Before you turn your side hustle into your main hustle…do this

Before you turn your side hustle into your main hustle…do this

We’re living in some uncertain times in the job market. Where corporate America was once the go-to for the young educated individual, that kind of security doesn’t exist anymore. The American dream is getting more expensive by the day and salaries are getting smaller. The average millennial can’t depend on pension plans or 401k to be there when it’s time to retire. That’s almost a good thing. Scratch that, it IS a good thing. I’ve always heard that necessity is the mother of invention. The current climate in the job market is making it easier than ever for millennials to make the decision to leave the “norm” and create their own lane. We’re seeing entrepreneurs go from start up to success in a matter of a few years. This uncertain environment is pushing more of us to strive to redefine and create our own American dream, and I, for one, love seeing it. But what if it’s not possible to just leave your corporate job and start on your own venture? Many of us have children, debts, and other obligations that make chasing dreams seem irresponsible and foolish. It’s not. There’s always more than one way to get things done. No, walking out on your job (while dropping the mic and knocking stacks of file folders off your coworkers’ desks) may not be the best step for you, but trust me, you can calculate and make your smooth exit – and still come out on top – like a boss. Before you go from employee to self employed… Decide what you want – One of the first things you...
10 Businesses You can Start with Almost No Money

10 Businesses You can Start with Almost No Money

Today is the day of the entrepreneur. If you haven’t made the leap from your 9-5 already, you’re probably thinking about it. With so many options and outlets to get your business started, there’s never been a better time to decide to break out on your own. We live in a time when anything you’re good at can become a source o income. Social media provides us with direct-to-consumer access, and also business options that don’t require any start up money. Here are 10 businesses you can start today with almost no money. Open an online secondhand shop I’d say open an eBay shop but that’s not the only option anymore. There are an unlimited number of ways to open an online shop with no to low overhead. You can start by selling things you no longer need, friends’ and family members’ junk. Move up to buying low (think garage sales, thrift stores, and estate sales) and selling high. If you have an eye for quality “junk” you can do well reselling. Drop Ship Products Love creating clever phrases? Have a thumb on the pulse of the next big hashtag? Make it a tshirt, mug or hoodie. Sites like Teespring and Spreadshirt have tons of product options that can be printed with your designs. It’s $0 to open a shop and you set your own commission on what you sell. graphic design If you have design skills and know your way around the software, there are plenty of people looking for you. From logo design to t-shirt design. In a visual and digital world, graphic design is in high...
5 Habits that guarantee success as a start up

5 Habits that guarantee success as a start up

You know how they say that being an entrepreneur “aint for everybody” ? Well, it’s not. Most people are too scared to even think about stepping out on their own. It’s a scary thing to even dream of leaving the “security” of a 9-5 and taking your life, and finances, into your own hands. While most people never dream of it, others do, get a taste and realize it wasn’t what they expected. They go running back to the work world with their tails between their legs. It’s an embarrassing pace to be in and one you can avoid by looking at entrepreneurship with an honest eye. When I first started out as an entrepreneur, I was clueless. I had the mistaken belief, like most people do, that being an entrepreneur meant I could do what I wanted when I wanted, how I wanted. Suddenly, I didn’t have a boss to answer to and all my time was mine. I could go where I wanted, stay out late, sleep in. Or so I thought. One month of overdue bills fixed that mindset quick! What entrepreneurship is really about… Focus on the options When I first took a step out on my own, I thought that being a business owner I learned that entrepreneurship is really about having options. Being a successful entrepreneur means leveraging those gifts, skills and connections to create more options for yourself. Sometimes creating those options means being more creative in the beginning. Starting a business is an investment. You may not always have the funds available to splurge on experiences just yet. Don’t focus on...
7 Books to get your Money Mind right

7 Books to get your Money Mind right

Why does everyone feel good saying “it’s not about the money”? Of course, we don’t want to be money hungry, and in the days of the “passion-preneur”, most of us just want to do what makes our souls feel good. But money is the tool we use to build in this society, and saying it’s not important is like saying a hammer and nails aren’t important when building a house. Money is a tool, and if you want to be an effective builder, you’d better be okay with getting your tools in line. A pitfall that we face in our community is lacking the knowledge to acquire and sustain money. The main principles most of us learned about money in our upbringing was that it doesn’t grow on trees and that we need to work hard if want to get even little bit of it. We look around and see others getting it easier, keeping it longer and passing it on to their children. To put it simply, they’re being taught lessons that we’re not. Not because they’re any better or their parents/teachers are any better, but because our parents and teachers just don’t know. In the age of information, ignorance is a choice. Too many books have been written on the subject of changing our money mentality for any of us to pass financial illiteracy on to our children. If we want better for the future generations, we owe it to them to get this knowledge and give it on freely. “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children…” Proverbs 13:22 When I began my journey...