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Dr. Stacia Pierce is one of the most popular and successful life coaches in America, won the Oprah OWN Network Contest in 2010 and is the founder of the Women’s Success Conference. A trusted voice for women interested in pursuing their goals, Stacia has built a name for herself as an award-winning life coach, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur. She’s a mompreneur and teaches women every day how to build the best life possible for their families.
We sat down with her recently to see where she gets all this energy and drive.
Mommynoire: I interviewed your daughter Ariana a few months ago.
Yes, and I ran that business–we started in June when I got out of school–and by the middle of June I was overwhelmed and I said ‘oh Dad, how do I do this?’ And he said: ‘You need to get organized, read some books, and write down your thoughts.’ So that’s when I really started journaling and going to the bookstore because I really needed to learn how to run this business. So I got through the summer, I didn’t get to do the beach and other stuff with my friends, but I saved a lot of money. He would only let us spend a little on ourselves and he showed me how to re-invest in the business.
He also showed me how the business was profitable because I didn’t spend all the money and I took out products that weren’t selling. It really taught me how to use the skills of entrepreneurship and every year after that I did it as a summer business. By the time I was 16 I was into fashion and wanted to do my own thing. Then I went into fashion consulting and created my own line of makeup and by the time I graduated high school, I already started with developing makeup.
By the time I was 21 I had my own salon and makeup line. We started really, really young but it was a great tradition that he had and his brothers and sisters had it too, so it was like we came from a family of serial entrepreneurs. I followed that same pattern with my kids, Ariana and Ryan, and so at the age of 13, it’s like, ‘OK what business do you want to do?’ So her first businesses was these necklaces and then her nail polish line and she’s just come into her own as well.
Getting motivated is easy. When you’re feeling encouraged, nothing can stop you. You invest in a gym membership, sign up for a class, commit to overtime for a new project. You do whatever it takes to get ahead.
Unfortunately, motivation doesn’t always stay around as easily as it comes around. Keeping the motivation you have from the start of a project or goal to the end takes a bit of work. So as you mentally try to prepare for your morning workout and your evening meeting, it pays to pencil in these tips for staying driven around the clock. When you are determined to stay motivated, your goals become easier to reach.
In the beginning stages of your business, managing your funds are extremely important. Outsourcing may not always be a part of your budget, but things still need to be accomplished. Majority of the time, we have to wear several hats to get the job done. Being the accountant, graphic designer and your very own personal assistant all wrapped in one can be a bit overwhelming and tedious. I am a firm believer that in the early stages of growing your company, you should do everything that you can independently before outsourcing and spending money. Only spend money when it’s an absolute must and invest in things that are most important to the core of your business.
Here are 7 budget-friendly online tools that are beneficial to the operation of a small business.
Mint.com is like having your very own personal accountant. It puts all of your financial accounts into one place to help you visualize and keep track of your money. It sets a weekly, monthly, yearly budget plan with a easy to read layout of your income, as well as spending habits. Mint.com is a tool that will encourage you to keep your eye on your financial goal, and as a result will benefit both your business and personal accounts.
When it comes to promoting your business to potential customers/clients, email marketing should be at the top of your list of ways to connect. Mail Chimp is a tool designed to keep all of your email contacts organized and just a click away from your next promotion. It sends out an “email blast” to keep your contacts aware of whatever you wish to share. Sales, newsletters or just a quick update email, can be designed with this easy to use tool!
If you’re in need of a graphic designer, Pic Monkey has you covered. I used this tool to assist me with creating pictures for my blog for many years before I learned how to use Photoshop. It is a photo editing program that helps you create personalized graphics and pictures. If you’re in need of watermarking, creating collages or airbrushing images, this is a great tool to use…for free!
Google Drive is a cloud storage service that allows you to save documents, photos and more online. To sign up for Google Drive, all you’ll need is a Gmail account. It comes in handy when you need to create documents, spreadsheets and slideshows. Somewhat taking the place of Microsoft Office, of course without the hefty price tag and with the bonus of having the easy access of being available from any computer just by logging into your Gmail account.
Hootsuite serves as your social media personal assistant, by sending out scheduled information to your following. It’s a platform used to help you organize and schedule posts/tweets to keep your followers engaged in your business. Hootsuite creates a streamline of communication, without taking you away from doing other daily responsibilities. With a dashboard used to show all notifications from your social media outlets, you’ll be able to stay aware of conversations critical to your business.
Square Up is the perfect tool for the business on the move! You’ll be able to accept all major credit cards while handling transactions with customers. Upon sign up, you’ll receive your card reader by mail, download the Square Up app and can immediately begin accepting payments. It’s an easy process for both the business and the customer!
Fivver offers millions of services to choose from for the entrepreneur on a budget. With services on this site starting at $5, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for and at a great price! From graphic design, photography and business planning, this tool is great for any budding business.
If your diet and workout plan don’t seem to be giving you the results you think they should, there could be quite a few reasons behind it. And we were surprised to find that a 9 to 5 might be one of those reasons.
We all know that sitting all day isn’t great for you. But did you know that your desk chair could be flattening out your behind? Or that skipping out on work breaks could make your body work even harder than normal to hold on to fat?
Thankfully, when you know the ways that your sedentary job is working against you, there are ways to work around it. When you’re trying to lose weight, making these small changes could make everything a lot easier.
I just started a new job about three months ago. It’s a departure from the small grassroots non-profit I worked up the ladder in for five years only to be laid off when budget issues forced anyone who wasn’t around when Carter was president to apply for unemployment. The new job is a lot bigger, more corporate and filled with everyone from fresh college grads eager to change the world of reproductive health to seasoned professionals who are probably burnt out from the brutal world of social services.
What surprised me at the new gig was one woman I had shared some elevator talk with and who lead one of my initial trainings. In a few short weeks I learned about her husband who worked in graphic media and traveled to NYC a lot and her two Australian shepherds. Her email signature sported some fancy Master’s degree and she talked about several jobs she held in the past climbing the ranks of social work. She was poised. She was confident. The type of person who had a flexible spending account and knew who authors were before they appeared on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. A full-fledged adult. What surprised me more? She was only 37, only five years older than me. Instantly, I thought of the last book I read being Harry Potter and The Cursed Child and not some enlightening self-help novel from the bestseller list and felt ashamed. Am I really a 17-year-old living in a 32-year-old’s body?
On paper, I am killing this adult ish…or so I thought in my close-minded view of what successfully “adulting” actually looks like. I have health insurance that I actually understand and because of my credit score, Target repeatedly makes it rain on my limit increase. But I couldn’t tell you what equity is and my political knowledge is limited to knowing that I don’t want this country to be run by a can of Sunkist with horrible hair. And it all makes me wonder? When the hell am I actually going to start feeling like an adult and not like I’m faking it? When will I actually be more into CNN and less into Degrassi: The Next Generation?
If you haven’t noticed my fellow millennials are a little obsessed with the concept of “adulting”. The idea that if you have a career with paid sick time, can claim something that has your DNA on taxes and make mature decisions like opting for life insurance over a make-up haul you must be getting life right. Just last week I ran into an old classmate from high school in a random nail salon reunion that was more like an interrogation as she questioned, “Is that your daughter? Are you married? Where are you working?” I smiled and engaged in polite banter although in my head I was thinking, “Marriage? Check. Decent career? Check. Yes, girl, I have my ish together.” I even fought the urge to comfort her as she revealed that she wasn’t married and didn’t think she’d ever have kids as her mother turned up her nose and muttered through clenched teeth, “It would be nice to have some grandkids though.”
Who the hell have I turned into? “Adulting” is great and all but it’s a tad bit overrated. And just in case you don’t know having health insurance and a child by the age 30 is no way indicative that you’re getting life right and I can’t believe a silly version of me ever thought that. When I was younger having a license and car seemed like the most adult ish ever and I couldn’t wait to be THAT cool, but you know what isn’t cool? Seeing half of my paycheck go to car insurance and maintenance and sitting in rush hour traffic on the way home from work before squeezing two hours of me time out of my night before I turn around and do it all again the next day.
The point is that the lesson I’m slowly learning is that there is more than one way to adult. If you had to Google what the TPP Trade Agreement was after faking your way through a political conversation at work, that doesn’t make you any less of adult. If the biggest responsibility you have for another life is a French Bulldog named “Gravy”, that doesn’t make or break your adulthood. If you prefer to drink orange soda first thing in the AM instead of Matcha Tea, guess what? You’re probably still an adult. Because being an adult is about way more than paid sick time and fancy business cards. It’s about having the sense to know that on some level we’re all faking it and none of us have our stuff completely together. So no more searching through classmate’s Facebook profiles comparing lives and career. No more memes about how great your life is being kid-free to cover up the insecurity that you may never be married or have kids. No more wondering when you’ll get your official adulthood membership card in the mail, because it’s not coming. All you can do is embrace the awesomeness your very real life includes and for me that means I’ll be counting down the days until the next season of Degrassi.
Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a passion for helping young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health. She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.
Being a stay-at-home mom is a full-time job with overtime, all day every day. But staying at home with the kids plus having to find time to work at home can be pretty challenging without some type of structure. The best thing about working from home is the flexibility you have. If you already have a routine then that’s awesome, but if you don’t, try not to feel bad. Here are some tips that may help a working mom who is also at home:
1. Create A Daily Schedule
Although taking care of children can be very unpredictable at times, it’s still important to have a base schedule for your work day. Write down a schedule and consider some of these things when doing it. Does your job require you to do the kind of work where you need absolute silence or can you get things done with a little noise from the kids? What time will you get the kids up and feed them? How many hours do you need to work during the day? Can you work at all after they go to sleep or will you be too tired? Does your job require daily meetings and if it does, how can you schedule the kids around them?
2. Naptime Is Your Best Friend
Make sure you try and get the kids down for nap time when your job requires it the most. So if you know you have a mandatory meeting everyday at 1pm, try and get the kids down around 12:30. This is the one two to three hour period when you will have complete uninterrupted work time. If your kids nap for two hours, spend the first half an hour preparing lunch and getting toys set up for when they do wake up just to get it out of the way and spend the rest of the time working.
3. Set Up An Office Area
Setting up an actual home office or little office corner area is a great way to help you mentally separate the mom and the businesswoman. It also allows you to stay in the work mentality with little distractions. If you do your work while you have stuffed animals under your feet and little action figures behind your laptop, you may not be able to focus and actually do good work.
4. The Part-Time Babysitter
A great way to maximize your nap time break is to hire a part-time sitter who comes for an hour or two right when it’s supposed to be wake up time. That way lunch is already prepared and toys are set up so you get an extended hour of work during the day.
5. Join Forces With Other Moms
Other moms can sometimes be your biggest support group. Find other moms in your community or ask around with friends so that you guys can start a support group. You can take turns once or twice a week taking the kids to the local park so the other mom has a break to work and vice versa. If you don’t know anyone you trust then go with your kids over to the other working moms house and let her watch them in one room while you work on your laptop in the next room and afterwards switch places.
It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to learn that 40 percent of employees feel that they’re not getting paid enough. Most of us feel like we could use a little more money for the hours we put in at our jobs. But how do you know when you’re actually being underpaid and when it just feels like “I don’t get paid enough for this”?
Before you go to your boss with a request for more money, it pays to know just where your salary falls. Is your boss paying you what you deserve? Are they getting away with paying you pennies for premium work? You might be surprised at what you find after doing a little research.
So what do you do if your paycheck is a lot lighter than it should be? If asking for a raise doesn’t work, it might be time to move on. Now that the job market is looking better, putting your resume in somewhere else might be the way to finally get paid the money you deserve.
Last night CEO and founder of The BOSS Network, Cameka Smith brought some of the most influential and powerful women in business together to share their stories and inspire women with entrepreneurial pursuits. The BOSS Network “Ladies That Lead” sold-out event was staged at the Prudential Financial Towers in Newark, NJ.
With a panel of business experts including award-
Michelle Williams delivered a very personal and poignant account of personal trials and triumphs as she finds her footing rebranding, redefining and reconnecting with herself as a creative and a business woman. Michelle confessed that her team initially laughed at her when she brought plans for her home decor line, Believe at Home, to the table. As a result, Michelle rerouted the negativity with positive thoughts, restructured her team and her faith.
Some of the world’s most successful women shared stories of racism and sexism in their fields during the panel discussion. Susan Fales Hill, a seasoned and notable writer, and producer of major works such as the TV classic “A Different World,” expressed that she used her passion for “disseminating information that reminds us of our common humanity” to rise above the negativity.
MommyNoire got to sit with Cameka, and the lovely panel exclusively, and this is what they shared:
Women in business empowerment groups are really trending right now, what do you think makes your approach unique?
Cameka Smith: After being laid off as a teacher, I knew I didn’t want to leave my fate in someone else’s hands again. Because of that drive and wanting to take my destiny in my own hands, it put me in the position…to begin to create a lasting legacy.
What are some of the top mistakes women make in starting a business?
For many of us, we are serial entrepreneurs, which is great, however often times we do not do our due diligence researching our target market, and what our customer needs, and problems are.
How have you been able to keep The BOSS Network ahead of the game and grow such a large network of women?
I think we have been able to become so successful because we are always adapting and looking to serve our women. We are truly interested in our networks needs and meeting them. We are committed to not just growing the network, but engaging and servicing them.
What are some key points to networking, in order to make a lasting impression and genuine connection towards building a relationship?
In my workshop, Connecting Beyond the Business Card, I talked about how it’s about building your network, not your rolodex. You have to consider how you can be of service to others–how are you valuable?–so that you have opened the door to a mutually beneficial relationship. Being authentic is so important–compliment someone’s outfit, ask them what brought them out to the event… As women I think it is most easy for us to relate to one another when we stay true to ourselves.
Tickets for upcoming Ladies That Lead tickets in Dallas and Charlotte are available at LadiesThatLeadTour.com.
ABOUT THE BOSS NETWORK
BOSS™ is an acronym for “Bringing Out Successful Sisters,” and the Network’s mission is to promote and encourage the small business spirit and career development of women. TheBOSS Network is an online community of professional and entrepreneurial women who support each other through conversation, online and event-based networking. To find out more about theBOSS Network, please visit TheBOSSNetwork.org. The BOSS Network was named as a Forbes’ “Top 10 Career and Entrepreneurial Website for Women.” With over 50,000 women globally subscribed to the mailing list and active members throughout the United States.
Check back in for part 2 of our Ladies That Lead coverage. Are your woman in business? What are some things you believe are important when networking? Comment below!
Let’s be honest, everyone would love to travel to amazing destinations for work. But which career paths should you look into to attain such a perk? According to Glassdoor, some careers that fall into this category may require you to be a brainiac with a high aptitude for mathematics and the sciences, while others may allow you to travel to beautiful locations…that may not have any connection to the Internet. But before you become discouraged, here are five career paths that will make you forget the sacrifices you have to make while you’re traveling.
If you received top grades in your Geology college courses, you should research becoming a Geophysicist. You’ll be able to study volcanoes, glaciers and undiscovered islands; just note that some of the locations you’ll be in for work will be quite remote, so no time for selfies and FOMO.
Love sports? Well, you’ll be perfect for recruiting the next MVP. This career path allows you to travel around the world searching for the best team players that will bring home the championship, every year.
If you love working with people and taking stunning photographs of them, then this is the job for you. Not only is a wedding photographer able to travel to exotic destinations to document a couple’s special day (for free) but their travels, clientele, and work will help them expand their network.
International Aid Worker
If you love servicing others affected by natural disasters or who have been oppressed by political or social issues, then pursuing international aid work should be your calling. You’ll be able to travel the world while helping and changing the lives of people in the process.
If the “Fashion Is Life,” quote ever resonated with you and you never like to be in the same place for more than two weeks, consider becoming a Retail Buyer. In this role, you’ll monitor in-store inventory and attend vendor meetings and you’ll be able to attend trade and fashion shows. Most importantly, you’ll be traveling around the world to find the next hottest trend that will be worn by models and fashion editors, alike.
Transitioning from the workforce into entrepreneurship may be one of the scariest and hardest decisions you may ever have to make. The comfort zone and safety net that you are use to, can be extremely hard to let go. Stepping out on faith into the unknown, is enough to cause people to rethink the pursuit of their dreams. We all know of the advantages that a 9-5 can bring. Consistent pay, reliable work schedule and one of the most important things in life…health insurance. Sitting behind a desk (or whatever your career may be), can also bring on the dissatisfaction that it’s not what you ultimately LOVE to do. Your dreams and goals outweigh all of the advantages that your job provides and you yearn for more. You just have to find a way to let go and move forward into entrepreneurship. There is possibility, there is hope and you can make it happen. Being an entrepreneur is hard work. Countless hours of work, wearing many different hats to run your daily operations and the ups and downs of money management, is only for the strong. With proper preparation and planning, you’ll be turning in your 2 weeks notice before you know it.
Before you even put thought into letting go of your security blanket, you have to START your engine. This is where you’ll lay the foundation of your business so that you’ll have a clear vision of exactly what it is that you want to do. It could be purchasing your domain name, buying supplies or designing your logo. Once you put the battery in your back to start, you will not want to stop.
Although you work every day and when you get home you’re drained, there should not be a day that goes by where you do not research and work on your business. Research is one of the most important aspects in any division of business (even as an employee). Growing more each day in the knowledge needed to run your business, will result in the confidence needed to know that you can ditch your job and go out on your own.
I speak on time management so often because it is uber important, in life and business. Use all of your time wisely now. If you have downtime at work, you should not be in the break room watching tv or at your desk online shopping. You should be working on your business. Out of those 8-12 hours spent building someone else’s dream, try to squeeze in 30 minutes for yourself (just don’t get fired doing so). Every minute counts towards your goal.
A plan should be laid out for at least a year moving forward from letting your job go. Entrepreneurship is filled with the unknown, but planning out your ideas and actions can be very helpful. There should be no plan B, your initial plan is going to work out!
Begin acting like a full-time entrepreneur NOW! Attend events to network and connect with others to begin building the buzz about your business. This will give you a great feel for how full-time entrepreneur life will feel. You’ll do countless hours of networking, building and marketing to keep your business in the know.
Use Your Skills:
One of the greatest assets of my business is that I took everything I learned from all of my previous jobs and applied them to my work ethic in running my own business. I have such great customer skills because I was a customer service rep for over five years. Everything that I learned in my training classes and courses, I apply to my business. Great things can come from the last days of your job. Soak up all information, skills and knowledge that you can and use them towards your own business.
This transition will not happen overnight, which can be a great thing. It will give you more time to prepare and save. With being an entrepreneur, money is the biggest issue. You’ll need to either find funding or use your own finances to get your business started and to keep it thriving. Now is the time to start pouring more dollars into your savings account. You should have at least six months worth of your living expenses saved, just incase you fall on hard times during your journey. Even if you do not have that amount of money saved, still continue on your path. Sometimes those hard times make you work harder, trust me.
Mia Ray is fashion blogger, business owner, fab mom of two and mompreneur.