10 Business Lessons I Learned During My First Year as a Full Time Entrepreneur

author book writing money Feb 18, 2020

Today I'm talking about 10 business lessons that I learned during my first year as a full-time entrepreneur. I spent 12 years as a middle school language arts teacher. During my first year as a full-time entrepreneur, I made well over six figures. 

1.Set boundaries. You know from the very beginning what you want. Go ahead and put yourself on a schedule and set boundaries, and set limits. What are the times that you're going to work? What time will you set aside when you're sick? For example, from Friday evening and all day Saturday, I don't respond to any emails. I take some time off for myself and dedicate that time solely and strictly to my family. It's really easy to work all the time when your business is growing.  However, you still have to understand that you need time for your family, and you need time for your personal upkeep. Set boundaries and stick to them.

2. Provide good customer service, but don't take other people's issues on as your own. Somebody else's...

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3 Ways Mompreneurs Can Maximize Their Time

author book writing money Jan 28, 2020

The mompreneur market is very popular now. If you’ve never heard the term “mompreneur”, a mompreneur defines a woman with children, who generally will work a nine to five and have a business. Sometimes mompreneurs are also considered work-at-home moms or moms who work from home. 

You know, she's a “mom.” 

The term “Preneurs” is an abbreviation of “entrepreneurs” and if you have kids, are working, and are an entrepreneur, you are considered a mompreneur. 

‘Mompreneur’ is a combination of the word mom + entrepreneur.

Oftentimes, it's very difficult for mompreneurs to juggle marriage, having kids,  and trying to establish a business. This is especially true if they’re a new mom or if they are struggling to gain/maintain business growth.

Sometimes moms just feel like managing their home responsibilities and running a business is too overwhelming, so they just quit. And I don't want that to be...

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Five Ways Authors Can Connect to Their Audience

author book writing money Jan 21, 2020

Writing now cannot be an ordinary content. It has to be great quality that’s relatable. How do you connect with your audience?

Initially, you must know your audience, their age group, hobbies, lifestyle or demographics. In general, everyone always has a question in mind. Everyone is always looking around for answers. Everyone always has an eye out for solutions. Here are some tips on how you can connect with your audience no matter what niche you are coming from.

 

Number 1: Be relatable.

When you write your own story, you need to consider the reason why your story will have a great impact. Ask yourself what makes it transformational and what value readers can get from it.  Let your reader in and make them a part of that story. You have a lot to share that impacted and influenced your decision to become an author. Share that journey. So what inspires you? What were some of the things that happened to you? You don't want to focus on the details of what happened as...

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How to Make More Money With Your Book

author book writing money Jan 14, 2020

Many self-published authors write books, but then they struggle to make money from their books. According to statistics, most authors make less than $500/year. I want to help you break this cycle. Here are a few tips to help you:

  • Number one: Be very targeted. Targeting is going to impact everything from your content to your marketing. Your book is not for everybody and not everybody would like to read your book. A book geared towards 12-year-olds versus 30- something-year-old women will have different content. Make sure that you do your research. So when you are writing your book, you should have a particular individual or audience in mind that you are speaking to, and this also applies to your book marketing as well. Having clarity on your target audience will help you to position yourself as the expert.
  • Number two: You need to solve a problem with your book. Determine the purpose of your book. What problem does it solve? Are you trying to help people learn, and why should they...
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Did God Tell You to Write Your Book?

author book writing faith Jan 10, 2020

God Told Me So!

I speak to a lot of women every single week, and one of the comments that I hear the most is “God told me to write my book”. 

I can relate.

God actually told me to write my book several years ago as well. But why does it seem that a lot of believers are comfortable in saying, “Hey, God told me to write my book”?

However, when it becomes time to put faith into action and practice what is preached, people tend to fall off and forget about the mantle that is placed on their lives.

You have to understand that even when you feel divinely led, divinely guided, or divinely inspired to do something, that alone is not going to remove the hard work and challenges that may be involved. 

For instance, I think there's a misconception among believers. When God tells you to do something, it's not just going to fall in your lap. As a matter of fact, your path is more challenging because you are on a divinely guided path. One of the things that...

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How to Make More Money with Your Book

Uncategorized Aug 27, 2019

I want to share with you some really quick tips that you can implement today to make more money with the book that you are writing. 

Number one: Be very targeted. Targeting is going to impact everything from your content to your marketing. Your book is not for everybody and not everybody would like to read your book. A book geared towards  12 year olds versus 30- something year old women will have different content. Make sure that you do your research. So when you are writing your book, you should have a particular individual or audience in mind that you are speaking to, and this also applies to your book marketing as well. Having clarity on your target audience will help you to position yourself as the expert.

Number two: You need to solve a problem with your book. Determine the purpose of your book. What problem does it solve? Are you trying to help people learn, and why should they choose to read your book? And for those of you all who are writing memoirs, your memoir...

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5 Ways For Authors To Connect To their Audience

Uncategorized Aug 26, 2019

Writing now cannot be an ordinary content. It has to be great quality that’s relatable. How do you connect with your audience?


Initially you must know your audience, their age group, hobbies, lifestyle or demographics. In general, everyone always has a question in mind. Everyone is always looking around for answers. Everyone always has an eye for solutions. So here are some tips on how you can connect with your audience no matter what niche you are coming from.

 

Number 1: Be relatable.

When you write your own story, you’d need to consider the reason why your story will have  a great impact. Ask yourself what makes it transformational and what value readers can get from it when they spend money to purchase it.  Let your readers in and make them a part of that story. It isn't just one incident that happened to you, right? You have a lot to share that impacted and influenced your decision to become an author. Share that. Let people in, open the door, and let...

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3 Reasons Why You Are Not Making Money From Your Book

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2019

A lot of self- published authors struggle with selling their books. In this blog, I will share 3 quick tips to help you get more sales, and help you fix all the struggles when it comes to selling your...

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5 Ways to Transition from Author to Business Owner

Uncategorized Jul 08, 2019

I started out with my first book in 2016, Twenty Pearls of Wisdom, and I've grown into a multi six figure business and brand. By the end of 2018, I took one book, evolved my book into a business, and made $123,000 primarily using Instagram and Facebook, while working my 9-5 job. In this blog, I’m going to share with you five ways that I evolved from author to business owner.

 

#1. I studied marketing.

I implemented marketing strategies such as building my email list. I stopped creating graphics on my phone and learned how to use Canva. When my business could afford it, I eventually invested in professional graphic design services.

 

I also started building my email list as well as getting footage. Anytime I did anything (attended an event, spoke at an event, etc. I recorded myself and I shared it. Anytime I sold a book, I took a picture with the person who purchased my book, posted the photo of us together, and tagged them in the picture. Whenever I spoke at an...

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5 Takeways from the #RoyalWedding

Uncategorized May 21, 2018

This past weekend, the world watched in happiness, awe, and excitement as Prince Henry married Meghan Markle.

Now this was not a normal union for a royal blueblood.

For one thing, Meghan is divorced. Meaning she's had a husband and the "perceived" notion of her being a virgin is long gone out the door. Many men felt that her divorced status made her unfit to be the wife of a prince. Plus, she's several years older than Prince Harry. It's a marriage that's far out of tradition. 

Second, Meghan is mixed. Her mom is a copper-skinned sista with beautiful shoulder-length locs, and a sparkling gold nosering. Seeing her nosering brought back nostalgic memories of my neo-soul days when I wore a bejeweled nosering during my college days. So for us to have representation and inclusion in the royal family was something that many people never even considered. But the day has come.

Third, Meghan is American, not British. I'm certain that no one expected Prince Harry to marry a foreigner and...

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