Should I be Ashamed because I can’t “Invest?”

I may step on some toes with this blog post so I’m going to apologize in advance and say, it is not my intention to attack or negatively represent anyone else’s business.  We are all out there trying to build, grow and make money and I respect that!  With that being said, this blog post is dedicated to those who are encouraging us new business owners to “take a step out” and “invest” in ourselves and our business.  I have a couple of things that we aspiring and/or brand new entrepreneurs need for you to know.

  1. That “investment” you’re asking for may require me to ignore or flat out neglect some of my major bills!  Sometimes I think you may not realize that my financial situation right now does not allow me to afford your $1000, $2000 a month fee at the moment!  I realize I may need you for my coach, mentor, or whatever, and I don’t want you to compromise on your fees for me!  But let’s be honest, money is not my strength right now and I am trying really really hard to figure out how to afford you, please don’t judge me if  I can’t do it!
  2. Do you realize that there is such thing as business shaming?  It feels personal!  And it has nothing to do with me!  I know, but sometimes I feel alienated, as if maybe I shouldn’t have tried this or maybe I wasn’t equipped to do this.  I applaud those seasoned business owners, coaches and mentors who are real and admit, “hey I had no clue what to do,” “I was broke and I made these lifestyle changes,” “I didn’t know where to go next.”  You have no idea how your transparency helps us, motivates us, gives us hope!  Thank you to those of you who do this!.
  3. I don’t always want to compromise my value in my business either, so I get that you are not obligated to help someone, but the biggest boost I received in starting my business was when someone in business, seasoned were willing to pour into me and help me find direction in my business, some I paid, some I didn’t.  So I guess what I’m saying is give us a break every once in a while, I promise you when my revenue comes in, I WILL invest.  I will because there are people I’ve come in contact with that I know for a fact I am to be connected with, but I don’t want to be made to feel less because I can’t right now!  I don’t want the picture painted in my case that because I’m not “investing” I’m not serious about my business.  No.  I’m not “investing” or “taking a chance” or “taking that next step” because I still have bills due.  Also, let me say this, you can’t tell me that every business owner in the world started their business off in a secure financial situation.  Many had to build, many had nothing and built something.  SO don’t belittle me in trying to grow my business with what I have!

Is this fair?! You all know me, this is just one person’s transparent opinion, based off my experiences and I want our insight!  This is something I am willing to dialogue about.  Please post your comments below and let me know what you think.

Like I said, in no way, shape or form am I saying Don’t invest in yourself, all I’m saying is please don’t shame me for not being able to invest right now, if I had it, doggone it!

Stay tuned for my next blog where I share my feelings about the other side of this discussion.  There are some reasons why you should at least invest in yourself in order to move forward in business.  I will talk about my experiences and what I did!

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The Misunderstanding of Scheduling Phone Calls: My 3 Reasons Why

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This is how I feel when I have to tell someone, we are going to have to schedule a phone call. I had a potential client tell me “I like getting things done and continuing to move forward” when I informed her I was going to have to schedule a call with her. I understood her urgency, but what she didn’t understand was a couple of fundamental things that were in the meantime going to serve as more of a barrier to her than to me.

1) Taking phone calls on the fly leads to forgetfulness on my part
I work a 9-5 job, which really isn’t so 9-5. I am on the rode 2-3 times a week for this job. I am currently managing about 6-7 clients for Living Faith Management and Consulting. I am doing a very poor job of keeping up with my own content and marketing for Living Faith and CONE. Plus I am a wife and an active servant at church. At any given moment someone can call me about business and I will be professional and take notes, but two days later, I’m going to be searching my phone for when that call was made so I can remember where exactly I took notes for this call. It is horrible I know, but for my client’s sake, I have to talk to them on a schedule so they have my undivided attention and I don’t have to go back and answer a million of my questions they already answered

2) It helps my clients get organized too. Part of my job as an administrator is to help my clients see where they can improve in their business. Many of the clients I work with are in the same trap as me. I will ask them a question about details for a project and they will have no clue because majority of the time, they are not taking notes AT ALL! God Bless them! This is why they have me is because that isn’t their thing. But it’s pertinent for me to help them understand WHY they must do this with me, so they can get in a habit for themselves. I am about 80 percent certain many of the clients who do not close with me is because they aren’t even organized enough to hire me! Their follow up is blocked by their lack of time to even call me back or check their email where I sent them the contract to sign! I am so grateful for my current clients because they are committed to the process and see the benefits! It requires a WHOLE lot of trust

3) I manage people all day and I MUST maintain my sanity. If you can imagine managing about 10-12 different personality types, organization structures, opinions and beliefs ALL DAY! It is so exhausting! Scheduling phone calls helps me prepare myself and remind myself of the approach I need to take with certain clients. Some of my clients are more aggressive and need more from me than other clients who I don’t hear from for weeks at a time. I have no problem with either one, I just have to PREPARE! My Pastor always says “piss poor preparation produces piss poor production.” I am not here for it! Preparation is a must.

I was for a while using Acuity scheduling because honestly it helps me to stay on track, I get an email reminder, I don’t have to remember to put it in my calendar, it does it for me. But recently, I have just been giving my clients and potential clients some date options and I just have to rely on myself to remember to put it into Google Calendar and I can set multiple reminders for myself so I can prepare! So it may work for you it may not. It helps me to know what clients are going to work best with me and who I may need to guide to someone more suited to devote more time to them, which is totally okay! It’s all about finding what works best for you!

So give it a try and let me know if this helps you improve time in your business and give me some feedback!
Until next time!
#Connect #Create #Inspire
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Why and How I Categorize Emails to Stay Organized: 5 Easy Steps

I have been creating folders online for as long as I can remember my career.  I started in college because I needed to keep my courses separate from one another.  Actually…it started earlier than that because before I was doing it on the computer, I was doing it in high school for my classes by having separate folders for each class and dividers to keep different parts of each class organized.

Here is a blog post I did about how I use binders to keep myself organized20161215_153436

Yes I’ve always been this way!

You’re talking to the same person who drew a line down the middle of her notes , took notes in class and then went back later and took my own notes while I studied.

You’re talking to the person who used note cards to study for class!

So yes, I organize my emails.

God is funny like that because the skill was always in me, I’ve been an organizer my entire life!  It’s been there, I just never knew what He had in store for me

But anyways, back to emails

This is my process for organizing emails

1)) Look through your emails to get an idea of what categories you might need

2) Start creating folders according to what you need.  (Be careful not to get too specific because you will get into that later).  For example:

Clients

Business

Personal

Kids

Church

3) Start dividing your emails according to the sections you chose above.

  • Go through all of them!
  • Set a schedule if you have a lot

4) Delete!

As you go through your emails, make sure you are getting rid of the spam and junk you won’t need.  Go ahead and unsubscribe from emails you haven’t even looked at in months.  You can always go back!

5) Go back to your folders and categorize them

  • You run the risk of getting confused if you don’t complete this step
  • For example, Clients: You need to make sub folders for each client so you don’t get their emails mixed up!

You don’t have to but I normally do another layer for easy access, but that is totally up to you!  At least you started!

Trust me, this will make your life SO much easier!

If you find this overwhelming, give me a call.  This is an Add on service we have available to you for a low price at my business Living Faith Management and Consulting!

Go to our Services page to book a discovery call to ensure we are meeting all of your administrative needs!

Let us make your life easier, if you are open to it!

I hope this was helpful!

Until next time, WIN_20170526_12_47_56_Proconnect2

Husband and Wife Entrepreneurship: 3 Lessons Learned on the Journey

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God loves me. Forreal. He blessed me with the man of my dreams.  Our situation is not perfect.  Initially he was nothing I would have ever imagined for myself, but I was falling in love with him within the first month of us dating.  And now we are in the seventh month of our marriage and its AMAZING!  My life has changed so much in the past two years.  I found my soul mate, I continued to grow closer to God, I started a business and I got engaged and I got married.  And then I realized we were embarking on a journey in which both of us will be in the world of entrepreneurship together.  Today is March 4, 2017.  It is 10:23  pm at night.  Both of us are actively serving in church and have to be at church by 8:00 am in the morning.  We’ve had a busy day, he’s a musician, music producer and in school for Audio production and he had a gig today while I went to church for prayer and then went to a grantee workshop.  Then I came home, cooked, took care of the dog, we worked on his homework together and now he’s in the studio working on producing an album and I’m blogging.  All of those things I listed, we gets NO money for right now!  We are actively working and building our businesses, but it is a Struggle!  But you know what?  We are doing it together.  It’s one thing I’m certain helps us in our relationship because we have each other’s backs.  We committed very early on in our relationships to support one another no matter what.  It’s one of the things that attracts me so heavily to him.

When we first started dating I was smack dab in the middle of my busy season for my full time job which correlates to heavy traveling.  That particular year I was traveling every month, sometimes twice a month.  I was in Orlando and then on a road trip for six days with my kids in foster care and then I had to go on a trip again to Orlando and he went WITH ME!  He didn’t miss a beat.  He didn’t even care.  I WAS IN LOVE! LOL! Of course there are a million other things I can list, most importantly His love and dedication to God, the fact he talked to God before even approaching me, his love for family, I could go on and on, but at the end of the day we’ve made a commitment to work through whatever it is that comes our way.  So we are deep in it and there may be other business owners or potential business owners out there wondering what this is all about, how this will work if they are considering entering entrepreneurship as separate business owners or maybe even together.  Here are a couple things and learning curves I have learned in this past year.

  1. Learn when to turn it off!

This is probably hardest for my husband because his craft is based heavily on his creativity which has no respect for time! LOL! I had to learn it and respect it.  I now understand how important it is for him to go with the creativity when it comes, which requires me to deny my own selfishness at times.  But on the other hand, he has had to take the time and find out if it was worth it to sacrifice the time with me or not.  And I’m not exempt from this!  It takes effort on my part as well to know when its time to put the phone and computer down!  Sometimes I have to let go of looking for business opportunities and spend time with my husband!   It’s OKAY to take a break and connect with the ones you love

2. I may not fully understand what you do, but I can still support it!

I don’t know ANYTHING about audio production, but it excites my husband to such a varying degree, I can’t even explain it!  Shoot I don’t know if he can explain it.  We share a fairly mutual love of music, I LOVE to hear him play guitar, but as far as producing, I know NOTHING.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t wholeheartedly support what he does.  Now we are a little different because where he is okay with it, I’m a little more involved in the promotion of his brand, but you don’t have to be involved in it, but why wouldn’t you support the efforts of the person you are the closest with?  What would I look like if I said oh I don’t like the music my husband plays or produces so I don’t share it!  What would that do to him?  I mentioned before how amazing it is for me that he supports me so strongly!  When I told him I was going to start a business, he was all for it and constantly talks to other people about my business.  Does he understand it completely?  He doesn’t have to, his acknowledgement and support is enough!

3. Being okay with not being fully involved…all the time

So um this is a huge work in progress.  I might be the worst at this,  mostly because I REALLY like spending time with my husband, lol.  He likes spending time with me too, but he doesn’t mind some away time every once in a while. (Yes I am slightly clingy, he knew it from the get go so he can’t complain too much haha)  I am learning its just impossible for us to be involved in everything!  Most of the time, however, its an insecurity issue and when I am able to realize that, its helpful to me, to him and our marriage.  I’m learning I can’t be at everyone of his shows and he can’t come to every one of my presentations, but we can find other ways to support on another.  Entrepreneurship is tough in itself, building and maintaining a marriage requires constant prayer and many talks with God.

These are just a couple of things we have learned along the way, I’m certain there are so many more things that will come, but hey, this is a transparent account of my journey, right?  So here you go, this is where I am in year 1 as an entrepreneur and month seven as a married woman!  It is interesting to say the least but there is no one else in this world I would rather do this with!  What about those of you who are long time married folk and long time entrepreneurs, in the middle, no matter what stage you are in, give some feedback, let’s talk about it!  I’m open to it all, even if you think I’m doing it wrong, lol, shoot help me! 🙂  Until next time #connect #create #inspire

 

I Wish someone Would Have Told Me!

So I’m reading this book called P.O.W.E.R. Move How to transition from Employee to Employer and the auther, Devin Robinson, is listing all of these characteristics you need to have in order to be an entrepreneur…I’m going through the list

Problem Solver (Check)

Personal Responsibility Taker (um check)

Insight (check)

Personable (check!)

Slight neurosis (double triple check check)

Manger (hello!)

I’m going through the list like, MAN! I should have considered this a long time ago!  Anyone else every feel this way?  Like why didn’t any TELL me, discuss this around me?  Was it a secret, this option of going into entrepreneurship?  And then, I enter in to he world and its  like A THING! Like a BUNCH of people are doing this and are successful and earning income and in some cases “Sticking it to the man (Whatever that means really…),” I’m just sitting here looking like20170320_152103 So I’m feeling a little left out and not included!

On top of this, I’ve always felt completely isolated from my own profession and career, as if I didn’t fit.  I’ve know what I’m doing is important and I love my kids so much, its just I moved around in the field so loosely (2 years here, three years there, 2 years there), I always felt so doggone trapped by the red tape and politics of the world of social work and social services.  I’m successful, I’m doggone good, I feel confident in the knowledge and experienced gained but I often times feel like an alien trapped in a glass box with no door.  It’s stifling and the air is slowly running out.  I have to get out!

So when I discovered there was an option for me to branch out on my own and just break through that glass, it was such an eye opening experience and at the same time I just couldn’t understand how I had missed out! Haha So now I’m realizing that this is the right direction for my life and its something I can do.  I’m educating myself and positioning myself for success.  I’m also learning to embrace for the failures so I can recover quickly, they are going to come, it’s just how I handle things.

I’m here to encourage you!  If you are on the fence and not sure, I’m here to tell you that if you have truthfully weighed and explored the pros and cons and if you are into it, prayed about it, you can do this!  I have utilized a couple of people to follow and take notes on to guide me through this process and I am going to share them with you because I want you to succeed as well.  And my journey is still here.  I’ve been thinking about when Chronicles of a NEW Entrepreneur will end and I guess I will know when its time to categorize myself as a Seasoned business owner.  Until then, we are learning together and I hope this is helpful to you!  Until next time #Connect #Create #Inspire

Top 5 Reasons I Am Slacking as a New Blogger

Okay, my committment to my purpose SO sucks right now!  I started this blog a couple of months ago and my excitement and desire to stick with it fell to the wayside very quickly.  I’m so dissappointed in myself, mostly because I made this big deal about the BRAND NEW content planner I received for my birthday and haven’t touched it in TWO months lol

I’m so pitiful!

But it’s reality and since this is “Chronicles of a New Entrepreneur” and I’m all about being transparent, well here it goes…

  1. My name is Ebone Kimber and I think I have writers block or something, cause I Currently have TEN (yes 10) blog post waiting to be finished. SMH.

This is crazy to my own self!  I’m like REALLY EBONE?  I have enough blog posts for the next 2 months basically and I am holding on to them!  Most of them are half finished and Reason #3 is apart of it as well.  I don’t know what is going on!  I think it’s a combination of everything, but I know I just need to finish.  I mean look at me!  I’m writing a new blog right now and I have all these others ones waiting in the rafters!

2. I am the research queen, I can do it for my clients ALL DAY, but when it comes to these doggone blogs, BRUH, I am STRUGGLING, you hear me?

I want to make sure that I’m not only just blogging senseless information that comes from the deep abyss of my thoughts, so there is some content that requires me to do some reading and digging and…well… I just haven’t wanted to do it, but it’s not going to write itself, so YEAH….

3. I’m busy, my schedule is packed tight, I am going to be in 5 (yes, FIVE) different cities in the next 10 days, oh and that’s just for my full time j

There NEVER seems to be enough time!  I know my last post was about balance, but this is reality, my schedule has been packed so TIGHT and I haven’t allowed myself a whole lot of rest time, so it’s starting to pile up, hence Reason #4.

4. I’m tired!

I just took a couple of days off my full time job and I worked THE WHOLE TIME! LOL I did Living Faith stuff and client stuff and church stuff!  And while all of those things are extra important and have to get done, well, those off days were basically used for me to work, which is apart of the grind, so….I guess I shouldn’t be complaining, huh?

5. I want to spend time with my husband (Is this so bad?)

Can I just throw this in there?  I am blessed, my husband is so understanding!  I love him for it because he wholeheartedly supports what I do in every aspect.  He’s also busy himself so our time is often times very stretched.  We spent some time using my off days for each other which was SO NICE…and I want MORE TIME!  🙂

Can you all relate to this?  I feel sometimes all of these things are so real, we really have a hard time releasing the realities of what we are going through and dealing with.  This blog is release for me because I’m just not a really open person in general, but what has helped me along the way, is when I can find people who have common ground and help to confirm that how I’m feeling is not crazy!  All I’m saying is, I embarked on this journey to become a blogger, to help others, to be transparent and guide someone else to help them avoid some of the things I am currently going through and these are the blocks and barriers that are coming my way.

Now what is happening, is I am gaining knowledge along the way and I am more than willing to share.  So one day soon (I promise) I will have some tips for how I am currently coping with this and finding a more organized way for me to get these blog posts going and out there!  Stay tuned for more!  Please leave your information below or join the group Chronicles of A New Entrepreneur for updates, information and transparent accounts from other business owners!  Hope to see you there!  Until next time #Connect #Create #Inpire

Excitement Can Cause Tunnel Vision: 4 Things I Learned When Excitement Fizzled

What do I mean?

Well let me tell you!

Last January (2016) my sister Hiranda and I were talking while she was doing my hair.  In the midst of the conversation two business were created…Dream Makerz and Living Faith Management and Consulting.  Today (April 2017)) those businesses are up and running.  I am full at this moment and cannot accept any more clients and Hiranda will be accepting her first grant this Thursday.  Along the way, we learned some things…well ALOT.  One thing in particular that I have always wanted to share and that tickles me often is how excited we would get in different areas of our growth.

So I know ya’ll are probably like, well, thats a good thing right? Umm…HECK NO! lol  Child we got so excited about so many things that sometimes our judgement was clouded, sometimes we got caught up in poor business partnerships and to be honest, we got straight up TOOK on some investments we made, thinking we were sowing into someone who wanted us to succeed and that they had something to offer, when really the feedback they had for us wasn’t helpful AT ALL!

Now I can look back at it and laugh at us because we were in the moment and it was good, it was good to share those moments together because the journey has taught us so much and we still have so far to go.  I just want to share this with others because I want you to be observant and not let your excitement cloud your judgement.  So I wanted to give you all

4 Things I Learned after the Excitement Fizzled

  1. Not EVERBODY has the intention for you to succeedHiranda and I learned this the hard way. And really it had different effects on the two of us.  It taught me that as her business manager I needed to be more observant and vocal in regards to people we were connecting with and it taught Hiranda to be more guarded in who she tells her ideas to.  It has been a learning experience, but I want to try to help others along the way so you all won’t make the same mistakes we did along the way.
  2. Every person who is in your area of expertise can’t help you!

So Hiranda is in the process of starting a non profit, that was always the plan, but we didn’t know ANYTHING!  I have worked for non profit organizations for years, but I only know limited information.  The truth is SO many people we came in contact with in the early months were like, oh its so easy and I can help you or I know somebody who can…all that..and we would get so excited, like THANK YOU GOD, Shout sessions, praise breaks, Facebook Live’s, THE WORKS HAHAHA.  But then, we would hear nothing, cancelled meetings, misinformation, HALF information, broken promises, THE WORKS! And at times we would get frustrated but at other times, we would just keep it moving.  Now? Well, now, we listen to what people have to say, but we are more careful about who we collect information from and I am constantly back checking and researching to ensure we have the CORRECT information and we have all the background on the person giving us the information.  It has benefited us SIGNIFICANTLY!

3. Guard your money carefully and do research!

I will be honest with ya’ll…Spending money is a requirement when you start a business.  You are going to have to invest in some things in order to receive a return.  Everything won’t be free, so go ahead and get your head around that! (Can I get an AMEN current entrepreneurs!) BUT you MUST be careful in WHO you choose to sow your money into when you are seeking knowledge, a mentor, a coach and/or guidance.  I am currently in the process of reading a book called POWER M.O.V.E.:How to Transition from Employee to Employer and he mentions the importance of exploring what your return or benefits are going to be when you are investing into something.  This is just as important when you are building your business.  Be careful with the people who you connect with when you are looking for coaches and mentors.

4. Channel your excitement into the next steps for your business, don’t get distracted!

Excitement is great, so don’t get me wrong!  I celebrate success whenever I can because for me its about the momentum so many businesses out there are not succeeding so for crying out loud CELEBRATE!  But don’t let your excitement distract you.  We realized in the startup phase pretty quickly that at one moment we would get crazy excited and then in the next moment something was letting us down I can be honest and admit that sometimes our excitement clouded our judgement both in regards to people and situations.  Just make sure that when you celebrate that you are trusting people to perform tasks that you really need to be doing and don’t let people off the hook!  If someone says they are going to do something, then follow up with them and hold them accountable!  Enter into contractual agreements!  Get things on paper and through email, not Facebook messenger lol! Make things legit so people can follow through with all that excitement they boosted you up to!

I hope this helps someone out there!  Comment, fill out the form below, subscribe to the blog for update, join our group Chronicles of A New Entrepreneur for first hand updates on this blog and other pertinent information in regards to my journey as a New Entrepreneur!  One year down, many more to go!  Until next time #Connect #Create #Inspire #Deuces