Month: August 2014

MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Allison Volk

Today’s MITM entrepreneur spotlight features Allison Volk, founder of The Blog Babe., a company that makes “consistent content creation a total breeze by writing your blog posts for you in your voice.”  Allison found that working a 9-5 job just didn’t fit her busy lifestyle (she’s also an actress and award-winning playwright).  So, she did what any other smart, savvy future mogul would do: she started her own business to give herself the time freedom and flexibility to live life on her own terms.

Check out her story…

Allison Volk - The Blog Babe

Name: Allison Volk

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Business Name: The Blog Babe

Years in Business: 2

Are you a full or part time business owner?

I am a full-time business owner, and I love it!

Why did you start your business?

I’m an actress in Los Angeles, and I got so frustrated with having hourly jobs that required me to be somewhere at a certain time. That was tough, because as an actress, you really need to be able to move your schedule around with flexibility for auditions and shoots and rehearsals.

When I realized that I could make a living and make my own schedule, starting my business seemed like a no-brainer.

Allison Volk - The Blog Babe

What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business?

It’s really empowering to be able to create my life the way I want it to be. I find that I feel more motivated and inspired now that I work for myself, and that the lessons I’ve learned from growing my business and strengthening interpersonal relationships pretty much apply to the rest of life.

Another rewarding aspect is the potential for growth. When I worked hourly, I might get a raise when I’ve been a good employee for a year. When I work for myself, there’s literally no limit to how much money I can make. How many hours do I want to work? How many clients do I want to take on? I get to choose. No one chooses for me. That freedom is… everything.

What are your biggest challenges?

Right now my biggest challenge is managing time. I’m at a point where it’s time for The Blog Babe to grow and there are some pains involved there. It’s really easy to get completely engrossed in work and forget to set aside time for friends and family, but that’s so important!

Another challenge I’m facing at the moment is building solid infrastructure so that the company can grow smoothly. Right now I’m facing questions like, “what’s the best way to bill a customer? How do I remind them to pay an invoice if it’s overdue? How can I most easily automate emails?”

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?

Always come from a place of love.

Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?

Right now I’m building my team, though I’ve been a one-woman show for about 2 years now. It’s amazing how hard it is to take a deep breath and let go of some things! Delegation is so important, but it’s hard!

Allison Volk - The Blog Babe

Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?

I’m really looking forward to building my writing team and serving more clients. I’ve seen the difference it makes for clients when they can consistently put out smart, relevant articles to their audience; suddenly they start getting more clients, they start earning the trust of their readers, and things start to feel really good.

What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?

Don’t wait. Just do it now, because no one is going to do it for you!

For more information on Allison Volk and The Blog Babe, check them out online at:

Website | Twitter

 

If you would like to be featured in the MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight, please email your request to info@nikolaahaiwe.com

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe

Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

 

 

 

 

 

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{Event Recap} August Mogul Meetup

Last week, I hosted the second Mogul Meetup, a networking mixer/workshop that I created for entrepreneurs looking to learn the skills they need to grow their businesses, while making genuine connections with other like-minded, savvy business owners!

Attorney Merissa Grayson was this month’s featured guest speaker.  She did a phenomenal job explaining the importance of a contract in business, breaking down the differences between a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, and corporation and how to determine which entity would be best for your business, speaking on how to protect your brand/work with copyrights and trademarks, and sooo much more!  Attendees left with a wealth of knowledge about how to build, protect, and handle their business, legally.

It was a great night of networking, learning, and fun!  Check out the pics below:

Merissa Grayson August Mogul Meetup Speaker

 Attorney Merissa rocked the house with her wonderful presentation: The Legal Side of Your Brand.  She kept the crowd engaged, and provided so much useful information!

Nikola Ahaiwe Merissa Grayson August Mogul Meetup
Merissa Grayson and I posing after her presentation…I cannot begin to explain how awesome she was!

I had a great time mixing and mingling with the attendees.  This was such a great group of entrepreneurs/future moguls!

Nikola Ahaiwe and August Mogul Meetup Attendees

Nikola Ahaiwe and August Mogul Meetup Attendees

Nikola Ahaiwe and August Mogul Meetup Attendees

Nikola Ahaiwe and August Mogul Meetup Attendees

A BIG thank you to Merissa Grayson, who did a phenomenal job speaking at the event, and Kristen Wiggins for photographing the event.  These ladies were an absolute pleasure to work with!

Nikola Ahaiwe Merissa Grayson Kristen Wiggins

 Save the date for next month’s Mogul Meetup, Tuesday, September 9th.  Full details coming soon!

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe - Business Coach, Motivational Speaker, Blogger

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Kristen Wiggins

Disclaimer: While you are reading this post, I will be on the floor furiously hitting 50,ooo situps (you’ll see why in just a sec!)

Today’s MITM entrepreneur spotlight features Kristen Wiggins, founder of Royal Waistbeads, a company that offers handmade, luxury, made-to-order waist beads.  I met Kristin at the June Mogul Meetup, and after just one conversation, I was really impressed by this young lady’s drive and determination.  She made a bold and fearless move to LA from DC to pursue her dreams and quickly found herself immersed in the entrepreneurial scene.  Not only does she design beautiful jewelry, she also documents her fun travel experiences in Peaches, Beaches, and Urbanistas, a travel blog she started with her best friend.

Check out her story…

Kristen Wiggins MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight

Name: Kristen Wiggins

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Business Name: Royal Waistbeads

Years in Business: Just over a year officially

 

Kristen Wiggins Founder Royal Waistbeads

 

Are you a full or part time business owner?

 

 

Part Time. I’m currently a full-time public relations assistant for a luxury cruise line, and during my time away from the office, I handle all things “side hustle.” I update and maintain Royal Waistbeads’ Etsy and independent website, respond to customer support messages, promote on social media, and touch base with my mom daily about our business.

I’m also spending a lot of time working on my other online based business, Peaches, Beaches, and Urbanistas, a travel blog recently launched by my best friend and I.  We share our experiences in the post-collegiate world as we embrace new cities while reaching our goals. Our aim is to help inspire young women to step out of their comfort zones, make the most of their city, and to travel more. We are both big on travel; we share our travel tips and stories, and also plan on bringing on other guest writers to share their travel tales  as well. Ultimately, I plan for this blog to aid as a segue to both launch an online travel store, and to serve as a platform for a podcast that will highlight young African American world travelers and  entrepreneurs on the rise.  I’m making the most out of my transition to Los Angeles so that I’ll have great content and insight for the blog!

Kristen Wiggins Cofounder Peaches Beaches & Urbanistas

 

Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?

I work beside my business partner, who also happens to be my mother! Well, we used to work side by side. Now, we are bicoastal since I moved away from home in Maryland to California.

Why did you start your business?

At first, I started wearing waistbeads because they were a really cute accessory that helped me feel confident in my body. Then, my mother and I started to learn and appreciate their cultural significance, so we created our own waistbeads. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate ancient African innovation, and make a connection with a tradition that our ancestors likely practiced as well. We’ve always been creative and good at crafting, so we tried our hands at jewelry making. The first waistbeads I bought weren’t the best quality, and popped easily. We wanted to make ones that would last, and we wanted to design patterns that would stand out. Our friends and family admired our handwork and encouraged us to make them available publicly online. The more we made, the more we loved it, and we noticed a lot of interest in our items.  We became fully dedicated to sharing our modern spin on this wonderful form of jewelry.

Kristen Wiggins Founder Royal Waistbeads

 

 What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business?

All of the positive customer feedback. It’s truly gratifying when women communicate the sense of empowerment they feel simply by wearing our waistbeads. We’ve had women order custom sets to wear in private for their significant other, complete with gemstones representing love and sensuality. One might tell us how much her husband loved them. We also have a lot of women ordering waistbeads for their vacation. We love to  hear how excited they are to show them off with their swimsuits at the beach. Probably the most rewarding feedback we receive has to do with our customer service and the quality of our work. We put A LOT of effort into those aspects, so it feels great when customers take the time out to mention that. It’s an invaluable feeling to know that you have the ability to produce something special, and that your vision is well received.

 

What are your biggest challenges?

It is very time consuming to produce custom, handmade-to-order items. It’s definitely difficult to scale, as we’d have to compromise on the availability of styles and customization — which is what we pride Royal Waistbeads on.   So right now, I’d say the biggest challenge is figuring out how to expand and open a second, scalable business, while still maintaining the growth of Royal Waistbeads and completing orders.

Kristen Wiggins Founder Royal Waistbeads

 

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?

I’ve heard countless beneficial  gems of advice, but here’s a chunk of what I think is most important:

  • Find a way to make your passion profitable. You’ll be working hard day in and day out; you’ll get burnt out by doing something you don’t enjoy.

  • You don’t have to be perfect to START.

  • Create value and  focus on your audience in everything you do.

  • Make sure you have a unique approach!

Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?

Going beyond just Royal Waistbeads, my true vision is for waisbteads to become a staple piece of jewelry on girls and women across the world. It is still a relatively little known about practice, but I believe one day it will be just as common as wearing bracelets and necklaces. When people here in America, or even as far as Australia and Japan, see waistbeads, they will see a confident woman, and they will know the story behind this beautiful African tradition.

What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?

While you are building your brand, make sure you accomplish something every single day that helps you reach your goals. Continuously seek opportunities to better yourself as an entrepreneur — watch Youtube videos, read business blogs, listen to Podcasts, and take lots of notes. Prioritize. Never stop building, and never stop learning.

Kristen Wiggins Founder Royal Waistbeads

For more information on Kristen Wiggins and Royal Waistbeads, check them out online at:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

If you would like to be featured in the MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight, please email your request to info@nikolaahaiwe.com

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe

Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

 

 

 

 

 

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Everyone is NOT Your Ideal Client

Today, while waiting in line at one of my favorite juice bars, a woman walked past me with a hairstyle so gorgeous that I HAD to stop her and give her a compliment.  What she proceeded to tell me had me in complete shock!

Check out the quick video:

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Listen, I get it:. you want to work with as many clients as possible, right? But, are you pre-qualifying your clients and making sure that they are a good fit, or that they can actually use and benefit from the services/products that you offer?  No one wants to feel as is they are just another name on your list, or that you are only interested in reaching a certain quota or sales goal.  They want to make sure that you are genuinely interested in helping to solve the solution to whatever problem it is that they are experiencing.

Everyone Is Not Your Ideal Client

 

A while back, I wrote a post titled 3 Ways to Find Your Target Market.  If you have not already clearly defined who your ideal client is, I highly suggest that you take a moment to do that before you continue in your marketing efforts.   Knowing this information will save you a lot of time and effort chasing after the wrong clients, and help you begin to attract the right ones!

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe
Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe - Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

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{Video} Should You Mix Your Business and Personal Lives on Social Media?

The other day, someone asked me if I thought that, as a business owner, it was a good idea to mix your business and personal lives on your social media channels, or should they be separated.

My answer is two-fold: YES and No.  There is a right and WRONG way to do it.

In this short video, I explain how sharing a glimpse into your personal life can lead to attracting your ideal clients, and explain how a few simple mistakes can send potential clients running for the hills (trust me, you do NOT want to do this!)

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Sound off: Do YOU think it’s a good idea to mix your business and personal lives on social media? How do you balance the two?

Please like, comment, and/or share this video with someone that you know that it may help.  Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel so that you don’t miss a video (I have some pretty great stuff coming soon!)

To Your Prosperity and Success,

Nikola Ahaiwe

Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

Nikola Ahaiwe

 

 

 

 

 

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