Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Join Us For A Live #BOSSChat Interview With Celebrity Make Up and Hair Artist, Brandi Mitchell!

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Brandi Mitchell has x-ray vision for seeing peoples very best image and empowering them through image transformation and coaching to "polish, package, and position" their image and business to accelerate their platform.  She is the founder and director of The Visual Branding Institute and the author of Look the Part to Get the Role: The Ultimate Visual Branding Guide, 40 Days to Looking, Branding, and Becoming Your Role You Want to Play in Your Life!


Visual Brand Strategist Brandi Mitchell, is a graduate of Florida A& M University and spent over 20 years as a celebrated celebrity makeup, hair, and men's groomer. Brandi has been in OPRAH'S O Magazine, on the FOX Morning Show, and the Michael Baisden Show. She has consulted for large beauty companies as in LOREAL PARIS, and worked on television shows for TLC, TBS, BET, MTV, and TV ONE, as well as worked with nationally acclaimed speakers as in Lisa Nichols and award winning entertainers such as Steve Harvey, Anthony Mackie, Ruby Dee, Eric Benet, Chrisette Michelle Hector Elizondo and Eminem

She is a veteran of the beauty industry as a celebrity makeup and hair artist, educator, and trainer. In addition to being the author of the pioneering book Look the Part to Get the Role: The Ultimate Visual Branding Guide, 40 Days to Looking, Branding, and Becoming the Role You Want to Play in Life! www.looktheparttogetthrole.com  she has also written another book, The Blended Family Survival Guide on Getting Married With Children, Yours or Somebody Else's! 


Brandi Mitchell is an image and entrepreneur mentor to people all over the world helping them to create and define their visual brand to further their business and personal lives.


Learn more about Brandi by visiting www.brandimitchell.com

Join Us Live On Twitter @TheBOSSNetwork For A Live #BOSSChat With Brandi Mitchell, tomorrow, Thursday, May, 23, 2013 at 7pm CT/8pm ET for exclusive tips and a peak into the life and inspirations of this #BOSS! 

Monday, May 20, 2013

It's Bigger Than You By Melissa Kimble

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In business and in life sometimes we can get caught up in how everything affects us. On a day to day basis, we worry about our time, our resources, how this project will turn out, our goals and deadlines - alot of things that involve I, me, my, or mine.

But what if we approached life with the idea that a majority of things that we go through and deal with have nothing to do with us? What if the purpose of everything you went through was to benefit the next person - how would that change your perspective?

Recently I have encountered several losses and at first glance I was discouraged. How would these setbacks make me look as a business woman? Would I be embarrassed? Would people think less of me? How could I explain my shortcomings?
I. Me. My. Mine.

How easy it is to get caught up in the idea of self. But life is not about you. It's bigger than you. At second glance, I realized that these setbacks would only make me look strong because I overcame them and that strength would allow me to help someone else get through the same struggles I've faced. One of the most important things we can do is to help the next person. That action keeps us connected, that connection strengthens our communities, and that strength helps conquer the things we cannot face alone.

So the next time you're faced with opposition, instead of focusing on how it will make you look, try to see how you can use this lesson to help the next person. You'll be surprised at how inspired you will.become.


Melissa Kimble is an Engagement Strategist and the owner of The 3178 Agency and My Creative Connection. Follow her on Twitter @Melissa_Kimble and learn more about her work at www.the3178agency.com.

7 Business Wardrobe Essentials when you are over 25 and on a budget By Kim Turner

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“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.”
—Miuccia Prada

1. A black dress that is versatile enough that you can take it from the office to an after-work affair. Try a sheath dress. Paired with a cardigan or blazer it is work-appropriate, and without that top layer and paired with jewelry it is perfect for an after 5 cocktail party.












2. You might think you don’t need a suit since your office is business casual but when you want to make a power move during your next presentation, nothing adds credibility like a woman in a power suit. Go for blue, black or grey and it will work in the office as well as for your next interview, because a woman with that much power is definitely on the move.






3. Choose bottoms that have versatility and style but if you want them to last past one season, avoid buying trendy options -- at least until you have the basics covered. These classic colors paired with various tops will get you tons of looks: navy, brown, black, charcoal and tan. P.S. Avoid wearing jeans to work unless you just don’t care.











4. Unfortunately, it has to be said "DO NOT wear halters, deep V-necks, sheer blouses, racer-backs and anything showing midriff into the office. Start with a few basic button-downs and a gorgeous blouse for a dressier look.

















5. Blazers, vests and sweaters are all considered third layers. Look for pieces that are structured to give you a more polished look for the office.




6. I suggest a bag that holds your computer and all of your other items. It could be a back pack or leather carry-all. Just don’t go for the college backpack as those days are well behind you.













7. If you can only afford one pair of shoes, buy black pumps. The heel should be the height that is best for you, so if you only need one inch that’s great, but don’t do more than four inches. Spend as much as you can on great shoes. They will last for a long time as long as you take care of them (that means find a good cobbler).

















For more fashion tips follow Kim Turner on Twitter @FashionCents, visit her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/fashioncents/180402097080, and check out her website at www.fashioncents.tv

Choose Your Company and Friends Wisely By Dr. Kamala L. Uzzell

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 The people with whom you choose to spend your time are a reflection of you.  As the saying goes -  “Birds of a feather flock together.”  This may or may not be true in all relationships, but what IS true is that many people believe it.  Value the brand that you have created for yourself.  Value the work that you have put into making a good name for yourself in personal and professional circles.  Don’t choose friends who will destroy your hard work.  Choose friends who will lift you up and motivate you to be the best you that you can be!


Surround yourself with people who are doing things and going places.  Those with no goals will only hold you back and bring you down with them.  Recognize the difference between assets and liabilities (as bad as that might sound) when it comes to friends and associates.  Are they improving your life or destroying your brand?  Are they adding some form of value to your life or are they taking away and draining the joy and promise from it?

Remember – the people who you are around can either lift you up or drag you down.  They can destroy everything that you've spent so much time building.  Who deserves to be in your circle? It’s your choice.  Choose wisely.

Check back every month to learn more from Dr. Kamala about Mental Health and  get some life coaching tips. Follow Dr. Kamala on twitter @drkamalauzzell and learn more about her services at http://about.me/drkamalauzzell

Are Your Business Skills Losing You Money By Harrine Freeman

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Many people have the passion and knowledge to become business owners but do not take time to educate themselves about how to start and sustain a business. Many business owners cannot generate increased revenues to produce consistent cash flows due to lack of business skills or business knowledge. Lack of business skills can cause lost revenue.
Some of the most common mistakes business owners make are: not accepting multiple forms or payments, credibility - what makes you different from your competition, having bad credit, limited use of technology, lack of creativity and not establishing a target market. 

As a customer you do business with companies that have experience, provide good customer service, offer reasonable prices, meet your needs and have proven that they have sound business skills. Are you providing the same to your customers?

Don’t let your lack of business skills cost you revenue. Educate yourself about how to become a successful business owner to help you take your business to the next level. If you don’t know how to do something, do research to find out how to do it on your own or hire a professional. 

Here are 8 guidelines on to increase your business skills and stop losing money.

Automate
Automate your business processes. Create automated systems to recruit new clients, maintain client databases, product purchases, setting appointments, tracking metrics, and tracking financials. Automating your business processes will also help you efficiently handle repetitive tasks eliminating the risk of error; free up time for other tasks, help you make better decisions, boost sales and help you remain competitive.  This will save you time and money and allow you to focus more on growing your business.

Communicate Effectively
Use effective ways to communicate with your audience. Free websites may scare away potential customers who may feel that you are inexperienced, not serious about your business or that you cannot be trusted.  Free websites also have advertisements that may distract potential customers from your website. Take the time to hire a professional web designer and make continual updates as needed. Include client testimonials, bio, FAQs, resource information and free products or offers on your website. Capture visitor emails to build your database. Avoid using free email accounts unless you work in an industry where free email accounts are not frowned upon. Setup a separate phone number for your business in your business name.

Find a Mentor
Get a business mentor who can provide advice and lessons learned on how to grow your business and create a brand. A business mentor will review the overall marketing performance of your business and will help you devise strategies to enhance sales for your business. A business mentor can help you become an expert in the industry and personal life. Mentors also provide valuable advice, help you solve problems and help you think strategically about your business.

Get Assistance
Create a support network of family or friends who will encourage and support you.  Hire experienced professionals to help support your business such as a financial advisor, lawyer, accountant and office support staff.  Hire other professionals as needed to help you grow your business.  You may feel like you can do everything yourself but that is the quickest way to failure. Consider outsourcing services as needed. Learn from entrepreneurs who grew into successful business owners.

Make a First Impression
First impressions are critical to turning prospective clients into potential clients. Word of mouth is the cheapest and best way to generate business. If your physical and/or office appearance are of low quality you may be missing out on potential clients. Always look and speak in a professional manner. Surround yourself with at least three successful business owners and ask them for advice on how they achieved their success. If you are in an industry that focuses heavily on appearance consider hiring a stylist.

Separate Records
Keep personal and business records separate. Using your SSN as your tax id can cause problems when filing taxes so it is best to obtain an EIN.  This ensures that you keep your personal life separate from your business and prevents personal liability. Make sure you file the correct status for your business based on your needs. There are several options when filing your business status with the IRS such as sole proprietorship, limited liability corporation, corporation, partnership or non-profit.  Create a separate bank account, phone number and mailing address for your business. Keep personal and business credit separate to make it simpler to track accounts and makes it easier to file your taxes.

Stop Being Mr. Nice Guy
In a survey of 50 CEOs, Russ Edelman author of “Nice Guys Can Get the Corner Office: Eight Strategies for Winning in Business Without Being a Jerk” asked about the impact of "being too nice" on their businesses. The CEOs surveyed responded by stating that being too nice cost them 8% of their gross revenues. For a small business that is the difference between going out of business and generating a profit. If you always give away free products or services you will never get a profit. Stop working like you are an unpaid intern and work as a business owner. Create policies that show others you value your time such as a cancellation or refund policy. Don’t be afraid to fire customers or vendors if the relationship is taking up too much of your time, not meeting your needs or cutting into your revenue.

Use Social Networking
Social networking is the easiest and cheapest way to get new clients and increase revenue.  Create a separate business profile for your business. Ensure you social network business profile remains professional.  Don’t allow others to post negative or inappropriate comments on your profile.  Ask trusted friends and clients to recommend your product or service.  Continually engage your audience and get feedback. Determine which social media network meets your needs and is the most advantageous for your business.

To learn more about managing your business or personal finances get your free special report at www.hefreemanenterprises.com/mailing.html.

Bio:
Financial Expert and Coach is the CEO of H.E. Freeman Enterprises, a financial services company for clients aged 30-55. She has worked with couples, homeowners, business owners, politicians and celebrities to help them achieve their financial goals. She has appeared in numerous media outlets such as Huffington Post. She is the author of the book, How to Get Out of Debt: Get an “A” Credit Rating for Free. Learn more about Harrine and how to use the money you have to get what you want by visiting her website hefreemanenterprises.com.
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