5 Tips to Prepare Your Business for Black Friday

Black Friday Business Tips Did you know that most major retailers make the bulk of their revenue for the year on Black Friday?! If you have not already put a plan into place to capitalize on the biggest shopping day of the year, I highly suggest that you take the time to get prepared. Here are 5 ways to make sure that your business is Black Friday ready... Make sure your graphics are on point. There will be a LOT of business vying for the same attention in hopes that shoppers will choose them over their competitors. Make sure that your graphics are eye-catching to make your business stand apart from the rest. Also, be sure that they are clear, easy to read, explains your offer (sales, percentages off of products/ervices, etc.), and include a call to action. Prepare your sales emails. Set aside time to write and pre-schedule your sales emails to send out to your email list. These are warm leads that are already interested in what you have to offer, so make sure that they are aware of your Black Friday offerings. Don't be afraid to send out more than one email...give a teaser email days before, sneak peak of what will be available, etc. Get them excited and ready for the day to arrive to snag their goodies. Remember, BIG businesses advertise constantly (you've probably seen about 50 McDonald's commercials already today lol), why shouldn't you? Get your website ready for the traffic increase. Make sure that your web server and hosting company is reliable and can handle the influx of traffic to your site on this day. One of the worst things that can happen is for your website to crash, causing you to lose out on hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of sales. Yikes! Have enough products on hand to meet the demand. Do a check of your inventory to make sure that you have ordered enough products. The last thing you want is to make your customers wait a long period of time for their orders/products. Remember, holiday shipping times are already slower. Don't increase that time by having to wait for your products to arrive before you can send them out. How do you know how much to order: Do a sales projection based on last years sales, your marketing efforts, ad spend/budget/effort, etc. Get a team to fulfill orders. Do you have enough staff/help to get orders placed, packaged, and shipped? What about customer service? If people have questions, how can they get them answered, and in a timely fashion? Make sure you have enough help to make sure everything runs smoothly. Remember... Preparation is the key to success. Use this weekend to tighten up all loose ends. Check your funnels, systems, etc. Have a friend or someone you trust run through the process or sales funnel to make sure everything is working properly.  You don't want to discover glitches and have to put out fires DURING your sale. Relax. Get excited for the sales to roll in and enjoy the sweet sound of hearing your Paypal blinging! If you're still having trouble getting your sales and marketing goals and could use some help pulling it all together, shoot me an email and let's set up a time to chat to see how I can help! To your prosperity and success, Nikola

{EVENT} Unleash Your Inner Mogul Women’s Empowerment/Business Brunch

Mogul in the Making is collaborating with the Purpose Boss Women organizatio to bring you... Mogul Business and Women's Empowerment Brunch The Unleash Your Inner Mogul Brunch! We have an amazing line up of speakers, ready to share their expertise in the areas of branding, funding, PR, and marketing. My speaking topic is Positioning Yourself to Profit by creating passive income streams to increase your revenue. Mogul Brunch Speakers - Nikola Ahaiwe The other amazing speakers include... Ronnisha Wilson - Do It Yourself PR: How to Get Press Features Mogul Brunch Speakers - Ronnisha Wilson Kimberly Marie - "5 Essentials of an Irresistible Brand" Mogul Brunch Speaker - Kimberly Marie Suzanne Dave - 6 Steps to Fundraising: How to Get Funding For Your Business Mogul Brunch Speakers - Suzanne Dave In addition to the wealth of knowledge you'll receive from our speakers, we will also enjoy a buffet style brunch. The first 10 registered guests will receive a complimentary swag bag. There will also be raffles and prizes given throughout the event. So come out and network, have a great time, and learn how to take your business to the next level! Early bird tickets are just $45 if you book by Sunday, October 22 at 11:59pm. After, regular admission is $55. Please note that all tickets are presale only, unfortunately we will not be selling tickets at the door. Space is limited, so hurry and grab your ticket HERE before it's too late!

{LIVE EVENT} Marketing + Profit Planning Mastermind

Marketing Blueprint Mastermind       On Saturday, October 21, 2017 11am-2pm, I am hosting an exclusive, LIVE 3 hour mastermind, The Marketing + Profit Blueprint, where, together, we will create a strategic roadmap to help you attract more clients, increase sales, and make more money in your business. During the session, we will cover how to:
  • Nail your niche to identify and attract more clients
  • Position yourself to profit by outlining your signature services, packages, and offerings
  • Create a solid, strategic marketing plan to ensure you reach your business + income goals
  • Set up systems to free up more of your time while you make money in your sleep
  • Identify and create passive income streams to generate more revenue
  • ...and much, MUCH, more
The early bird price for this event is just $75 through October 14. After, regular price is $97. This workshop is normally $497,  but I have priced it at this insanely low rate so that you have ZERO EXCUSES as to why you can't build the wildly successful and profitable business you've dreamed of. I want to see you WIN! For more info and to reserve your seat,  CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket. There are only 10 spots available, so don't hesitate. You don't want to miss out

{VIDEO} Sneak Peek Inside of the Live Your Vision Planner!

  They say if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. That is exactly why I created the Live Your Vision workbook that doubles as a planner. This 108 page book was designed as a tool to help you take your goals, ideas, and the big vision you have for your life and business, and turn them into reality. So many people have reached out to me, asking for a sneak peak of the contents of the book, and a breakdown of how it works. So, I decided to put together this quick video that explains it all!  

Click HERE to order now!

  The Live Your Vision planner is the ultimate tool to help you achieve your goals and live your life...on purpose! The book is broken down into two sections: Part One is a workbook designed to help you by engaging in interactive goal setting activities. Part Two is a year long planner. Each month begins with a monthly calendar, followed by a weekly planner. At the end of each month's segment, you will have an opportunity to answer questions to reflect on the past month's activities, as well as assess your growth.   LYV Planner   Success is intentional and has to be planned for. The Live Your Vision planner is here to help you stay on the path to living your dream life!  

Click HERE to get yours today!

Side Hustle to CEO: Q&A Replay

Last night, I planned to host the Side Hustle to CEO Masterclass, but due to some major tech issues, that unfortunately didn't happen.   Instead of canceling altogether (which I absolutely hate to do), I did a little quick thinking, and decided to do an impromptu Facebook Live Q&A session for those that signed up for the class.   You can CLICK HERE to check it out.   If you were already signed up for the class, don't worry, you don't have to do anything else. You will receive your login information via email. If you did not sign up for last night's class, you're in luck! Just click here to grab your spot now, as space is limited.   I truly apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. I always look for the message in every situation, and this was my main takeaway: as an entrepreneur, always be prepared to pivot and shift. When everything that can go wrong, goes wrong, think fast, come up with a plan B, but whatever you do, don't let minor setbacks keep you from stepping forward.   That's a word!   Looking forward to chatting with you all next week!   XOXO,   Nikola  

Media Kit Design – Special Promotional Rate $75

Media Kit Design Promo Do you need a media kit designed for your business? For a limited time, I am offering the first 5 clients to sign up a special promotional rate of  just $75. (Insane, right?!)
Why am I doing this? Simply put, I'm ready to upgrade my design skills. You see, I have been running from it for a longgg time, because, well, I don't see myself as a "graphic designer." I actually went to school and completed a graphic design certification program years ago, but I never pursued it. As a result, my skills got a little rusty. Lately, I've been doing some design projects for myself, and my biz bestie even convinced me to jump back in the arena by re-designing her website. Sooo, I decided, why not continue dusting the cobwebs off, and get a little more practice and projects under my belt before I decide if it is a service I would like to include to add additional value to what I already offer my clients.
What does this mean for you? Whether you've been thinking about getting a media kit done, or if seeing this special offer influenced your decision, you're in luck! I will NEVER offer this service again at such a low price. Consider it a special thank you gift for allowing me to test drive my newest offering on you.
Once your payment has been made, I will send you over a questionnaire to learn more about your business, style, etc. Once you fill it out and return it to me, I'll get started right away on your project. (Please note: this design will include a maximum of 3 rounds of revisions. Additional revisions will be available for an extra $10 each). Sounds simple, right?! I want to make this process as smooth as possible, and an enjoyable one as well.

So, are you in?

Great! Click here to grab your spot, and let's get started on your media kit today!  

Event Recap: South LA Saves Power and Purpose Conference

2017 Power and Purpose Conference A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 South LA Saves Power and Purpose Conference. What a great time it was! I knew from the moment that the speaker line up was announced that this would be a powerful, life-changing event. South LA Saves Power and Purpose Conference The conference started out on a high note as keynote speaker Jarim Person Lynn, wealth coach, author, and founder of Brass Knuckle Finance, took the stage to share the 7 Steps to Zero Debt. I've followed Jarim on social media for quite some time, and have even read one of his books, so I was really excited to finally have the opportunity to meet him in person. I love his direct, no-nonsense, tough love approach to teaching debt reduction, investing, and wealth building, and his presentation did not disappoint. Key take-away: 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck (yikes!) and would not be able to survive a period of extended job loss. Too often we mistake sacrifice for hard living. You have to reduce the things that take away from your cash flow and invest more of that income. Power and Purpose Conference - Jarim Person Lynn Power and Purpose Conference - Jarim Person Lynn Next up, there was a panel discussion and q&a session featuring a talented line up of inspiring entrepreneurs. There were so many jewels of wisdom being dropped, I think my pen was working a mile a minute as I took notes! Some of my favorite nuggets: Restee Collins, founder of The Blueprint Project:
  • You can have an abundance mindset even when you're in poverty. It's a choice.
  • If you don't know something, go to Google to figure out how to figure it out! Don't allow what you don't know to cause you to be stagnant.
Billionaire P.A. - Founder of Wealthy Minds, Inc.:
  • Don't suppress your dreams to support someone else's ego.
  • You don't have to be perfect to be successful.
Power and Purpose Conference - Panel Deanna Dupree - Wardrobe Stylist, CEO Deanna's Style Haus
  • You don't have to be one dimensional. It's ok to be multi-passionate and multi-talented.
  • Do what you do best and outsource the rest. If you can't execute something, find someone who can.
Toushonta Hogan - Founder of Scentscational Soaps (whose product line is now available in Target stores...soooo proud of her!!!!)
  • Bad days don't exist. Any day that you wake up is a good day!
  • Even when you feel like giving up, keep going. Your time will come.
2017 Power and Purpose Conference - Panel The session was wrapped up by keynote speaker Michelle Harris Collins, founder and program director of n , sharing tips on how to be a Better You. It all starts with your choice, character, and competitive edge. 2017 Power and Purpose - Michelle Harris Collins She went on to explain that you have no right to be underneath your circumstances (something I can definitely relate to). Your life is not only about who you are now, but also who you can become. Check out a few more highlights from the day:

A full house, waiting to soak up the knowledge by the power speakers and panelists!2017 Power and Purpose Conference

Keynote speaker Michelle Harris Collins opened her presentation with an ice breaker, having attendees turn to their neighbors to give a gentle massage.2017 Power and Purpose Conference

Panelists Restee Collins and Billionaire PA sharing a moment. 2017 Power and Purpose Conference

Power couple/speaking duo, The Collins, pose for a pic after shutting down the house with their jewels of wisdom.2017 Power and Purpose Conference

Attendees networking during a short break between sessions.2017 Power and Purpose Conference

Undoubtedly one of my absolute favorite moments: speaker Billionaire PA helping an attendee to stand and "speak her dreams into existence!"2017 Power and Purpose Conference

Power panelists posing with host, the beautiful and talented Cortney Ren'ae, founder of Flourishe Media Group, who did a wonderful job of keeping the event flowing and the crowd on their toes!2017 Power and Purpose Conference

I have to give a HUGE shout out to Rashunda Rene (pictured below on the left), founder of South LA Saves for putting together such a wonderful event. I've been to several of her events, and I have to say that I always walk away feeling empowered, uplifted, and motivated! 2017 Power and Purpose Conference If you missed out on the 2017 Power and Purpose Conference, be sure to connect with Rashunda on Facebook and Instagram to stay on top of what's happening next!

3 Ways to Show Your Business Some Love on Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day: a day widely recognized as a day to show LOVE. Although we can all agree that love should be given 365 days per year, there is absolutely nothing wrong with devoting a day to celebrate love in all it's glory! Being the business woman that I am, I felt that a day like today would be perfect to, not only show your devotion and affection towards a special person in your life, but to also give that same attention and outpouring of love to your business, which is just as worthy of a little extra TLC. Here a 3 ways to show your business a little extra love on Valentine's Day:  

Give Your Business a "Sexy" Makeover:

Visual branding is important. The way you present your business...your website, social media, marketing materials, etc., will play a key role in shaping a potential client's perception of your brand, and whether or not they will choose to work with you. Take a look at your current branding and determine if it accurately reflects the look, feel, and message that you want your business to convey. If not, it's time to give it a visually appealing, aka "sexy" upgrade.

Romance Your Hustle:

Often times, when you have romantic interest in someone, you pull out all the stops to show your love. You choose to date and spend quality time when you truly want to get to know someone and are looking toward a future with them. The same goes for your business. You have to put in the time and the work. Romance your business by taking it on regular "dates" to plan for your success. Get out of your regular work space and find a nice ambiance to really dig deep and learn everything about your business. What's currently working? What's not working? Where do you need to pivot and shift? How much money do you have coming in? How much is going out? Just like when you're dating someone new, you can't be afraid to ask the necessary questions. You can also use these business dates to determine your social media and marketing strategies, create quality content, and develop a solid profit plan for your business.

Don't be a Cheap Date

Trust me,  no one likes a cheap date! Just the same, your business will not thrive if you are a cheap business owner. Loosen up your pockets and invest in your business! It cannot, and will not, thrive in the "free zone"...you know, downloading all of the freebies, attending only free webinars and classes, and not putting in a penny towards your business' growth. It's just not possible. If you want to win in business, you'll have to get comfortable spending the money necessary to take it to the next level.

Remember, your business needs love too!

How will you show yours a little extra love today?

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To Your Prosperity and Success, Nikola Ahaiwe Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker  

2016 Year In Review: My Year of GROWTH

As I sit here typing on this eve of the New Year, I am thinking about how absolutely giddy and excited I am about all that is to come in 2017! 2016 seemed to be a pretty rough year for many people. All throughout my social media feeds, I've seen countless posts with anticipation to end such a dreary year, and with hope that this upcoming year will be much better. I am a generally happy, bubbly, and optimistic person (you kinda have to be when it is your job to motivate and speak life into others), but I must say that I experienced several challenges and personal setbacks this year that has me running to the finish line, and ready to leap into a year full of happiness, fulfillment, and abundance. In fact, I have declared that my word for 2017 will be LEAP. Last year, I wrote my very first "Year in Review" post, and it was very therapeutic in a way. It was great to reflect back on all of the positive things that happened in my life as opposed to dwelling on the things that didn't quite go as planned, or that downright sucked. So, here goes...I bring to you my highlight reel of 2016:

Doubled My Number of Speaking Gigs

I achieved one of my top goals for the year, which was to double the number of speaking engagements that I had in 2015. Mission accomplished! Speaking and teaching are undoubtedly my two most favorite aspects of my business, so not only do I get to do what I absolutely LOVE, but I truly feel like I'm walking in my purpose every time I step on a stage or in front of a room. In 2017, I hope to keep it going by doubling my numbers again...and also to add INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER to my resume (Yes, I'm claiming it in advance!) Nikola Ahaiwe Speaking at The PowHERful Woman Conference

Speaking at The PowHERful Woman Conference - truly a "Mama I Made It" moment!

Nikola Ahaiwe Speaking at Women of Power MixerSharing my story at the Women of Power LA Mixer.

Nikola Ahaiwe Speaking at ALM Women's Empowerment EventWhat a pleasure it was to serve on a panel with these wonderful women of God at ALM's Women's Empowerment Dinner.

Nikola Ahaiwe - Motivational Speaker

The look of complete happiness to be walking in my purpose, teaching a Social Media Strategies for small businesses workshop.

Nikola Ahaiwe Speaking at Noir Unicorn Event

Pouring into the women attending the Noir Unicorn's After Work Sisterhood Pop Up Mixer...sharing tips on how to create their 9-5 exit strategy.

Nikola Ahaiwe - Motivational Speaker

I'm very expressive and tend to talk with my hands alot. That's when you know the message is GOOD!

Nikola Ahaiwe Teaching Social Media Strategies

Just a few of the other workshops and events I had the honor of speaking at this year. In 2017 I will be better about getting pics of my speaking gigs.

 

Launched My First Mini Course

This was a major accomplishment for two reasons: 1) I had been sitting on this idea for over a year, and finally took the time to make it a reality. I launched it as a mini course first, as a sort of test run leading up to the launch of my signature course, of the same name, that will be launching this year. 2.) I had absolutely NO knowledge of how to go about getting this done, but I didn't let that stop me. I did the research. I implemented what I learned, and I DID IT. It was a lesson in not waiting until things are perfect, but instead, just getting started and improving as you go. I got a lot of really good feedback, and am so excited to launch the full course, in addition to several other courses, this year. Stay tuned! Mogul Marketing Bootcamp Mini Course Launch

Hosted My First Signature Event: Say YES to Your Dreams

Another "just do it" moment. I was going to wait until the new year to host this event, jut because I felt that January was the time when most people go into vision board/planning/goal setting mode. But I realized that mid-year was the perfect time to do an assessment of where you are in the pursuit of your goals and to get a little motivation to keep going. I'm happy to say that the event was a success! Each and every panel speaker was AMAZING and the women in attendance walked away with a lot of valuable information and the confidence to boldly walk in the direction of their dreams. Planning is already underway for the next event, which will be a little different, but equally, if not more, wonderful than the first! Say YES to Your Dreams Vision Board Event

Launched Moguls Give Back

I literally started Moguls Give Back on a whim! I wanted to find a way to give back to my community, and I figured what better way than to start my own initiative?! The goal was for my fellow entrepreneurs to band together and do our part to service our communities.  I reached out to my tribe via social media and was overwhelmed and thrilled at the amount of support it received. In the summer, we hosted a School Supply Drive where we were able to bless almost 100 students with all of the supplies they needed to have a successful school year. In November, we hosted a turkey giveaway, where we were able to bless 6 wonderful families. This could not have been done without the generous donations we received. A special thank you goes out to Kenya Kirkland of Shop 1323 for letting us host the first event at her boutique, and Shelley Mechette of The PowHERful Woman for being an official partner for the second event. In 2017, I hope to take these efforts to the next level by officially forming a non-profit 501(c)3, and hosting more charity events throughout the year. Moguls Give Back - Nikola Ahaiwe Non Profit Moguls Give Back School Supply Drive Moguls Give Back Turkey Giveaway

Weight Loss Journey

My weight has been a big struggle for me for YEARS. Prior to being involved in the car accident that left me unable to walk for nearly 6 months, I was finally able to get a hold of it by dropping nearly 40lbs. Unfortunately, after that horrible ordeal, I just could not seem to get it back under control. The main reason was because I had on-going ankle issues that prevented me from working out the way that I would have liked to. This year, however, I decided not to let that hold be back anymore. I invested in a personal trainer (shout out to Lance Branchman) and finally started working toward my health and fitness goals again. In just the last two months of the year, I've been able to see a difference in, not only the way I look, but more importantly, the way I feel. Although the scale has only just recently started to be my friend (I wasn't seeing much of a difference in my weight), I experienced so many non-scale victories, such as my clothes fitting better, loss of inches and a change in my body composition, better eating habits, and overall feeling healthier and stronger (I no longer feel like I am going to pass out after each workout lol). Also, its given me increased confidence that is showing up in other aspects of my life, and business. Therefore, I will continue training into the new year, and who knows...I may even run a marathon or two before the year is up!

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Made Memories and Enjoyed Life

This was probably my most important fete of 2016...MAKING the time to experience life and make memories with those that I love. There is nothing like a near fatal experience to make you realize just how precious life is. Over the last few years, I've had this feeling that I've been merely existing, as opposed to living. This year, I can truly say I took my first steps to changing that by getting out there and making memories with my loved ones. After all, one of the main reasons I started my business was to have full freedom and control of my time, and because I wanted to live life on my own terms. In 2016, I finally figured out exactly what that looks like...

Took a couple of Kid-cations (vacays with the kiddos)...a road trip to San Diego and to visit family in Texas...

Nikola Ahaiwe - Time Freedom

Spent a lot of quality time going on family outings and experiencing fun, new places. Nikola Ahaiwe - Time Freedom

Nikola Ahaiwe - Time Freedom Nikola Ahaiwe - Time Freedom

...was even able to get in a few Mom-cations (without the kiddos) to Catalina Island and Washington DC.

Nikola Ahaiwe - Time Freedom Nikola Ahaiwe - Time Freedom

...and I made a conscious effort to get out more and support friends, family, and fellow business owners at their events, celebrating life occasions, and on their creative endeavors.

Nikola Ahaiwe - Time Freedom

I know a lot of people that experienced quite a few challenges and hardships in 2016 (myself included), but it's so important to take a step back and remind yourself of all of the things that went well, all of the things you're grateful for, and the many blessings that you have in spite of everything else.

Now that you've had a glimpse into my year, I want to know:

What has 2016 taught you

What is the one thing that 2016 taught you? Drop a comment below.

   

{FREE TRAINING} 2017 Marketing Blueprint

Marketing Blueprint Webinar

Are you ready to commit to making 2017 your most successful business year yet?

Listen, if you have not started planning your business marketing strategy for 2017, you are already behind!

The holidays are fast approaching, and with so much going on with the hustle and bustle of the season, you do not want to get lost in the shuffle and walk into the new year without a solid strategy to take your business to the next level.

On Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 7pm PST, I am hosting a FREE webinar, covering everything you need to create your very own 2017 marketing roadmap.

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During this free workshop, I am going to cover how to:
  • Set and meet your business + financial goals for 2017
  • Become visible and be seen as the go-to expert in your field
  • Package, sell, and promote your signature services and offerings
  • Create a sales funnel to consistently attract your ideal clients
  • Create multiple streams of income + systems to get paid on autopilot
  • and much more!

It's time for you to take your business to the next level! Let me show you how to get unstuck, get visible, and get PAID!

This workshop is for you if you are:
  • Tired of spinning your wheels and feeling stuck, trying to figure out this whole marketing thing on your own
  • Struggling to consistently bring in clients and reach your business' income goals
  • Tired of being a slave to your business and wish you could create a solid strategy and systems to free up your time to do the things you enjoy
This workshop is NOT for you if:
  • You're not committed to learning and implementing the strategies it takes to grow your business.
  • Taking your business to the next level is not a top priority for you
  • You are not ready to invest the time, dedication, and financial resources into yourself, or your business, at this time

Space is limited, so be sure to grab your spot today!

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