Flipping Your Side Hustle into a Legit Company: Formation

While writing this post, I am two weeks and some change shy of my 32nd birthday. Pop champagne! I have been an entrepreneur for 10 of those fabulous years in various industries. I have seen some moderate success, and there have been times where broke was my first, middle, and last name. Thankfully, I have a career as an IT Project Program Management Advisor that has kept my household afloat despite the wild-heart of my entrepreneurial spirit. It is with my whole heart that I wish for no one to spend unnecessarily or blindly make some of the asinine business decisions that I have made in the past.

I have always been a dreamer and I always knew how to make a dollar out of fifteen cents; and because I graduated with a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration, my friends somehow got the impression that I knew everything about business…fresh out of The University. So, they would often ask me about legitimizing their hustle.  Whenever I got the call  to help them start their business from nothing but a concept or to write a business plan, I did the research and delivered top notch results. After struggling to find my passion, I listened to my very first “client” and decided to turn my side hustle of writing business plans and forming businesses into a full-blown Small Business Consulting firm. Just now, I have become inspired to deliver this “free game” in a series.

Though anyone can make this information applicable to their situation, Millennials are often stereotyped in a negative light. I wanted to provide a ray of sunshine to my generational demographic in regards to demystifying how to start a business while having Moet taste on a Four Loko budget. Kings, Queens, and those in-between I present to you the first part of my series The Millennial Guide to Flipping Your Side Hustle into a Legit Company: Formation.

Major Key

Picking the best-fitting business structure for your company is so important! As a Small Business Consultant, I usually advise my clients to start with an LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) over choosing a Sole Proprietorship. It provides limited liability protection in which your personal assets are not considered for company debts and other financial responsibilities. If you are an Independent Sales Consultant or similar, Sole Proprietorship may work for your situation. However, please consult with your accountant and/or business consultant. If you need guidance, do not hesitate to contact my company Renvest Consulting Group. We have an affordable bundle that can be made in payment installments which includes the following with a 30-day turnaround:

  • LLC Filing: State of your choice – excludes state filing fees
  • Legal Operating Agreement: required in some states but is essential especially if entering into a multi-member LLC
  • Business License and Permit Compliance Report for all municipality levels
  • 200 Standard-Issue Business Cards
  • High-resolution logo.

New Phone, Who Dis?! 

Please, I beg of thee, have a separate number for your business activity. Before you say, “I don’t have the money!” hear me out (read me out? *shrugs*). You don’t have to start out with an additional cell phone, just yet. I heard that Google Voice is being phased out, so here are some of my affordable suggestions based on personal experience.

  1. My favorite second number alternative is Sideline App for Business. It gives you a second number with the ability to share with a team. The phone rings simultaneously to everyone that has team access to the number. It’s feature-rich and only costs $9.99/month.
  2. Desk phones can be used for more than collecting dust…who knew?! If you have an office space or would prefer a traditional phone setup, Vonage Business gets my vote hands down. It has all the bells and whistles one would want and need in a Business Phone System, and you can also download the complementary app to take calls and texts on-the-go. I can’t list everything that’s included on here, but my absolutely favorite is the auto-attendant feature (Press 1 for X, Press 2 for Y, etc). What makes this feature go slap off is that you have the option to have a voice actor record the auto attendant and voicemail options for you! From my past experience, I spent around a smooth $50/month with the phone being included for free; the only thing you need to have in place is a reliable internet connection. Contact Vonage Business to get the most up-to-date pricing.

Feds Watching

Before you can get a business bank account, credit, or anything dealing with being recognized as a legitimate company, you NEED a Federal EIN (Employer Identification Number) issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This 9-digit number is essential to establishing your business footprint across the board. There are a kazillion companies offering to register your EIN for a small fee. Save yourself a few coins, and complete the registration yourself. Filing an EIN IS 100% free if you register yourself! The IRS has a very convenient EIN online application; and in most cases, you should receive the EIN number after the application has been submitted. By all means, if you are struggling with completing the form yourself, contact us at Renvest Consulting Group to assist you. EIN Registration is included in our Business Formation 101 Bundle.

Whew! We covered a lot, and I am beat! I hope I was able to give you some guidance in part one of this series – Formation. I listed the subtopics in order per how I help my clients in setting up their business. However, feel free to inbox on any social media platforms or contact me via my webpage if you have any additional questions. Be on the lookout for the second part in this series – Money Moves.

Make sure you subscribe to my website and follow me on all social media platforms so that you can be notified of blog posts, promotions, events, new merchandise, and more. My business consulting services are always available to you, no matter where you are.  Please contact me if you’re in need of a business coach, business plan, company formation, project management, or administrative management.

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Crystal is an IT Program Management Advisor by profession and a certified Small Business Consultant solopreneur by design with a undying love for trap music and old school R & B . She has a profound passion for assisting aspiring and existing small business owners in actualizing their dreams and turning their passion into revenue. In providing services such as Business Coaching, Business Development, Business Planning and more she hopes to help small businesses soar to unseen heights. Crystal can be reached by email info@renvestconsultinggroup.com. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram @renvestconsulting.

This Year is your Last Struggle Year

Journaling Out Loud

And 2013 was mines

I wasn’t finding adequate employment that matched my degrees. My husband hadn’t gotten the promotion he was on track for. And we had a 1 and 2 year old that required daycare while we worked during the day. Our daycare was twice the amount of our rent. And. We. Struggled. We always had a roof over our head, clothes on our back, food in the pantry, angels that would send us offerings of love, and utilities to keep us warm; but we had very little money left over for anything else. This destroyed me mentally because I took the time to get a Masters degree that I felt in that moment wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on.

In 2013, I felt it with every fiber in me that the struggle was real but my God was too.   I decided to live. To prosper. To thrive! Whatever I was insecure about I worked on. I began eating healthier and maintaining my weight. I took additional professional development courses to compete in a stiff job market.  I began inputting and outputting positive vibes and my life did a complete 180. I haven’t looked back since.

Step into your Season of Abundance

Whether you struggled financially, mentally, or emotionally, this year will be the last! It is now time to start protecting your peace. It is now time to start that journey of becoming debt-free. Now is the time to show the ones who matter the most you appreciate them.

This year will be your last struggle year and 2013 was mines.  God showed me that I was destined to live in abundance (spiritually and financially) and my situation was only temporary. I have been receiving His blessings of peace and prosperity ever since. So PROCLAIM IT! Now step into your season of abundance! It’s Lit!

Glow Sis Glow: Brionte McCorkle

Our next Glow Sis Feature is a woman who uses her superpowers to change her community. It was a pleasure gaining insight from such an amazing community powerhouse. Thank you Brionté for sharing your story. Be Inspired!

Here at Twisted. Curly. Cool. we believe in the importance of uplifting our community. We uplift and inspire our community through the art of storytelling. We are inspired by your story of activism. Who is Brionté McCorkle? What is her story?

I am a mother, wife, activist, environmentalist, community organizer, millennial, advocate for people, and a supporter of transit, bikes and sidewalks. I am a movement builder who believes that everyone should have access to opportunities to improve their lives for the better.
Growing up, I moved around a lot because my mom served in the Air Force for over 20 years. I moved to Georgia when I was ten and fell in love with the trees. I graduated from Warner Robins High School, attended Ft. Valley State University and then moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia State University. There I earned my degree in Public Policy because I wanted to learn how to make things better for my future and my community.

I have served with United Way as a call center volunteer, ensuring that people got the help they were looking for. I also volunteered with Operation Hope to teach financial skills to children and community members. In 2012, I worked at the Atlanta Regional Commission on water issues. From there, I joined Southface, a nonprofit focused on improving energy and water efficiency in buildings. I now serve as the Assistant Director of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club, the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization. I work on expanding transit throughout the Atlanta area.

There is a saying that says the best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. Tell us why serving your community is so important to you?

In 2013, I began working on expanding MARTA to Clayton County. This successful effort is my proudest moment. On July 5th, 2014 I sat in the Clayton County Board of Commissioners building along with hundreds of other people waiting to see if the county’s leaders would vote to put MARTA on the ballot. When the commission finally voted in favor of MARTA, everyone in the room celebrated. I had tears in my eyes because I knew this would help make everyone’s lives better. Expanded transit meant access to better schools, jobs, healthcare, recreation, food, housing and more. In that moment, people felt empowered, like they finally had control over their lives and their community. I decided then that I want to spend every day working to empower people and build better communities.
I also have a beautiful two-year old daughter, and she doesn’t deserve to live with the same problems that our generation is facing. That’s why I work so hard to build safer, more inclusive and sustainable communities.

Our communities are in desperate need of leaders. We need people to advocate, to rally, to lobby for us especially in Atlanta. You are on the ground, grassroot level. Can you tell us what do you see as a major threat to our community and what are some ways we can address it?

I believe the biggest threat to our community is lack of engagement. Everyday there are people making decisions that will impact the future of us and our children. Yet far too often these decisions are made without people at the table who are most affected. Healthcare, housing, food security, the environment, safety & policing, transportation, education etc.

These are just a few major issues that elected officials deal with. Still, when I go into public meetings there are few people there asking questions and giving feedback. We ultimately end up with policy that only makes problems worse or creates new problems. People get left out and fall further behind. They feel neglected and unheard. Then, our lawmakers are not held accountable because people don’t make the connection between the problem they are experiencing and the elected official who just voted to approve the change in policy. There are also too many issues for one or a few people to stay on top of which is what most of us are relying on. You know that one activist friend you have that is always protesting? She needs you to come out and protest with her. She needs you to have her back. So, we need to get more people involved in voting and engaging with their current elected officials.

Here at Twisted. Curly. Cool. we thrive on inspiration from others. Who is a part of your village and how do they inspire you to continue the good fight?

I am inspired by people from before my time like Angela Davis, Shirley Chisholm (unbought and unbossed) and even former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. These people helped pave the way for a young, politically outspoken woman of color like myself. I am also inspired by modern day greats like the Obamas, former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, current Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris and more. I even draw inspiration from actors like Issa Rae, and athletes like Serena Williams. Every day people, my colleagues, my friends. I am genuinely inspired by the stories and experiences of so many. Hearing about the dreams, fears, challenges, opportunities and successes in everyone’s lives is what inspires me. I know I can overcome whatever is ahead, and I want to help everyone else do the same.

I love quotes. A quote that I live by is “Self Esteem is realizing you are the Dream” by Oprah Winfrey. Do you have a favorite quote or saying that empowers you? If so, how do you apply this quote to your journey?

“I’m asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.” – President Obama

You are powerful, do you know that? We all have so much potential. What kind of future would we have if everyone was allowed to express their creativity and skills? If everyone could be healthy, be successful and really thrive? I believe that is a future that we all want to live in: a future that is more inclusive, more sustainable, and more resilient. We get to that future when more people feel empowered to take steps to overcoming the barriers in each of our lives, and to confidently speak up and speak out to move us closer to that future. Your opinions matter, your ideas matter, and there are hundreds of thousands of others who share your struggle. Connect with them, and with a unified message, push forward. We cannot depend on others to do that work. It’s up to each one of us to take small steps and plant small seeds that will blossom into some amazing things.

We want to hear more about you. Are there any future projects our readers should be looking out for? How can our readers contact you for more information?

I’ve come to realize that most successful people work on lots of projects at the same time, so I’ve got lots of pot on the stove! However, the project I am most excited to dig in on is the Empowrd civic engagement app. The way that people interact with their elected leaders is changing. With Trump in the White House, now more than ever people are paying attention to the policy decisions that are being made at the local, state and federal level. They want to understand how it impacts them, and more importantly, they want to hold their representatives accountable to actually representing them.

Unfortunately, most of that is done through anonymous phone calls, tweets and online petitions that don’t really encourage a relationship with your official. Relationships are the most effective thing we can do to influence our decision makers to act in our best interest. I know that one of the main barriers to this is that knowing who represents you and what they are in charge of is complicated. This app makes it incredibly easy for you to find and connect with your elected officials, to keep in touch with what they are doing and the issues and organizations you care about. It is my hope that this app will help connect people with their officials and allow them to weigh in on major decisions more quickly and effectively. We are building something that I believe will be game-changing. If you are an individual or an organization that is interested in experimenting with how this app can help you meet your needs, email me at brionte@empowrd.com!

You are such an inspirational woman. Thank you so much for blessing us with your dynamic story. Do you have any final words of inspiration for our readers?

Know what you bring to the table. Find the intersection of what you are good at and what you are passionate about. Then get so good at it that no one can ignore you. You will be able to walk into any room with confidence, quickly gain trust, and be able to leverage that to only work on the projects that are most meaningful and impactful to you… and that pay you the most!

Self-Reflection: It’s OK to Rest Sis.

JOURNALING OUT LOUD. 

Hi. I’m Mocha. I’m a Creator. A Doer. And I like to do “The Most”.

There is something so refreshing watching those in their creative element. To see their hard work appreciated through support of a concert, a show, a sale. I had the pleasure of seeing Tank and the Bangas perform live and It. Was. Everything! The energy was mesmerizing. And though I have NEVA met this woman in my life, I was so proud of her. To see the appreciation for her art inspired me.

 

RECHARGE. If you know anything about Mocha, you know Mocha is in her zone when she does “the most”. I have my hands in a little bit of everything. My ambition powers my soul. There is nothing that fuels me more than success. And my version of success has little to do with excessive monetary gain (though a sista prides herself on living comfortable) and everything to do with living up to my full potential. I have a hard time finding balance.  And I’m ok admitting that.

 

BE STILL. Lately, these words resided in my subconscious thoughts. The ancestors would probably say “God is trying to tell you something”. Sometimes I have to let the dust settle to see my next step towards my goal. My first indicator is always the feeling of being overwhelmed. Some take this feeling and abandon the very song of their heart. They begin chasing the feeling of complacency or doing just enough. But for me, the feeling of being overwhelmed just means I have to rework the hustle. It means a break is needed. It means my need to do “the most” is becoming exhausting mentally and physically.

 

SELF-REFLECTION. Invest in Yourself. Some  may see this phrase and relate it to money . But I am a firm believer that the most valuable resource you possess is time. What you choose to do with your time shapes your future. Grinding day and night is cool. Trust me if anyone gets it I do. But I am learning to STOP and celebrate my victories no matter how small. I am learning about balance and it’s importance to my journey of self-fulfillment.

 

As I danced to the pitch perfect harmonies that filled the illuminated skies, my soul became full. This journey brings uncertainty at times but nothing makes me more fulfilled than to continue. It was within this moment my conscience whispered Its OK to rest Sis. The vision became clearer afterwards.

 

xoMocha

 

If you are unfamiliar with the amazing band Tank and the Bangas check out the video below!

Glow Sis Glow: The Pretty Hustler

Our next Glow Sis Glow feature is a young lady I have known for many moons. We are always connected by our passion for entrepreneurship. Roshi is a woman of many talents and dominates in her field. Be inspired by the Pretty Hustler and her journey through entrepreneurship.

We love the Pretty Hustler Movement! Tell us your story that transpired into this amazing journey?

I was working at a salon where I did multicultural hair. The owner asked me to stop doing the Caucasian women’s hair so the environment became intolerable for me. I then decided to branch off and start my own mobile beauty business. I called it The Pretty Hustler To Go. People would always call and ask to speak to The Pretty Hustler; so that’s who I became.

You are a person who does a little bit of EVERYTHING!! Explain to our readers how you were able to focus on a talent and market that skill.

I had to be really honest with myself about what I was good at. Not just average but something that set me apart. I then had to incorporate my business and marketing knowledge. Without this particular skillset, my process would be mediocre at best. Honestly, I was thorough about what brought me the most peace.

Client

 

What advice would you give others who may have many different talents and are trying to break out into the industry?

You have to find your lane and stay in it. I used my talent as an artist to fuel something I loved which was the beauty industry. It’s cool to have multiple talents but the specialty is what keeps you relevant. Break your goals down into small tasks. A solid foundation that drives revenue will support your other endeavors.

There is very stiff competition in your industry. How would you describe your journey as a small business owner in such a competitive market?

It’s definitely had its share of cut throats moments. But at the end of the day you just have to remember the first thing you sell is yourself. Everyday I remember that I’m selling myself. It keeps me grounded and relatable which is what it takes to build a loyal clientele

Client

Can you tell us about a time in your life where you faced a major obstacle that turned into a lesson well learned?

I wouldn’t say I have a one time. I’m learning as I go. Some hiccups were bigger than others but that’s all apart of the journey.

Here at Twisted. Curly. Cool. we thrive on inspiration from others. Tell us some of your favorite women and how their stories inspire you.

Madame CJ Walker because of course she is a pioneer in this industry. She’s the OG Hustler lol. I’m inspired by people like Erykah Badu because she makes a living being exactly who she is.

 Do you have a favorite quote that empowers you? If so, how do you apply this quote to your journey?

My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or of my opinions- eartha kitt

I have to be who I am without fear, that’s what’s keeps me at the top of my game. 

Client

We want to hear more about you. Are there any future projects from the Pretty Hustler our readers should be looking out for? How can our readers contact you for more information?

I want to get my Hustlers some merchandise and workshops out. Classes are also being setup so that I can start to train other artists. All of my contact information is on my website; ThePrettyHustler.com .

Do you have any final words of inspiration?

 Nothing changes if nothing changes. Get up everyday with a purpose and your business will always be successful. Life is too short not to go for it!

Xoxo, The Pretty Hustler

 

 

 

Glow Sis Glow: Megan Grandberry

All’s Fair in Love & Thrifting

Our Motto? Uplifting the tribe one ‘Go Sis’ at a time. We believe in the active effort of encouraging one another through praise, gratitude, and respect. We believe in giving our flowers to the living. Our first feature for our Glow Sis Glow Spotlight is Ms. Megan Grandberry. May you take her story and Be Inspired!

We all have a story that gives us a unique perspective. Tell us your story that fuels your passion?

My passion comes from my love of wanting my outfit to say who I am without having to speak while looking fly on a dime. I’m a very outgoing, creative, and energetic soul. I like to be unique because it shines light on who you really are. My mother is the reason I began thrifting. I soon learned it’s not how much you spend on clothes, it’s how you wear them. My mother is my biggest inspiration.  I’ve always witnessed people from all colors admire her many styles which influenced me to do the same.

How would you describe your journey as a small business owner?

The journey hasn’t been easy but I will say it has gotten better. Knowing your audience is key. Once you have that down packed the rest will fall in line. Patience is the most important thing I’ve struggled with and learned about during my journey. Starting out I had a lot of what–ifs (supporters, success, earnings, etc.). I also had to realize everyone won’t support you but that doesn’t mean your dreams must stop. Sometimes I use to feel you can have the best plan but you’re stuck in a world full of naysayers. Although you can’t go based off others’ opinion, sometimes it does become challenging to rise above it all. As time progressed I learned to turn negativity into motivation. Before I knew it, I was on the path to success.

“Even in the midst of tragedy there’s always glory”

Can you tell us about a time in your life where you faced a major obstacle that turned into a lesson well learned?

Recently I was involved in a car accident where I lost my car and broke my ankle which left me immobile until November. Not being able to work, travel, and expand my brand how I’d normally like hasn’t been easy since I’m “bedridden.”  However, this accident has taught me life is short and to live out everyday as if it were your last.  Everyday I take the time I used to cry and complain about and use it towards something that helps promotes my brand. Even in the midst of tragedy there’s always glory. Sometimes you have to go through rain to see the sunshine. I thank God everyday for throwing this curveball. I think he’s testing how bad I want to become successful.

 

 Here at Twisted. Curly. Cool. we thrive on inspiration from others. Tell us some of your favorite women and how their stories inspire you.

Aside from my sister and mother, I’m in love with Oprah and Rihanna! In addition to my love of fashion, I am currently in school for Broadcast Journalism. Oprah’s story is one like no other. She turned her tragedy into triumph and is now one of the top richest black women in the world. Simply because of hard work and determination she set the bar and is the phenomenal media mogul she is today. My favorite quote by her is “Being human means you will make mistakes. And you will make mistakes, because failure is God’s way of moving you in another direction.”

I love Rihanna because she came from a small island where not many would get the opportunity she received. She reminds me of myself because I too came from a small town where making it big is slim to none. I love her diversity through music but mainly fashion. Of course she too set the bar of following your dreams and sticking to being yourself no matter where you come from. My favorite quote from her is “When I am putting looks together, I dare myself to make something work. I always look for the most interesting silhouette or something that’s a little off, but I have to figure it out. I have to make it me. I think that’s the thrill in fashion.”

 I LOVE quotes. Do you have a favorite quote or saying that empowers you? If so, how do you apply this quote to your journey?

“I understood myself only after I destroyed myself, and only in the process of fixing myself did I know who I really was.”-Sade Andria Zabala. I live by this because it’s a true story for me. I had to actually get to a low point to really understand who I was. Once I went through hell, finding my purpose became clear.

We want to hear more about you. Are there any future projects our readers should be looking out for? How can our readers contact you for more information?

 

October 7, 2017 at FAMU Grand Ball Room I will be hosting my first debut fashion show (A Thrifted World) . For more info readers can follow me on:

Instagram: @thriftedhands_

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thriftedhands

Email: thriftedhands@hotmail.com

 

Here at Twisted. Curly. Cool. we use our stories to motivate our community. Do you have any final words of inspiration?

In life there are no such things as good or bad times. Everything is either a lesson or a blessing!

For that one person who doesn’t support you the next person will.

 

Issa Degree! Now What? 7 Tips for the College to Career Transition

She Believed She Could so She Did

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Congratulations! You did it!

For some of us, a job offer was made before we walked across the stage this year. So proud of you! May you continue to flourish during your Blessing Season. But for many of us, we have the degree but aren’t necessarily prepared career wise. Well now is not the time to hit panic as you see your friends enjoy the fruit of their new found 60 hour work weeks. I am no career guru but I can offer you a few tips I have learned along the way to make your transition from college to career a little easier.

OATMEAL IS BETTER THAN NO MEAL

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Entry-Level

I get it. You have loans and you clearly need to pay them back. That entry level starting salary was NEVER a part of the plan. But sometimes those entry level positions can unlock doors to salaries, promotions, and references you would have never imagined. There may be a bit of a sacrifice in the beginning. But as the saying goes, It gets greater later. With the right game plan, make your entry-level position work for you.

Recent Graduate Positions

There are quite a few companies and agencies who offer internships and positions specifically for people who have recently graduate within the past 1 to 2 years. For example, our federal government offers a Recent Graduate Program. When searching for jobs make sure to check out programs specifically for recent graduates.

Volunteering within your degree field

“Sis, didn’t you just say oatmeal is better than no meal?” Hear me out. Some of you interned every summer during your collegiate career. Unfortunately, there are others who did not take advantage of internship opportunities. You are now considered a recent graduate with NO EXPERIENCE. I am not saying you will have to volunteer 40 hours of your time. But gaining experience needed within your field at 5 or even 10 hours a week looks A LOT better than no experience at all. I would suggest Volunteer Match as a great way to start. Type in a job title you are comfortable committing your time doing and you will see results closely related within you area. Some organizations offer remote positions as well.

SUCCESS IS THE SUM OF SMALL EFFORTS REPEATED DAILY

Professional Development

If you know you aren’t proficient in Microsoft Access or Excel, enroll in a class to master it. If your job field requires you to use a certain software you aren’t familiar with, LEARN IT! Professional development doesn’t have to start on the job. Never stop adding value to what you have to offer.

Graduate School

I tread lightly on the suggestion of graduate school. I do not believe in adding more debt. But I do believe in enhancing your chances of getting the career of your dreams. A Master’s degree and better is needed in some job fields. One way to alleviate cost is to work for a College who offers their graduate programs to their employees for free. There are also other companies who offer tuition reimbursement.

IT’S NOT WHO YOU KNOW, IT’S WHO KNOWS YOU

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Join a Professional Organization

It is very important to join a professional organization related to your degree and/or career choice. Most professional organizations offer recent grad and/or student rates at a substantial discount compared to regular annual fees. I would suggest CareerOneStop as a great way to find professional organizations tailored to your career choice.

Alumni Organizations

I would also suggest joining your local alumni chapter. You will be quite surprised the amount of support you will receive from people who have something so sacred in common with you. Majority of Alumni Organizations offer discounts for recent graduates as well.

Honorable Mention: A great way to network and meet people with interest similar to yours and keep you plugged in career wise is an awesome website called Meet-Up. Meet-Up offers various groups for people with similar interest.

Note: It is imperative that we do not pay fees and collect emails month to month. STAY ACTIVE! Try to make time for the monthly meetings. If there is a community service event or workshop…GO! 

IF NOT ME, WHO? IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

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A small nugget of advice for all: NEVER STOP THE HUSTLE! Companies merge, restructure, and layoff EVERY YEAR! Never become complacent at any company or position. Always have a back up plan to the back up plan. Continue to network and build an arsenal of professional connections.  Continue personal & professional development to perfect your skills. Now go claim your Blessings! Go Sis!

 

Tribe Sista of the Month: Kamille Bundy

Tribe Sista of the Month: Kamille Bundy, Founder of Young Mothers INC.

“Make sure you are passionate about your cause. It is not easy to give yourself so freely and expect nothing in return.” – Kamille Bundy

I Love You Makeover Event Kamille Bundy Executive Director & Founder Young Mothers INC

As a Clark Atlanta University student, Kamille Bundy was far from home.  She was 19 and pregnant and unsure of her next steps. It was at this moment that she began walking the path destined for her to uplift, encourage, and inspire others.

Kamille left Atlanta, Ga at 19 years old and made the decision to move back home with her mom. Unfortunately, the relationship between mother and daughter soon deteriorated.

“When my daughter was 2 years old, my mother kicked us out of the house,” Kamille disclosed. “I felt I had no solid support system. No one was there to really help me transition into motherhood.” Kamille continued.

 

Kamille Bundy, founder & executive director Young Mothers Inc.
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Kamille explained that it was this emptiness that led her into a relationship with an old high school friend who was 2 years her junior.

“The relationship was not only physically abusive but emotionally abusive as well,” she stated. Kamille decided it was her time to put the broken pieces of her life back together. When her daughter turned 4 years old, Kamille received a job as a government contractor.

With the opportunity of a new job and consistent income, Kamille was finally able to find stability. She began to find her inner peace finally. With resources of her own, she started to reflect on the beginning of her journey as a young mother with no support system and no resources. “I knew how it felt not to have a  support system, so I knew it was time for me to give back and help others.”

“Google Search: How to Start A Non-Profit”

In 2011, the concept of Young Mothers INC. was formulated, but the idea wasn’t implemented until 2013. “I tried to ask around and partner with larger organizations, but I wasn’t really getting any call backs. So I started with a simple Google search of ‘how to start a nonprofit,’ and the rest was history,” Kamille explained.

Young Mothers INC., is a nonprofit organization that provides a multitude of services in the Metro DC area.  “You don’t have to be a mother to receive our services,” Kamille clarified. “We offer programs for those who wish to attain a GED. If you want to build your resume, we offer resume and interview training workshops. We also assist clients with how to dress properly for interviews. If you are interested in starting a business, we have a mentorship program to assist with that as well.  Our goal is to help women in need transition to next stage in their life where ever that may be.”

I Love You Makeover Event

Young Mothers INC., provides the following programs: Education and Career Enhancement program, Mother’s and Women’s Empowerment Program, Referral and Resource Program, and a Business Mentor Program to help young female professionals start a business. Young Mothers Inc., also has licensed counselors to assist women to learn more about this dynamic organization. Please contact us by clicking the following link: Contact Young Mothers Inc.

We honor Kamille Bundy for seeing the opportunity to give so much of herself even when there were times she thought she had so little to offer. May you continue to use your light to bless others. You are appreciated!

 

The Journey of Self Validation

Whether it is a career move, a new business venture, or self-growth, we thrive on the encouragement of our tribe. Not all friends and family translate over into supporters. With time I realized that I was totally fine with it. Here’s how I dealt with getting out of my feelings while focusing on self validation and my bottom line.

DISCONNECT YOUR SELF-ESTEEM FROM THE ACCEPTANCE OF OTHERS

You had a purpose long before anyone had an opinion!  -Unknown

This task is a lot harder than it sounds. It is so important for us to receive acceptance from our tribe. When those closest to us lack interest, it is a devastating blow for many of us. What is the solution, one may ask? Self-Love. I began my journey of self-love by small simple tasks including affirmations.

An affirmation is considered an action or process of affirming something. I began reciting and believing the affirmations I spoke over my life. I began doing things that brought me peace. Sometimes an affirmation chant just won’t do it. Other suggestions would include counseling, therapy, exercise, etc.

BE YOUR BIGGEST FAN

Self Esteem is realizing you are the Dream. -Oprah Winfrey

I’m so proud of you! Life tried to knock you down, and you are still here. Still Standing! Don’t gloss over your journey. Be proud of every step you take. Increase in your credit score? All you! Are you starting your first business? Go sis!   Ridding yourself of toxic people and relationships? You did that! 3 lbs closer to your goal weight? You betta!

I noticed that I continued to progress when I acknowledged my accomplishments. One way I did this was through writing. My journals serve as encouragement and inspiration. I recently read a letter I wrote myself roughly 4 years ago about how far I had come and where I wanted to go. It not only brought tears to my eyes ( I accomplished everything I said I wanted to at that time), but it also lit the fire in me that was needed to continue on my journey of self-growth. Always remember that you are the dream. You have to take care of yourself emotionally and physically. Pamper yourself! Go to a movie or a spa. You deserve it!

EVERYONE WILL NOT SHARE YOUR VISION

I dream it, I work hard, I grind til I own it. -Beyoncé

Fun fact about me: I go after EVERYTHING  I want. I believe that strongly in my purpose set forth before me. I do not allow others to set limitations on my abilities and neither should you. Some people lack vision. They are usually not around for the labor, sweat, or the tears. It should come as no surprise when these people are there to feast on the fruits of your labor.

 

So how do I deal? I have learned over the years not to concern myself with the actions of others. It was my ‘soul sista’ who reminded me that you have to learn to love people where they are. This doesn’t mean you continue to let these same people drain you emotionally, physically, or financially. It just means you reach a place where you ‘expect’ very little from people. That way you aren’t always disappointed.

 

CELEBRATE THOSE WHO CELEBRATE YOU

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  -Maya Angelou

This is the most important lesson I have learned! Pay attention to those who are there. We spend so much time focusing on those who weren’t there that we tend to minimize the effort of those who are consistent in our lives. Uplift those who uplift you. Celebrate those who celebrate you! Continue to nurture and water those connections. Pay close attention to the fruits of love, patience, and appreciation. Reciprocity is key for these relationships to thrive.

Sound off! What are some other ways you celebrate your successes through self-validation?