Why Start an Internet Business?

WHY would YOU want to start an Internet Business, you ask yourself?

An Internet Business gives you advantages that no other type of Businesses can give you.

If you are considering starting an Internet Business or have not even offered it a thought, then consider the following:

1. YOU CAN CHOOSE WHEN YOU WANT TO WORK

With an Internet Business, you probably won't have to wake up in the wee hours of the morning so that you can get to work by 9am, anymore. Want to start working on your Internet Business at 10am? 3pm? 10pm? 2am? Go ahead. You're your own boss! This is my goal. One day to not have to report to my 9 to 5 and only report to me. It should also be your goal.

2. YOU CAN WORK FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME

Where you put your computer is where you will be working! When I first started running my business, I used to be on my laptop on my bed or on the couch.  I moved into the basement after but it got too cold or too hot.  The next place in my home was my dining room but then my mother was not too happy about that. So now, I am in a corner of my living room.  Where ever you decide to work, the good news is you are home and there is no place like home!

3. YOU DON'T HAVE TO RENT EXPENSIVE OFFICE SPACES

Since your home is your office, this alone saves you thousands of dollars in rental each month making it possible for ANYBODY (and I really mean ANYBODY!) to start and run an Internet Business!

4. YOU CAN REACH A HUGE GLOBAL MARKET FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME

As an Internet Business owner I leverage on free or low-cost software and hardware and the Internet Infrastructure, all of which when combined give the leveraging power that far exceeds any conventional business allowing me to achieve more and more with less and less work! You can do it too!

5. YOUR INTERNET BUSINESS CAN BE FULLY AUTOMATED TO RUN ON ITS OWN

Some Internet Business models can be fully automated (as in 100%). Once they're properly set up, you don't even have to lift a finger operating them!

6. YOUR INTERNET BUSINESS ALLOWS YOU TO WORK LESS HOURS THAN ANY OTHER BUSINESS

If you can't automate your Internet Business fully, you may be able to automate 50% of it or maybe even more. Once you can automate your Internet Business in some way, you can use the time you saved to start another Internet Business, improve your existing business, or spend anyhow you like.

Are you excited already? Wait, theres EVEN MORE REASONS TO START AN INTERNET BUSINESS!

7. YOU GET TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY

Owning an Internet Business gives you the privilege to have more time to spend with your family, or watch your children grow up. This is what most busy parents crave for. If you are one of them, then you will do well to seriously consider starting an Internet Business.

8. YOUR INTERNET BUSINESS CAN BE CREATED AROUND YOUR HOBBIES, PASSION OR EXPERTISE

Now, this is my favorite reason for anybody wanting to start an Internet Business! The Internet Business allows your passion and dream to come to life, which is also the most important component of businesses of any kind.

9. YOUR INTERNET BUSINESS INCURS EXTREMELY LOW EXPENSES

Believe it or not, some Internet Businesses can be set up and running at zero cost, if not very low. Other Internet Businesses can run with monthly operational expenses so low that they are negligible!

So, you can rest assured you won't find me recommending products or services that cost thousands of dollars, the amount of money which you may as well throw into the stock market if you've got such a huge appetite for risk!

10. YOU CAN OPERATE A MULTIPLE INTERNET BUSINESSES

Since the cost of setting up and running an Internet Business is so low, and you can automate their operations, you can operate multiple Internet Businesses as a one-person Internet Business owner. You don't need to hire employees since your Internet Business system is doing most of the job, if not all. It works 24/7 for you. It won't call in sick. And it definitely won't blame you if it ever has worldly problems!

Given all the wonderful reasons for starting your own Internet Business, I am sure that by now you have already made up your mind whether starting an Internet Business is for you. If you have decided that its for you, then WELCOME TO THE EXCITING WORLD OF INTERNET ENTREPRENEURSHIP!

It's Not About Me. It's Because of My Story.

When I am out networking, I have the opportunity to share my story with people.  So why not do it here too. To me, it is the same thing although we are meeting through a computer screen, a cell phone or a tablet.  Over the next 300+ words, I am going to tell you all about me and walk you through the journey to date of my brand Kaderique.  Where it started, Why it started and Where I am driving it to go.  I am doing this because I want you to know who your potential business coach is, who is that woman that you are thinking of inviting to speak at your next event or help you plan your next event. So here we go.


It was some time in 1989 when I was sitting on the porch, in Haiti with my dad, us two staring at the stars and enjoying the warm air.  I was 9 years old.  I told my father that night: "dad...one day I want to be a business woman...and I can see myself on a big stage speaking to a lot of people that are inspired by my words". He replied: "well bichotte (is what he called me), there is nothing wrong with that".

In 1994, my father picked me up from school in Haiti.  I was 14 years old.  He saw me in tears and asked me what was wrong.  I told him that I had failed my exam and that he would be disappointed in me.  He laughed and responded to me: "there is nothing wrong with failure.  You can't always have excellent grades...although I would like you to" he added "When you fail, go back and try to understand why so you don't do it again. You will improve that way. That simple".

In 1997, 3 years later, I witnessed my father get shot in the head. In Haiti. In our home.  I was 16 years old and my life suddenly changed.

After graduating High School, I moved to New York with the intention of continuing my higher education.  That is exactly what my focus was for the next 5 years of my life. Education. So, I attended a community college for the first semester and went on to graduating with my MBA in Hospitality Management at St. John's University.  All this while working a full-time job and some ...I had 2 extra jobs...because I needed to pay my rent and take care of myself.  Along the way, I met my husband.  We got married and while 4 months pregnant with my daughter, I graduated with my Master's Degree in General Management. 

I worked myself up the Corporate America ladder and landed a management position that enable me to travel the world just like I always wanted.  From Vegas to Hong Kong, Paris to Thailand, I had the opportunity to experience all types of cultures, business models, food and morals.  But with all of this, I was still not feeling fulfilled. I did not want to settle with this.  On the surface it all looked great but deep inside, I knew there was something else in me.

I ended up joining MLM's (Direct Marketing Sales companies), studied to become a loan officer and even contemplating going back to school.  I just could not stop trying things out.  Today, when I think back, I can confidently say that this was the process of finding myself that had started.

It was not until the Fall of 2014, while sitting in my living room one night that I just stopped and asked myself: "What do you want Martine? What is your vision? Do you really want to work and retire from Corporate America or do you want to R.I.P knowing that you lived your life doing what you were made to do? Are you going to be on that stage speaking to this audience like you told your dad or not?" 

I spent the entire winter online.  Yes, this is when I discovered the power of the internet and all the good stuff in it.  From YouTube, Google, Pinterest and more.... I consumed content every single day and I enjoyed it.  I was curating images, reading and commenting on blogs, learning about starting a business, opened up an Instagram account, emailing, DM-ing random businesses in my local area to introduce myself.  I was on a roll. Let me tell you.  Tired but on a roll.

In the Spring of 2015, Kaderique Handmade Jewelry was born.  All the jewelry was designed and made by hand by me.  I sold the pieces at street fairs and collaborated with other brands. 

During this process, I started my blog.  Went out to network and had the opportunity to create great relationships and meet amazing people that became friends.  With all of this, I always ensured that I never stopped learning, never stopped networking and never stopped reporting to my day job. FYI I am still at my day job. Hitting 15 years soon! woof...

Attending NYFW, meeting celebrities and indulging at really nice exclusive events was the life that I had one year into starting Kaderique.  Did I love it? Sure! Was it easy to manage? Absolutely not! Do I regret it? Not at all. ok so...

...I realized a lot about myself.  I found out that I was great at networking, planning, communicating and establishing business relationships. I realized that when you are passionate about something, believe in yourself, have a vision and surround yourself with like-minded individuals, you can do whatever you want and truly design the life that you want.  I realized that there are tons of tools out there for people like me: "Corporateneurs", that report to a day job and want to run a successful business.

But then it happened: That moment when I realized I could not continue to be a Jack of all trades.  That running an expensive hobby would not pave the way of my dream of transforming people's lives like I had envisioned when I was 9 years old.  I needed to redefine, rework, repurpose and so I did.

Today, I focus on mentoring creative entrepreneurs from all walks of life, men or women, that have that passion in them just like me.  That are still at their day job just like me but yet are working 5 to 9 just like me.  The creative moms that have no time to surf the internet to find out how they can start their business, I come to help.  The millennium that wants a blog but has no idea how to make it generate money, I come to help....and more.

one-on-one coaching:

  • In Business. You can be in business already. That's fine. But you need to be active and building your brand MUST be serious to you. 
  • Want to be in Business. You do not have to be in business yet. I still want to work with you. The only thing I would look for is your passion and hearing your vision.

  • Invest. You need to be able to invest in your business: financially and mentally.  Nothing is truly FREE and Nothing can be an overnight success. 

  • Communicate. You need to have open communication. I will be giving a lot of suggestions on things to try.

  • You cannot be lazy. One thing I have learned is that you MUST be consistent with creating your content, promoting your product and/or services.  I will show you my tricks and give you some tips.

You cannot be focusing on wanting to do this to make quick cash...there is no such thing in my world of coaching. I believe in establishing consistency period.

 

other options:

I can provide you with à la carte services if one-on-one coaching is not a fit for you.  For example this would include a deep dive of your social media strategy or maybe teaching you how you can start your website.  With à la carte services I will provide you with DIY tools that you can action on your own.

How do we get you started?

We start with a discovery call. This consultation call is critical.  It will tell you and I if we are a great fit or not.  I will ensure to advise you up front what I can do to help you. If I know I am not able to help you, I will not turn you down but instead connect you with someone else or direct you somewhere else that might work best for you. 

How will you and I work?

48 to 72 hours after our call, we will connect again either on a call or via google chat so that I can deliver my proposal to you on what action plans I think will fit you best and with that advise the scope of work along with the related fee(s).

Bottom line is, I am here because I want to help you.  I am here because I want to be part of your transformation.  Seeing you succeed, connecting you with others that can help you succeed is my goal because I believe that we all have something special in us. We deserve to perfect our craft. Period.

Awesome! You made it this far.  Lots of words I know. But honestly, I am proud of you and I am really honored that you took the time to read my story.  Hopefully I convinced you to explore Kaderique as one of the ingredients to your success. Whatever you decide to do, I hope you succeed in your journey. Hopefully this has helped you decide if you should hire me as a speaker at your event, invite me to cover your event or inspire you to send me a quick note just to say hello! Either way, I look forward to connecting with you. Cheers!

Martine Cadet!

Your Guide To Finding Your Own Online Business

Yes, it's perfectly possible to launch a small online business in the comfort of your home. In the past decade online business opportunities that match a person's skills, interests, abilities, and ingenuity have become almost limitless. I want to show you that it's simple and easy to join the ranks of success-minded people by choosing an online business that suits your interests and needs.

BECOME A GOAL SETTER!

If you expect any level of success you must set goals. If you expect to be successful, you must determine what that means to you and the best way to achieve it. Your goal should be specific and indicate What, When, and Where. After making a list of every possible way you might accomplish a goal, select the method that best suits your situation.

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS YOU MUST ASK YOURSELF

1) "How can I support my family while I build up my business?"

This question must be worked out according to each individual's circumstances. Many people start out on a part-time basis after their regular jobs to see how much they can handle. That's what I do. Then when their incomes reach a certain level they will switch over and go full time. That's my goal.

2) "What are my abilities?"

To determine your abilities you will have to take an inventory of yourself. Decide what you enjoy doing the most and what you "feel" you would be good at. Examine every possibility and include every skill you have no matter how slight.

3) "Is there a market for the product or service I have chosen?"

Check out other companies in your space that are doing it well.  Get inspired.  Rework their process to your abilities, interests and vision.

4) "How long will it take this business to reach the financial goal I must have?"

The truth is, it's really a question of knowing how much time you can dedicate to your business, and what your profits are for that time. From there, a little simple addition will tell you how long it might take to reach a particular financial goal.

SUCCESS IS HAVING THE COURAGE TO BEGIN!

Starting an online business is an economical way to start a small business that can easily grow into a larger one. Many entrepreneurs have proven that you don't need a huge manufacturing plant to develop a successful business. Some of the most successful businesses in existence today started in a spare room or garage. I am starting mine in my living room! It isn't how you start out that is important however. What really matters is, do you have the courage to begin?

SELECTING THE RIGHT PRODUCT OR SERVICE

Take a close look at your interests and abilities, and then decide what type of marketing you want to do. For example, do you want to create your own product or sell someone else's product for a commission like become an affiliate? Just an example.

DEVELOP A GOOD MARKETING TECHNIQUE

A good marketing technique is one part of a business plan that is absolutely essential to its success. In fact, the ability to properly market a product or service is actually more important than the product itself. Even an inferior product can be a financial success if marketed properly. Seek out the advice of everyone in your field. Explain your needs and ask them questions. Experience is the best teacher. With good advice and a sellable product, you should be able to develop a winning marketing plan.

Anyone who is serious about starting their online business need only to look around them, curate and extract the information already out there.

No doubt, what you finally decide to do will depend on your particular needs and interests.

Be a self-motivator and continue moving forward towards the goals you want and deserve.

Do it starting NOW!

Practice Visualization To Manifest

Visualization is pure magic of the highest order. It involves understanding and balancing oneself with the natural law that governs the inner most workings of the universe we are part of and learning to use such laws and principles in the most conscious and creative ways.

Creative visualization is the use of ones imagination to create a mental picture of what it is you wish to manifest, thus influencing reality. Creating an idea or mental picture in your brain of exactly what it is you really want is to define the ability to imagine.

Repetition on a regular basis with strong emotions and intent gives the idea or mental picture you are trying to create positive energy until it becomes real.

Visualization is not a new, strange or unusual concept for you are visualizing something practically every minute of the day.

The idea is to dwell on those thoughts you would like to become reality not as some future fantasy but as if they are real today and are part of your everyday life here and now.

Program your brain and re-wire it as if what you desire is real and already taking place. As if you are watching your own self made video, play the role as a real life actor would with all the emotions and movements making it as real as you possibly can. The mental picture needs to be as clear and vivid as you can possibly make it.

Through repetition you will learn and perfect the skill of creating the desired mental image and feel the experience as if it is already real and happening.

The message is to imprint the thought and image well into your brain and feed it continually on a regular basis ensuring your desired outcome becomes your reality.

The visualization technique is not to be used to control others or to press upon your will against theirs. As what goes round will certainly come round ...

The purpose of the visualization process is to break and flush the inner obstacles to allow more natural flow and increase self realization to increase ones ability to manifest with positive energy. 

Practice Visualization to Manifest. That simple.


 

Small Business and Branding: Why and How?

When we speak of branding most of the time people try to relate it to big business house, however, the fact is that every business needs to establish their brand in order to survive the competition. This is nothing new; experts and management gurus had been preaching the same sermon for years now but what they have not told is why you need to brand your small business? How is branding going to help you to establish your business? How can you establish your brand without spending a fortune on it?


You might be having a very small business but would you like your client to perceive your business as a small time entrepreneurial effort? Definitely not, and your business cards, letterheads and other marketing collaterals does just that. They create an impression to your clients that you are an established business house of considerable strength and not just a mom-n-pop shop.

While you have read till this much, you might have started to plan to get a few home printed business cards or visit the website where you saw the pre-formatted business cards being sold for peanuts. Beware! The quality of your business card is an indication of the status of your business and your clients are intelligent enough to understand the difference between a standard designed perforated business card and a professionally designed business card printed on good quality card stock.

Most of us, including you, would prefer to consider the stability of a company before making a purchase decision. Once you have established your brand with a professionally designed logo, business card and other marketing efforts it becomes much easier for you to build your credibility among the customers.

Getting a professionally designed custom logo is one of the very important elements of branding a business. A logo is not just a symbol or a piece of graphics; it is actually your corporate identity. A properly designed logo can leave long lasting impression on your clients and will never let your business slip out of their minds. It also makes your business easily recognizable. Just think, wherever you see the Golden M of McDonald's do you really need to think twice, what company is that referring to? A good logo should ideally exude the nature and attitude of the business.

Once you have got a logo for yourself it becomes easier for you to establish your brand. You can use that logo in your business cards, letterheads and other accessories. Don't you think it is going to make a difference if the package that you use to deliver your products to your customer has the logo of your company on it? And if you are using a reusable pack, your customer might just use the same pack to pass on some other goods to one of his friends- what happens then? Yes! Your logo gets noticed by one other person, you add one more name to the list of your potential customers. You are on your way to establishing your own brand.
Similarly with business cards, as they get passed on from one person to the other, more and more people know about your business and the potential customer base increases.
Having a business card or professionally designed logo also shows your commitment towards your business.

A short, easy to remember punch line is another useful tool for branding. Getting a tag line printed on your business cards or your business stationery makes it easier for people to understand the nature of your business. Ideally, your tag line should not only say about what you do but also speak about your purpose.

Having said all that, the ultimate question that most of the small business people would have is, how much does it cost to get all these things done? I'd say, not much.

Money is always a problem for most of the small businesses (that's why they are small, otherwise most of us would like to open a Microsoft and be as rich as Bill Gates) but if you know where to look for, you really don't need to spend a fortune to get a professionally designed logo or a business card. There are loads of websites that offer them at really great prices. Check out www.logojoy.com

So, if you think you are tired of being a small business and its time to grow up, take the first step; establish your brand!

Your Guide to Setting Your Goals

What are goals and how do goals help us in life? We have many parts in our life that combine together to give us a whole look. Career, home, religion, hobbies, friends are some such parts of our life.

Imagine a boat on the high seas. The boat is equipped with the latest instruments and gadgets. All the officers and the sailors are fully trained. The fuel tanks are full. The machinery is in order. Everything is fit and fine. Except that the boat has started sailing, but the commander does not know the destination.

Some people live like this boat. They are well educated, and healthy in body. But as they have set no goals for their life, they keep on changing the direction at every opportunity. 

For some of us who are young, career goals take the priority. For some others family goals are equally important. For those who are now retired, friends, hobbies, religion, get the priority. What you need to do is to sit quietly and think and write about your goals. You have to imagine your ideal life, your desires, and what must happen to get that ideal life. 

Once you know your goals in general, you have to prioritize them. What comes first? After the broad goals are set, divide them in small parts of the time frame. This year, I will try_______Or I will change _______I will not give in to ________, but always keep my goal of ______ in my mind.

After diving the goals in small steps, take a weekly summary of everything.

  • What did I achieve this week?
  • Was it satisfactory?
  • Where did I go wrong?
  • What needs correction?
  • What are my goals for the coming week?

This exercise should be repeated every week, every month and every end of the year.

As you find that you are not only setting goals, but also are nearing them, it will give you more inspiration. It will increase your self esteem. It will give you focus and it will give you more determination. Happiness is the result of hard work and achievements. No one who wastes away the time, ever feels happy. Happiness comes after realizing that you completed your work to your own satisfaction.

Set goals to lead a happy life.
 

How To Unleash Your Creative Thinking

People seem to have the misconception that only a select few are able to unleash a steady flow of creative genius. That is not true at all. The fact is, creativity is very much like a muscle that needs to be exercised in order to consistently give out great results. If you don't practice harnessing creative thinking, this skill will very much atrophy into inexistence. But keep working and this skill will soon come to you in a snap.

So how do you unleash your creative thinking? Well, the first thing is to become a human leech. No, I'm not talking about just sucking the blood out of every living being available, I am saying that you should take in as much knowledge and learning you can find. Read everything available -- good and bad, and keep your mind open to the infinite possibilities of the universe. The more you know, the more you'll want to know, and the more your faculty of wonder will be exercised. Prepare to be amazed at little facts that add a bit of color into your life.  

Focus on a creative activity everyday. Yes, it's an effort. Don't let anything hinder you. Mindlessness may be a creative activity, but for people who are just starting out to unleash a little bit of creative thinking in their lives, it is helpful and encouraging to have concrete evidence, that, "hey, what I'm doing is getting somewhere." So why don't you try it. Practice drawing for a couple of minutes each day. Bring out your old camera and start snapping photos like crazy. Keep a journal and make a point to write in it religiously. Another cool idea is to write by describing something with your five senses. Try to avoid vague adjectives like "marvelous," "amazing," and "delicious." Before you know it, you'll have built yourself a tiny portfolio, and you'll be amazed at the growth you've undertaken after amassing all those works of art. Who knows, you might actually take to liking those things you do everyday. Pretty soon those things will become a part of you and you'll be addicted to these creative exercises.

Think out of the box -- or don't. Sometimes, constraints are actually a good thing. Limitations discipline you to work within your means. It enables you to be more resourceful. Creative freedom is great, but limitations enforce discipline.

Try something new everyday and let your experiences broaden your perspective. Explore a new district in your neighborhood. Spend an afternoon in a museum to which you've never been before. Chat up someone on the bus. Open up to the people around you. As you thrust yourself out of your comfort zone more and more each day, your sense of adventure grows and so does your zest for life. Think about it. When was the last time you did something for the first time? If it's been a while, I tell you, you've been missing out on a whole lot of experiences that could've added to your growth, emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually. Why don't you try bungee jumping today? Not only will you learn, but you will also have plenty of stories to share, enabling you to practice your storytelling skills and making you the life of the party. 

Embrace insanity. No, not to the point of practically admitting yourself into the mental ward. As John Russell once said, "Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting." Exactly! Every creative thought was once deemed insanity by other "normal" people at one time or another. Luckily, that didn't stop the creative geniuses from standing by them. The thing is, sanity or being normal confines people to think... well, normally. Creativity is essentially breaking through barriers. Yes, this includes the bizzarre and the downright strange. I'm not saying that you yourself should develop a creative personality. That might go haywire. An example of a creative personality would be George Washington, who often rode into battle naked, or James Joyce, who wrote "Dubliners" with beetle juice for an intense fear of ink, or Albert Einstein, who thought his cat was a spy sent by his rival (or in thinking creatively in this case, the term could probably be "archnemesis.") It's important that your creativity doesn't get you detached from the real world completely. 

I hope this has inspired you to start thinking beyond your "limits." If you follow these steps pretty soon you'll be living a life full of interesting adventures. Unleashing your creative thinking  will bring about a new zest for living life. 

How You Can Start The New Year Stress Free

Just as surely as you've gotten yourself into this mess, you can get yourself out of it. Here's how. In this post, I am giving you several stress reduction strategies you can implement going into this new year. Make the effort to incorporate them into your life daily and you'll begin to see immediate and encouraging results. Let's get started:

Work changes into your life gradually.

No crash diets. No sudden, intense workout programs. No radical overhauls of who and what you are. You might maintain it for a while, but it can't last. True change takes lots of small, mindful, subtle decisions over time that add up to bigger, more enduring transformations. They're less disruptive to you and everyone else, and inevitably get the results you want. Be patient. If you're really intent on change, you should develop the staying power to achieve it without having to act rashly. Do it by degrees. Why make yourself crazy?

Cut down on competitive stress.

Today, we compete for everything: the space around us, to be first to own a new product, to get our kids signed up for programs, to get our viewpoints across, to be faster, smarter, richer, sexier. Our days are filled with stressful competitions. And most are absolutely unnecessary. Because they're driven by insecurity, fear of being left behind, an ingrained need to always have more or better than the next person. Try to get above all that. If you want to compete, be the one who stays calm and in control, who isn't easily sucked in by material things, who avoids being caught up in the daily grab-bag that robs people of health and peace of mind. Compete for that and see how pointless all those other competitions become. And how misguided those who partake in them begin to appear. Why make yourself crazy?

It's not what happens to you, it's how you react.

In any given day, you'll have progress and setbacks, triumphs and failures. That you can bet on. But as good a day as some people have, they'll manage to find something to fret about..."It's just luck, it won't last, I'm destined for misery..." And as bad a day as others have, they'll see the good in it..."So what? I'm still alive, still kicking and nothing's going to stop me..." Which attitude will win over your day? And the next day? And the next? You have control over that: to enjoy your accomplishments without diminishing them; to accept your failures as opportunities to learn. You have the power to make everyday a positive outcome. Because it's not what happens to you, it's how you react to it. Why make yourself crazy?

Eliminate meaningless deadlines.

Our lives have become one long game of beat the clock. Crammed with arbitrary and unrealistic time constraints imposed by ourselves and others that serve only to make us more pressured, anxious and stressed out. For no worthwhile reason. Avoid the trap of assigning timeframes to everything you do, especially if you have little idea how long it will take. But, you say, I need a deadline or I simply won't get around to doing it. If that's the case, it's not a deadline you need, it's a goal. Make your goal one of completing a project in a careful, professional, satisfying manner. In other words, as long as it takes to do it right. Or maybe your goal is to make the project more fun and interesting, or to develop a new and more expedient way of doing it. In any case, save your nerves and your energy for the few real deadlines we face...like April 15th. Why make yourself crazy?

Don't over-volunteer.

Resist volunteering for more than you can handle, more than your free time allows. Volunteering is great, but heavy involvement can steal important time from your family and relationships. And it shouldn't be used as an excuse to avoid more important obligations. If the work becomes too demanding, simply say no. Nobody else is going to look out for you better than yourself. If we all volunteered to spend more time with the kids, visit our parents, make loving homes, and carve out special time for ourselves, there wouldn't be a need for so much volunteering in the first place. Why make yourself crazy?

Steer clear of negative people.

You know them well: the whiners, the ones who find fault with everything, who always lay a hard luck story on you, who constantly give you grief over harmless trifles, or make wholesale denunciations of people, institutions and cultures that don't suit their fancy or conform to their way of thinking. Unless you're stuck with them, shun them. They'll pull you down, darken your outlook, try to make your life as miserable as theirs. Who needs that? And if you are stuck with them (relatives, coworkers, housemates) don't agree with or encourage them. In fact, say nothing and simply leave the scene whenever they launch into one of their diatribes. Why make yourself crazy?

Give things a chance.

Today, everyone expects instant gratification. So there's a tendency to give up on things too soon: the book you're reading, the mutual fund you've invested in, the musical instrument you're learning, the course you're taking, the business you are starting. Don't be so quick to abandon something that doesn't give you immediate results. This could prevent you from experiencing the greater benefits you'd enjoy by sticking it out longer. Be patient. Give it more time. Find out for certain if something is worthwhile rather than make a hasty departure. It's better than someday regretting you never really gave it the chance it deserved. Why make yourself crazy?

These are just a handful of the many ways you can start taking back control of your life.

Have a healthy, happy and stress-free new year!


 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO IMPROVE YOUR SELF?

OMG it is almost the end of 2017! Are you thinking of your new year's resolutions? I know you are. I am all about self-improvement coming to 2018.

Here's the thing, sometimes, when all our doubts, fears and insecurities wrap ourselves up, we always come up with the idea of I wish I was somebody else.  More often than not, we think and believe that someone or rather, most people are better than us.- when in reality, the fact is, most people are more scared than us.

You spot a totally eye-catching girl sitting by herself at a party, casually sipping on a glass of wine.  You think to yourself, she looks so perfectly calm and confident. But if you could read thru her transparent mind, you would see a bunch of clouds of thoughts and you might just be amazed that she's thinking are people talking about why I am seated here alone?... Why don't guys find me attractive? I don't like my ankles, they look too skinny. I wish I was as intelligent as my best friend.

We look at a young business entrepreneur and say Wooh what else could he ask for? He stares at himself at the mirror and murmur to himself, I hate my big eyes. I wonder why my friends won't talk to me. I hope mom and dad would still work things out.

Isn't it funny? We look at other people, envy them for looking so outrageously perfect and wish we could trade places with them, while they look at us and think of the same thing. We are insecure of other people who themselves are insecure of us. We suffer from low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence and lose hope in self improvement because we are enveloped in quiet desperation.

One key to self improvement is to LISTEN and TALK to a trusted friend. Find someone who you find comfort in opening up with even the most gentle topics you want to discuss. Ask questions like do you think I am ill-mannered?,  Do I always sound so argumentative?,  Do I talk too loud?,  Does my breath smell?,  Do I ever bore you when were together?.  In this way, the other person will obviously know that you are interested in the process of self improvement. Lend her your ears for comments and criticisms and don't give her answers like Don't exaggerate! That's just the way I am! Open up your mind and heart as well. And in return, you may want to help your friend with constructive criticism that will also help her improve her self.

In order to love others, you must love yourself too. Remember, you cannot give what you do not have.

Before telling other people some ways on how to improve themselves, let them see that you yourself is a representation and a product of self improvement. Self improvement makes us better people, we then inspire other people, and then the rest of the world will follow.

Stop thinking of yourselves as second-rate beings. Forget the repetitive thought of If only I was richer... if only I was thinner... and so on.  Accepting your true self is the first step to self improvement. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others only to find out at the end that we've got  10 more reasons to envy them.

We all have our insecurities. Nobody is perfect. We always wish we had better things, better features, better body parts, etc. But life need not to be perfect for people to be happy about themselves. Self improvement and loving yourself is not a matter of shouting to the whole world that you are perfect and you are the best. It's the virtue of acceptance and contentment. When we begin to improve ourselves, we then begin to feel contented and happy.

Listen to my self-improvement podcast series where I dive in even further in this subject and give you tricks and tips on how to become a better person.

 


 

You CAN Shift Your Reality to Include More of What You Want

Do you know that you are emitting signals that the universe responds to? It's like we're all emitting radio signals that go out into the universe and match us up with anything on the same wavelength, bringing to us the circumstances and events which make up our lives.

The signals you emit are made up of your thoughts, beliefs, and the emotions that these create within you. You're experiences tend to match what you've got your focus upon.

You do have the power to affect your experiences by paying attention to what you focus upon. This is where your power is.

If you are focused upon the negative aspects of your experience, you will create more of the same, which you then focus on and create more of, and so on in a vicious cycle.

Fortunately, this works the other way around too! If you choose to focus on the positive aspects of any experience, you will create more positive aspects you can then focus on, and continue bringing more positive experiences into your life. Even if you can only find one positive aspect to focus on in a situation that has many more negative aspects, and you keep choosing to keep your focus on the one positive part, you will soon see improvement in that situation that will give you more that's positive to focus on.

It's a gradual, continual process. And it works!

Just because something is how it is, does not mean it has to stay that way!  Just because you've had a lot of it in the past, does not mean you're doomed to have more of  it in the future! If you don't like it, know that you do have the power to change it. And if you do like it, know that you can create more of it, if you wish to.

Gradually shifting your perception to include more of  what you do like, opens the flow so more like it can come to you.

Wishing you increased satisfaction and more joy!


 

LaDonna Smith - Author and Publisher

I recently had a chance to connect with author and publisher LaDonna Smith.  With her platforms, she is giving hard working independent authors, screen-writers, song-writers, booksellers...all creative entrepreneurs, the opportunity to gain exposure with their work which they would be challenged to do otherwise on their own.  She is an author, a mother, an educator and a true inspiration. 

How did you get started in this business? How long have you been in business?

As the mother of four African-American children, I feel it is extremely important that children of color have access to quality reading material. The lack of diversity in children’s literature inspired me to start a publishing company that creates material featuring characters traditionally under-represented in American children’s literature. In 2013, I started FYD Publishing and self-published my first financial literacy children’s book, The Money Tree.

Along with running FYD Publishing, I recently launched a program called S.W.A.G. (Saving With A Goal), where I partner with both schools and banks in an effort to provide students in grades K-12 with high-energy and interactive financial literacy workshops. Through my publishing company I create and publish a plethora of items including: children’s books, financial literacy based games, and educational music for children

In 2016, I went on to launch “Writer’s Life Magazine.” Writer’s Life is a literary publication designed to acknowledge the hard work of independent authors, screen-writers, song-writers, and literary organizations.

How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

For Saving With A Goal

Growing up, my family never taught me about money management. Therefore, I wanted to introduce my children to financial literacy early so they wouldn't have to learn through mistakes like I did. If children are properly educated surrounding money, when they are out on their own, they don’t have to learn about money the hard way. However, no matter how enthusiastic parents are, trying to formally teach finance to young children can be extremely difficult. To help parents along the way, I created products that keep money lessons relevant, age-appropriate and a bit playful.


For Writer’s Life Magazine

“Sorry – no self-published books accepted.” After hearing those five little words from literary agents and bookstores over and over again, I decided to create an avenue for myself to promote my own books and products.

Once I realized how many other authors were experiencing the same issue and struggling with the “self-published” stigma, I decided I to create a publication to not only showcase my work, but to also showcase the work of amazing independent authors all across the country.


To what do you attribute your success?

Besides hard work and a dedication, I would have to say the talented authors that have graced the pages of Writer’s Life are the reason for the success of the publication. I’m so grateful for all of the authors who have joined the Writer’s Life community.

What were some of the biggest lessons that have impacted the way that you work? What was the lesson, and what was it like before and after?

Everyone looks at failure as a bad thing. There is such a negative connotation regarding failure. However, in business I quickly learned that failure is progress. I learned to take any failure not as a loss but rather a lesson. 
 

How is social media marketing impacting how you are conducting your business?

Social media has a huge impact on how I conduct business. The use of the internet has allowed me to reach authors from all over the world. Within our first year of business Writer’s Life has already promoted books from authors from England, Germany,  Africa, and Sri Lanka. If used correctly I believe social media marketing can be an absolute blessing for any business. 

Where do you see your business in the next year? In the next five years? The next ten years?

For Writer’s Life to be a new publication, we have made tremendous progress already. The publication has already featured the stories of over 100 authors, as well as celebrity authors like NBA champion Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) and Fitness Olympian Laticia “Action” Jackson.

Writer’s Life Magazine has so many amazing things in the works. In the next 5-10 years I see Writer’s Life hosting networking events,  book fairs, and so much more!! 

Benjamin Yee - CEO and Founder EMERGE App a Workflow Management Solution

Benjamin Yee is the CEO and Founder of EMERGE App which is a workflow management solution for small traditional trading. This single platform can create invoices, sales shipment delivery notes, receive inventory and more.  Benjamin wanted the interface to be easy to understand and user-friendly for the home based solopreneur to the large corporation.

10 years ago, when he was still in school, Benjamin was running a custom t-shirt business in Singapore.  He realized back then that he needed a simple solution, that didn't cost too much, that was efficient and productive to help him with the distribution, purchasing and inventory management for his small business.  He couldn't find anything and so thought well if I am having this challenge, others may too. Therefore, I will create the solution.

Benjamin believed in his product from the start and with his determination, he successfully acquired venture capitol and started the development of EMERGE App.

10 years later, Emerge App is a available for the globe to sign up and alleviate their workflow management and as a return increase their sales.   

Benjamin's motivation and passion teaches us that you have to persevere.  When you believe in your product and how it can transform others for the better, your once upon a time dream becomes a reality.  Many will say "NO" as Benjamin shares, but the few that do say "YES" is all that counts. 

 

Are You In The Right Online Business?

Did you select the right online business to pursue? People that are struggling find it difficult to admit they are possibly in the wrong business. Fortunately for everyone, many bad decisions can be corrected if recognized early enough. This article is intended to help you understand the available opportunities and hopefully improve your chances for future success.

Supply And Demand!

Everyone knows that the Internet is huge. Commerce (buying and selling) on the Internet is growing by leaps and bounds. It is controlled by the actions of the buyers and sellers. There is no traffic cop that makes decisions for each buyer and seller. The buyers and sellers are free to make their own decisions and pursue their own self-interests.

The Internet market is held in check by the economic principle of supply and demand. Buyers behave (demand) in a way to make buying decisions that will maximize their satisfaction. Sellers behave (supply) in a way that will maximize their profits. In a completely free market economy, buyers and sellers interact to determine the price of the product being exchanged.

Why Do People Buy On The Internet?

In order to understand the actions of buyers and sellers on the Internet, the following question needs to be answered: Why do people buy on the Internet? Simply stated, People buy on the Internet because of the ease, efficiency, availability, price and fun of purchasing the product or service online.

What Internet Opportunities Exist?

There are many types of profitable business opportunities to consider on the Internet. The major opportunities considered in this article are:

  • Join and promote an affiliate program.
  • Write and sell your own electronic book (ebook).
  • Open an online store.

What Is Included In Each Internet Opportunity?

The following is a summary level review of each opportunity:

1. Join and Promote an Affiliate Program:

In this business, you establish a relationship with the owner of an existing online product or service for sale. You become an affiliate of the owner. As the affiliate, you are allowed to promote and sell the product or service for a commission on the sale. This can be an easy business to start. It is a good choice if you do not have your own product to sell. The owner is happy to pay the commission because your sale is revenue they probably would not receive without your help.

2. Write and Sell Your Own eBook:

In this business, you sell the ebook that you wrote. Most people believe they do not have the ability to develop a topic and write an ebook. This is an incorrect belief. You have the ability if you can think, speak and read. The basic requirements to write a successful ebook are:

  • Need an objective.
     
  • Need to identify a niche market.
     
  • Need a killer topic.
     
  • Need the desire to write your thoughts.

If you do not have the appropriate knowledge, you can develop an ebook by using the help of an expert. The expert provides you with content for the ebook and you write the ebook.

3. Open an Online Store:

In this business, you either setup your own website store or rent a storefront site in an established Internet mall. The Internet store requires a website, products to sell, a shopping cart and the ability to accept customer payments. It is possible to have built-in traffic if you are part of an Internet mall.

Conclusion!

Each business has a definite set of activities to be performed in order to be successful. Your success in a specific business is dependent on how well you perform these activities. You should select an online business to pursue based on your:

  • Interests
     
  • Motivation
     
  • Time
     
  • Energy
     
  • Commitment

Make a complete evaluation of the opportunities available before you make a decision.  Do not expect great results if you do not get excited about your business and put the necessary time and energy into your online business!  Low interest, low motivation or low commitment will lead to bad or less than acceptable results!  Examine closely what you want to achieve out of your online experience.  Take the extra time now and it may make a big difference in your future success.

Make the right decision and you have a very good chance to succeed! Make the wrong decision and you probably will fail like so many others!

Natasha Bray - Founder NJ Black Businesses

On November 25th 2017 NJ Black Businesses Honored Amazing Creative Entrepreneurs at their 2nd Annual Best in Business Awards. In one room gathered outstanding brands. Awards such as Best in Health, Best in Retail, Best in Media were amongst a few. Kaderique had the opportunity to participate this year. NJBB is a really great organization and I commend founder Natasha Bray for orchestrating such an amazing platform to give us all a chance to be recognized.

 

Kaderique: How did you get your idea or concept for the business? 

Natasha Bray: As a small business owner prior to NJBB, I realized the power that social media had in terms of building clientele, and ultimately revenue, however some of the black-owned small businesses had no presence from a marketing/advertising perspective for their business via social media and potential clients were unaware that a particular business existed, even so close to their homes. I wanted to support BOBs and I knew others that desired to as well, so as a result NJ Black Businesses was born!

Kaderique: To what do you attribute your success? 

Natasha Bray: Two words sums that up: PASSION and WORK. Once the passion for a particular thing is embedded into your heart, it will force you to commit to the daily work and effort to ensure that your dreams have come into fruition.

Kaderique: What were some of the biggest lessons that has impacted the way that you work?

Natasha Bray: What was the lesson, and what was it like before and after? One of the lessons that is actually cliché is that "you cannot please everyone". Once you realize, understand and appreciate your truths and live out your passions, then success for you and however you may define it is more attainable. 

Kaderique: How is social media marketing impacting how you are conducting your business?

Natasha Bray: Social media marketing IS the businesses. NJBB was conceived via social media; Instagram, specifically. NJBB events and functions are primarily marketed via social media. Our social media platforms and audience (IG, FB, Twitter, Website, YouTube) have grown since we were established on 2014 and with continued strategic planning, I hope to continue with that trend going forward.

Kaderique: Where do you see your business in the next year? In the next five years? The next ten years?

Natasha Bray: Within the next year, I see NJBB bringing more opportunities to small BOBs and the community that supports them. Within the next 5-10 years, I see NJBB as being a premier organization for small BOBs that have helped contribute to the successes, sustainability and growth of our local businesses.

Your SEO Checklist

Search engine optimization is on every webmaster's mind these days.  Achieving a favorable ranking for the right keywords can mean a steady stream of targeted traffic to your site, and all for free - that's hard to beat. I avoided learning about it for a while but decided to dive in and share some goodies with you. The key to high search engine rankings is structuring your website correctly, including plenty of content that is relevant to your keywords, and making sure your website is spider-friendly. You can use this checklist to make sure all of your Web pages can be found, indexed and ranked correctly:

Your website is themed. Your site deals with an identifiable theme which is obvious from the text on the home page and reinforced by all the other pages on your site. In other words, all the individual Web pages relate to each other and deal with various aspects of some central theme. The text on your home page should state clearly what that theme is and what your website is about, and the other pages should reinforce that.

Your Web pages have enough high quality, relevant content. Spiders come to your website looking for content. If a page doesn't have much content, or the content doesn't appear closely related to the page's title and your website's theme, the page probably won't be indexed or if it is indexed it won't rank well. Search engines love quality content and lots of it - content is what Web searchers are looking for and search engines try to provide.

Your website's navigational structure is relatively flat. You don't want important pages to be too "deep" within your website, meaning it takes several clicks to get there from the home page. Search engines typically index the home page first, then gradually index other pages on a site over time. Many spiders are programmed to only go three layers deep - if some of your important content is buried deeper than that, it may never be found and indexed at all.

You've created a unique "Title" tag for each page. The title is one of the most important aspects of any Web page from an SEO standpoint, especially for Google (which is the most important search engine to optimize for). Don't use a generic title for all your pages, use the keywords your targeting for that page and keep it brief but descriptive.

You use the "Description" meta tag. Contains a highly descriptive sentence about the content and purpose of your page, and contains your most important keyword phrase early in the sentence. Not all of the search engines will display this "canned" description when they list the page in search results, but many of them will, so it's worth getting it right.

You use the "Keywords" meta tag. As with the meta tag description, not every search engine will use the keywords meta tag. But some will use it and none will penalize you for having it. Also, having a short list of the keywords you're targeting will help you write appropriate content for each page. The keyword tag should contain your targeted keyword phrase and common variations, common misspellings and related terms. Make sure your keywords relate closely to the page content and tie into the overall theme of your site.

Your keywords are included in the visible page content, preferably high up on the page. You have to achieve a balance here - you want to include keyword phrases (and variations) a number of times within your text, but not so many times that you appear to be guilty of "keyword stuffing". The trick is to work the keywords into the text so that it reads as naturally as possible for your site visitors. Remember, you can incorporate keywords into any Web page element that is potentially viewable by site visitors - header text, link text and titles, table captions, the "Alt" attribute of the image tag, the "title" attribute of the link tag, etc.

Every page of your website can be reached by search engine spiders. This is critical - if your pages can't be found, they can't be indexed and included in search results, let alone rank well. Search engines use spiders to explore your website and index the pages, so every page must be accessible by following text links. If pages require a password to view, are generated by a script in response to a query, or have a long and complicated URL, spiders may not be able to read them. You need to have simple text links to the pages you want indexed.

You've included a site map. Unless your site is very small, it's a good idea to create a site map with text links that you link to the site map from your home page. In addition to a link, include descriptive text for containing the relevant keywords for each page.

You link to your most important pages from other pages on your site. Internal links help determine page rank since they show which pages of your site are most important. The more links you have to have to a page, relative to other pages on your site, the more importance search engines will assign to it.

You use keywords in your link text. When you create a text link to another page on your site, use that page's targeted keywords as the text for the link (inside the anchor tags that create the link). Make it as descriptive as possible. For example, a link that says "Premium Customized Widgets" is much better than one that says simply "Product Page", and indicates to search engine spiders what that linked page is about.

Your site doesn't use frames. If possible, don't use frames on any page you want to get indexed by search engines. If you feel you simply must use frames for a page, then also make use of the "noframes" HTML tags to provide alternative text that spiders can read (and make that text descriptive rather than just a notice that "This site uses frames etc. etc.").

You don't use automatic page redirects. Don't make any pages automatically redirect the visitor to another page (the exception is a page you've deleted for good - in which case you should use a "301 redirect", a permanent redirect which is acceptable to search engines).

Your important content is in plain text and not contained in images. Search engine spiders can't "read" content in JPEG, GIF, or PNG files. If you really feel that using an image rather than text is crucial to your design, at least put the same text in the image's "Alt" tag (or in the "title" tag if you're using the image as a hyperlink).

Your important content is not contained in Flash files. Flash is a wonderful technology, but unfortunately spiders don't have the required "plugin" to view Flash files. As a result, Flash content is mostly inaccessible to search engine spiders. Some can find and follow hyperlinks within the Flash file, but unless those links lead to pages with readable HTML content this won't help you much. Don't create all-Flash pages for any content you want to get indexed - instead, put that content in the HTML portion of the page.

Links and keywords are not hidden inside JavaScript code. If your links use JavaScript to direct the user to the appropriate page (for instance, a drop-down list) or important content is contained within JavaScript code (when it's displayed dynamically using DHTML, for instance) search engine spiders won't be able to "see" it. You can, however, use the "noscript" HTML tags to provide an alternative that can be read by spiders.

You've optimized every important page of your website individually. Don't stop at your home page. Take the trouble to optimize any page which has a reasonable chance of being indexed by the major search engines, targeting appropriate keywords for each. If you face a lot of competition it may be nearly impossible to get a top ranking for your home page, but you can still get a lot of search engine traffic to your site from other pages which are focused on very specific keyword phrases.

You didn't duplicate content. Each page of your site should have unique content that distinguishes it from every other page on your site. Duplicating content or having pages that are only slightly different might be seen as "search engine spamming" (trying to manipulate search engine results).

Important hyperlinks are plain text links and not image links or image maps. Text links are better from an SEO standpoint than image links, as spiders can't read text from an image file. If you feel you really must use a graphic as a link, at least include a text description which (including the relevant keywords) by using the "title" attribute of the link tag.

Your website is free of coding errors and broken links. HTML coding errors and non-working links can keep search engine spiders from correctly reading and indexing your pages. For that reason, it's a good idea to use a Web page validation utility to check your HTML code to make sure it's error-free.

Visualize And Create!

There is a polarity in everything in life happy and sad, rich and poor, fat and thin. It is the contrast and the differences between things that can really help us clarify what we want in life. When it comes to creating your life there is the having and the not having.

In order to create what you want in your life you need to focus on what you want, in other words the having. If you want money, you need to focus on money. If you want a relationship, focus on having the relationship of your dreams. If you want a fit and thin body, focus on being fit and thin.

The problem comes because we all have a tendency to focus on the not having that we are going through at the point of time. I assume that if you are trying to create something it is something that you don't have as of yet. And what I am saying is: that is the problem. If you are focusing on the fact that you don't have it as of yet then that is your point of attraction and that is what you are creating more of. If your mailbox is full of delinquent bills everyday it is difficult to focus on the money that you want. If you are overweight and the scales won't budge it is difficult to focus on being fit, thin and at an ideal weight. If you eat dinner alone every night it can be difficult to focus on that relationship and it makes it more elusive than ever.

But in order to consciously create the life of your dreams and have the money, the relationship, the health, the fit body, whatever it is that you want, you must focus your attention upon it. That is where visualizations and even daydreaming comes in. What will it take to give you the feelings of having it now? That is how you will consciously create the life of your dreams. You get what you are feeling about. If you are feeling bad about the debt that arrives daily in your mailbox that is what you are creating. More debt and more feeling bad!

It can be difficult to control your thoughts. I think we can all agree on that. So rather than trying to control your thoughts all the time try a strategy I am going to call chunking. Consciously set aside a chunk of 15 minutes at a time to consciously visualize what it is that you want. You can even do it when you are doing something else, driving, exercising, or vacuuming the house. During that time daydream and see the final result in your head. Imagine what you would feel, see, hear, touch if you had your heart's desire. Use as many senses as you can. If your mind wanders back to unpleasant thoughts during the 15 minutes develop the discipline to go back to your daydream. Enjoy your daydream chunk. Do it as many times as you can, once a day, twice a day or more.

If you develop this discipline you will be well on your way to consciously creating your heart's desire.

POP ARTIST KENDRA BLACK

She decided to pursue her passion at the age of 12. Today at 22 years old Kendra Black is striving even more. She's got a single featuring Snoop Dogg, “Rude” from her debut EP, The Edge. She's armed with LA’s Trend Def Studios (French Montana, Rich the Kid), as producers, style and looks that kill.

I had the opportunity to chat with her at Hypr Media studios in New York City and got to know her more and hear her story.  By the way one of her favorite snacks is avocado!

Kendra Black to me examplify everything about what it takes to be a creative entrepreneurs.  She is a dancer, a singer, a songwriter and a business owner.  I mean really? That's just amazing.

During the interview, Black touched upon some of her biggest milestones that have lead to where she is today and helping her achieve even more greatness.  See, Black grew up studying music as well as acting and ballet. She trained  and performed with teachers from the Music Conservatory of Cannes (France) and from The Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. After graduating from the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington DC in 2012, Black relocated to New York City where she put together her team of producers and band members. She collaborated on song co-writes with Bravo’s Platinum Hit finalist Nick Nitolli and Grammy-nominated singer/producer Lachi, and teamed up with the producers at Trend Def Studios in Los Angeles. The resulting product is Black’s new five-track EP, The Edge

Black has performed on stages in France, Monte-Carlo, Italy, Egypt, the Caribbean, and the US. Her most recent performance was headlining at Webster Hall Studio in NYC, which was hosted by Hot 97’s Laura Stylez. The Hot Zone USA described Black as “an up-and-comer to watch for,” while AXS called her live performance “smoldering” and her voice “intoxicatingly sweet.”

Kendra Black followed her passion and had the support from her parents to support her.  This girl knows what it takes to brand! I am really impressed and I look forward to seeing her perform live! Check out my interview with her and ensure to follow her on social media so you can attend her latest gigs and find out about her new songs!

How to Turn Your Passion into Online Profit

You have a passion and you want to turn it into a business but you have no idea how and question if you actually can make it a business? This post is for you. This is the best way I can put it out to you.

Here we go.

If you want to start a new business hundreds of websites will spoil you for choices. A new business idea is born every second and a large number of these are potentially profitable ones. But on any given day, if you think of turning a hobby into a business, its chances of succeeding increase many-fold. Why? Because you are passionate about it and like to do it.

Turning your hobby into a profitable business is one of the best business opportunities you can get. Imagine doing what you like and getting paid for it! There ain't a better dream come true. I sure enjoy it. But let's be honest, if you don't keep your feet on the ground, your dream can turn a fairly frightening responsibility and such a chore. Take this reality check to see if you are ready for getting into business and if your hobby can realistically be turned into a profitable idea.

 

  1. Research your hobby: Does turning your hobby into a business fill a real need gap? Is there anyone out there who would want to buy your products? If yes, then are there enough people who can constitute a sizeable market for you to keep your business profitable? Is there an economical way to market and distribute your products or services?
     
  2. Market Research: When you ask questions like the ones above, the answers will come from some in-depth market research. Spend considerable time staking out your market. Research over the Internet. Find out if there is anyone selling your kind of products already? If yes, what has been their success rate? What kind of people would constitute your target market? Is this market big enough to keep you profitable? What are the price points for your product? What are the selling mechanics for your product on the Internet? (Since that's where you are going to base your business)
     
  3. Make a business plan: A good way to determine whether your hobby can turn into a money making proposition is to draw out a full-fledged business plan. You can get free business plan templates from www.bplans.com . Do some number crunching. This would typically include financial forecasts dealing with questions like start up capital and where can you raise it from, the gestation period for the business, income generation and forecasts.
     
  4. Are you geared up for business? Take stock of your own business sense. Are you comfortable with the risks and the cyclical nature of business? When running a business, not every day is Sunday. There can be some bad days too and they may last longer than youd expect them to. What are your managerial and administrative capabilities? Would you still love your hobby if it became you main income source?
     
  5. Decide how much time can you devote: Before you get all set for wading out into the great ocean of online business, ask yourself, how much time can you realistically spend on your business? If you think making it a full time activity would mean being away from your family more often and not acceptable to you, make it a part time venture. A fledgling business is like a small baby. It demands your complete attention all the time. Are you up to that?
     
  6. Find an innovative business angle: Just because a hobby is fun for you, doesn't mean someone will pay you to do it. You'd have to do more than just plain sell your services and hope to make enough money. The trick is finding the twist that will turn your recreation into an income. 

 

With the Internet opening up a new marketing landscape, it has become easier for creative people to do business. So building an online business based on your hobby can provide you with a niche with a large demand and little competition to supply to it. That can make the road to success easier.

Here are some guidelines to get you started:

1. Build a professional website: Your business is based on a hobby, alright. But having a website that doesn't look professional reflects badly on your business. Unless you have the capability to build your own website, you must hire the services of a web designing company to build you a site that fulfills all your website goals and looks professional. 

2. Populate the site with useful content: Content is king on the Internet. Unless you give your visitors something useful via content, they are not very likely to stick around your website, much less buy from you.

3. Use the website as an online brochure of your services and products.

4. Since you will be using the website to sell your products make sure that the pages are easily navigable and the layout is comprehensible.

5. Promote your website: Use reciprocal links, search engine optimization, viral marketing and other online marketing strategies to increase visibility and traffic to your website.

One great disadvantage of chucking it all for a new business is that if it works; great. If it crashes it takes you down with it. But with careful planning and sound judgement of your own capabilities you can make it work.

Are You Inspired in Your Work?

I used to sit in my cubicle at work and wonder why do we all work? and the natural answer I had was well I work for money.  But then does it mean that those who earn enough to last a lifetime or those who inherit should do no work? If someone who has enough money decides to do no work, will it make that person happy and contented?

The problem is: How to know if we are inspired in what we do?

First ask yourself: am I made for that work? Does that work fit my abilities and mental makeup? What about enjoyment? Do I enjoy doing my work? Am I happy at the end of the day or tired and irritated? Here's what I think: If you enjoy doing your work, no amount of hard work will tire you out totally. Otherwise your inner frustration of doing something that you don't like doing will tire you out with anger in no time. You are going to want to quit and you will be miserable all the time.

Next ask yourself: Do I feel that my work makes other lives better? If somehow you can begin getting that feeling, your inspiration in work will rise without any other help. I can testify to this. There is something amazing about the joy of supporting and collaborating your values in others.  For me, when I take on a project, I put all my heart and soul into it and it just does not feel like work anymore. We all feel very satisfied if we feel that our work has made someone feel better right? At my day job for example, when we hit amazing sales as a team and the VP thank us for our efforts, we all feel so happy.  The point is - you will feel satisfied and inspired if you give joy to others with our work.

The last question you want to ask yourself to find out if you are inspired in your work would be to find out if you show creativity in your work? Those who are inspired show creativity in some area of their work because they want to improve the work efficiency. Uninspired souls will only wait for the day to get over while inspired ones always feel good and creative doing their work. I think 90% of the office where I work is like this. I cannot even lie about it.

Here's the thing, if you have found a work that inspires you, you are very lucky, otherwise it is time to find your true vocation and get satisfaction.

We derive satisfaction in life by doing things that we feel are worth while. If we are sure that we have done good work, we feel peace in the heart. It gives us the approval of our ability.

I hope this post does not sway you in any way to turn in your resignation at work tomorrow but instead lead you to start thinking about your current work and ask yourself these questions!

3 Reasons Why I Started My Own Podcast and How you can Have yours too!

You are going to laugh but I remember recording my voice as a teenager in a cassette tape. That was my diary back in the days. Don't ask me why I did it lol. I don't even know where the tapes are now honestly. Today, I am doing it again but this time I know why and I know excalty where I will store it all. That's right, I launched my own podcast. Why?

1. Because It's Another Platform to engage!

I have a YouTube channel, I am engaged on social media platforms through images and live streams, however, I realized wait, I don't have a podcast! The crazy part is, I listen to tons of podcasts all day everyday from the same people I follow on social media! I feel more connected with them and as a result have sent them emails and engage with a good portion of them. For that reason, I thought to myself well I want to give my audience just that.

2. Because You Can Consume the content Without having to Stop What You Are Doing!

You can multitask and there are no commercials lol So what are you going to expect to have on my podcast well a little bit more of a personal relationship with me. It's more or less of my diary. I share my strongest opinions there. It's an extension of what I'm already putting out through my blog and through my social media platforms.

3. Because it's FREE!

Who doesn't like Free stuff?! I know I do! It's not only free to Start your own Podcast, it's also Free to maintain and produce one! It took me weeks to figure out how to do it.  Contact me if you need help launching your Podcast!

 

Your brand has a voice.  This is a platform that is rapidly growing today and all major marketers share the same point: Podcasting is not going to die! Get on the bus if you are a creative entrepreneur.  You are a blogger, a small business owner, a motivational speaker?...Any creative person can do this.  Share your values and your brand message through your podcast series. I cannot wait to subscribe to yours!