Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The " Creative Artist" Julie M. Holloway

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Julie M. Holloway is an artist based in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.She is the founder of JMH Cre8ive Solutions, a boutique graphic design agency and is the curator of a book series titled The Entrepreneur Within You. She loves coffee, collaborating and hanging with family and friends.

The BOSS Network: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning
process of starting your business or career?


Julie Holloway: The biggest obstacle was time. After leaving a corporate job to start my business, I had to become a salesman, bill collector, accountant, financial planner, and marketer, when I really just wanted to focus on my artwork and graphic design. There just wasn't enough time to get  everything done. At the end of each day, I felt like I had done everything except the actual work I had to deliver to clients. When dealing with all of the aspects of your business, it's hard to keep a creative mindset, which is a necessity for my work. It's gotten easier over time, but that was a major hurdle. It takes discipline and being able to give yourself the opportunity and time to relax and unwind. As entrepreneurs, we want to do it all, but sometimes that isn't possible.

BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

JH: My passion. I knew as a child I wanted to be an artist. Drawing and painting were the ways I expressed myself, but I let them get away from me when needing to bring in money to support my family. I went to The School of The Art Institute of Chicago for one year, quit, and never jumped into the art industry as a career. Everyone else was getting office jobs in the city, and I thought that was what I was supposed to do as well. Seven years ago this week I finally made the jump back into my passion for art and design. The company I was working for was going through a massive round of layoffs, and I knew I would be next. A cousin in Chicago asked me to design a logo, so I bought a program off of Craigslist for $50 and taught myself graphic design. I started freelancing, and my business grew from the ground up. I've now been able to include my other artistic talents, drawing and painting, into my design business.

BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?

JH: At first, I had zero balance and no one to keep me accountable. My husband Darnell was very supportive but didn't say anything as he wanted to give me space to allow me and my business to grow. I was like an entrepreneur zombie. Two years ago, my husband and I agreed that this needed to change. He worked with me to help me transition from a zombie to a healthier and happier business owner. Now, we have a habitual schedule. We eat all of our meals together, and I make sure to have specific times that are for family only. I still get burned out from time to time because being an entrepreneur is hard work, but I'm learning daily how to be better at what I do and I'm working to become an even better mother and wife.

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

JH: "Everything happens for a reason. Just believe." My mom shared this with me when I was a teenager, and it is deeply rooted in my heart. You will go through tough times no matter what career you're in or what type of business you start. It's not supposed to be easy. The key is realizing that the tough times are there to make us stronger, and they help us appreciate the good times even more.

BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?

JH: I've been very lucky to have a lot of positive and influential mentors, friends and family members. My husband, mom, dad, and brother and sisters have been what has kept me going, and their support keeps me positive and confident. My courage coach, Nicole Knox, has played an intricate part of my business for a few years now I've also had an influential high school art teacher, Mr. A who has driven me to believe that I could become a professional artist, and dear friend Bernada Nicole Baker who has given me inspiration, encouragement and the answers that I've desperately needed at times. I'm very thankful, and I try to repay the support they've given me by creating a strong entrepreneurial community with The Entrepreneur Within You
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BN: What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?

JH: COFFEE! Just kidding, but not really. Aside from coffee, I need a strong network and the support of my family, which I've been lucky to have. I also need help with the parts of my business that I'm either not as good at as others or not as passionate about. I have someone who is amazing at sales and consulting who perfectly compliments my skill set. I may be the name that people associate with the business, but I couldn't have done it without her (thanks, Nicole!).Make sure to surround yourself with people who complement your skill set. I also depend on exercise, meeting new clients and colleagues for coffee, hanging out with the TEW Crew members at events, and spending time with my family.
 
BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

JH: A boss is someone who takes control of their outlook on life and does what they want to do because it's what they love and are passionate about. I'm the boss of me and what I do with my life, and it's an amazing and very freeing feeling. If you're also looking to be the boss of you, I encourage you to check out the TEWYOU community at TEWYOU.com http://tewyou.com/ I also have a limited number of slots open for new clients, and I'd love to explore the possibility of highlighting  your personal or business brand through my designs, artwork and marketing materials. I put my passion to work for the passions of others. It's a partnership that I'm blessed to a part of.
 
 
Connect with Julie M Holloway on Twitter at @TEWyou and @JMHCre8ive
Learn more about products and services at http://www.jmhcreative.com/, http://www.juliemholloway.com  and http://tewyou.com/

 
 

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BOSS Spotlight:Meet The "Beautiful Entrepreneur" Sandye Lomax

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Sandye Lomax, Founder & CEO of Beauty Fetish, LLC has spent over a decade honing her skills in the beauty industry. She began her career as a teen model headlining international fashion shows. This licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, MUA & Eyelash Expert enjoys enhancing beauty & believes True Beauty Starts Within!

TheBOSSNetwork: What are some of the obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of You career?

Sandy Lomax: started my business with nothing more than pennies; my skill credentials and the necessary talent & determination to succeed! One of my biggest obstacles was self-doubt! Once I moved out of my own way by leaning on that "mustard seed" size faith taught by my mother and that inner self-confidence of light that would not dim even thru my own insecurities, everything fell into place!


BN: Who were some influential people/mentors that helped/encouraged you along the way?
SL:Was honored and blessed beyond my imagination when I had the opportunity to attend Oprah's Legends Ball. I was amongst so many amazing icons & influential women in art, entertainment & civil rights! I figured out my purpose that weekend! I knew that I had to place myself in a position of leadership from that day forward so that I could start building a bridge for my nieces and young girls around the world! I wanted to be able to one day say, thru my life that their strength to endure for women like me was not done in vain! That weekend was a major link to my "bridge to now!" My family & friends are a dynamite support system!

BN: What are your "must haves" to keep your career/business going strong?

SL: I must have God by my side! I must have & maintain the latest knowledge & training in my forever evolving craft! I must have the best quality products on the market to produce quality work.



BN: What inspired you to break into your industry?

SL: I spent many years working for the State of Maryland as a Disability Specialty as well as modeling internationally. During my modeling career I was always fascinated with the makeup & hair-styling behind the scenes. One day I found myself feeling incomplete & unfilled. I asked myself what would I do for free in life? I remembered when my grandmother was dying from cancer how she'd come alive when I would makeup her face, file her fingernails & comb what hair she had left. That was my AHA moment! Making people feel & look good. I get to combine my passion and compassion for people! I get paid to do what I love! It is rewarding on many levels for me!

BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?

SL: I have so many goals I'm trying to accomplish that I seem to run out of hours in a day to remember ME! I'm learning to nourish me the way that I nourish my goals & others daily! Because I am a one woman show aka brand Beauty Fetish it is a challenge to separate myself from the brand physically and mentally at times. I am honestly still trying to master creating a balance between professional & personal.

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

SL: I actually have 2 quotes that I live by:
*Set goals or be used by someone or has!
*Pay It Forward

BN: What is your definition of BOSS

SL: A risk taker who is not afraid to stand in a position of leadership!


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NetWERK 101: 4 Ways to Establish a Genuine Connection By Koereyelle DuBose

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When you’re an Entrepreneur, you’re always at work, you’re always open for business and you’re always be looking for ways to connect with potential partners. You DO NOT have to be at an official “networking event” to network. In fact, you should set an intention to connect with like-minded people who could enhance your brand everywhere you go! One thing you want to avoid, however, is coming across as fake, phony or too needy when you meet someone.

 To avoid that, use these four ways to establish a genuine connection:

1. Find the Common Denominator
What do you have in common? There could be a common interest, common goal or you may have a common industry. Find a way to link your business with theirs in order to establish a clear connection. On the other hand, your connection could be as simple as having a mutual friend, being from the same home state or attending rival colleges. The world is small enough to find a connection with almost anyone! The 6 degrees of separation rule is REAL, use it to your advantage!

2. Be a Benefit
Figure out the best way to establish a mutually beneficial partnership before approaching the potential partner. If you are very interested in meeting someone but are not sure how you could work together, offer support. Use your willingness to serve and support others as your strength. Let it be known that you would be happy to be involved with their upcoming projects or invite your network to their event, people very rarely turn down help!  Being helpful is a great way to make a lasting impression!

3. Exchange Information
Please break the habit of giving out your cards and leaving empty handed. Show that you are truly interested in connecting by asking for their card in exchange for yours. If they don’t have a card, at least follow them on a few social networks because nobody is going to turn down a new follower. If they make it clear that they don’t want to give you their card, they obviously don’t want to do business with you so you won’t need their card anyway. Know when to cut your losses and move on. Everybody won’t want to connect, thank them for saving you time and energy chasing them down in the future. It’s their loss anyway!


4. Follow Up
95% of the people you meet will NOT follow up. Stand out from the crowd by making a habit of following up within 24 hours of meeting. A simple follow up can be a quick email reminding them of who you are and where you met and letting them know you’re excited to support their future projects and work together on something special soon. If you have an upcoming project or event, this is a great time to share that information and solicit support.


Use these tips everywhere you go to connect with new partners, reach new clients and establish genuine connections! Remember that your network determines your net worth, so choose your new partners wisely.


Connect with Koereyelle DuBose, Founder and CEO of The Single Wives Club and Creator of ReadyToWERK.com. 
Connect with Koereyelle on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @Koereyelle