Saturday, November 21, 2015

3 Tips to Avoid The Biggest Mistake I Made as An Entrepreneur By: Nicole Roberts Jones

Everybody makes mistakes when starting something new, however I did not realize how BIG of a mistake I had made until 17 years into my business. By that 17th year, my business looked very successful;

 I had 10 chapters of my youth program in 10 states and it was growing

 I had an 100% full coaching client roster, so I ...

 Wrote & released my first book with the goal of continuing to give women 
the tools to take up the slack form my inability to take on another coaching client. Well when my book started to get popular...

 I started getting invitations to speak at women’s conferences, seminars and retreats all over the country. 

I was doing the exact thing I had started my business to do, matter of fact that I KNEW I was born to do!  However I was only generating $13,000 a year.  I wasn’t generating ANY profit!  What happened in that moment?  I realized if I wanted to something different, then I would need to do something different.  I realized I needed help, so I hired a coach.  Now I have to tell you my coach rocked my world in my first coaching session, when she said,  “Nicole didn’t you tell me you were a adjunct professor at USC and at Boston University teaching program development and you also told me you had a consulting practice where you worked with schools, businesses and government officials building programs, RIGHT?  Well the same way you developed new programs, new revenue streams for them, go do that FOR YOU!”  OH MY GOODNESS!  Just those words from that first session with my coach changed the trajectory of my business and really MY LIFE!  

Immediately, I did just as my coach suggested and I developed my first online program.  That first program generated $10,000 in 60 days!  Soon I figured out a system to not just develop that program, but the next and the next and the next that moved the revenue I was generating in my business from $13,000 to over $200,000 within a year.   So here are the 3 things I learned in that moment that made the shift in my business;

1) Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket.  I learned working with my coach, that I was only relying on one on one coaching to generate money in my business.  What I recognized is when you are only selling time for dollars, you can only serve so many people and what I learned next is....

2) Develop Multiple Streams Of Income.  I read an article in Forbes magazine that said, “8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail. A whopping 80% crash and burn.” and one of the main reasons stated in the article was entrepreneurs “inability to nail a profitable business model with proven revenue streams.”  It was the step by step system I developed in that moment that allowed me to develop multiple revenue streams easily! Matter of fact it is that same system that I developed for me that I now use to coach other entrepreneurs, authors, speakers and coaches to create multiple income streams in their business.  It amazes me how so many business owners fail to take their expertise, their message and monetize it in order to generate additional revenue streams and actually in so doing create a platform to serve more clients with their genius.  

3) You Must Have a Month-to-Month Strategy.There is a saying, “when you fail to plan, you plan to fail” and for years I was failing to plan. I had no real month-to-month strategy as to how I would generate revenue.  Once I began to develop products and therefore multiple ways to serve my ideal client, the natural next step to allow that money to continue to grow was to design a clear strategy. It was from actually having a plan that I finally began to generate predictable profit in my business. What I learned at this profound moment in my business is that when you monetize the message in you, then move it into a profitable product platform and then develop strategy around it, you start truly achieving revenue in your business. You see an increase in your income while simultaneously increasing the number of people you are able to serve and the impact you are making in the world.   

To learn more about how you can UP-LEVEL your revenue and serve more people in your business check out my FREE online training The 4 Steps to Make your Brand Bankable –>  by clicking here 

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Healing Agent" Tray Kearny

Tray Kearny, is the Creator/Host of The Woman To Woman Show and author of It’s Healing Time. She believes that women have the power to save families by “honor, guarding and respecting one another’s relationships.”  Tray’s mission is to bring awareness to the devastating effects of infidelity. #NOSIDECHICKING!

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

Tray Kearny: Fear. I feared that their wasn’t a space for my vision, nor did I believe people wanted to hear the truth about infidelity. I decided to create my own path. And once I voiced my message it began to spread. The power in the passion to help others is impacting and people gravitate to it. 

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

TK: The devastation I saw firsthand that infidelity caused families. Once I understood how many women were suffering in silence I decided I had to take action. So I created the Woman to Woman Show as an open platform to talk about infidelity. My book project, “It’s Healing Time” give women the resource to begin to heal through a 31-day workout journey.

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

TK:I balanced it all by putting God in the center of my life.  My sons and I are a solid circle who help one  another to be our best.

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

TK: Failure is not an option!

BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
TK: My life coach Dee Marshall; my mentor Dedra Tate; my autism support group leader Genevieve Kumapley; and my biggest influence was my Mother.

BN: What are your must-haves to keep your career or business going strong?

TK: Faith and a strong team. 

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

TK: A boss is a woman who knows who she is.  Realizing her truth, she is confident in her own skin. She is boundless in her ambitions. A boss isn’t afraid to take the lead.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Creative Artist" Riska Crowder

Riska Crowder, The Power house experimented with the art of cosmetology early on in her youth which determined her lifelong career as a true beauty consultant. In 2007, Riska became a licensed cosmetologist at the Fort Worth Beauty School and graduated in June of 2009. Excelling in the field of cosmetology. In May 2009 to working with one of the top brands in the beauty industry: the “World Famous” M.A.C. (Makeup Artist Cosmetics).Riska became one of the PREMIER certified M.A.C. consultants until August 2011. These experiences opened the gateway for her to create her own identified brand known as “Lady Lashes” – a lash extension and makeup boutique located in JELA’s Epiphany Salon in Fort Worth,TX. Her business continues to blossom as crowds of people from all over the DFW area gravitateto experience her art and exceptional customer service. Recently her amazing talent allowed her showcase her artistry on some of Gospel Music’s heaviest hitters, David and Tamela Mann at the 2013 Stellar Awards in Nashville, TN.

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

Riska Crowder: The obstacles I faced in the beginning were finding balance with what I love to do, and time for my family. It was a process, getting an adamant schedule down because my husband’s career and my kids were very young at the time when I decided to start a new business in the beauty industry.

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

RC: I've always loved makeup! I was always into something... I started playing in my sister’s makeup at age 5 and would get into trouble. By the time I was in high school, I was doing students makeup for prom, homecoming games different events. I've always kept up with the trend of what celebrities were wearing on their face. This is something I knew deep down inside I wanted to do.

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

RC: Yes! My husband and I have created a system to work on balancing. He's very involved and helps out a lot.. I really thank him for that. Our home is our place of peace, so when I walk through that door, I know how to leave work where it is and turn my motherly/wifey switch on and be just that.

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

RC : “Beauty is not in the face, it’s the light in the heart.” –Kahlil Gidran

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

RC: My Sister Torri is my strength, She raised me and keeps me grounded. I have a God Mother. Debbie Smith, she taught me so much ... She's a true definition of a role model, still learning!! And there's Tamela Mann, she's an amazing woman.. Very inspiring and such a creative soul.

BN: What are your must-haves?

RC: (To keep your career or business going strong) Books! I love to read. The beauty industry and trends are always changing so I am always reading books on business, reading articles and reviews on product, and watching the latest tutorial. Lastly, you need someone in your corner that can tell you the truth and keep you in line.

What is your definition of a BOSS?

RC: My definition of a BOSS, is someone who sets out a plan and acts on it to achieve their dream. They are hard workers with rational decision making skill in a high pace environment. Bosses always see something creative and beautiful out of everything that could go wrong. Bosses are the beginning and the end.

Connect with Riska Crowderon Twitter  @IAmRiskaCrowder, Instagram @iamriskacrowder & Facebook Riska Crowder

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