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With host Monica Allen, Become Your Own Boss will help you launch, grow and scale your business while also being the BOSS of every area of your life. Bringing you interviews with seasoned as well as new entrepreneurs, the Become Your Own Boss podcast is here to provide you with business tips, inspiration and a community to ensure that you are not alone on your entrepreneurial journey. You will learn from Monica and her guests, business and life lessons to help you grow, avoid mistakes and ensure your business' success and legacy.

Become Your Own Boss Monica Allen

    • Business
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With host Monica Allen, Become Your Own Boss will help you launch, grow and scale your business while also being the BOSS of every area of your life. Bringing you interviews with seasoned as well as new entrepreneurs, the Become Your Own Boss podcast is here to provide you with business tips, inspiration and a community to ensure that you are not alone on your entrepreneurial journey. You will learn from Monica and her guests, business and life lessons to help you grow, avoid mistakes and ensure your business' success and legacy.

    122: What Our Not So Great Hiring Decisions Have Taught Me

    122: What Our Not So Great Hiring Decisions Have Taught Me

    On today's episode I am sharing with you what I have learned about hiring. We have made some not so great hiring decisions in the past and on this episode I share with you ways to avoid this as well as steps to just begin the hiring process. 

    Episode Quote: If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together. ~African Proverb

    Episode Sponsor -  Zeus' Closet 

    Freedom Formula Crash Course

    Helpful Entrepreneurial Resources from Become Your Own Boss

    Monica FREE ebook

    Get your Become Your Own Boss Planner

    The best way to train team members - Trainual Link

    Get the 30 point checklist for building a clothing brand at www.zeuscloset.com/checklist

    Ways to reach me:


    DM me on IG @becomeyourownbosspodcast
    Email: monica@monicaallen.com
    Follow me on Clubhouse - @monicaallen2
    Join my Clubhouse Club -  Become Your Own Boss - Social Media Room hosted each Thursday at 10AM EST.

    Who is Monica?

    Monica Allen grew up in a small town in Georgia with her single mom who had her at age 18, her grandmother and uncle. Living below the poverty line for all of her young life, Monica was determined to break the cycle. Being the first in her immediate family to attend a 4 year university, Monica worked in the field of insurance as a benefits broker for 8 years and earned her Masters in Business Administration.

    Leaving to set out on her entrepreneurial journey in 2005, she is now a serial entrepreneur owning several businesses. She is co-founder of Zeus' Closet, stuff4GREEKS and Deuce Equity Group.  She is the sole proprietor of Monica Allen Interiors and an Amazon Bestseller (The Fearless Entrepreneurs: Fear Less; Be More).

    She loves equipping aspiring entrepreneurs, side hustlers and small business owners with tips to launch, grow and scale their business while avoiding the many pitfalls of entrepreneurship. She believes that being surrounded by positive people, believing in yourself, and having faith in God has led to her success.

    Have some Feedback?

    If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends or fellow entrepreneurs. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast, Pandora, Amazon or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Become Your Own Boss!"  And, finally, please take a minute to leave an honest review and rating on iTunes or Audible. This truly is what helps the podcast grow.


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    • 11 min
    121 - From Fired to Fifty Team Members & a Non-Profit in less than 2 Years with Clara Baldwin

    121 - From Fired to Fifty Team Members & a Non-Profit in less than 2 Years with Clara Baldwin

    On this episode, I chat with Clara Baldwin founder and CEO of her for profit Ground Plan Studio Marketing and Peace Over Pieces a non-profit focusing on helping people heal from domestic abuse and trauma.  Clara was let go on New Years Eve of 2019 via email and instead of looking for another job decided to become her own boss in the midst of a pandemic and economic conditions unlike any we have seen. Growing her company and team she decided to not stopping there  and put some of her revenues into a non-profit that support people recovery from trauma and allowing them to share their stories on her podcast, Peace Over Pieces. 



    Episode Quote: Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping your watch to save time. ~Henry Ford Episode Guest: Clara Baldwin CEO and Founder  - Ground Plan Studio Peace Over Pieces Non-Profit Cure Medical Marketing m:  573-639-7373e:  clara@gpsmarketing.info Episode Sponsor -  Zeus' Closet Helpful Entrepreneurial Resources from Become Your Own Boss Monica FREE ebook Get your Become Your Own Boss Planner The best way to train team members - Trainual Link Get the 30 point checklist for building a clothing brand at www.zeuscloset.com/checklist Ways to reach me: DM me on IG @becomeyourownbosspodcast Email: monica@monicaallen.com Follow me on Clubhouse - @monicaallen2 Join my Clubhouse Club -  Become Your Own Boss - Social Media Room hosted each Thursday at 10AM EST. Who is Monica? Monica Allen grew up in a small town in Georgia with her single mom who had her at age 18, her grandmother and uncle. Living below the poverty line for all of her young life, Monica was determined to break the cycle. Being the first in her immediate family to attend a 4 year university, Monica worked in the field of insurance as a benefits broker for 8 years and earned her Masters in Business Administration. Leaving to set out on her entrepreneurial journey in 2005, she is now a serial entrepreneur owning several businesses. She is co-founder of Zeus' Closet, stuff4GREEKS and Deuce Equity Group.  She is the sole proprietor of Monica Allen Interiors and an Amazon Bestseller (The Fearless Entrepreneurs: Fear Less; Be More). She loves equipping aspiring entrepreneurs, side hustlers and small business owners with tips to launch, grow and scale their business while avoiding the many pitfalls of entrepreneurship. She believes that being surrounded by positive people, believing in yourself, and having faith in God has led to her success. Have some Feedback? If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends or fellow entrepreneurs. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast, Pandora, Amazon or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Become Your Own Boss!"  And, finally, please take a minute to leave an honest review and rating on iTunes or Audible. This truly is what helps the podcast grow.


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    • 27 min
    120 - KICKSTART: Do You Know the REAL First Step to Starting a Business?

    120 - KICKSTART: Do You Know the REAL First Step to Starting a Business?

    On this episode we are discussing an article that I recently read stating that the #1 reason businesses fail is there is NO market need. This is why market validation is so important. I share with you 3 things to determine prior to kickstarting your business. These 3 things will help you get the market validation you need to confirm that your company is a GO and that it is time to take the next steps in incorporating, setting up bank accounts, etc. 
    Episode Quote: While surveys are useful I would much rather take bets on what people are doing, not what they say they would do or are doing. ~Brian Balfour, VP of Growth at Hubspot
    Episode Sponsor: Zeus' Closet - We're like a tattoo shop for your clothes. 
    Helpful Entrepreneurial Resources from Become Your Own Boss
    Monica FREE ebook
    Get your Become Your Own Boss Planner
    The best way to train team members - Trainual Link
    Get the 30 point checklist for building a clothing brand at www.zeuscloset.com/checklist
    Ways to reach me:

    DM me on IG @becomeyourownbosspodcast
    Email: monica@monicaallen.com
    Follow me on Clubhouse - @monicaallen2
    Join my Clubhouse Club -  Become Your Own Boss - Social Media Room hosted each Thursday at 10AM EST.

    Who is Monica?
    Monica Allen grew up in a small town in Georgia with her single mom who had her at age 18, her grandmother and uncle. Living below the poverty line for all of her young life, Monica was determined to break the cycle. Being the first in her immediate family to attend a 4 year university, Monica worked in the field of insurance as a benefits broker for 8 years and earned her Masters in Business Administration.
    Leaving to set out on her entrepreneurial journey in 2005, she is now a serial entrepreneur owning several businesses. She is co-founder of Zeus' Closet, stuff4GREEKS and Deuce Equity Group.  She is the sole proprietor of Monica Allen Interiors and an Amazon Bestseller (The Fearless Entrepreneurs: Fear Less; Be More).
    She loves equipping aspiring entrepreneurs, side hustlers and small business owners with tips to launch, grow and scale their business while avoiding the many pitfalls of entrepreneurship. She believes that being surrounded by positive people, believing in yourself, and having faith in God has led to her success.
    Have some Feedback?
    If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends or fellow entrepreneurs. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast, Pandora, Amazon or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Become Your Own Boss!"  And, finally, please take a minute to leave an honest review and rating on iTunes or Audible. This truly is what helps the podcast grow.

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    • 11 min
    119 - How $300 and A Passion Led to 25 Years of Success with Elise Rosenstock of ElyseRyan Jewelry

    119 - How $300 and A Passion Led to 25 Years of Success with Elise Rosenstock of ElyseRyan Jewelry

    On this episode I am speaking with Elise Rosenstock of ElyseRyan Jewelry Company. ElyseRyan creates unique stackable pieces called wristrocks that are timeless and inspirational. Made with handpicked colorful gemstones of  many unique shapes and carried in Bloomingdales, Saks and on QVC ElyseRyan has made her mark in the jewelry world while raising a family and supporting many notable charities.
    Episode Quote: Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. ~ Oprah Winfrey
    Guest: ElyseRyan Jewelry
    Helpful Entrepreneurial Resources from Become Your Own Boss
    Monica FREE ebook
    Get your Become Your Own Boss Planner
    Episode Sponsor -  Zeus' Closet 
    Solopreneur Package Now Available - Promo Code: BOSS (Save 15% off)
    The best way to train team members - Trainual Link
    Get the 30 point checklist for building a clothing brand at www.zeuscloset.com/checklist
    Ways to reach me:

    DM me on IG @becomeyourownbosspodcast
    Email: monica@monicaallen.com
    Follow me on Clubhouse - @monicaallen2
    Join my Clubhouse Club -  Become Your Own Boss - Social Media Room hosted each Thursday at 10AM EST.

    Who is Monica?
    Monica Allen grew up in a small town in Georgia with her single mom who had her at age 18, her grandmother and uncle. Living below the poverty line for all of her young life, Monica was determined to break the cycle. Being the first in her immediate family to attend a 4 year university, Monica worked in the field of insurance as a benefits broker for 8 years and earned her Masters in Business Administration.
    Leaving to set out on her entrepreneurial journey in 2005, she is now a serial entrepreneur owning several businesses. She is co-founder of Zeus' Closet, stuff4GREEKS and Deuce Equity Group.  She is the sole proprietor of Monica Allen Interiors and an Amazon Bestseller (The Fearless Entrepreneurs: Fear Less; Be More).
    She loves equipping aspiring entrepreneurs, side hustlers and small business owners with tips to launch, grow and scale their business while avoiding the many pitfalls of entrepreneurship. She believes that being surrounded by positive people, believing in yourself, and having faith in God has led to her success.
    Have some Feedback?
    If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends or fellow entrepreneurs. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast, Pandora, Amazon or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Become Your Own Boss!"  And, finally, please take a minute to leave an honest review and rating on iTunes or Audible. This truly is what helps the podcast grow.


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    • 40 min
    Boss Up Books - Ask for More: 10 Questions to Negotiate Anything by Alexandra Carter

    Boss Up Books - Ask for More: 10 Questions to Negotiate Anything by Alexandra Carter

    Boss Up Books segment...installment 3. Check out Ask for More: 10 Questions to Negotiate Anything This book is packed with 10 questions that will help you answer questions of yourself as well as the individual or group that you are negotiating with...whether it is your spouse, a colleague, manager, etc. 
    Purchase  Ask for More: 10 Questions to Negotiate Anything Note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
    Ways to reach me:

    DM me on IG @becomeyourownbosspodcast
    Email: monica@monicaallen.com
    Follow me on Clubhouse - @monicaallen2
    Join my Clubhouse Club -  Become Your Own Boss - Social Media Room hosted each Thursday at 10AM EST.

    Who is Monica?
    Monica Allen grew up in a small town in Georgia with her single mom who had her at age 18, her grandmother and uncle. Living below the poverty line for all of her young life, Monica was determined to break the cycle. Being the first in her immediate family to attend a 4 year university, Monica worked in the field of insurance as a benefits broker for 8 years and earned her Masters in Business Administration.
    Leaving to set out on her entrepreneurial journey in 2005, she is now a serial entrepreneur owning several businesses. She is co-founder of Zeus' Closet, stuff4GREEKS and Deuce Equity Group.  She is the sole proprietor of Monica Allen Interiors and an Amazon Bestseller (The Fearless Entrepreneurs: Fear Less; Be More).
    She loves equipping aspiring entrepreneurs, side hustlers and small business owners with tips to launch, grow and scale their business while avoiding the many pitfalls of entrepreneurship. She believes that being surrounded by positive people, believing in yourself, and having faith in God has led to her success.
    Have some Feedback?
    If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends or fellow entrepreneurs. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast, Pandora, Amazon or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Become Your Own Boss!"  And, finally, please take a minute to leave an honest review and rating on iTunes or Audible. This truly is what helps the podcast grow.

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    • 8 min
    118 - THROWBACK: Don't Get Pebbles in Your Shoes

    118 - THROWBACK: Don't Get Pebbles in Your Shoes

    You may think well this episode is not about some cool entrepreneur that has created this amazing business, but I promise you that on this episode we are talking about some information that is extremely valuable to your business. Yes! We are talking financial statements ya'll. Understanding your money... the profit & loss statement, the balance sheet, and understanding your cash flow. This may in some cases be called the boring stuff, but knowing where you stand financially can mean the difference between business success and business failure. 
    Episode Quote: It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you down; it's the pebble in your shoe.~Muhammad Ali
    Helpful Entrepreneurial Resources from Become Your Own Boss
    Monica FREE ebook
    Get your Become Your Own Boss Planner
    Episode Sponsor -  Zeus' Closet Solopreneur Package Now Available - Promo Code: BOSS
    The best way to train team members - Trainual Link
    Ways to reach me:

    DM me on IG @becomeyourownbosspodcast
    Email: monica@monicaallen.com
    Follow me on Clubhouse - @monicaallen2
    Join my Clubhouse Club -  Become Your Own Boss - Social Media Room hosted each Thursday at 10AM EST.

    Who is Monica?
    Monica Allen grew up in a small town in Georgia with her single mom who had her at age 18, her grandmother and uncle. Living below the poverty line for all of her young life, Monica was determined to break the cycle. Being the first in her immediate family to attend a 4 year university, Monica worked in the field of insurance as a benefits broker for 8 years and earned her Masters in Business Administration.
    Leaving to set out on her entrepreneurial journey in 2005, she is now a serial entrepreneur owning several businesses. She is co-founder of Zeus' Closet, stuff4GREEKS and Deuce Equity Group.  She is the sole proprietor of Monica Allen Interiors and an Amazon Bestseller (The Fearless Entrepreneurs: Fear Less; Be More).
    She loves equipping aspiring entrepreneurs, side hustlers and small business owners with tips to launch, grow and scale their business while avoiding the many pitfalls of entrepreneurship. She believes that being surrounded by positive people, believing in yourself, and having faith in God has led to her success.
    Have some Feedback?
    If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends or fellow entrepreneurs. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast, Pandora, Amazon or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Become Your Own Boss!"  And, finally, please take a minute to leave an honest review and rating on iTunes or Audible. This truly is what helps the podcast grow.

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    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Gluellc ,

SHARING IS CARING

I love tuning into this podcast because Monica shares so much of her journey in business with her listeners. She doesn't stop bringing her listeners' top experts and the most valuable information that new business owners need to get the best results on the first try. Become Your Own Boss is a top listen on my list.

Ctilt ,

Fantastic podcast

As a woman in business I am always eager to connect myself with others and learn all I can as i navigate my journey. Each episode has value added! Monica does a fantastic job carrying the conversations with her guests. This is a podcast you’d look forward to each week!

DenVinTay ,

Excellent episode!

Thank you for this podcast. Thank you for your commitment to serving others. That’s significant and valuable. I enjoy the conversation you had with Shelley Paxton.

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