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Side Hustle Pro spotlights bold black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business. Join Chief Side Hustler turned full-time entrepreneur Nicaila Matthews Okome for your weekly installment of Side Hustle Pro and learn actionable strategies to start small and get going–wherever and whoever you are. Side Hustle Pro features interviews with inspiring black women entrepreneurs including interviews with Myleik Teele of CurlBox, Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter, Nicole Walters of The Monetized Life, Maya Elious of Built to Impact, and more!

Side Hustle Pro Nicaila Matthews Okome

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Side Hustle Pro spotlights bold black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business. Join Chief Side Hustler turned full-time entrepreneur Nicaila Matthews Okome for your weekly installment of Side Hustle Pro and learn actionable strategies to start small and get going–wherever and whoever you are. Side Hustle Pro features interviews with inspiring black women entrepreneurs including interviews with Myleik Teele of CurlBox, Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter, Nicole Walters of The Monetized Life, Maya Elious of Built to Impact, and more!

    187: Meet Imani Ellis, The Side Hustler & Visionary Behind The CultureCon Conference

    187: Meet Imani Ellis, The Side Hustler & Visionary Behind The CultureCon Conference

    Today in the guest chair we welcome Imani Ellis, Imani Ellis, the Founder of CultureCon and& The Creative Collective NYC (TheCCnyc), a community and creative agency dedicated to facilitating brave spaces for multicultural creatives. 
    Born in Imani’s one-bedroom apartment as a means to foster meaningful connections, TheCCnyc has since become the fastest growing community devoted to creatives of color in NYC who are looking to cultivate relationships that go beyond the business card.   
    TheCCnyc’s marquee event is CultureCon, an incredible conference that celebrates the influence creatives of color make on society and the culture that fuels it. Previous speakers have included Tracee Ellis Ross, Will Smith, Regina King, Spike Lee, and John Legend!
    Through all of this, would you believe that Imani is still a side hustler? Yes, she still has a full-time job as a publicist! Let’s get right into the episode to find out how she’s juggling an impressive career and a game-changing side hustle.
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     Links mentioned in this episode
    The CCNYC CultureCON Fivver  Dear Founder: Letters of Advice for Anyone Who Leads, Manages, or Wants to Start a Business  Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rss
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    Social Media Info TheCCnyc (Instagram) - @theccnyc 
    TheCCnyc (Twitter) - @thecc_nyc
    Imani Ellis (Instagram) -  @imaniimani
    Imani Ellis (Twitter) - @imaninaomi
    Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro
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    • 51 min
    186: How Attorney Turned Founder Tracey Pickett Created the Hairbrella: The Rain Hat Reinvented

    186: How Attorney Turned Founder Tracey Pickett Created the Hairbrella: The Rain Hat Reinvented

    Today in the guest chair we have Tracey Pickett, Founder of Hairbrellal. Hairbrella is an innovative rain hat combining fashion and function to protect women's hair from the rain. Hairbrella was launched on Kickstarter and was successfully funded in December 2016.
    Since then, this passionate entrepreneur, attorney, inventor, and speaker has invested her money, time, blood sweat and tears into bringing Hairbella from an idea and prototype to fully developed product on the market.
    In today’s episode, you will hear how Tracey began her legal career at a Fortune 5 technology company working in the areas of corporate and intellectual property law. She was an attorney by day and spent nights and weekends developing her passion for entrepreneurship.
    In 2014, Tracey launched her first entrepreneurial venture, Eboticon – a media design company with a mission to create dynamic and culturally relevant emojis for niche social groups. 
    In November 2016, Tracey left her job to lead Eboticon full time and to launch her second entrepreneurial venture, Hairbrella. 
    In today’s episode, Tracey breaks down:
    The financial investments she made to patent and prototype Hairbrella How she used early user feedback to continue to develop and improve her product How she pushed past the earliest challenges in her business to make a product that is stylish and WORKS Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify
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     Links mentioned in this episode
    TraceyPickett.com Eboticon Hairbrella Jewel Burk Side Hustle Pro episode   The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rss
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    Social Media Info Tracey Pickett (Instagram) - @ttraceypickettesq 
    Tracey Pickett (Twitter) - @traceypickett__
    Hairbrella (Instagram) -  @hairbrella
    Hairbrealla (Twitter) - @hairbrella 
    Eboticons (Instagram) - @eboticons
    Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro
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    • 51 min
    185: How TGIN Founder and Breast Cancer Survivor Chris-Tia Donaldson Built A Natural Hair Empire

    185: How TGIN Founder and Breast Cancer Survivor Chris-Tia Donaldson Built A Natural Hair Empire

    Today in the guest chair we have Chris-Tia Donaldson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Thank God It’s Natural (tgin), a manufacturer of natural hair and skin care products. 
    Prior to starting tgin, Chris-Tia, a two-time Harvard graduate, worked at a top law firm in Chicago.  It was there she realized that she wasn’t receiving the support she needed to advance in her career. She wasn’t willing to play the game anymore, so she decided to get out and create her own game. 
    Like many of us, Chris-Tia struggled with her hair while navigating the corporate world. There weren’t a lot of products for kinky, curly, and wavy hair, so she set out to create a product that made her feel confident about her curls. 
    Tgin is currently sold at Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, Sally’s Beauty, Walgreens, and now Ulta. 
    Chris-Tia is so transparent in this episode, especially when it comes to the money required to scale and maintain a business. I’m excited for you to hear!  
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     Links mentioned in this episode
    Thank God It’s Natural Hire My Mom Guru UpWork  This Is Only a Test: What Breast Cancer Taught Me about Faith, Love, Hair, and Business Thank God I'm Natural--The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less  Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rss
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    Social Media Info Chris-Tia (Instagram) - @tginceo 
    Chris-Tia  (Twitter) - @tginceo
    tgin (Instagram) -  @tginatural
    tgin (Facebook) - @tginatural 
    Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    184: How Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Tanya Sam Pivoted from Nursing to Tech Investor

    184: How Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Tanya Sam Pivoted from Nursing to Tech Investor

    Today in the Side Hustle Pro guest chair we have Tanya Sam. Tanya is a tech-savvy investor who has made it her mission to empower the next generation of minority entrepreneurs. You also know her from TV. She appears on one of my favorite guilty-pleasure shows, The Real Housewives of Atlanta! 
    She is currently Director of Partnerships at TechSquare Labs, Co-leads the Ascend 2020 Atlanta program that supports minority and female founders, and Co-founded BuiltxWomen, a business accelerator for female entrepreneurs. 
    It may come as a surprise that Tanya didn’t always have the desire to pursue entrepreneurship in technology. She actually studied to be a nurse and had a 10-year career in the industry. 
    She started helping her fiancé with his business on her days off and eventually decided to start her own business. With her background as a side hustler and as an entrepreneur, she has mentored over 60 companies with women and minority founders and helped invest in over 50 companies that have generated a total of over $100 million in revenue. 
    Making the shift from healthcare to tech wasn’t easy. In this episode, Tanya dives deep into how she conquered imposter syndrome during this huge pivot in her career. 
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     Links mentioned in this episode
     
    TanyaSam.com The Ambition Fund TechSquare Labs Ascend 2020 Atlanta Slack  Mailchimp  The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture  
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    Social Media Info  Tanya Sam (Instagram) - @itstanyatime
    Tanya Sam (Twitter) - @itstanyasam
    Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro
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    • 43 min
    183: How to Make Money Podcasting: The Guide to Having a Profitable Podcast

    183: How to Make Money Podcasting: The Guide to Having a Profitable Podcast

    I’m back with a solo episode to share how to make money podcasting. Consider this your definitive guide to having a profitable podcast.
    I’ll be breaking down:
    How you actually make money from podcasting How and when I started earning revenue from the Side Hustle Pro podcast I am providing a recap, including a sponsorship calculator for this episode. If you would like it, simply visit: sidehustlepro.co/183
    And if you would like to attend an even more detailed training where I’m teaching you LIVE and you’ll be able to ask me questions LIVE, sign up for my “How to Build Your Brand Through Podcasting” MASTERCLASS at podcastmoguls.com.
    Register here: podcastmoguls.com
    Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and Spotify 
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     Links mentioned in this episode
     
    FREEBIE: RECAP For This Episode Podcast Moguls  Should You Start A Podcast Episode Opening My LLC and Business Bank Account Episode  
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    Social Media Info  Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro
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    • 33 min
    182: Entrepreneur Diaries: Kicking Off 2020 + My Pregnancy News

    182: Entrepreneur Diaries: Kicking Off 2020 + My Pregnancy News

    I’m back with an Entrepreneur Diaries episode to share some updates and kick-off 2020.
    This episode is divided into three parts: 2019 lessons, 2019 wins, and how I’m preparing for this mompreneur life.
    2019 was an excellent year (The TODAY Show, Side Hustle Pro Live, and O, The Oprah Magazine!) because I saw a lot of my hard work pay off. But as you may have noticed, I experienced some burnout after my live show in October. I share some of the most important lessons I learned that will be so helpful to seeing Side Hustle Pro continue to grow. 
     
    And as you can see from the episode title, I’m going to be a mompreneur soon! Muoyo and I are very excited to experience parenthood. There are a lot of exciting changes coming in 2020 and I’m really looking forward to learning and growing.
    Listen on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and Spotify 
    This episode is brought to you by:
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     Links mentioned in this episode
    Podcast Moguls  Master the Gram  TODAY show Side Hustle Pro episode Side Hustle Pro Live Show episode  My Side Hustle Progress (episode 9 of Side Hustle Pro)  Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rss
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    Social Media Info  Follow Side Hustle Pro on Instagram – @sidehustlepro
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    • 55 min

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