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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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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Ajarae Coleman

What do you do when you’re searching for a service that you could really benefit from, but simply can’t find anything like it? Well, if you’re anything like today’s featured Mogul in the Making, Ajarae Coleman, you simply start a business offering the service yourself!

As an actress, she couldn’t find a place where she could network and build the quality relationships needed to build a successful career, so Coleman started The Workshop Guru, an online community that allows actors to save time and money by giving them the inside scoop on casting director workshops.

Check out her story, as she shares a few golden nuggets about what it’s like to start a business with little capital, the importance of finding a mentor, and the best way to build a loyal client base.  You’ll want to take notes on the wisdom she dropped!

Ajarae Coleman The Workshop Guru

Name: Ajarae Coleman

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Business Name: The Workshop Guru

Years in Business: 2

 

Are you a full or part time business owner?

I am an actress, so the amount of time I can dedicate to my business varies with my project and audition schedule. For the most part, I run my business part-time to fund and support my creative endeavors.

Ajarae Coleman The Workshop Guru

Why did you start your business?

I started my business because I needed a service like The Workshop Guru myself to help me with the networking and relationship-building side of my acting career, and it simply didn’t exist. Allow me to explain. There is a positive trend in the actor and artist community right now… actors recognize that it’s not enough to be an amazing actor and be good at your craft. In order to be successful in this competitive landscape, we have to treat our acting careers like businesses. We have to develop trust with industry decision-makers, and let people know that we exist. One of the tools many actors use is “casting director (CD) workshops.” These workshops are classes taught by professionals who hire actors for film, television and theater projects. Actors who purchase these workshops perform short scenes for the CD, and in return the CD gives them feedback, explains how the casting process works, and offers real-world advice. Casting director workshops are controversial, because some people see them as paid auditions, but actors can use them strategically as a tool to build relationships. I have personally found casting director workshops useful in building meaningful relationships with people who have later hired me for jobs. Actors who are most successful with workshops are strategic in their approach. They target specific projects based on their strengths and qualities as an actor, they figure out which CDs casts those projects, and then they develop relationships with those CDs via workshops and other methods. Before TheWorkshopGuru.com existed, however, it wasn’t easy to use workshops strategically. There are over 40 different workshops studios in Los Angeles, and over 20 in New York City. These studios offer classes with different CDs for vastly different prices, in different formats, and in a wide range of facilities. Workshop Guru helps actors find the workshops they will be most successful in, for the best prices, on a time and date that is convenient for the actor. A WG membership allows actors to target specific casting directors, and to share reviews of casting directors (as teachers of the workshops) and workshop studios (as service providers). I describe The Workshop Guru as “Yelp meets Kayak for casting director workshops” (and now also agent/manager workshops) in LA and NYC. No other service like ours exists, and I’m proud to be filling this void for actors who want to save time and money and use workshops to market themselves more effectively.

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

I love that I am in control of my schedule. When I worked at a corporate job, I would get so grumpy on Sunday evenings, because I dreaded getting up and spending the entire next day at work. And I actually liked my corporate job, so I can’t even imagine how people feel when they are in traditional jobs that they hate! It is also extremely rewarding to step back and look at a business that you created from scratch…from just an idea. There is a huge sense of accomplishment that comes from that. But the best part of my day is when I get an email or social media message from a fellow actor telling me how much they love the site, and how much it helps them. That makes all the work totally worth it. Ajarae Coleman The Workshop Guru

What are your biggest challenges?

I started my online business having very little start-up capital or knowledge about how websites work and are developed. It’s been a very interesting journey, to say the least! There was no out-of-the-box software solution for our application, so I’ve had to figure out how to develop the website in an affordable way. The site is still a work-in-progress, but I’m happy now with its usability for our members. Another major challenge was that I started the business on my own. I’ve helped run a much larger company, but I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve enjoyed making all the critical business decisions, and developing systems on my own, but having no partner has been a huge challenge. I’ve had to figure out when to ask for help, when it’s best to pay to delegate, when to take others’ advice, and when to go with my gut. Now I would say that my biggest challenge is that when I don’t know exactly how to do something, I tend to procrastinate. I’m sure a lot of Moguls in the Making can identify with this. I have to stay aware of that tendency, and consciously overcome that resistance every single day. It’s crucial that I buckle down and get started on projects, even when I don’t know the path to completion. My job is to identify the next step and do it. Otherwise, new initiatives drag on and on.

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

The best business advice I’ve ever received is that “education-based marketing” is the key to success. Rather than trying to sell potential customers something, it’s so much better to come from a place of service, and teach them something they really need to know. Then position the purchase of your product or service to help them take what you taught them to the next level. If you can add value and build trust with your prospective customers before they spend a dime, they will happily invest in what you have to offer, and will be loyal customers and ambassadors for your business.

Ajarae Coleman The Workshop Guru

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

I have a small team that consists of a web developer, a social media assistant, and a team of research assistants who keep all the data on the website accurate every day. Customer service is a passion of mine, and I love interacting with fellow actors, so I handle all customer service myself for now. I am currently looking for a great team member to start to delegate that responsibility to, so that nothing falls by the wayside when I am busy with acting projects and auditions, or when I travel.

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

Over the next five years, we will steadily continue to grow our base of actor members, and cultivate the best online resource for information about casting director practices and preferences. The Workshop Guru will be a thriving online community of proactive actors who share information and support each other. We’ll also have a more extensive free knowledge base for developing actors in our blog.

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

I would advise other Moguls in the Making to find a coach or mentor who’s been an entrepreneur for 7 or more years to support them through the process of starting a business. I personally think it’s a great idea to invest financially in a coaching program, because that made all the difference to me. I would also tell them to take time to read at least one book per month by a successful business owner. When you are in year 1 or 2 after starting your business, and struggling to get your bearings, it can be difficult to keep perspective on why you decided to become an entrepreneur. The guidance these experienced business owners can offer is invaluable. A book I re-read often that is applicable to artists and entrepreneurs alike is Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. It’s all about overcoming resistance when we’re pursuing something worthwhile. Good luck!

For more information on Ajarae Coleman and The Workshop Guru, check them out online at:

 

Website | Facebook | 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} August Mogul Meetup – The LEGAL Side of Your Brand

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Future Moguls, join me Tuesday, August 5, 2014 6:30PM – 8:30PM as I

host the August Mogul Meetup!!! 

Our featured speaker, attorney Merissa V. Grayson (http://www.yourfamilyslawyer.com), will discuss the “The LEGAL Side of Your Brand” including:

Building your Business/Brand

– Business/Brand Formation-Entity Choice
-Choosing & Legalizing your Business/Brand Name

Protecting your Business/Brand

– Brand Identity:Trademark Basics 
– Original Work-Copyright Basics 
– Inventions-Patent Basics 
– Website Compliance

Handling Business

– Contracts – When do you need them? & What should they include? 
– Starting a Non-Profit and more! (There will be time for Q&A).

August Mogul Meetup

FREE gift bag full of fabulous swag from our sponsors for the first 10 guests to register for the event!!!

Each attendee will receive a raffle ticket to be entered to win some awesome prizes!

Tickets are $15 (presale only – there will be no tickets sold at the door). RSVP is required and limited space is available, so grab your tickets NOW! http://bit.ly/1nWrKTc

Have fun. Make Genuine Connections. Upgrade your business.

Sponsorship is available.  For more info, email info@nikolaahaiwe.com

To see photos from the June Mogul Meetup, click here

Note: By registering and attending this event, you agree that your voice and/or image may be recorded, used and distributed in conjunction with event publicity releases, broadcast or other media distribution of this event.

MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Rebekka Lien

Today’s Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight features Rebekka Lien, a multi-talented creative entrepreneur and businesswoman.  Rebekka is the epitome of what I like to call a “hustle-preneur”, combining her many skills, talents, and passions to create a lifestyle of freedom and self-fulfillment.  Not only is she a real estate professional, but she also teaches yoga, hosts creative workshops and speaks at seminars, events, etc., to teach other entrepreneurs to survive and thrive by working for themselves.

Check out her story to find out how she was able to quit her job and create several businesses that allow her to live life on her own terms while inspiring others along the way!

Entrepreneur Rebekka Lien

Name: Rebekka Lien

Location: Los Angeles

Business Name: Rebekka Lien – Creative Entrepreneur, Speaker &

Spokesperson, Real Estate Professional at Real Estate Heaven

Years in Business: 10

 

Are you a full or part time business owner?

Full time business owner

Why did you start your business?

I was selling toys at the age of 8 and have always been an entrepreneur. It was natural for me to want to start my own business. I started selling clothes and jewelry on Ebay and expanded to selling at shows while working full time. I decided to quit my job in 2011. Soon enough, I expanded my mind and thought “how can I make more money in less time?” I started coaching people one on one, then in groups, then I spoke at bigger events. My passion projects are numerous! I teach Yoga and Meditation weekly, write a monthly column for West Valley Journal and am taking acting classes! Real estate was a natural progression because I saw the opportunity to help people achieve their dreams and create wealth while doing it. My goal is to build multiple businesses and help others be the highest expression of who they are. The beautiful thing about being human is that we are multi-dimensional, so we don’t have to just focus on “one thing.” DO WHAT MAKES YOU COME ALIVE!

Entrepreneur Rebekka Lien

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

Having your own business is not always easy, but the biggest reward is knowing that YOU built it! I look back at how I survived not having a full time job and I am truly amazed at how far I have come. Most people think about their fears of not being able to survive- that is low energy and short term thinking.  I think BIG and LONG TERM. Where do I see myself in 5-10 years? Every year, my projects, talents, business expands because I have sown hours of tactful work and creativity into it! Freedom is what I seek and I remind myself to be free everyday!

What are your biggest challenges?

My biggest challenges is working with people. Don’t get me wrong, I love people, but NOT everyone is easy to work with. You can love people, but you don’t always like them. I personally clash with personalities that try to control me. Since I am such an independent-minded thinker, I have to humble my ego and ask myself “is it worth it?” I’m grateful that I know how to set boundaries with personality types that try to guilt trip or control me. In business.  People will manipulate you to get what they want, but you have to stand your ground and not let them undermine your values, morals, and goals!

Entrepreneur Rebekka Lien

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

Don’t give up. Most people give up when they are almost there. What is the difference between people who are excellent and people who are just okay? The people who are good don’t push themselves to the very end because it is too hard, it is a mental game! People who are excellent at what they do battle the doubts and push forward even when all odds are against them!

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

My brand is MY NAME but I have people that I outsource work to. I have graphic designers, advisors, and assistants that I delegate work to. My goal is to outsource everything I don’t have to do. For example, I hope to speak at events, write books, close deals and delegate all administrative work to my assistants.

Entrepreneur Rebekka Lien

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

In 5 years I will be 31! I hope to be traveling around the world speaking at conferences, have books published and own multiple self-running businesses! My name will be INTERNATIONALLY known. I will be a sought after creative businesswoman and speaker. I also hope to have a partner who can do some grunt work for me (JK, not).

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

DON’T WAIT FOR LIFE TO BE PERFECT TO START! I have seen too many people wait until they are too old, too tired, too settled, too scared to make a change in their life or start a business in their life! LIFE will NEVER be perfect, something will always be amiss. You have to JUMP off the cliff as soon as possible or the fear-mongers will grab you by the shoulders and force you to compromise and live a boring life with the rest of the world! You don’t know how HIGH you can fly if you stay grounded in stability. Don’t be that bird who is too scared to fly their whole life. Soar high because THAT is your destiny!

On Saturday August 2, 2014, Rebekka is hosting a live workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs called  “How to Make Money Doing What You Love”.  Join her to learn to become the highest expression of who you are meant to be and gain practical strategies and tips to start making money while using all the talents and skills you have! REGISTER TODAY at http://lovemoneywork.eventbrite.com

Entrepreneur Rebekka Lien

 

 

For more information on Rebekka Lien, check her 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 - Business Success Coach | Marketing Strategist | Motivational Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

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{Video} Are You Watering Your Business?

Some people think that the road to a successful business is a straight path, when it usually is filled with many twists, turns, bumps, and bruises along the way.

So, the other day, while I was outside watering my grass, I was hit with a thought: in a lot of ways, marketing a business can be compared to doing what it takes to make your grass grow.  Now, I know that may sound a little odd, but think about it.

When it comes to marketing your business, you have to plant the seeds and water it on a consistent basis if you want to see it grow.

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Check out this short video to see what I mean…

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One thing is for sure: if you consistently plant small seeds towards your business’ success, you will eventually reap the harvest you are seeking.

So I ask you, are you watering YOUR business? Leave a comment below.

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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{Event Recap} June Mogul Meetup

June Mogul Meetup

It is an AMAZING feeling to see your vision come to life!

That is exactly what happened when I hosted the first Mogul Meetup event a couple of weeks ago at the Microsoft Store in Century City!  All of the hard work, second-guessing (What if no one shows up? What if this is a complete failure?), and sleepless nights paid off, as the event was a success!

I had a vision to create a networking mixer that was really fun and interactive (not just your typical “networking event” where people hand out a million business cards without making any quality connections…boring!!!) while gaining the tips, resources, and tools to take their businesses/brands to the next level.   Mogul Meetups were born from this concept.

Kelsey Borlan Lee, co-founder of the duo The Brand Gals, a full service branding firm and photography studio, was the first guest speaker.  Kelsey walked attendees through the “6 Essentials of Building a Smashing Brand.”

Nikola Ahaiwe and The Brand Gals
The fabulous ladies of The Brand Gals and I…(L) Kelsey Borlan Lee (C) Me (R) Jessica Saffko…after Kelsey’s presentation of “The 6 Essentials of a SMASHING Brand”

Kelsey’s presentation was so thorough that guests were raving for days about how much they learned and were excited to implement!

June Mogul Meetup

Kelsey and Guest

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I enjoyed meeting and mingling with all of the attendees and I truly believe genuine connections were made!

June Mogul Meetup

June Mogul Meetup

Nikola and Guests

A special THANK YOU goes out to The Brand Gals and AimerAmour Magazine for helping to make this event a success!

Nikola Ahaiwe and Zon DAmour
Me and Zon D’Amour, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of AimerAmour Magazine, the official media sponsor of the event.
June Mogul Meetup Sponsors
Sharing a laugh with the ladies! A HUGE thank you to The Brand Gals and AimerAmour Magazine for sponsoring the event!

If you missed out on the first event, no worries! I am currently in the planning stages for the next Mogul Meetup…tentatively scheduled for early August.  Stay tuned, more details will be released soon! If you are interested in becoming a gift bag sponsor for this event, please email your request to info@nikolaahaiwe.com.

For more pics of the event, check out the full recap on AimerAmour.com

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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