MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Raeh Williams

Hey there, future moguls! We're back with another Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight.  This week, we are featuring Raeh Williams, a "solopreneur strategist" who teaches entrepreneurs how to have a profitable business they love, and how to create the time and money freedom that they need in order to truly live out their dreams.

Read on to find out how this "Island Girl" was able to build her BOSS Business, and her plans to catapult her brand by 2017!

Raeh Roker

Name: Raeh Williams

Location: Nassau Bahamas (70%) Clermont Florida (30%)

Business Name: Raeh Williams Inc.

Years in Business: 5

Are you a full or part time business owner? Full Time Why did you start your business? Entrepreneurship is in my bones and I love my freedom. Raeh Williams - Solopreneur Strategist What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business? Flexibility for time with my family What are your biggest challenges? Too much to do! Finding and keeping good people to work with/for me. What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? When you come up with an idea or a business, expect to work 10x harder than you first think you will. Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show? I have a virtual team of sorts. I do the bulk of my work, but I outsource on many web/email/tech items and I have a VA who helps with editing, scheduling, and bookkeeping. Raeh Roker 1 Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years? I have a goal to grow into a group of companies.  I am working to have the next “branch” so to speak going by 2017. I see my business being a place for not only inspiration to other businesswomen but the go-to-resource for young women entrepreneurs. What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making? It’s not a game.  Online business especially has given the impression that it is “easy”, just post quotes and put up a nice website and they will come. You have to work honey! And work 10 times harder and smarter than everyone else. Otherwise, you won’t grow. For more information on Raeh Williams, you can find her online at:

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FREE Teleclass: Promote That Book!

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We are halfway through our 4-week teleclass series! We hope you have been following along and taking notes. (If not, you can sign up here). So, now that you know how to write your book and get it published, it's time to learn how to promote your work! Join us on Thursday, January 29, 2015 7pm-8pm for teleclass #3, "Promote That Book!" where we will cover: - How to create a strategic marketing plan
- Advertising: where to spend and where to save - Building your brand Remember, space is limited, so reserve your spot today! Click Here to sign up.

When PASSION Meets PURPOSE

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Facilitating the "Build Your Business Through Blogging" workshop. Don't mind the crazy facial expression and hand gesture...I was really into it!
Excuse me while I get a little transparent for a moment... WHEN YOUR PASSION BECOMES YOUR PURPOSE If you would have told me in the early part of last year that I would be conquering my fear of public speaking by teaching live workshops/classes, I probably wouldn't have believed you. Yes, it was a part of my vision, but there was still a tiny little voice in my head telling me that it couldn't be done. Aside from my public speaking phobia, I was still battling self-esteem issues stemming from the way I walked after I was in a pretty bad car accident. But you know what, I pressed forward anyway. I tuned out that nagging little voice (it's a skill you learn once you become a mom), and I simply went for it. I say all of this to say, when you truly want something, there is absolutely NOTHING that can stop you. You have to kick fear in the face and tell your self-doubt that it has no place in your life. It has always been my passion to help others, but over the last few months, that passion has transformed into my PURPOSE. I know that I was brought here to serve others, and I am ready to accept that mission. I declare that I will use my gifts to inspire, motivate, encourage, and uplift others. Below are a couple more pictures of me facilitating the "Build Your Business Through Blogging" workshop a few nights ago: Nikola Ahaiwe Blogging Workshop Nikola Ahaiwe Blogging Workshop

Write That Book! Free Teleclass TONIGHT

Writing Teleclass Nikola Ahaiwe Michael McGrew

Future Moguls, I am teaming up with best-selling author Michael McGrew to bring you a 4-part telelclass series to walk you through the self-publishing process from start to finish!

This teleclass series is for you if: - You have always thought about writing a book and are finally ready to get those ideas out of your head and onto pages. - You have already written a book and are interested in learning how to self-publish and market your work. - You are an entrepreneur looking to increase brand awareness and gain expert credibility as a published author. Sign Up Here -----> http://bit.ly/14X1GAP In the first class, we will cover: Writing Your Book - Character/Storyline Development - Time Management & Setting Deadlines - Proper Structure/Format Come with your questions and a pen and pad to take plenty of notes. This will be an information packed hour. The LIVE training call is happening TONIGHT from 7pm-8pm. As our gift to you, each attendee will receive a FREE download of Michael's latest release, Designer Relationships: Get Out of Your Problems and Into Your Purpose when you register for the teleclass. Space is limited, click here to sign up now! http://bit.ly/14X1GAP

I look forward to answering all of your burning questions on tonight's call!

To Your Prosperity and Success, Nikola Ahaiwe Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker Nikola Ahaiwe         P.S. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more valuable business tips, resources, and tools! If you found this post helpful in any way, don’t forget to share it with your network!

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Tiffany Lanier

Hey there, future moguls! I'm so excited to bring back the Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur spotlight series.  We took a little hiatus, with the craziness of the holidays, but I have a great lineup of super talented, inspiring, and passionate entrepreneurs to showcase over the next several weeks!

First up is Tiffany Lanier, of LiveWithTiffany.com.  Tiffany helps entrepreneurs fall in love with what they do, from wherever they want to do it by creating, packaging, and marketing their brilliance online.  Read on to find out how she fell into entrepreneurship "on accident" and how she plans to take her business worldwide!

Name: Tiffany Lanier Location: Denver Business Name: Live with Tiffany Years in Business: Almost 3

Tiffany Lanier, founder of Live With Tiffany Are you a full or part time business owner? Full-time Why did you start your business? Well…I started my business on accident. I was planning to quit my first job out of college at a Startup as a Social Media Marketer to go to Costa Rica to “find myself.” I knew I wanted to do something on my own but I didn’t know what at the time. But I did know that working 9-5 wasn’t for me. Right before I bought a one way ticket to Costa Rica I was offered another marketing job at a local Marketing and Advertising firm but quickly discovered it was not for me.  I knew I didn’t want a job but at the same time saw an opportunity to learn from other marketers to increase my skill-set. But after only 2 weeks of working there the boss came in screaming at everyone for what reason I’m not sure. I was not a fan. Later that night I wrote him an email simply explaining that I wasn’t please with his level of disrespect and because of it, I could no longer work FOR him but I would consider working with him and the company, if he’d like to contract me.  To my surprise he said, “ok.” They became my first client and I started freelance marketing business. Around the same time, I started a Women’s event business. And after about 20 months of mistakes and not being fulfilled later, I decided to start my Online Coaching Business, where I provide Business and Online Marketing coaching and strategy for entrepreneurs looking to build their personal brands online. I really wanted freedom to do my business anywhere I desired to be, as well as create a business that was scalable, allowing me to have several business models under one umbrella brand. Tiffany Lanier, founder of Live With Tiffany What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business? Waking up every day knowing that I’m in control and that I literally create my outcomes. What are your biggest challenges? Some of the biggest challenges I’ve faced being entrepreneur was not knowing what I didn’t know and not having the capital to make bigger moves faster. I think those are two challenges most entrepreneurs face, especially in the beginning. I strongly believe it’s important to invest in help and support before you think you need it. Hiring a coach or a strategist, even if it’s for a one-time session, can give you more clarity than 6 months to a year of fumbling around. What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? “Charge what you’re worth.” You know why that’s so important? Because if you don’t you start to resent your clients and yourself which doesn’t allow you to love your business. Tiffany Lanier, founder of Live With Tiffany Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show? For the most part I’m a one-woman show, but I do outsource certain task here and there. Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years? Wow 5 years. My long term is 6-12 months lol. I see myself Speaking world-wide, continuing to coach and really expanding on retreats and Live events. What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making? Start where you are. There will never be a great star aligned time to start your business. Take what you have and what you know and just take action. It’s better to build a little every day than to put it off for years and never start at all.

For more information on Tiffany Lanier and Live With Tiffany, check her website at www.livewithtiffany.com, or connect with her online at:

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

Workshop: Build Your Business Through Blogging

Build Your Business Through Blogging Workshop

Future Moguls, join me on Monday, January 12th as I host my first workshop of the new year: "Building Your Business Through Blogging".

In this LIVE workshop, you will learn: - How to determine which platform is best for your blog - A simple strategy to use so you'll never run out of things to write about - How to promote your blog and build a following - How to make $$$ from blogging - and much, MUCH more.

It's happening Monday, January 12th 2015 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Carson Library. 151 E Carson St., Carson, CA 90745. This is a FREE event, and no RSVP is required. Hope to see you there! To Your Prosperity and Success, Nikola Ahaiwe Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker Nikola Ahaiwe         P.S. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more valuable business tips, resources, and tools! If you found this post helpful in any way, don’t forget to share it with your network!

Want to join a group of savvy, like-minded female entrepreneurs doing BIG things in their business? Join the Mogul in the Making Mastermind Group on Facebook by clicking here.

FREE Teleclass: Write. Publish. Promote. Profit!

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I am SO excited to announce that I have teamed up with best-selling author/publisher/literacy advocate Michael McGrew to host a FREE, live Q&A teleclass: Write. Publish. Promote. Profit!

Join us on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 7pm-8pm PST as we will be walking you through, and answering all of your questions about, the self-publishing process! This call is for you if:
- You have always thought about writing a book and are finally ready to get those ideas out of your head and onto pages. - You have already written a book and are interested in learning how to self-publish and market your work. - You are an entrepreneur looking to increase brand awareness and gain expert credibility as a published author. BONUS GIFT: Receive a FREE download of Michael's latest book, Designer Relationships when you register for the call (it's our way of saying THANK YOU!) Have a pen and paper ready and come with your most burning questions because this will be an info-packed hour! Space is limited, so register today at: http://eepurl.com/6KK6b
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppTESxbVoGI?list=UUxjTAT_CCfhK1npoN-Oec7w] To Your Prosperity and Success, Nikola Ahaiwe Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker Nikola Ahaiwe           P.S. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more valuable business tips, resources, and tools! If you found this post helpful in any way, don’t forget to share it with your network!

Want to join a group of savvy, like-minded female entrepreneurs doing BIG things in their business? Join the Mogul in the Making Mastermind Group on Facebook by clicking here.

Escape Your 9-5: How to Create an Exit Strategy

I have to give a disclaimer that this post is NOT intended to encourage you to quit your job and dive right into the world of entrepreneurship.  Before you do that, you must have a solid plan in place, and each individual’s situation will be different because there are different factors to be considered. Mogul in the Making - How to Create an Exit Strategy How many times have you said to yourself "This is it...this is the year I finally quit my job and work for myself full time?".  If you are currently working a 9-5 and building your business on the side, you know that it can be extremely difficult to juggle both (trust me, I've been there). If you are serious about making the leap and pursuing your entrepreneurial goals, there are some things that you will need to do to prepare yourself for the big change.  The most important of those things is to create an exit strategy, or plan to help you smoothly transition from employee to BOSS! Below, I outline 6 things to do when creating your exit strategy:

Set a date 

Setting a date gives you something concrete to work towards.  It’s not enough to just say, “I’m going to it my job in a few months…or next year”.  Put a date on it so that you will remain focused and working toward that very specific goal. SMART – Specific. Measurable. Attainable.

Create a Nest Egg 

You will want to make sure you save up enough money for you to survive on while you are building your business. As a rule of thumb, you should have a least 6 months of expenses saved while you are growing your business, just in case you do not get that influx of clients right away.  Also, factor in your marketing and monthly business expenses.
  • How much money do you need each month to cover your personal expenses?
  • How much money do you estimate you will need each month to cover the operational expenses of your business?
  • How much money will you need for one-time start-up expenses, such as incorporation fees, or new equipment?

Dream Job

Get the ball rolling

Start working on gaining clients and building a solid business foundation NOW. When your exit date rolls around, maybe you will be confident enough to actually follow through with it if you are already seeing results in your business.

Start Down-Sizing

Train yourself to live on the bare minimum while you are in transition.  As mentioned before, you will need to sacrifice now so that you will be able to live the type of lifestyle you desire in the future.  If you begin to down-size while you are working in bringing in an income, it will not be such a shock to your system when you are forced to do it down the line.

Start paying down debt

The last thing you need is a cloud of debt hanging over your head while you are building your business.  This will undoubtedly create stress and pressure, which may cause you to lose focus of your goals.  Mounting bills will make you want to abandon your business for the stability of a consistent and guaranteed paycheck.

Focus on the bigger picture

What is your ultimate goal? Make sure you consider the long-term effects of the decision that you are about to make.  Do you see your business as something that you can do for years to come, or is this something you’re thinking of doing as a quick money maker? How long will you give yourself to make the business work before you consider returning to work? Are you going to jump ship when things get rough?  How will this decision affect your family?  There are a lot of things to consider before taking the big leap.  Make sure you weigh all of your options carefully, think things through, and are confident that you are making the right decision for YOU. Remember, businesses are not built in a day.  They are built step-by-step. You have everything inside of you that you need to be successful.  Step up to the plate, stop playing small, decide what you want, create your plan, put your plan into action, and follow through with persistence.

Do you have an exit strategy in place? How much time, or what date have you set, for you to pursue your business full time? Leave a comment below.

To Your Prosperity and Success, Nikola Ahaiwe Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker Nikola Ahaiwe           P.S. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more valuable business tips, resources, and tools! If you found this post helpful in any way, don’t forget to share it with your network!

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Cherise B. Thomas

Today's MITM entrepreneur spotlight features Image and Style Expert Cherise B. Thomas, founder of White Diamond Image Consulting, a company that specializes in defining and enhancing their clients' personal and professional image.  Through her unique process called "The Diamond Life", Cherise and her team ensure that their clients have the tools, resources, and relationships in place to make a smooth, head-to-toe style transition to look and feel their best at all times. Check out her story...

Cherise Beasley

Name: Cherise B

Location: Atlanta Ga

Name of Business: White Diamond Image Consulting

Years in Business: 20 years as an entrepreneur in the Beauty Industry 11 years in my Studio Location

Are you a full or part time business owner?

Fulltime

Why did you start your business?

I always loved looking and feeling good. I love fashion, image, style and I knew owning my own salon and image consulting business would allow me to create an environment for me to share my gift with other women and empower them to look, feel, and do their Best. Image and Style Expert Cherise Beasley

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

Helping other women reach their fullest potential in their personal and business lives.

What are your biggest challenges? 

For many years it was creating a solid, long lasting committed team of beauty professionals. I’ve finally recognized how to attract and create what I want by identifying and sticking to my standards.

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

Know your value and trust in it.  Keep business and personal separate.

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

I have a team. Image and Style Expert Cherise Beasley  

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

I see my business going successfully global in the next 6 months.  I see taking my Signature event on a 5 city tour within the next year. I see a country wide tour within the next 2-3 years and setting up solid networks globally within the next 5 years.

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

First,  always respect others and their journey. Invite them to share their unique perspective and expertise with you.  Treat others only as you would want to be treated. Seek out a mentor.  Study, research and work hands-on in your industry. Commit yourself to do the small things daily that will keep you focused on your goals.  Affirm yourself. Speak what you want to yourself all day everyday until it's easy for you to speak it to others. If you don't love it and it doesn't love you, LET IT GO!! Commit to Looking and Feeling your Best daily.  Never settle for less. You are worth the best!!

For more information on Cherise B. and White Diamond Image Consulting, check her out online:

www.whitediamondimageconsulting.com

www.cheriseb.com

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           P.S. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more valuable business tips, resources, and tools! If you found this post helpful in any way, don’t forget to share it with your network! Want to join a group of savvy, like-minded female entrepreneurs doing BIG things in their business? Join the Mogul in the Making Mastermind Group here.

5 Steps to Reaching Your Business’ Income Goals

So, you have a great business idea, you're very passionate about what you do, and you're working your tail off to make this dream of being a successful entrepreneur a reality.  There is only ONE slight problem: you're not making any money. Yikes! How to Reach Your Business' Financial Goals Although money may not be the only driving force behind starting your own business, let's be honest, it's an important one.  After all, you need money to pay your bills, support your family, and to create the lifestyle that you desire...and deserve! So how do you get on track to reaching your business' income goals? I've outline the 5 step action plan for you below:

Determine how much money you would like to make monthly

Set a specific, and realistic dollar amount.  How much can you truly expect to make in a given month.  How much do you need to earn to live the type of lifestyle that you truly desire? What do you need the money for: bills, savings, supporting family, vacations, etc. Factor all of those things in when determining your ideal monthly income.

 Create a detailed and specific plan on how you will reach this goal.

Start by asking yourself these very important questions:
  • How many days/hours per week do you want to work?
  • How many clients do you want to work with each week?
  • What is the average fee you need to charge to reach your income target? (Really break these down, especially if you offer multiple services/products)
  • Who is your target market/ideal client and how will you consistently place yourself in front of them?

Put it all on paper

Write the answers to all of the questions down on a sheet of paper. Example (let’s say you are a business coach): I want to coach 25 individuals at an average fee of $350 per month, so I gross $8750 per month.  My ideal client is a creative service-based entrepreneur who earn more than $60k per year.

Place your written statement somewhere that you will see it constantly

Read it aloud twice daily…first thing when you wake up in the morning and again just before you go to bed.  Constantly filling your mind with the things that you want, and actually "hearing" these desires, will keep you focused and dedicated to reaching your goal.

Make it happen

One of my favorite quotes is from the book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.   It says “Wishing will not bring riches.  But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognize failure, will bring riches.”  This means, once you decide how much you want to make, you will have to become almost obsessed in your mission to get it, make a solid plan to get it, and do not let failure be an option. There is a difference between wishing for something and being open and ready to receive it.  You cannot be ready to reach your income goals until you believe without a shadow of a doubt that it is possible for you to reach those goals.

What steps are you currently taking to consistently meet your business' income goals? If you're not reaching those goals, what do you think is holding you back? Leave a comment below.

To Your Prosperity and Success, Nikola Ahaiwe Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker Nikola Ahaiwe           P.S. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more valuable business tips, resources, and tools! If you found this post helpful in any way, don’t forget to share it with your network!
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