your visions on each page OR you are creating a virtual vision of your dreams and goals for 2019, we have options.

I can say I have only created a vision board once, I created an actual board with cut outs from magazines. However, for me, it was difficult to find everything I needed in magazines to complete my vision, which was a little frustrating. This year I’ve decided to create a virtual vision collage I can share as my screensaver on my phone, that way I could always look at my vision and stay motivated for my next move and make my goals a reality for this upcoming year!

Here are a few free apps you can use to create your virtual vision board:

  1. Canva
  2. Pic Collage
  3. Layout
  4. Adobe Spark

How important is it for you to create a vision board for your goals this coming year??

Steve Harvey talks to Oprah about how important a vision board was for him.


“Man if I didn’t have a Vision Board, I’d be in trouble!”

~ Steve Harvey 

Oprah talking to Steve Harvey about his vision board

Helping the Community

Thanksgiving is all about giving. A lot of us spend time with our families and friendsFB_IMG_1542123194741_edited and share how thankful we are for having food on the table, a roof over our heads and anything else we are thankful for.  However, there are many families that are not as fortunate and would be grateful to have a decent dinner for their family to enjoy. It’s also a good idea to get our children involved in helping those in need. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we are getting involved and helping a family in need and would love for you to join us!

Business Minded Women, B.M.W has partnered with BeYouSocial for the Adopt-A- Family Thanksgiving Drive. Our organizations both believe it giving back. Join us by helping our Adopted Family have a great Thanksgiving dinner this year by making a donation whether it is food or monetary, no donation is TOO BIG or TOO small.

Drop off your (perishable, non-perishable and monetary) donations this Friday evening. at Ruby Tuesday’s in Clinton, Maryland.

If you can’t make it in person, but would still like to provide your support we are accepting donations online via paypal or cashapp.

Paypal donations can be sent to: info@dominique-nicole.com

Help us Be a blessing to a Family in Need.

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Goal Setting 2018

Why does it seem like every time we have a great idea and we get super excited about it we then go into…THIS IS GOING TO BE MY YEAR mode!? After about 6 months in you’ve forgotten all about that idea and the goals you set for it because another idea has kicked in! It happens to the best of us. I’ve learned to write down my ideas and tosmart goal setting hand drawn on blackboard set REALISTIC goals that I can work on little by little. It’s easy to get drained trying to work on everything at once, so spread out your goals and work hard to accomplish them.

This year, I’ve worked hard to achieve the goals I set for myself and my businesses. It hasn’t been easy though, especially when you want to do so much! I was able take some time to look at my growth personally and spiritually, and realized that I’d made some great strides in all areas but still have work to do. I didn’t necessarily hit every goal I set for myself, nevertheless, I’ve found new ways to work that helps me manage my time better and I’ve learned you cannot do EVERY thing at once! No matter what others are doing you have to do what works best for you. No matter what the goal is business or personal, it’s usually just me working to become a better version of myself because with personal growth comes business growth. I was able to make some great things happen that I was proud of this year, now it’s time to finish out the year and think more about where I want to be in the next few years to ensure my businesses flourish.

A few things I was able to do was to launch my online boutique, offer my customers some new things and to start my own line…this was a start…but there was still so much more I needed to do! I even started working on a few in-person interviews to spotlight some of the areas hardest working entrepreneurs earlier this year, which is something I will continue and was a great experience!

However, we all know nothing happens overnight as bad as we would like for them to, it just doesn’t. There was so much more I wanted to accomplish this year, for instance, publishing more blog posts. I KNOW…I KNOW, but now that I’ve worked on my time management, I can share more great business topics and some of my own business experiences. I’m not afraid to say that I didn’t do everything I wanted to do, but THIS IS MY YEAR!! (inserts sarcasm)

I shared all of this with you all to say, as long as you’re working hard and moving toward the goals you you want to accomplish you can make anything you want happen and at anytime you want…OK, maybe not all of what you want to do but there’s always time to get focused! Write everything down, use time management to do a little at a time and work hard to make things happen!

Slow progress is better than no progress at all. Less procrastinating and more goal setting then knocking those goals out will get you closer to where you want to be for 2019!

If you can relate or want to share your thoughts leave a comment on your experiences.

 

Why is In-person networking so difficult for women entrepreneurs?

I don’t believe social media alone is what makes you a successful business owner.

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So I posed this question in my Facebook group because I’ve been there and wanted to hear what others felt. I learned that some women have a fear of rejection and not being prepared enough, some say we’ve lost the ability to be social and be ourselves by relying on social media and hiding behind our devices, some people are introverts and for some it could just be difficult talking to others about their business especially when you’re just starting out.

I’m learning, in my own experiences, that networking is a big part of becoming a successful business owner. I’m still a work in progress, as we all are, but it has become so much more easier when I released my fears and stepped out on faith. These days I feel like I can talk to anyone about my business and people say, “Wow, I had no idea you were doing so much!” when people say that, I say to myself I definitely need to network more, OFFLINE!

Yes, networking can be daunting, but that’s a part of being a business owner, it’s not for everybody. Being able to overcome obstacles, not concerning yourself with rushing and not being quick to give up.

Another thing I’ve learned is having an “elevator pitch” and practicing it constantly is one of the best things you can do! It makes it easier to talk to people and within seconds you can have someone’s attention when at a networking event. This is something you can do on your own or with people in your circle, when you are out at an event you are able to introduce yourself and your business with in a few seconds; short and sweet. Networking OFFLINE is how people get to know YOU and who they are doing business with. It makes a difference. You should also know who to connect with and Do not worry about rejection because those can turn into approvals and things like, “LETS SET UP A MEETING” it’s really all about what your goals are and how successful you would like to be in your business.

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Closing out the Month of May….

When you look back at the month of May, how did you do with accomplishing your goals??

May was a super busy month for me! I told myself this year I would work harder on accomplishing my goals and I see it all happening.

I’m happy to be closing this chapter, now its time to move on to the next chapter. Continuing to work on the design of my website and watching that come together, partnering with some great organizations, and that’s not even half of what I’ve done I’ll say busy but well worth it! I can say I’m excited about what’s in store for the next few months and I can’t wait to reveal everything to the you all. Opening up this new chapter, hoping to accomplish bigger goals for June. Staying focused on the plan and following the path that’s being laid for me.

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The smallest steps…can make the biggest difference

8cdf40e55faaf2918359560beb3d6a81.jpgI believe as long as you are taking steps that’s all that matters, it’s when we get stuck is where the problems come in. The smallest steps can lead to bigger steps its all about your flow and what your goals are, whether they are business or personal goals take one step at a time, baby steps makes all the difference! However, when you stop taking those steps that’s when things become stagnant, you become still and motionless.

That’s not what we want to do especially if we have goals we’re trying to meet.

Listen, we all have a purpose in life, find your purpose and take the necessary steps! Think about how far you’ve come in the last 5 years…just take a moment and think about it…then think about where you would like to be in the next 5 years once you’ve taken the necessary steps. No matter how big or small your steps were in the past, you made some progress and you can continue to make progress by not getting stuck and living your best life. You do not have to compete with anyone but yourself, it’s all about you. Little progress is better than none at all and can lead you to make bigger steps and more progress. Never concern yourself with how others are moving, move at your own pace, be patient and results will show!

B.M.W Networking with A Twist!

Do you know how much POWER there is in Networking?? Networking gives you the opportunity to learn who’s who and what goals you may have for the future. It also gives you a chance to connect with new individuals who may inspire you!

Business Minded Women, B.M.W has partnered up with Thelifehelpers organization and State Delegate Ronald McDaniel Jr. to bring to you…

GOOD FOOD~GOOD PEOPLE~GOOD VIBES Networking event with a Twist! Join us for a fun-filled evening of games, food and great vibes while networking with some GREAT individuals! Whether you’re an author, non profit organization, boutique owner or just looking to connect…we want to meet you!

To RSVP ASAP click the flyer…

Also, if you’ve already done your Spring cleaning and have shoes you want to get rid of, bring them along, we’re collecting shoes all styles and sizes for a worthy cause. If you would like to donate and learn more about the movement contact thelifehelpers or email info@businessmindedwomen.net.

We hope to see you soon!!

Starve Your Distractions

Why is it so easy to lose focus when it’s time to go to your next level?? It seems like when you’re working on major goals no matter if it’s business or personal, here comes some type of distraction. We tend to lose focus and let those things get in our way—we’re not perfect, it happens! We can’t allow it to stay that way we have to find ways to let those distractions starve and die off! We sometimes get discouraged and allow distractions to take over. This can make it difficult to stay on track but you can’t lose focus; its not an option!

I want to encourage you to re-gain your focus!

When you have people who support and believe in you just as much as you believe in yourself, you can’t do anything besides embrace your next level! It took me some time to realize I had a greatness but when I realized what that was, I couldn’t allow anyone or anything to get in the way of it. I eventually had to remove those things that were distracting me if I wanted to continue to strive for greatness! When I did, I was able to focus more on the goals I set for myself and I was also able to start the journey to my next level, it helps to keep those who you know has your best interest close. I’m inspired everyday by those who are grounded, have great work ethics and continuously pushing through, in spite of. Stay encouraged by telling yourself everyday you have a purpose and it must be fulfilled. No halfsteppin! 🙂

Keep in mind some will try to trip you up along the way, just understand it’s apart of the process, the more you focus the more your distractions will starve!

Here are a few ways I’ve learned to stay focused:

  • Create realistic goals that are attainable for you.
  • Remove anything that speaks negativity from your space.
  • Keep positive people in your circle; those who truly want to see you go further.
  • Read or listen to spiritual scriptures, motivational books, videos or podcasts, one of my favorites is Napoleon Hill.
  • Use your free time wisely. Sit in a room with no TV, no phone, no music no distractions and relax for about 30min each day.

You Are Your Only Limit

We have embarked on a new year, 2018 is here! We’ve made it through our first 31 days, finally! Now, we can really get focused, create a plan and execute! However, if you havebusinessplan2-1-1030x648-1496859708 a plan and its not being executed this is not going to be your year. We all need a plan, sometimes a Plan B if Plan A doesn’t work. By February being the shortest month of the year, we have to really challenge ourselves and turn those plans into actions, set some realistic goals and get ready to knock them out!

As a CEO myself of 3 businesses, the newest one I will reveal soon, the other is already in motion Intimate Xpressions and editor/creative writer for Business Minded Women, I’ve had to take a short break from everything and actually work on myself, turning my dreams into a reality and implementing my plans…I mean let’s be honest…we can’t sit back and wait for another year to creep up on us! I started this year out by telling myself “NO HALF-STEPPIN”…it might sound a little corny but it is MY own motivation that helps me get through, because at times we do half-step, usually I am self motivated but sometimes we lose focus and have to regain it. During my break, I went out and attended some events, spoke to upcoming business owners and some seasoned vets, all who have inspired and motivated me in some way to keep striving for greatness no matter what!

I want to encourage you, if you have the drive and the business acumen to market your business…do it! It’s not about what you know nowadays its WHO you know. Connecting and building great relationships with people who motivate and inspire you to do more is very important. Sometimes you feed off of a persons energy which a lot of times makes a powerful connection.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to interview some hard working business owners in the area at the ImSoDC Customer Appreciation event held in N.E. Washington D.C. ImSoDC is a local brand that is becoming worldwide. This event showcased some of the areas top businesses. I had the opportunity to talk with a few and learn about their business. I had no idea we had someone in the area designing custom made watches, check out some of these businesses K Joseph Watches, The Bow Tie Legend, Shoset Socks, Black Bella DC, Cigars 210…just to name a few. Some who have been in business only a year others 2 years and some 5+ years, to see the hard work and dedication they all put into selling their products/services and having the opportunity to talk with them gave me even more motivation to continue my journey! Don’t wait for opportunities to come along, create them!

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