The growth of my businesses has brought about all kinds of opportunities that I am grateful for. One of the opportunities that I can do without is CLUTTER! As I stated in a prior blog post, my bedroom is where I keep all of my business materials. The beads, hardware, and paperwork all seemed to be all over the place. It literally put me in a place that made me not even want to produce more work. Thank goodness for organizers!
I went online for storage ideas and was delighted to see so many. I knew that I wanted to go with white to match the decor in my bedroom. Another important factor for me was budget. It was important for me to make the storage space efficient and user friendly as well. My list included a craft table with shelves and wheels, a few drawer carts, and a high table.
Michaels, Target, and Wal-Mart are just some stores that offer all of these organization solutions at affordable prices. I personally love Michaels because they are offer rewards coupons for members that can be combined with other store offers.
Once I was able to organize my clutter I was immediately proud of my workspace. It made be feel like a true professional! Not only was it appealing to look at but it immediately made me feel more productive. I have already started working on a new product for my jewelry business. Look below for what I decided to go with. Happy organizing!
Hello! This is just a quick look into what I do for my hobby/small business at Embrace Me Beads LLC. I make bracelets, waist beads, ash trays, journals, etc. There is a wide range of products to purchase on the website. I feel as though it would be fun to give an inside look at what it takes to make some of those items.
With this being said, I will post random projects on the blog that show how I make my products. This is my first time doing this so bare with me. Visit me at http://www.embracemebeads.com to see more of my work!
What this is:
This is a Loom Bead Bracelet made with seed beads, needle thread, and a bead loomer. I used six pieces of thread, and each row has five seed beads each. Watch the video below for a really quick look at how it was made. Thank you for watching!
Today I had the pleasure of doing an exclusive interview with Nicole Deonte, a female entrepreneur. We took time to discuss her role as a Life Coach, Certified Yoga Coach, and her mission to help women fall back in love with themselves through self love coaching and yoga. Read the interview below:
Question: How long have you been practicing yoga?
Nicole: I have been practicing yoga for about 4 years.
Question: How did you get started teaching yoga?
Nicole: I have a virtual studio and I also teach class in a local studio here in Memphis. I got started because when I was going to yoga classes I was in Washington State, because my husband was stationed there for the military. As I was going to the yoga classes there were no women that looked like me. By looking like me, I mean there were no black women, no heavyset women with curves, or anyone that I could relate too. The classes we amazing, but it was missing that aspect of it. When the pandemic hit last year there was an opportunity that came across for me to become a certified yoga teacher with My Vinyasa Practice. Its the name of the business, the school I attended. So I did their scholarship for free and met so many other women of color who were trying to do the same thing. I thought it would be so amazing to take the course and put more black yogis out there so that we know that yoga is for everyone. It is for us too. We may not look like your typical yoga teacher in the western world but we can still have access to everything that yoga provides.
Question: What type of yoga do you teach?
Nicole: I teach Vinyasa Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga for beginners, and Office Yoga ( For professionals who can not come into the studio but have time for a 30 minute yoga class while on lunch break. It still has the same affect of being in a regular yoga class). I also do Trap Yoga and then I am going to add Couples Yoga.
Question: Do feel yoga is more mental or physical?
Question: Do you believe yoga is a form of healing and medicine?
Nicole: It is most definitely is. I feel that through yoga we are learning to focus on our breath. By focusing on our breath we are able to calm our body and our body is able to heal itself.
Question: Do you feel as though the pandemic has helped your business?
Nicole: Yes, well that is the way I started. When I started everything was virtual. I feel like doing it virtual has allowed me to reach more people, a larger audience, and not just here in my city. I have people from as far as Florida, Washington State, and New York that have all purchased and attended classes. It was the first time for many of them because they saw a flyer on social media. I am able to access more households, and get to those who are not able to socialize due to the pandemic.
Question: Are you working as a Yoga Coach fulltime?
Nicole: Yes it is full time. I teach classes in the local studio as well as my online studio. I am also working on stretching my classes and marketing during the day.
Question: Tell me a little about you as person.
Nicole: I am originally from Memphis Tennessee. I have a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I have a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. I worked 16 years in early childhood education. I am a mother of two children, a 5 year old and a 1 year old. I am a wife. I love journaling, mediation, shopping, and reading.
End of Interview.
Do yourself a favor and check out Nicole at the following links below. Let this beautiful spirit guide you on your course to Reclaiming Your-Self Love.
Popl lets you instantly share your digital business card, social media, music, payment platforms and contact info by simply tapping your phone to another.
Has anyone heard of the new digital business card product called Popl? Amanda and I decided to try it out. We went online to http://www.popl.co and purchased a total of four Popl products ( 2 keychains and 2 NFC tags for the back of our phones). We waited for about 5 business days before the products came in the mail via USPS.
Amanda and I are business partners, therefore whenever we are doing anything for the business we usually do it together. The packaging of the Popl is very minimal and the instructions are just as minimal. The creators probably figured that anyone using a digital business card should be tech-savvy. We both pride ourselves in being at least a little tech-savvy : ).
Anyway, I am an iPhone user and Amanda is an Android user. Before we purchased the Popl product we did make sure that it is compatible with both of our phones. Needless to say, per my opinion, the iPhone was a lot easier to use when creating my profile and going through the activation process. Once everything was updated and activated we tested out the Popl to see if a simple tap of the phone would send over ones digital business card to the others phone and VIOLA! it did indeed.
I would definitely advise any business owner to grab a Popl. It is inexpensive, appears to be durable, and seems to be a lot more convenient than remembering to bring your business card everywhere. See below for images of my Popl profile. Check me out at sberlack (poplme.co).
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen” – Brene Brown
There are so many great quotes and phrases about networking. Whether you are working for yourself as a small business owner, or an employee for a Fortune 500 company you must network to advance. Think about that job opportunity you saw online. Wouldn’t it be nice to know someone who can give you a leg up on landing that job? Think about the internal job posting you saw for your employer. Wouldn’t it be nice to already have some type of connection with the hiring manager?
Let there be no misunderstandings…this is still a mans world. Yes, women have come far and are continuing to strive into bigger and better roles of leadership. With this being said, we still need to continue to push forward and put ourselves out there. Do not be afraid to show up, ask questions, and promote your business.
CWOC is a safe place for all women to come together and show up. We want to provide encouragement, inspiration, unity, and emotional support to give us all the strength to keep doing what we love. Networking is about strengthening business connections, getting new ideas, increasing social presence, advancing careers, etc. I could go on and on about the advantages of networking.
If you are feeling like you need a safe space, feel free to join or reach out to us on Facebook at Collaborative Women of Color LLC, Instagram @cwocllc, or email at email@example.com.
I saw this phrase at a customers house yesterday and was automatically intrigued by it. I am not sure if this was the first time that I saw the phrase, but this was definitely the first time the phrase had an impact on me. I literally took out my notebook and wrote it down so that I would not forget it.
As a small business owners we grow and learn everyday. Each day brings different challenges. Some challenges could be lack of time, minimal funds, troubling connecting with your target audience. How do we overcome these challenges? How do we learn and grow from challenges? Sometimes a simple conversation with a fellow small business owner can help bring some insight on how to move forward.
How do we acknowledge our accomplishments? No matter how big or small the accomplishment be sure to give yourself a pat on the back as the minimum. An accomplishment could be launching your first collection, making your first sell, or getting more likes on your social media page.
Growth of your business can be measured in many ways. Just remember that any obstacle has an outcome for growth. Plant your seed and keep growing through it all.