Business Startup; What You Should Know When Building Your Business From The Ground Up

Do you have a vision or a concept you think will help others?? Starting a business can be exciting but it can also be scary. Not knowing where to start, how to register your business, business entities, business credit, business loans…there’s a lot to starting a business, however if you have a vision and a plan, you can make it happen! Hard work, dedication and being disciplined is also apart of the process.

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Not only did I start my businesses from the ground up, but I did not know everything I needed to know when I started to run my business, yes, I made mistakes, as most entrepreneurs do, however as time went on I learned a lot and from the mistakes made. When they say “experience is the best teacher” they are right. One mistake I made was not getting my business registered. I had the vision, I had the plan but I didn’t do the most important parts. Once I got that started THEN I was ready to rock! Nope, I still needed to make sure my business name was registered NOW I’m ready to rock! There are a few other things you have to make sure you put in place when starting your business from the ground up once you’ve done all of the legal stuff. Now that I have everything in place, it’s time to start building my networks, create my website and get started on my marketing and branding. One of the best things I could have done was network with some great entrepreneurs who had been in business for years, you can always get great nuggets to apply to your own business.

So, marketing your business and building your brand is a major part of people knowing who you are and what it is you do. Think about the BIG companies, you know most of them from their branding and how they market their business. It’s a good idea when starting your business to have a marketing plan and hire someone to help you with bringing it all to fruition. You want to be sure you have an online presence by creating a website or landing page, your marketing/web consultant will be able to help you bring all of your visions to reality. When you have built your client/customer base you can have them all check out your products/services on your website which makes it convenient for them to get info, book appointments or shop. Having a website will also bring you new clients/ customers through google searches, keywords etc.

Building your own business is not going to be easy, you will have to do everything do not be afraid to hire people to run your business and be clear on your plan. Stay focused, not giving up and following these good steps…

A few things to remember when starting your business from the ground up:

  • Make sure your business is registered properly
  • You are your brand
  • Create realistic goals and put them on paper or someone where you can see them
  • Be sure to create a great marketing plan
  • Build your network
  • Hire someone to help you bring your plan to reality
  • Work on your business goals everyday

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Let’s Talk Business: Network Monthly with Business Minded Women

Once a month a few of my business friends and myself get together and invite new entrepreneurs to join us to talk business. We have realtors/brokers, wedding coordinators, marketing consultants, makeup artists, fitness trainers, authors, just to name a few of those who have joined us! I want to invite you to come out and network with these brilliant minds as we brainstorm and talk about important business topics in a casual, fun environment. I’ve found that meeting other Business Minded people is not as bad as it seems! You learn more and you can talk to people who actually “get it” not to mention building your networks and creating partnerships, you never know who you might meet at our networking meetups! For more information contact us.

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Tips On When and How You Should Give Out Your Business Card

Each month some of my entrepreneur friends and I get together and have business conversations and brainstorming sessions, every month we discuss one new business topic.

One of our topics this month was “How and when to give someone your business card”. What’s interesting to me is, how some people are really not big on business cards because they look at social media as their business card. Social media is great, I just feel like offline gives a person a better feel of who you are first. Also, giving someone your business card is important when attending networking events, and talking to people who may not have social media.

Most people want to be able to contact you via phone or email, also a business card shows a little more professionalism, in my opinion. We talked alittle about this as the person who would be receiving someone’s business card and how we would want to be approached.

With that being said, I’ve found that sharing a few tips would help when making the decision to share your business card with the right people.

Here are a few tips to remember when sharing your business card/ information with someone you don’t know (offline):

  1. Energy is everything.
  2. Just walking up to someone and saying “here’s my card”, “this is what I do” may not get you clients/customers.
  3. When engaging in a conversation, you could introduce yourself and share your business card/information with them at that time.
  4. Being personable is important in deciding if a person wants to do business with you.
  5. Always be genuine and be yourself.

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How To Leverage Your Business Relationships

What does it mean to leverage your business relationships? What can you do to leverage your business relationships?

Although this may sound alarming to some, think about it, when you shop…you want to experience great customer service, correct?! Getting to know people and building great relationships can lead to many great opportunities especially as a business owner. I think this is very important when it comes to leveraging business relationships.

Some people make decisions to work with you on projects based on your relationship or the impression you left on them.

Think of it as a win win situation, building great relationships with those in your networks can be key to referrals or other great business opportunities.

Honesty and integrity, among other things, will take you a long way in any relationship!

Bottom line is, leveraging your business relationships can be a good thing depending on how you choose to do it.

A few tips to start leveraging your business relationships:

  • Work with other entrepreneurs
  • Be valuable
  • Know your business goals
  • Engage with others online and offline

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Meet Teen Entrepreneur Miss Taylor Harrell, the Winner of My Girlfriends House, Teenpreneur Challenge

This past weekend, I had the opportunity of working on a project that is near and dear to the Business Minded Womens’ heart apart of our mission is supporting young entrepreneurs in their businesses. I was able to work with My Girlfriend’s House, a non-profit organization of a community of women supporting and empowering each other. I was honored to sit on a sharktank panel with 3 other professionals as 6 teen entrepreneurs pitched their businesses to us and they did an amazing job doing so!

HOWever, when I tell you this was not easy at all, IT WAS NOT EASY…AT ALL!

All of the young ladies ranged in age from 11-16, they all had great businesses and business plans, unfortunately, there could only be one winner.

One young lady stood out the most to us, she showed great confidence and knowledge of her price points and products.

The winner of the teen entrepreneur challenge was 12 -year -old, Miss Taylor

Harrell, president and founder of her boutique @beadzfrmtay, her business creates customized bracelets, ankle bracelets and waist beads. I see this young lady going far in her entrepreneurial journey!

Taylor and her mom were very excited and deserving as she was the winner of a prize package of $14,397 to support her college and future business endeavors, which included her doing a segment on WUSA channel 9 this past Monday morning!

She is being mentored through her business and we plan to update you all later on throughout Miss Taylor’s business journey. In the meantime, follow her on Instagram: @beadzfrmtay

For inquiries or orders, email: beadzfrmtay@gmail.com

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Monday Morning Motivation!

I love this photo of Regina King!!!
Speaks volumes on how hard she’s worked and how important it is to keep pushing and staying focused on your goals!!
Never concern yourself with the naysayers just keep striving for greatness!
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Entrepreneurship: On The Outside Looking In

How many know that being an entrepreneur is more work than what most people think it is???

It’s blood, sweat and tears… sometimes literally!!! Some think it’s just you selling your product or services and you make money….!! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

Not!!!!!!!!!!

Looking at it from the outside, sure that’s what it looks like. However, sometimes people have good reasons for becoming an entrepreneur, some may not be the taking directions from a supervisor or manager on a 9to5 type and would much rather lead and oversee…OR maybe the person is super creative and choose to make the decisions on “what” and “how” they want things done. You have some who would rather just have more time in their day vs sitting in an office all day building up someone else’s empire so they choose to do what it takes to build their own.

Either way you look at it, it’s not always easy. I saw this image below and thought to myself…a 3rd holiday home?? But I got the message….😊

It definitely takes hard work and dedication. It’s also a good idea to have a good marketing plan and having “tough skin” to be able to maintain your sanity most times helps too.

You may even lose some people along the way that may not understand your journey or may not even believe in your goals, some may not even LIKE the way you do things! You will go through many ups and downs but if entrepreneurship is what you are seeking and you are passionate about it, don’t give up!

All I can say is stand strong on what you believe in and stay surrounded by successful, positive beings and those who are genuinely in your corner!

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2018 Winding Down

I don’t know about you, but it seems like 2018 flew by us! I feel like 365 days in a year is just not enough time to reach all of my goals…Yes, I said it! More time is needed in the year, an extra weekend day to be exact! πŸ˜‰ Whoever said time waits for NOONE…NEVER lied!

There are some things we may not have been able to make a reality this year, and that’s OK, we have a whole entire new 365 days ahead of us to get focused and make changes. If it’s healthy eating habits, business goals or a project at home you said you would finish…we still have time!

So what this means is we don’t have to be so hard on ourselves for not doing some things we said we would do this year instead, let’s commit to making those things a priority and plan to make 2019 a better year.

Take a minute to take a look back at all of the positive things you were able to make happen, all of your accomplishments, then go into 2019 with a whole new outlook and a newΒ  set of goals, and remember if you weren’t able to finish the year strong, we have a whole new 365 days approaching us!

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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