According to Fast Company, there are over half a million new businesses (530,000) created each month. That’s a whole lot of entrepreneurs!
I realized at an early age that the entrepreneur lifestyle was for me. In 3rd grade, I made the decision that there would be no one who could out match my hustle. Almost 30 years and 5 businesses later, I’ve been recognized as a top leader among my career peers, featured in business magazines and held public speaking forums across the country on the art of the entrepreneur enterprise.
Let’s face it, the entrepreneur life ain’t for everyone, there are long hours, private ideation sessions, and plenty of research required to build a successful business – and then there are business secrets that’ll help you avoid the mistakes of others and expedite your road to success. What’s the secret to Divas And Dorks’ success? Discover secret apps in my arsenal that fuels this successful business and discover why they’re secret apps every entrepreneur needs to succeed below!
Pennies Personal Money, Budget And Finance Manager: If you can’t keep your personal finances in order, how do you expect to get your business budget together? Budgeting shouldn’t be hard work or boring. That’s why in Pennies you won’t find any charts, graphs or complicated diagrams. It’s personal finance made easy, it’s your money made simple. Should you spend or should you save? Pennies shows your spending and finance health with bold colours, helping you slow down or speed up to keep you on track. (Download Pennies App)
Shoeboxed: Get rid of your binders, folders and archaic filing systems and go digital (and green!) with Shoeboxed. Paper, receipts, business cards, forms, books = unnecessary clutter on my desk. There were days in the past where I simply wanted to take it all and trash it in one swift sweep of my arm over the top of my desk. This gem of a tool let’s you easily scan, take pictures using your mobile device, or even send them via snail mail anything and everything that you would like to save but not necessarily keep on your desk or in a drawer. (Download your free trial of Shoeboxed today)
Evernote: Evernote is my lifesaver and enables me to work more productively. First, what I love about it is that it works both for my personal and business life, and helps me manage the operational pieces of both. Also, I use it on the go. Life is fast and busy for all of us, and Evernote lets me carry everything with me. Wherever I go, I have all the information, checklists, and notes I need. It’s always there for me 24/7. (Download Evernote app)
Moleskine Timepage: The most elegant calendar for your pocket and wrist, Timepage is a calendar designed to make every day more enjoyable and easy to navigate. Have all your calendars in one place, seamlessly integrated with weather forecasts, maps and contacts. (I have six different calendars, so you know I need something simple and seamless that’ll work for me!) Even on the Apple watch, you can see your day-by-day schedule for the next week, discover the weather, see how long until your next event and travel details and wrist tap reminders…ALL ON YOUR WRIST! Genius! (Download Moleskine Timepage)
17Hats: What if there was a secret app that combines many of the apps you are likely using into a single flawless interface. It’s creators have built 17hats with the entrepreneur in mind. They have given us a suite of functions to from from sales leads to research and information gathering via an online questionnaire on to a proposal to hand off to your potential client. 17Hats doesn’t stop there – the ball continues rolling downhill to contract, invoicing and finally payment. It’s like a fortune 500 company CRM system but designed for the single DIY’er. It also doesn’t carry the big fortune 500 company price tag. (Download your FREE trial of 17Hats)
Dropbox: Who doesn’t have a Dropbox account? But did you know you can run your entire business, using The Cloud? What would happen if your hard-drives were to be damaged in an accident or natural disaster? Would you be able to recover from lost data and time? You really need an off-site backup system in order to safeguard yourself against that kind of vulnerability. An automatic backup is by far the easiest. Don’t make the mistake of buying storage space, computer storage and flash drives when Dropbox has everything you need and is as mobile as you! (Upgrade for FREE Dropbox storage)
PDF Reader Pro
BONUS: PDF Reader PRO Edition: There’s no longer an excuse to delay the closing of a deal! This app allows you to electronically edit and sign documents easily and securely. It also records and stores each document’s history, so you have automatic audit trails — saving you the time and trouble of backtracking in case the need arises. (Download PDF Reader PRO Edition)
These are just a few of my favorite apps that I can’t manage my hustle without. Why make the same mistakes and try and fail with other apps when these award winning apps can get you on the right path to entrepreneurial success? These apps aren’t just for business either, use them to manage family budgets, trip itineraries, photos, everyday receipts and more! Being an entrepreneur isn’t just a career move, it’s a lifestyle!
Did I miss any other secret apps for entrepreneurs? Share your favorite apps for entrepreneurs below!
Are you a blogger, online influencer or someone that wants to learn the real world practices of becoming a career blogger? Want to learn how to research, pitch and close six-figure deals for you and your brand? Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s talk the business of blogging at Blogalicious!
As a top media marketer for companies like CBS and iHeart Radio for over 10 years, I’ve learned a thing or two about monetizing influence. [How I Learned To Master Consistency And Become Profitable – MadameNoire.com] Discover how I’ve amassed relationships that span beyond blogging with Fortune 500 companies like Coca Cola, Verizon and Ford Motor Company and learn how to pitch and get paid for your brand online and beyond.
Join me at Blogalicious 2015 and learn step-by-step strategies to creating your Billion Dollar Brand and Empire Thursday, September 11th at 4:30pm! Learn from blogging and branding strategists @Kaileicarr, @Mayaelious and myself to uncover branding secrets and apply proven techniques to monetize your influence and blog better than ever before.
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How do you make the most out of a blogging conference experience? What are the conference essentials that every attendee needs? What are conference mistakes to avoid? What’s the best way to prepare for a conference that could change your life? Join blog conference veterans Terrance (@BrothaTech), Ty (@GorgeousInGrey) and myself as we discuss the Do’s/Don’ts and what to pack for Blogalicious 2015 – on Blab! Subscribe & check out the replay! http://techb.ro/techstyleblab
Meet smart people. Hear success stories. Discover what’s working. Discuss ways to create smarter creative content, impactful web-based marketing, as well as new programs, people, and platforms that engage your audience and build relationships. Want to learn more about Blogalicious? Visit BeBlogalicious.com.
DivasandDorks.com founder Christen Rochon was recently featured on MadameNoire.com sharing the story behind her journey into the blogging business. Check out the article excerpt and more details inside.
“Blogging became a profitable business when companies realized that my opinion and voice carried influence to consumers. The same consumers that influence 80 percent of auto sales and $90 billion of the consumer electronic purchases since 2007. I’ve consulted businesses on marketing to the new millennia female consumer and have even worked with brands like Ford, General Motors, Samsung, Verizon to highlight and share what’s important to women like me.” – See more at: MadameNoire.com
iPhone 5s slow motion
Looking for your iPhone 5s sneek peek? You don’t have to look any further than via Burberry on your favorite social media feed. London Fashion Week is in full swing and London fashion powerhouse Burberry took to their Instagram feed to highlight the iPhone 5s camera capabilities to thousands of it’s fashion house fans.
If you’ve ever been curious about the new iPhone 5S slow-motion mode, just check out Burberry’s Instagram feed. Apple lent the British fashion house the device to capture its pastel-colored Spring/Summer 2014 collection show as part of a cross-promotional partnership. The full show of the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear S/S14 show appeared on Burberry’s YouTube page on Tuesday. Apple announced the collaboration last week, noting that behind-the-scenes footage, product details, and preparation footage would accompany shots of the London runway show. The 15-second video received more than 20,000 Instagram likes in one day. Take a peek at the new iPhone 5S slow-motion feature video below.
“This collaboration celebrates our relationship and shared foundation in design and craftsmanship. We have a mutual passion for creating beautiful products and unlocking emotive experiences through technology, which has made it intensely exciting to explore the capabilities of iPhone 5s,” said Burberry CEP Christopher Bailey. “We’re inspired by what this could mean for the future as we continue to explore the merging of physical and digital experiences.” With fashion & technology companies teaming up everyday, this trend is bound to grow bigger and better each year. Who are you looking forward to seeing collaborate next?
For the creators, partners and supporters of ChaRity Life, charity is a way of living. It is a way of loving, giving, and inspiring others.ChaRityLife products remind us to love a lifestyle, not just a fashion statement. A brand with fashion sense and social awareness. A brand that gives back and was birthed from an individual’s passion for fashion and philanthropy.
The Mission: LOVE & GIVE.
ChaRity Lifestyles, Inc. is a new and innovative brand that provides exclusive, fashionable products and services at moderate prices that support worthy causes. With LOVE as the focal point of the brand it is demonstrated by currently giving $10 of every purchase to youth based organizations and causes in need.
The Cause: LOVING & GIVING.
The Goal: LOVE & GIVE.
“The goal of our current product ChaRity Beads is to bring social awareness to sex trafficking in the United States, by influencing the lives of influential people.” ChaRity Beads is currently engaged in helping to stop human sex trafficking in the U.S. by supporting organizations that are rehabilitating victims that have been involved in trafficking. “Love is a universal language that everybody regardless of their background can relate to and our goal is to help all people experience that love through fashion and philanthropy.”
Pink Lemonade Stand, a community initiative fostering female entrepreneurship, partners with Charity Lifestyles Inc. to introduce the Pink Bead Series. The first bracelet, titled “Follow Your Dreams” will donate partial proceeds to the Cool Girls Inc non-profit. “I worked with Charity Life to create a bracelet that serves as a constant reminder of staying committed to following your dreams even past the finish line”, stated Nicole Garner, Pink Lemonade Stand Founder.
15 percent of every purchase goes to youth based charities and causes all over the globe. Visit the online store at http://charity-life.com and do your part today. Check out which celebs are already in on the action below.
MOO, a company responsible for printing business cards, postcards and more has granted the next step in business card functionality for tech savvy users. Their newest option doesn’t have much to do with style, but it should make the business card maybe more useful than ever before. MOO is outfitting some business cards with NFC chips that business card owners can program and reprogram to direct potential customers to a website of their choosing.
An example MOO gives is of a restaurant owner who can change the chip to direct customers to a different daily special every day, just by tapping their phones to the cards. It’s an idea that has the potential to make the business card something that doesn’t have a date with the recycling bin after you’ve kept it around for no reason for a few months.
The NFC business cards aren’t available for sale just yet – MOO is currently running an open beta. The first 150,000 people to place an order for business cards on their site starting today will receive one free NFC-enabled business card to play around with. MOO hopes to have the new business cards ready for general sale by next year.
What do you think? Are you a small business owner that could make use of the new NFC-enabled business card?
Are you a blogger interested in developing your blog into a revenue-producing business? Are you an entrepreneur curious about the dynamics behind advertising, marketing and public relations for your business? If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, you should grab a pen & notepad and be prepared to have your questions answered this week! Check out DivasandDorks.com Editor – Christen Rochon featured this week on WVON’s Urban Business Roundtable hosted by Black Enterprise Magazine’s S.V.P./Multimedia Editor-At-Large Alfred A. Edmond Jr.
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Can you believe in a few short days 2012 will be live and in full effect! It’s time to get your house, business and life in order now before you’re left behind. As an entrepreneur, I want to be organized and ready to do business heading to the new year. And as a small business owner, I do not get lots of time off. It is important for us to prioritize tasks to manage all that we juggle on a daily basis.
In order to get things started off right in the New Year; I’ve been checking out the Small Biz Lady herself – Melinda Emerson and she has an awesome list of things that you can do before 2012 that will make a huge difference in starting the new year off right.
Here are 12 Things To Do Before 2012:
Update Your Bio and Resume. As you head into the new year, take the time to reflect on your accomplishments this year. Have you won any awards? Got some media attention? Landed any new Fortune 500 clients? Launched any new lines of business? Any and all of these accomplishments should be reflected in your bio, resume and your social media profiles, especially on LinkedIn.
Update Your Website. In the new year make sure your website or blog has a new look. Even adding a new header graphic can make a big difference. Create new ways to engage your target customers. Add a new giveaway, checklist or coupon offer to your website. Make sure that you at least update the copyright signature to 2012.
Clean Out Your Inbox. Start 2012 fresh with no old emails. If you haven’t read it by now, it is simply not that important. And if you subscribed to anything you haven’t been reading take this opportunity to unsubscribe.
Update Your Personal Theme Song. For years I have used Golden by Jill Scott and I have decided to make a change in 2012, I’m now using For the Love of Money by the O’Jays. Be sure to pick a theme song that makes you feel good whenever you hear it. Have it handy so you can rock your theme music whenever you need to remind yourself why you started your business.
These were a few of my priority tasks that I personally need to iron up on right away. What about you?
Looking for the remaining tasks? Check them out at SucceedAsYourOwnBoss.com.