Featured Blog Posts – May 2008 Archive (19)

Challenges of a WAHM

Many of us on this board are mothers who work out of our homes, which presents special challenges. This subject has been weighing on my mind this week, so I decided to write about it.

I am a full time mom, and I am certainly blessed to be one. I used to be a teacher and a staff trainer in mathematics, so to finally stop taking care of other people's children and focus totally on my own was truly a relief!! Although some teachers do it, I can't imagine dealing with 20 children every… Continue

Added by Christine on May 30, 2008 at 7:34am — 6 Comments

It's not who you know, but who knows you

As entrepreneurs, it is important that we find ways to get people talking about what we do. It could be the best product or service in the world, but if no one knows about it, the business won't grow.

As I continue to network throughout NYC, I am reminded of that. I attended a networking event last night, and made a lot of good connections. Now I have to make sure I stay in the minds of these people. So I will spend tomorrow following up with them. After all, it's about who knows me.… Continue

Added by Natasha Crawford on May 29, 2008 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

The Business of Y-O-U: It's Not Just About What You Sell

During a consultation this morning, my client who sells bath and body products told me that she did not want to include her photo at her website. She said she had spoken with numerous African American woman business owners who said she should omit her photo from her website because it would hurt sales.

Based on my experience working with thousand of businesses, and my own for a decade, I feel strongly that anyone with an online business must include their photo at their website. Not… Continue

Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on May 28, 2008 at 1:40pm — 4 Comments

Women Who Blog - New BBWO Group

Women Who Blog is a new BBWO group for anyone interested in sharing their blogs, learning more about blogging for profit, etc.

Added by LaShanda Henry on May 28, 2008 at 10:55am — 2 Comments

New Clients!

Tonight I had my first meeting with new clients. They are also the first clients of my new venture of marriage education/preparations/enhancement. The Marriage Academy has students! I had so much fun working with them and giving them my plan for making their future marriage a proactive marriage. They were excited about it, listened to my every word, felt comfortable sharing and THANKED ME as they were leaving. That 'thank you' meant a lot. It exhibited trust in my skills and that they like me.… Continue

Added by Natasha Crawford on May 27, 2008 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Creating a Buzz - for free

Please let me preface this post with the fact that my business is only two years old. I've made a lot of mistakes, but in doing so have learned a lot about what to do, and most importantly, what NOT to do.

What I'm about to tell you will take a lot of work time at the computer, but will pay off with a slow stead climb up the ranks of the Google search engine. Right now, my site is number 12 on google for the… Continue

Added by Christine on May 27, 2008 at 11:45am — 7 Comments

Are You Tweeting?

Hi Ladies,

I know it's a holiday, but hubby took the kids to the pool (I'm sure they are freezing right about now) and so I had a few minutes. I've been wondering if any of you know about Twitter. If you don't, here's a Twitter tutorial.

Twitter is at

Twitter is sort of like blogging for dummies. Once you register for your free Twitter account, you are assigned a page of your own, where you can "Tweet" about whatever you want. That's as… Continue

Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on May 26, 2008 at 3:00pm — 10 Comments

Turning Pure Romance into a Full-time Business...

I'm glad LaShanda asked this question after my last blog. Now, I can only speak to the Pure Romance (PR)approach to growing your business:

For those who want instant gratification, the way to make money would be to focus strickly on doing parties and selling via the website. However, this is not a good idea if you plan on growing your business into a full-time career. I have had parties that totaled over $1400 BUT I have also had parties that… Continue

Added by Nirvana - Pure Romance on May 25, 2008 at 11:46pm — 1 Comment

I'm Official! Now what?

As I commented on fellow BBWO, Cee Cee's blog, I became "official" yesterday, meaning my business in incorporated. And the next step, with the help of a few professionals is to build corporate credit and use less of my own money to fund my business. I'm excited about it. I envision Noja, Inc. will one day become an umbrella corporation for my premarital counseling and marriage consulting business, my… Continue

Added by Natasha Crawford on May 24, 2008 at 12:12pm — 5 Comments

Collaborate Or Die!

Partnering: Your Recipe For Success

I've always been a social butterfly. I love meeting new people, and when I connect with someone with whom I have a lot in common, I can chat them up for hours.

The other day, my Pastor (with whom I have also been friends for 20 years so we chat quite a bit) forwarded me an email message from someone he thought I'd love to meet. He knows me so well .... Two days later, yesterday, my husband and I were sitting across a lunch table from a… Continue

Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on May 24, 2008 at 6:29am — No Comments

BBWO Member Businesses Added to Search Urban Directory

Black Business Women Online is a growing networking site for women of color mainly because of the amazing members on the group. In recognition of my BBWO members, I will regularly select members who have submitted their sites for FREE Inclusion in the Search Urban Directory. Search Urban is the Black Directory featured on Multiple Shades of You Online. In addition to being… Continue

Added by LaShanda Henry on May 23, 2008 at 3:03am — No Comments

Multiple Streams of Income

I have joined a forum called Earn 1K A Day. I am excited about the forum and the people inside. I am sure you have heard you hang out with people doing what you want to do. Just being there I realize that I need to have multiple streams of income. My virtual assistance business plus I have started to do affiliate marketing. The thirty day challenge pre season starts June 1. 2008 and the regular season starts August 1. 2008. I feel with the challenge and the forum and my perseverance I will be… Continue

Added by Tracey on May 23, 2008 at 1:31am — 5 Comments

My Dolls

Hi ladies just wanted to share with you my upcoming buisiness for my doll Hippy Diva Dolls. I would like to thank I Henry for her post on crafts. When I was making my Plus Size blog for women the idea popped up about my dolls. So i want to thank you for all your informative information and all that you are doing online for the Black community. Please check out my blog at


Added by trina on May 22, 2008 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

The start of my story

Hello ladies,

My reason why I decided to start my own business. I have always as my mother said had a problem with authority LOL. I just do not like having to answer to some one else. I have recently started my virtual assistance business

at because I wanted to work from home. I am a single mom of a beautiful 7 year old little girl, who I also home school. I did not want… Continue

Added by Tracey on May 20, 2008 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Let's get Started!

Ok Ladies, I figured I would start with how I got started in this business:

In January of 2007 a friend of mine from High School approached me with the idea of starting my own Pure Romance business, at the time I was working full-time as a Program Manager for a National Non-Profit organization and while I loved the work, the woman I worked from was making my daily life miserable and I needed something else.

This friend,… Continue

Added by Nirvana - Pure Romance on May 19, 2008 at 10:40pm — 6 Comments

So you want to start or are starting up a business?

Every business begins with an idea and a goal. Sometimes the goal is to make money, to help others, or a desire to share one’s knowledge or creations. In any event, many people start businesses for different reasons. Statistics from the US business administration show that in 2006, 649,700 small businesses opened and 564,900 closed. From this statistic alone, it seems that many small businesses do not survive for the long haul.

Unfortunately, I witnessed this statistic first hand… Continue

Added by Christine on May 19, 2008 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

Indie Confidential: Prepare For 5 Indie Business Pitfalls

What You Don't Know Could Hurt You

This post is about the stuff most people don't talk about because it hits too close to home. But I don't want you to be caught like a deer in the headlights as you grow your business, so I'm telling you the real deal on some of the most personal issues you will encounter if you are successful in your business.

These things apply to just about any business, but they are especially important to prepare for if you are Indie, meaning you are… Continue

Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on May 17, 2008 at 11:58pm — 13 Comments

The Business of Being a Mother

Being a mother is no easy task - it's filled with challenges. As I reflect on this position that I have held for the past 22 years I realize that I have every right to run for the president of the United States of America if not the world.

Culinary Expert

I have fed the kids when they have declared there is nothing there to eat -miraculously I managed to whip up meals without leaving the house.

Office of Administration

Time management - scheduling various… Continue

Added by DawnKA on May 11, 2008 at 10:11am — 5 Comments


It is such a blessing to see other African American Women using their gifts and talents to fill this world with color. I am blessed and elated to know that I am in the presence of other beautiful women who have decided to live out the dream that called out to them in the quite of the wee hours of the morning. Thank you for answering the call because I too answered it.


Added by Kelly Laws on May 10, 2008 at 8:48am — No Comments

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