Today’s bloggers aspire to own and operate a small business that fulfills them, pays their bills and creates an avenue of wealth for their families. They want to feel good about quitting their jobs to create content and products their audience will love and hopefully share with their friends. Many bloggers reach this aspirational level of business ownership, but still wonder what’s next for their business. They’re in the unique position of sustaining a livable income while trying to understand and navigate hard things like retirement plans, business credit and paying taxes.
Bloggers-turned-small-business-owners are critical thinkers and the brains behind some of our favorite brands, which means that it is important that they’re educated on how to properly run their businesses. At our fifth annual Blogalicious conference, our long standing sponsor Wells Fargo was put to the test by 6 bloggers who had tough questions about small business. They wanted to know how they could attract traditional lending, modify business models, and best, the basics of growing a creative business.
Small Business Strategist Sean Mabey shared with them no-nonsense steps on how to establish financial success at any level in their entrepreneurial journey. Take a look.
Small Business Question: How Can Small Businesses Develop Credit?
Social: @teesinthetrap, @capitalcityco
Small Business Question: How Can I Attract Traditional Lending?
Shameeka Ayers — Producer of curated events, blogger, author.
Small Business Question: How Do I Modify My Business Model?
Stacey Ferguson — co-founder of Be Blogalicious, entrepreneur, event producer, speaker, coach.
Social: @justicefergie, @beblogalicious
Small Business Question: How Do I Plan for Retirement as a SBO?
Joyce Brewer — Emmy award-winning TV Journalist, Atlanta mom blogger and parenting talk show host.
Small Business Question: How Much Should I Save For Taxes as a Creative-preneur?
Robin O’Bryant — Best selling-author and blogger.
Small Business Question: What Are the Basics of Growing My Business?
Christine St. Vil — FLY Mom Coach of Moms ‘N Charge, author, writer, speaker, entrepreneur.
This is why we do it — to bring the gap between our community and industry experts and professionals! Since the interview, we’ve watched these women continue to bloom individually and as entrepreneurs. We’re thankful to Sean Mabey and Wells Fargo for being a key player at our annual Blogalicious conferences, as well as Christine, Arsha, Stacey, Robin, Shameeka and Joyce for courageously seeking expert advice. Jot these kind of experiences down as another reason to register for Blogalicious Weekend 2016!
(Early bird specials will end on May 2, 2016, so get your tickets now.)
If you had the opportunity, what would you ask a small business strategist about operating your business? Are you interested in knowing what these bloggers learned about business ownership since their interview?