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April 2015 Archive

Solopreneur Spotlight: Joanna Pascal | @SpicyNaturals

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The International Solopreneur. When there’s a need, someone has to fill it. Joanna Pascal, a medical student and founder of SpicyNaturals, is a woman who’s doing that and more. SpicyNaturals is the first and only natural hair community in lovely Grenada. When we asked Joanna about her community’s goals and mission, she responded:

Our aim is to educate and empower persons to embrace and care for their natural hair. We have taken a holistic approach starting internally and then focusing externally. We facilitate natural hair events to provide advice and support on caring for natural hair while using proper techniques and hair products from our product line as well as a few selected product lines.

We love Joanna’s flair and passion for all things natural and holistic. See how she manages her busy life as a solopreneur in this feature.

Tell us about your typical work day.
A typical work day entails replying to messages on Facebook and via email from customers and potential customers who are looking for natural hair care advice and or products. A great deal of time is also spent updating the social media pages with relevant information about hair care tips and products. Some of the time is also spent on taking orders for products and organizing drop offs.

What is your biggest challenge as a solopreneur?
The biggest challenge is balancing everything that needs to be done at times. It would be great to have someone who understand the vision and has the passion to assist in some of the tasks.

When your work day gets stressful, how do you de-stress?
Pray, listen to music, watch one of my favorite TV shows.

What is the biggest/best investment you made toward your brand/blog?
The biggest investment would have to be branding material such as business cards, logo, product labels, company posters.

The one piece of advice I wish I knew when I started out is…
It would have to be the importance of marketing and the extent of marketing that has to be done to ensure the success of the business.

What is your dream job? Are you doing it right now?
To become a medical doctor. I am about to complete my degree in a year and a few months.

 

Joanna reminds us to always be Blogalicious! Thank you.

 

To learn more about Joanna or SpicyNaturals, connect with her on social media @SpicyNaturals. For those of you interested in your own Solopreneur Spotlight, simply fill out this form and wait for us to chat with you.

Solopreneur Spotlight: Sili Recio | @MyMamihood

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The Organized Entrepreneur. Sili Recio can be described as a mom-on-the-move any day of the week. In fact, her busy lifestyle is probably what gave her the insight to create an organizer for bloggers who want to have it all. Juggling motherhood, entrepreneurship and life in general can get difficult, but with Sili’s planner, the Organizada, and My Mamihood blog and brand, life is much simpler.

I created a planner to keep bloggers organized and on top of their game. Weekly calendar, monthly overviews, income & expense tracking, social shares tracking for bigger reach & more all in one sleek planner that’s sure to take your blog to the next level. Get organized or go home! Blogging is not for the un-planner!

Sili shares her biggest struggles as a solopreneur, her favorite ways to unwind and touches on the importance of belonging to a tribe. In this feature, you’ll learn how passionate and funny she is, two characteristics that we all must strive to have in entrepreneurship.

Do you work alone? Work with a partner or team?
I normally work alone though my brother freelances for me when I need FANTASTIC graphic design work. Sometimes he works for food. But only sometimes. He’s worth every penny, though. Plus he plays 80’s & 90’s music while we work.

What is your biggest challenge as a solopreneur?
Feeling as if I have no support. Don’t get me wrong, my tribe kicks it with me but there are times when I feel like it’s just me out here in the big ol’ world.

How have your relationships (or friendships) changed since becoming a solopreneur?
Absolutely. Some folks look at me side eyed and don’t understand what I mean when I say “I’m busy”. I’ve heard “everyone is busy” which is true. It’s just that my brain refuses to stop and I’ve started to refuse to care about having to explain my dream to people.

God put it in me and that He gets it so, let’s go!

When your work day gets stressful, how do you de-stress?
The Tasmanian devil yell from Looney Tunes.
Wine.
Cooking.
Dancing. (wine, cooking and dancing all at once is best)
Talking to my siblings.

How do you unplug? How often do you unplug?
I have this “quiet hours” on my Windows phone. I try to use it. I’m getting better at it but it doesn’t always work. I usually head off with the girl to Disney. We do a few pics here and there on social but mostly it’s about the magic and the mouse.

What are your favorite apps or websites that help you succeed in your blog/business?
I live by Sprout Social. Love it and wish they’d hurry up and add hashtag tracking to their services (hint hint). The Organizada Planner has actually helped me tons these last couple of weeks since its printing. Old school is sometimes best.

What is the biggest/best investment you made toward your brand/blog?
Trademarking my blog and apparel. And all this darn money I dropped on the first printing of my organizer.

If you could outsource one task so that you can be effective at your brand/blog, what would that be?
Some of the backend. Issues come up and a lot of times I get wrapped around the axle with it. I’d say the backend crap that needs to happen. I still want status reports and I want to know how it does what it does. But I’d pass that off. OH! And I’d get someone to track my expenses.

What book are you currently reading? What is it about?
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent – I love Julia Alvarez and I cannot believe I’ve never read this book. I used to read 3-4 books a month and now I’m lucky to read 10-12 a year. It’s hard on me, but I’m just going to start counting all these picture books I’m reading to my kid.

 

We appreciate your wit and honesty, Sili! Thank you.

Connect with Sili Recio online @MyMamihood. For updates on The Organizada as well as parenting, relationships, technology (and more) tips, visit her amazing blog at http://MyMamihood.com.

Solopreneur Spotlight: Amber Wright | @TalkToAmber

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The Conversational Solopreneur. Who knew that having the right conversations could change a person’s life? Amber Wright did, that’s who, and she’s using what she knows to help others do that and more. Amber is an entrepreneur, college professor, mother and wife who fearlessly goes after what she wants. People seek her by the dozens for advice on public speaking and how to transform their platforms from barren to bold. She also gives detailed insight on relationships, communication and inspiration on her blog, Talk to Amber.

 

Hi! I’m Amber Wright, The Conversation Coach. I believe that the secret to getting what you want – from the boardroom to the bedroom, you have to start having the right conversations! I teach bloggers and entrepreneurs how to become fearless speakers and communicators, so they can grow their brands and businesses. I do that through coaching, online courses, and my own blog, TalktoAmber.com.

In this short feature, Amber shares with us how she prepares herself to be her best for others: family, friends, students and clients. We’re certain that watching her journey as a solopreneur unfold online that you will be inspired to live the life of your dreams.
Tell us about your typical work day.
I work from home on my business on Monday and Wednesday. On those days, I’m working with my coaching clients, thinking of new topics to write about on my blog, and as of late – developing content for my first e-course. I do that in intervals throughout the day (by intervals I mean after taking dramatically long and terribly counterproductive social media breaks!) until it’s time to pick up my daughter from school. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays I teach courses in public speaking and interpersonal communication at two community colleges in my area. My days are interwoven with my business stuff, emails, lesson planning, and grading. And family stuff. Whew! I’m tired just reading that!

What is your biggest challenge as a solopreneur?
Devoting the time and attention my business needs, along with having another job. Teaching allows for some flexibility in my schedule, but it’s still work that commands a lot of my attention. Doing EVERYTHING alone for my biz is definitely difficult, but I manage as best I can.

How have your relationships (or friendships) changed since becoming a solopreneur?
I’ve got great friends that are super supportive of me and my endeavors, even if they aren’t entrepreneurs themselves. I’m grateful for that. Since I’ve started my own business, however, I have definitely become more attracted to other women that are like minded and goal oriented. There’s nothing like sharing your experience as an entrepreneur with someone who “gets it.”

How do you unplug? How often do you unplug?
I unplug by remembering how much of life is happening beyond the internet, and that there are things offline that I don’t want to miss…like watching my daughter ride her bike outside. One some days and weekends I may not post anything to social media at all and simply enjoy my life as it’s happening – without taking the pictures to prove it.

What are your favorite apps or websites that help you succeed in your blog/business?
Dropbox, Wunderlist, Evernote, and Wave are my business besties.

What is the biggest/best investment you made toward your brand/blog?
Honestly? It was attending Blogalicious in 2014 (for the first time). I really mean that! I looked at attending the conference as an investment in my brand, so that I could increase my visibility, expand my network, and learn new things – all of which I achieved! The idea for my first course was affirmed at the conference, I received some much needed business coaching from one of the speakers afterward, and made some amazing new connections that are still growing and being fostered. I’m #TeamBlogalicious fah-eva now!

The one piece of advice I wish I knew when I started out is…
That there is no race. I have to remind myself of that often. It’s okay to take your time and do things YOUR way. What success looks like for me may look completely different for someone else and not only is that okay, it’s also the very point of it all – to carve your own path.

What is your dream job? Are you doing it right now?
My dream job is to run my business full time and still teach classes (because I love it!) – but only if I want to, not because I have to. I’m not there yet, but I’m on my way!

 

Thank you for such an encouraging spotlight, Amber!

 

For the latest on Amber’s courses and advice on rocking it from the bedroom to the boardroom, visit her website at:  http://www.talktoamber.com. Connect with Amber online @talktoamber.

Solopreneur Spotlight: Patrice Cameau | @patricecameau

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The Go-Getter Solopreneur. There’s nothing worse than having a dream with no funding to support it. Patrice Cameau understood this firsthand and instead of feeling defeated, she did something about and started her company. C.O.O.K.I.E. is a place where entrepreneurial goals and dreams come true. Their mission is to consistently encourage and empower females to become entrepreneurs and promote the efforts of women who create their own opportunities.

 

I love entrepreneurs and created C.O.O.K.I.E. (Create Opportunities. Overflowing Knowledge. Innately Empowered.) in 2012 after growing frustrated with the lack of affordable and non-intimidating support that existed for women business owners (like myself). C.O.O.K.I.E. is committed to helping women business owners THRIVE! I launched the #COOKIE2Thrive campaign to galvanize the world to support female entrepreneurs, and commit to creating a more robust network of support. To learn more, visit bit.ly/COOKIE2Thrive.

 

A true entrepreneur at heart and in action, Patrice shares a bit of her journey in this delightful Solopreneur Spotlight. We’re sure you’ll be inspired.

Do you work alone? Work with a partner or team?
I have a team of 2-4 people who assist with various events and campaigns, but I run the site and brand planning on my own (for now).

Tell us about your typical work day.
I wake up by 5:30am to meditate and get in a quick work out in my bedroom. Then breakfast, getting my 8-year old ready for school, and heading out the door.

I’m a strategic communications consultant (marketing and PR) by day, and start client work no later than 8:30am. Then, it’s meetings, social media updates, book tour scheduling, grand opening planning and whatever else my client’s need. I try to fit in Bikram Yoga sessions at least twice a week, then I pick up my son from school or one of his many extracurricular activities. Once we’re home, it’s all about him (dinner, homework, games, bedtime activities, etc.). I like to be in bed by 10pm, so that I’m refreshed and well-rested in the morning.

What is your biggest challenge as a solopreneur?
Creating plans and executing, with little to no support. While solopreneurs may have partners or individuals who assist with different projects, we don’t have departments filled with people who are as equally vested as us on a daily basis. Getting people to do what you need them to do can be very difficult, especially when the long-term goals don’t directly impact them.

How have your relationships (or friendships) changed since becoming a solopreneur?
I’ve stopped doing things that don’t help me reach my goals. At some point, you can no longer waste time on things (and people) that don’t have any bearing on your bottom line, whatever that may be. For me, being an amazing mother, taking care of my family, helping entrepreneurs thrive and ensuring that my physical, mental and spiritual being is in tact matter more than anything else.

If you were given $5k, what would you do with the money?
Totally revamp www.theCOOKIElife.com, bring on a graphic designer and writer, and stash away something for our soon-to-open co-working and event space… bit.ly/COOKIE2Thrive

What book are you currently reading? What is it about?
“#GIRLBOSS” by Sophia Amorusa (Founder and CEO of Nasty Gal). It tells how she went from shoplifter to CEO of a $100M company (that she built from the ground up), all while giving tips to being a true BAWSE!

What are your favorite brands to follow on social media and why?
I love @karencivil because she’s positive, well-traveled and thoughtful. @JRINKjuicery is also a favorite because it’s owned by women, their Instagram visuals are always dope and their juices are absolutely amazing!

What is your dream job? Are you doing it right now?
I’m blessed to be working my dream job. Now…. my dream client would be a professional MLB or NBA player who would hire me to create and run his nonprofit organization. I know that everything I want will happen – as long as I work hard and stay thankful.

 

Thank you, Patrice, for this awesome peak into your life as a Solopreneur!

 

To learn more about Patrice or C.O.O.K.I.E, connect with her on social media @patricecameau or her websites www.theCOOKIElife.com and www.patricecameau.com. For those of you interested in your own Solopreneur Spotlight, simply fill out this form and wait for us to chat with you.

Solopreneur Spotlight: Krystal McCrary | @mydaddysboo
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Solopreneur Spotlight: Krystal McCrary

The Photography Solopreneur. The bond between a father and daughter is nothing short of that in-explainable kind of special. Conversations, laughs, and gentle hugs make these relationships blissful and are partly the driving force behind Daddy’s Boo Portraits. Krystal McCrary started her photography business with her father’s memory heavy on heart. Sharing her story (and his) through photography, videos and soulful music on her website, www.daddysboo.com, puts her brand in a space of its own; a space that families or those missing a loved one can call their own.

Cherish your memories with Daddy’s Boo. We believe that every photo tells a story that needs to be cherished so it never fades away. Thru portrait, photo & collage Daddy’s Boo’s creativity and imagination makes every memory extra special.

Krystal shares a bit of what it takes to keep Daddy’s Boo Portraits fresh, starting with her love in the Lord. Read more in her Solopreneur Spotlight below.

What’s the one thing you cannot live without?
The Lord, I’m nothing without him.

How have your relationships (or friendships) changed since becoming a solopreneur?
With helping so many people, I gained new friendships. When folks open up & share their stories with me about a project we really create a bond.

Tell us about your typical work day. 

I receive requests to save people’s old photos. Either by drawing portraits or doing photo restorations and retouches. During the consultation I get to hear the story behind the photos. I love using my creativity to make someone’s memories extra special. On one project, my client told me that this was the only picture that he had of his dad. It was a tiny 1940’s black & white photo. The part that touched my heart the most was when he said I just want to be able to see his dad’s face again. It’s blessing to do what I love & help people at the same time.

What are your most productive work hours?
Basically whenever my creative juices start flowing. That is usually all day!

What is your biggest challenge as a solopreneur?
A lot of times I get caught up in trying to out create myself. I challenge myself too much sometimes. I want my clients to be overjoyed and overly satisfied when they come to me.

If you were given $5k, what would you do with the money?
A Cintique Tablet would be my dream come true on its own. A new Apple laptop. Advertising. I’d also find some new ways to create Thank You gifts for my clients.

What is the biggest/best investment you made toward your brand/blog?
My website. It was an important way for me to share my story with people. I created Daddy’s Boo Portraits in honor of my late Dad. The website tells me and my dad’s story thru art, photo, music & video. I wanted folks to know my feelings and where I’m coming from so we have something in common.

Get your very own custom portrait from Daddy’s Boo Portraits by visiting Krystal’s website, www.daddysboo.com. Follow and share your story with her on social media @mydaddysboo.

We hope you enjoyed today’s Solopreneur Spotlight featuring Krystal!

Would you like to be featured in our next Solopreneur Spotlight? Simply fill out this form and we’ll contact you shortly.

Solopreneur Spotlight: June Cruz | @ENAMOURclothing

 

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The Fashion Solopreneur. Moms today are busier than ever. In addition to succeeding in motherhood, they’re busy thriving in their careers, running businesses, and occasionally catching up with friends or networking. The last thing they need in their way is clothing that’s not suitable for those never ending things. Thanks to June Cruz — mother, fashion lover, and owner of Everything ENAMOUR — that problem is now solved.

At www.everythingenamour.com, there’s fashion for the classically chic, edgy sophisticated, and the light and sporty. Even better, June’s pieces are custom made, so the chances of someone else wearing your outfit are slim to none. June is a busy solopreneur who also fits the description of the women she designs clothes for, which makes her company’s motto true: enamour. inspired by women. made by women. Read her amazing feature below.

I’m a clothing designer and mother who started my line to create comfortable, chic clothing for career-focused mothers and business professionals looking for a line that embodies key transition pieces from work to play/day to night. The main goal of each piece I design is its ability to be dressed up or down.

 

Do you work alone? Work with a partner or team?
I create all of my designs and concepts alone, my husband has always helped with the styling of the items and recently we’ve had a great addition, photographer Trisha Kelley added to the team. All of my production is now handled by a wonderful eco-manufacturer on Cape Cod called Good Clothing Company.

Tell us about your typical work day.
My day is a constant battle of balance. I’m a mother to an 18 month old, so she is constantly on the move. I wake up at 6am to have at least an hour or two to myself, which usually consists of coffee and quiet time before going over my schedule for the day. And at least twice a week important phone calls are scheduled into this time.

Once my daughter is up we spend the morning together at activities, appointments and play dates. When she has her nap I answer all emails and handle any social media that needs my attention. I also work in the studio for a bit. After dinner and bedtime for my little one, I focus completely on my studio time. It’s an uninterrupted time and space and I am most productive then. Of course some days are busier than others and when they are I make it a priority for both the business and family to balance because I’m passionate about both.

What is your biggest challenge as a solopreneur?
Work/family balance. To make sure my daughter and husband know I’m there, but that I give as much to my company as I can.

What three apps or websites you MUST visit daily?
I read the Skimm daily, best news summary around! I look at Trello and use it daily, and I read StartUp Fashion blog posts quite a few times a week.
The one piece of advice I wish I knew when I started out is…
Everyday isn’t going to be easy. Exhaustion and perseverance through it all are real and constant. There are great successes and even more failures and stumbling points along the way. But it’s the passion and motivation that will keep you moving forward through it all.

What book are you currently reading? What is it about?
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, it’s about women claiming their space in the world and feeling confident in their field in comparison to their male counterparts.

What is your dream job? Are you doing it right now?
I have my dream job right now, and I feel very blessed and grateful to be pursuing it everyday.

 

Visit June’s clothing line at www.everythingenamour.com. Follow her on Instagram @everything_enamour and on Twitter @ENAMOURclothing.

Thanks for a great Solopreneur Spotlight, June!

Would you like to be featured in our next Solopreneur Spotlight? Simply fill out this form and we’ll contact you shortly.

Authors & New Books :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

Authors & New Books :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

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This week, we’re focusing on new books and their authors, many of whom happen to be members of our community. If you’re in the market for new books, dive into our weekly round up to see what’s hot to read this Spring.

From Blank Space to Blogging Brilliance: A Step by Step Guide to Start & Grow A Successful Blog. Co-written by a team of BLM Girls, this book is just what any aspiring, new or even seasoned blogger needs to take their blog to the next level. The Internet has been ablaze about this book for the past few weeks and we’re glad it’s finally here. You can purchase your copy online at www.BLMgirls.com/book and learn about the wonderful authors.

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The Good Life: Pep Talks For Stressed Solopreneurs. We. Are. Solopreneurs. Period. So when Tara Pringle Jefferson released her new book, you know we were on board. The Good Life is a collection of pep talks designed to ease the mind of solopreneurs who want it all, but aren’t yet mentally strong enough to get it. If you’re tired of working 80 hours a week and aren’t getting closer to taking their business to the next level, this book is for you. Purchase it here.  Tara blogged about the new book, too. 

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Brooklyn. Author Krystal Grant recently released her third novel Brooklyn, which is a promising read. See what we mean:

Dr. Brooklyn Knight has steadily climbed the ladder of success. As a famed author and Spelman College professor, she is adored by her readers and respected by her colleagues. Professionally, she has made all the right moves. Yet, her personal life is not one to be desired. Can she escape an unhealthy relationship or will she be trapped forever?

Doesn’t it sound good? Brooklyn is ready for purchase on Amazon. Learn more about Krystal Grant on her blog.

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Don’t Send Your Child To Kindergarten Until You Take This Home Study! If your little one starts kindergarten next year, the best thing that you both can be is prepared. Unlike the olden days, kindergarten is less play and more technical than ever. Having gone through the wilds of elementary school three times, mom blogger Amy Mascott of Teach Mama put together a thorough home study to help prevent the harshness of kindergarten. Want to know more about this home study? Click here!

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Will you add any of these new books to your Summer line up?

 

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We’ve got a recap of greatness in this week’s Weekly Round Up!

A Mastermind Retreat at the Beach! Ekene Onu is hosting what looks like an amazing retreat in Palm Beach, Florida on May 1-3, 2015. The retreat will help couples improve their levels of communication, planning, and even sweet seduction. For more information, visit: http://refreshlifelead.com/

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Celebrate Your Solopreneurship. Are you a #Solopreneur? Then we want to feature you! Tell us about your business, your journey and connect with others who are experiencing the same thing. Simply fill out our form to be featured on the BeBlogalicious blog. Lets do this, Solopreneurs! 

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Do Latina Women Love Their Natural Hair? Bren Herrera is serious about embracing her natural hair. In her newest blog series, They Are Not Their Hair, she explores what it’s like to be a Latina woman with natural hair. She asks questions like:

Why do we want to wear our hair straight? Why do we think it’s prettier, as many have expressed? Why can’t we just love and rock our curls?

The blogger is soon to feature non-Hispanic Black women to celebrate and feature as well. Read as our Latina sisters shared their experiences on her blog, B So Chic.
Girl Power: How to Come Back from a Scandal. Monica Lewinsky has had is hard since the 1998 scandal with then President Bill Clinton. She’s been dragged in song lyrics, punchlines across the media, and completely blasted for one mistake she made in her 20s. But now the scandal survivor is reemerging with a vengeance, and we like it. So does Erica Jong, who apologized for criticizing her in the past.

“If I ever said anything critical about her, I’m sorry,” the Fear of Flying novelist told me on Wednesday, “because women have a tough time when they get famous for anything sexual. People are cruel, and I’m glad she survived it. It’s a terrible thing to have to survive—and I have far more empathy now.

Read up on it HERE!

Solopreneur Spotlight: Whitney James | @wnicjames

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My faith. It’s imperative to my journey in becoming a better wife, business woman and entrepreneur. 

The Blogging Solopreneur. Today’s Solopreneur Spotlight goes to Whitney James of the Whitney Nic James brand. Hailing from Columbia, MD, Whitney’s goal is “to promote stylish, budget friendly and inspiring living one article at a time!” Her mission is to uplift and motivate women by encouraging them to be a #FearlessWoman and with her brand, this mission is accomplished daily. Whitney’s positive and inspiring spirit jumps off the pages of her blog as well as throughout this feature. Read on to see what we mean.

 

What is your biggest challenge as a solopreneur?
Knowing when to take a break. I work hard and I’m passionate about my mission. But understanding that it’s OK to take a break from time to time is definitely a challenge.

How have your relationships (or friendships) changed since becoming a solopreneur?
My circle of friends is tighter and more secure. I can trust my circle to be honest and give constructive criticism. They’re supportive and always in my corner! The relationship with my husband is stronger. He is my ride-or-die and partner in all that I do. His belief in me is sometimes greater than my own, and his unwavering support pushes me through the tough days.

What is the biggest/best investment you made toward your brand/blog?
Hiring a professional website designer (Her Name is Kim) to revamp my site. It was something I’d been putting off for months, but once I made the step it opened so many doors for my brand and business. Sure, I could have done somethings myself, but that’s why there are professionals. Lol. Made my life easier and allowed me to focus on other aspects of my blog/brand.

If you could have dinner with three people, who would you invite?
Myleik Teele, Beverly Bond and singer Brandy. These ladies are my bff’s in my head. They’re strong business women who go after what they want and make a strong impact on women! They exude what a #FearlessWoman is. 

If you could outsource one task so that you can be effective at your brand/blog, what would that be?
At the moment, I’m good with who I have on my team. 

What’s the one thing you cannot live without?
My faith. It’s imperative to my journey in becoming a better wife, business woman and entrepreneur. 

What is your dream job? Are you doing it right now?
Professional Blogger, Speaker, and Author. I’m working on making that a reality daily and in a way, I’m already doing it, lol!

Talk about motivational! Faith, and surrounding yourself with amazing people while on your journey as a solopreneur, will take your dreams to the next level. We believe that and it is obvious that Whitney does, too. To learn more about Whitney and her blog, visit: WhitneyNicJames.com. Follow her on social media @wnicjames.

 

Thank you for gracing our Solopreneur Spotlight, Whitney!

Would you like to be featured in our next Solopreneur Spotlight? Simply fill out this form and we’ll contact you shortly.

 

#Solopreneur Spotlight: Kirstin N. Fuller | @TheTravelinDiva
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The Traveling Solopreneur. Nothing does a hardworking solopreneur justice like a traveling break! That time can be used to see the world, meet new people, experience culture, or get must needed rest. But what about those of us who aspire to travel, but don’t know the best ways to book hotels, flights, car rentals, and really experience the traveler’s life? This is where we’d enter Kirstin N. Fuller, the travel lover behind Passenger 156.

Passenger156.com is the hub for everything travel. From exotic destinations, fab deals, to the latest travel news and must download apps and travel products, Passenger156.com packs it all! 

When she’s not traveling herself, Kirstin is ensuring the success and solidity of Passenger 156. Read what being a solopreneur looks like to her (and the cool way she unplugs) in today’s spotlight.

Do you work alone? Work with a partner or team?
I work with a few key people: web designer and 3 guest bloggers.

Tell us about your typical work day. 
Rise and shine around 7:30a, check blog email and stats in the back office, then what’s hot on Facebook. Get dressed and head to my 9-5. Checking social media and emails during lunch. After work, I write a blog post or two and create a plan for future posts and schedule a few twitter and Facebook posts. Go to sleep around 10:30p/11p and start the process all over the next day.

What is your biggest challenge as a solopreneur?
Not having enough time to accomplish all of my tasks for a given day. 

How do you unplug? How often do you unplug?
I literally put all electronics on ‘do not disturb’ from 10:59pm to 7:30am daily. I rarely totally unplug/turn devices completely off for days. 

What are your favorite brands to follow on social media and why?
Apple! They’re a beast and when they decide to launch a new product they do so with the worlds undivided attention. Once they have your attention, they reel you in with media campaigns that are amazing.

My favorite book is… and why?
The ‘Four Agreements‘ by Don Miguel Ruiz. This book gave me the tools/mantras to help me to not stress myself over things I can not control. Just helped me de-stress my life completely and not worry.

The one piece of advice I wish I knew when I started out is…
Start tracking analytics from day one! 

Thank you for gracing today’s Solopreneur Spotlight, Kirstin!

Find Kirstin and all things Passenger 156 on social media @thetravelindiva or at her website, www.Passenger156.com.

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