Whether you want to accept it or not, Christmas is coming and in just nineteen short days, it will be upon us! What’s your biggest concern for Christmas? Is it the holiday cheer or your shopping budget? Your Christmas party outfits, or getting a plane ticket home? Regardless of your worries, I’ve attempted to round up my favorite shopping tips, planning tricks, and everything in between.
Welcome back to the Entrepreneurship Series at B Chic University. Up until this week, we’ve discussed many useful tools and strategies to get your business off the ground. Now we’re confronting the biggest obstacle to success. Now that November is wrapping up, hopefully, you’re ready to launch (at least) an introduction to your brand. This is a lot to work on and I know it can get discouraging, but remember why it is so beneficial to have a side hustle.
We’re in our third post of the Entrepreneurship blogging series and I hope it’s been a productive experience so far! Three weeks ago, I prepped you to get your business started, then we narrowed down what side hustle to pursue, and finally, you’ve started to build a brand with a signature name, logo, phrases, and more. But wait, there’s more! Have you heard the phrase, “If you build it, they will come?” Well, that’s only half true and especially in this digital age. You have to promote your services/product like crazy in order to get noticed and business! Not only does promotion, but the right promotion will be key in getting people to learn about your brand and obtain support. And that starts with your “pitch”.
It’s not about what you say but how you say it. That is the basis of your side hustle, and yes it is a commonly used phrase for a reason. If you introduce your idea to someone juuuust the right way, they’ll be hooked. I’ll admit that I’m not the most creative, nor am I the most assertive with promoting my side hustles, but I’m convinced by the results of the effort I put into my branding. It’s all about the consistency. Last time we discussed WHAT you’ll be undertaking and now we’ll consider a few things that will visually REPRESENT what you’re talking about.
After turning to a ton of blog posts and books about finding the perfect side hustle, I found many options that turned over little profit…online surveys, the vague “consulting” tagline, virtual assisting and crafting. So once I found the perfect fit, I was able to put my skills to use and earn more money on the side. I surveyed the landscape, swore off retail forever and secured myself flexible hours. Keep in mind, this took many weeks of contemplation before I acted. I wanted to make sure that my efforts were not in vain and I would yield great results. And then, I went for it. Almost every other week I was taking on a new venture and it was lots of fun too! Some of them fell into my lap while others I sought out.
Christmas around the corner, planning a vacation, eyeing new shoes–you could use some extra money. And I sympathize with you, I can benefit from more money too but we have to work for it!
Motivation and inspiration can be hard to find when building a new skill. Especially with something so expressive as writing, you look toward life experiences and serendipitous moments to spark your next topic. However, those moments feel few and far in between. I do love sharing on the blog but motivation and inspiration could not be my sole driving factor to keep content fresh and exciting. I came across some great advice and found it applicable to other areas. Most of the time, the solution is the problem. My problem has always been staying consistent. Consistency is also the secret ingredient to successful work.
Happy National Coffee Day! Not going to lie, I love my Grande Caramel Macchiato, Tall Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino and Tall Café Mocha from the Starbucks menu. Outside of those staples, I’m just not a big coffee fan though. Even my college filled all-nighters were fueled by snacks, not drinks. So, there’s that. Now I do understand that coffee is truly the lifeline to many people’s mornings and other people’s full days. Once you reach that point of no return, coffee can be detrimental to your health! Addicting properties, teeth stains, budget sucking…the list goes on. For those of us, who can avoid that, or want to get out of the cycle; there is still hope for an energy-filled morning.
Whatever happened to the lazy/productive Saturday? The one that you look back on Sunday evening, and don’t regret how much time you wasted. I find myself often waking up earlier than I want, wasting time on social media or lounging around the house, and then heading out to run errands that seem to consume the better part of my day.
“When you stay ready, you won’t have to get ready”. But how do you get to that point in the first place? I experienced from first-hand pageant experience that it’s much easier when you have all your ducks in a row beforehand. Although this quote, spoken to me so eloquently by my babe, was birthed from a conversation of pageants, I believe it is applicable to professional women all around. Looking to feel and actually be put together despite the circumstances? Dive into my helpful tips.