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#CEODiary The Importance of Self-Care

Hey Future Founders and CEOs!!

What a week this has been for me. It’s been raining in Los Angeles (crazy, right?) and I haven’t been feeling well. I haven’t even told my mom this, but I’ve been feeling faint sometimes. I felt like I was going to pass out twice this week. Once at work and once while operating one of the cameras at Thursday night service at church. I had to step away from the camera while service was still going on to get fresh air and water. I’ve never fainted in my life so feeling like that is new for me. Therefore, I’ve been catching up on rest and analyzing my diet. I have not been drinking enough water nor have I been sleeping enough. Some days I’d sleep maybe 4 hours, wake up at 4:30am, workout and be drenched in sweat, then only drink about 50oz of water that day. Not good.

Self-care is extremely important. We can’t do anything if we don’t take care of ourselves. Grinding, hustling, sacrificing, etc is all good until your body tells you it’s not. You need sleep. You need water. You need a healthy balance of work and play. I’m figuring out what my healthy balance is on a daily basis.

What do you do for self-care? Are you mindful of how much water you drink? Are you sleeping enough? What’s your diet and workout schedule? Comment below or email me at NsideMyBox@gmail.com . I’d love to hear from you.

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#CEODiary My Business Website is Done!

Happy Holidays fellow future CEOs!!! I hope everyone ate all the food they wanted for Thanksgiving. I know I did.

My business website is done!!! I’m so excited. I decided to design it myself using WordPress’s Premium plan, which grants me more templates, ways to edit my website, and most importantly “WordPress” will NOT be in the domain link. That was very important to me as I think having a professional website is the first step to gaining credibility from potential clients. Thanks to Black Friday sales, I purchased the premium plan 30% off (around $60+ for a year). Other website hosts would have cost me around $200 😰

I also figured out how to forward email addresses. I haven’t purchased an email service that will allow me to have an official email that ends with my company’s name, BUT I have it set up where if you email info@mdwfin.com it will forward to an email address I have. The only disadvantage is when I respond to the email it will show up as my gmail address and not info@mdwfin.com. A minor issue that shouldn’t hinder me from gaining clients but I will one day fix by purchasing an email service.

My living room table is now my desk (instead of the place I stored all my mail because I never ate there anyways). I set it up just like my desk at work. One day I’ll get a more comfortable chair that doesn’t roll but the wobbly chair I built that came with this table will do for now.

Next Steps:

I’ll design and order business cards from VistaPrint now that I have a logo, website, and email address.

More importantly, I’m spending December practicing my services so don’t be surprised if that page on my website changes. I’m working towards being able to take clients by January 2019. 🙏🏾

Let me know what you’ve done lately to help build your business in the comments below.

#CEODiary It Takes Money To Make Money

Happy Saturday fellow future CEOs!

Quick update before today’s topic: I have a company logo!!! I’m so excited that I found a graphic designer on Fiverr (a resource I introduced in last week’s article) to design my logo. It only took 3 days and guess how much… go ahead… nope… close… ok ok… $10!!! That’s right, a professionally done logo design for ten American dollars. Check it out:

Now let’s talk about spending money to make money. If you’re like me, you HATE spending money. I go shopping for clothes once or twice a year. I have clothes I still wear that’s older than some of you. However, when it comes to building a business, you HAVE TO invest in yourself. Why would anyone invest in you if you aren’t willing to invest in yourself? Having a quality product/service is essential for being able to set an appropriate price for that product/service.

Figuring out what you need in order to earn profit is the first step. For me, I needed a laptop and Microsoft Office software. I’m also looking into more advanced business presentation software options. That’s all I need to deliver my service, but how do I gain clients? My company is B2B (business to business) so I have to have a professional website. I’ve already purchased my domain name from GoDaddy (around $14/year), now I have to decide which website host (WordPress, SquareSpace, Wix, etc) would be best for my site. WordPress has a free option (this website uses WordPress), but I want to ensure the best quality for my business. Other options may cost around $200/year.

I also need business cards after I finish designing my website. 250 business cards from VistaPrint will cost around $50.

Budgeting and saving is key! Is not going out as often worth you being able to buy what you need for your company, which will help you one day make 6, 7, plus figures? I’d say yes. I’m willing to cancel my Hulu account (that I only have for Living Single) to help pay for my Google G Suite account if needed. Figure out where you can trim the fat from your spending and know exactly how much you can save per check to put towards your company. A business loan is my last resort because I have enough debt (HELLO student loans), but that’s also a great option to get you started if you can afford it. However, be mindful that you will have to put together a very well planned out business plan in order to apply for a business loan.

“Scared money don’t make no money.” Entrepreneurship is a risk, but with high risk comes high return. Believe in and bet on yourself.

Comment below and let me know what you need for your company.

#CEODiary What Qualities Make a Good Business Owner?

Hello fellow future Founders/CEOs! I hope you’ve made another step towards building your company. My goal for November is to have my logo designed, business email, and website finished. 😳😰 Fiverr is a GREAT resource for finding freelance workers to help with tasks like these. I’m currently discussing my logo design with someone on Fiverr and hope to get it done this weekend.

In this journey to becoming an entrepreneur, I’ve noticed qualities that I need to work on in order to be a good business owner: self-determination, consistency, and faith.

Self-Determination

“They ask me what I do and who I do it for…” Why are you choosing to own your own business? Doing things out of love, passion, or a greater purpose than my own benefit have always produced great results. When I think of success, I think of being able to get myself and my mother out of debt, paying for a house for family, helping pay tuition for my cousins, etc. Another major goal of mine is to put together a wealth conference for people of color that will tour every HBCU. I don’t want to just give people money, I want to be able to give everyone around me opportunities to make their dreams come true. I’m also owning my own business because Corporate America hasn’t given me the opportunity to do the type of Finance I want/trained to do, so I’m giving myself that opportunity.

Consistency

Now… this… right here… Le struggle. Consistency is my biggest hurdle. I am a true perfectionist, so if I can’t visualize myself doing something well I don’t do it. I self-sabotage a lot when I feel like I can’t do something. Working through this mental barrier is a must if I want to become a business owner. Self-doubt and the imposture syndrome are ashy bold-faced LIES!!

One way I’m trying to fight self-doubt and become more consistent is by having a strict schedule. I wake up at 4-4:30am every morning, workout from 5:30-6:30am, and (try to) leave for work around 8:15-8:30am. I’ve established a blocked out time (8-10pm) that I will use to work on my company. I’ve already notified some people that I will be away from my phone during that time so I can totally focus on my business. I’m also turning my living room table into my desk (so you’ll have to eat on the couch if you come over).

Faith

The reason why I’ve grown SO much mentally since this time last year is church and therapy. Both give me the tools (or I should say help me discover the tools I already have) to become more confident and willing to step out on faith. You HAVE to believe in yourself. I believe that God will provide a way for me to have the lifestyle I’ve always dreamt of, I just need to figure out how I’m supposed to get there. I know through hard work, self-determination, consistency, and faith in God and myself that I will accomplish my goals.

Comment below and let me know what qualities you think are essential for every business owner.