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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 www.neosoulessentials.com
is number 12 on google for the… Continue
Added by Christine on May 27, 2008 at 11:45am —
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 http://www.twitter.com
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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
BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY SHOP
Added by trina on May 22, 2008 at 9:00am —
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
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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.
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 —
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 —