Audrey Blackburn, owner of Blackburn Consulting talks being a mom, the struggles of entrepreneurship, being a woman business owner, a writer, and all things boss. She shares the joys, the struggles, the lessons and the successes. This podcast is her way to share all the things she wishes she had been told when she started her business.
I've been MIA on the podcast for almost a month. Right after the last podcast posted I made a life altering decision for my business. Well, actually I made two life altering decisions. I quickly started down a new path. One that feels so right and in alignment with who I am and where I want to go with my business. Have you ever done something so completely scary that you had no choice but to be courageous? Follow along as I share my journey for the past month and what I have been up to in the absence.
With over 19 years of experience in business coaching, community outreach, and social media insight, Chisa Pennix-Brown has transformed her love of learning into Lady Bizness She is the #1 Small Business Facilitator in North Carolina and she continues to foster environments for small business development, community partnerships, business growth, and events for Entrepreneurs throughout the state. Her most notable accomplishment is opening Pod Biz Studios, the first Black Woman Owned Podcast Studio in North Carolina. Chisa is also the author of The 90 Day Focus: Your Action Plan for Success, a book that helps to transform your mindset towards prioritization and goal setting to help you complete your passion project. She has also founded a 501c3 nonprofit women's organization, called Real Glow Getters to help women start, stay and slay in business. She thrives around women who aren't afraid to shine, but thrive on sharing their #GlowUp with others. She can always be found Giving it to the People! Please put your hands together for Chisa Pennix-Brown.
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Have you ever wished you could simply start your business over? What are you doing that you love to do? What are you doing that you hate or maybe you simply dislike? Let's talk about what it would look like if we built the business that we want.
Have you thought about taking two weeks off to simply work on your business instead of in it? That's exactly what I have planned in September. A mini retreat just for me to get creative and ignite my passion again.
When I was in my 20's I never could have believed that I would be able to live the life that I do today. I woke up the other morning with a wash of gratitude. This is the life I get to live. It didn't get this way from nothing. I did the work. I worked on my mind, my heart, my thoughts, my healing. The biggest struggle to running a business is getting out of your own way.
Andrea Johnson and I took a bit of time to record a conversation between us. Technology was not our friend that day but you will find it is well worth the listen. We shared lots of tips on how to get through these trying times, what we are doing, our thoughts on SBA loans, and all the things.
A friend of mine talked of the swirl going on right now. Too much information, too much on social media, too much of everything. Decision fatigue abounds. The flood of information is exhausting. We hear from so many different groups as to what their life is like right now but there is a group that has remained very silent.
Podcast Guest Amy Bull shares what it is to be a female entrepreneur. Website:
Is all growth good? We hear that we must grow our businesses but is there such a thing as bad growth? Can we grow too fast? We explore in depth the things we must think about when growing our businesses.
I welcomed my first ever podcast guest, Sonia Karina to my podcast. We talked about what it was like working a full-time job and staying motivated with your side hustle. Sonia talks all things essential oils, women's wellness and the what it is like working your passion.
Sometimes things don't go as planned in our businesses. Sometimes we listen to others who tell us that we must do this or that to have a successful business. What is holding you back from starting a business? Where are you fearful?
I stepped away from work, social media, email and my phone while on vacation with my family last week. I found frustration in how hard that was and why. But, I also found lots of benefits that make me want to schedule regular breaks from it all.
We only have less than six weeks left in 2019. Are you regretting the time you have wasted this year? You still have time. You can still achieve your goals. Even if it is only one goal you achieve between now and the end of the year you will be that much closer to checking them off your list. Are you going to sit around wishing you had or just take the baby steps to make it happen?
I am a big believer in you can do, be, or say anything that you want to be. So many people applaud me for standing up for what I believe in, calling people on their sh** and setting boundaries, but they stop short of doing it for themselves. And again I ask, why? Lean in to the hard things. Set the boundaries, speak up for yourself, call yourself on your bs. Be your own hero.
I know you have heard this phrase before that you must “renew your mind”. But, what does that really mean? When I started my #business I didn’t realize how my thoughts created my reality. How the very things I thought about called in more of those things into my life and my business. We talk so much about marketing your business, networking, and social media for your business. However, the most critical aspect of my business is me. How I think on any given day directly affects my business. So four years ago when I started this crazy journey into owning my own business I quickly figured out that I must focus on growing me, changing my thoughts, which in turn would change my reality. Here are three ways I have found to “renew my mind”.
For years I struggled to fit in with others. I would go out of my way to be nice to people I honestly didn’t like simply to be friendly and welcoming to others because I thought that was how you were kind. Many times I was treated like sh&t and other times I was simply shunned or ignored. Those times burned into my soul no matter how much I pretended they didn’t.. Here what I did to turn all of this around.
Are you a business owner struggling with cash issues? If so, you are not alone. Listen as I tell the story of one of my clients and how we changed things quickly. Walk away with things you can do to make a difference in your business today.