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Built To Quit

Built To Quit

By Built To Quit Podcast
A podcast about the experiences of black entrepreneurs. Episodes include conversations with guests who quit a full-time job to start a business, those who decided to stay in the workplace while building a business and, those who continue to work while running a business.

Quit to Start or Stay to Build. We talk about the blueprints.
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EP 17. Visualize What You Want and Use What You Know To Get There featuring Johnny Bailey, ShineHard Family
In this episode, Johnny talks about how he leveraged his strengths, experiences, and visualization techniques to build his unorthodox pathway to entrepreneurship. Links: Connect with Johnny on Instagram @1johnnybailey Connect with Johnny on LinkedIn Visit the ShineHard Family’s website Book Recommendation: The E-Myth Follow the Built to Quit Podcast on Instagram @builtoquit Connect with Jasmine via email: builttoquit@gmail.com About the host: In April 2021, Jasmine quit her full-time job to pursue freedom and creativity through self-employment. She is the Founder of SmithCo, an experiential marketing agency and Co-Founder of Open Door Concept, a rental space centered around community, conversation and creativity in Washington, DC. Motivated to share her experience and the experience of other black entrepreneurs, Jasmine created this podcast to encourage, inspire and help others create their blueprint to entrepreneurship. Follow Jasmine at @thejasminesmith.
40:19
June 14, 2022
EP 16. How to Not Be Overwhelmed When Working Full-Time and Building a Business
Starting a business can be overwhelming especially when working a full-time job and tending to life. In this episode, Jasmine shares five things that helped her manage and navigate life as an employee and business owner. Resources mentioned: Customer Relationship Management Tools: Honeybook, Dubsado Electronic Contract Signing Tool: HelloSign Follow the Built to Quit Podcast on Instagram @builtoquit Connect with Jasmine via email: builttoquit@gmail.com About the host: In April 2021, Jasmine quit her full-time job to pursue freedom and creativity through self-employment. She is the Founder of SmithCo, an experiential marketing agency and Co-Founder of Open Door Concept, a rental space centered around community, conversation and creativity in Washington, DC. Motivated to share her experience and the experience of other black entrepreneurs, Jasmine created this podcast to encourage, inspire and help others create their blueprint to entrepreneurship. Follow Jasmine at @thejasminesmith.
34:23
June 09, 2022
EP 15. 90 Days In featuring Mercy Chikowore, Publicist
In this episode, Jasmine talks with Mercy Chikowore who quit her 9 to 5 job a little more than 90 days ago. Mercy discusses how being multi-dimensional and entrepreneurial in spirit, propelled her to choosing and betting on herself through self-employment. Links: Connect with Mercy on Instagram @itsmercyc Connect with Mercy on Twitter @MercyC Visit Mercy’s website About the host: In April 2021, Jasmine quit her full-time job to pursue freedom and creativity through self-employment. She is the Founder of SmithCo, an experiential marketing agency and Co-Founder of Open Door Concept, a rental space centered around community, conversation and creativity in Washington, DC. Motivated to share her experience and the experience of other black entrepreneurs, Jasmine created this podcast to encourage, inspire and help others create their blueprint to entrepreneurship. Follow Jasmine at @thejasminesmith.
39:09
May 31, 2022
EP 14. It’s Okay to Quit a Job You Enjoy to Pursue Something Greater featuring Sofiat Abdulrazaaq, Goodfynd
Sofiat Abdulrazaaq, CEO and co-founder of Goodfynd, shares her bittersweet transition from a fun, impact driven and lucrative job, to running her company full-time. Links: Connect with Sofiat on LinkedIn Follow Goodfynd on Instagram @goodfynd Follow Goodfynd on Twitter @goodfynd Follow Goodfynd on Facebook @goodfynd About the host: In April 2021, Jasmine quit her full-time job to pursue freedom and creativity through self-employment. She is the Founder of SmithCo, an experiential marketing agency and Co-Founder of Open Door Concept, a rental space centered around community, conversation and creativity in Washington, DC. Motivated to share her experience and the experience of other black entrepreneurs, Jasmine created this podcast to encourage, inspire and help others create their blueprint to entrepreneurship. Follow Jasmine at @thejasminesmith.
48:55
May 24, 2022
EP 13. Quitting, Changing Careers and Staying in a Job out of Necessity: Entrepreneurship is Not Linear featuring Zanade Mann, Black Women’s Business Collective
Zanade Mann, founder of Black Women's Business Collective, shares her nonlinear journey to running two businesses while managing family commitments and going back to school to support a career change. Links: Follow Zanade on Instagram @zanade Follow Zanade on Twitter @zanade Visit the Black Women’s Business Collective website About the host: In April 2021, Jasmine quit her full-time job to pursue freedom and creativity through self-employment. She is the Founder of SmithCo, an experiential marketing agency and Co-Founder of Open Door Concept, a rental space centered around community, conversation and creativity in Washington, DC. Motivated to share her experience and the experience of other black entrepreneurs, Jasmine created this podcast to encourage, inspire and help others create their blueprint to entrepreneurship. Follow Jasmine at @thejasminesmith.
48:13
May 17, 2022
EP 12. There’s More Than One Way to Entrepreneur featuring Kyle Woumn, Overflow
In this episode, Kyle Woumn, Vice President of Product and  Engineering at Overflow, discusses how his frustrations of being overlooked while working for a “great company,” influenced his decision to pursue a new opportunity to start his own company which eventually led him to being an entrepreneur and a full-time employee. Links: Follow Kyle on Instagram @kyleculus Follow Kyle on Twitter @kyleculus Connect with Kyle on LinkedIn or at kyle@overflow.co Visit the VIVE Church website About the host: In April 2021, Jasmine quit her full-time job to pursue freedom and creativity through self-employment. She is the Founder of SmithCo, an experiential marketing agency and Co-Founder of Open Door Concept, a rental space centered around community, conversation and creativity in Washington, DC. Motivated to share her experience and the experience of other black entrepreneurs, Jasmine created this podcast to encourage, inspire and help others create their blueprint to entrepreneurship. Follow Jasmine at @thejasminesmith.
46:30
May 10, 2022
EP 11. Quitting Big Business. Attorneys Do It Too featuring Jaia Thomas, Sports and Entertainment Attorney
In this episode, Sports and Entertainment Attorney Jaia Thomas shares why she left a big law firm in New York to discover something new in LA. This major move would later propel her into creating her own practice and building her second business; a database designed to increase the hiring and exposure and number of African-American agents, attorneys, managers, and publicists who work in the sports and entertainment industry. Links: Follow Diverse Representation on Instagram @diverserepresentation Follow Jaia on Twitter @jaiathomas Connect with Jaia on LinkedIn Visit Jaia’s website About the host: In April 2021, Jasmine quit her full-time job to pursue freedom and creativity through self-employment. She is the Founder of SmithCo, an experiential marketing agency and Co-Founder of Open Door Concept, a rental space centered around community, conversation and creativity in Washington, DC. Motivated to share her experience and the experience of other black entrepreneurs, Jasmine created this podcast to encourage, inspire and help others create their blueprint to entrepreneurship. Follow Jasmine at @thejasminesmith.
39:12
May 03, 2022
EP 10. Creative Entrepreneurship featuring Kalilah Wright, Mess in a Bottle
In this episode, Jasmine chats with Kalilah Wright who shares the story behind Mess in a Bottle, what it’s like to balance creativity and business, and honoring self and motherhood while building a business. Links: Follow Kalilah on Instagram @ownerofmess Follow Mess in a Bottle on Instagram @messinabottle Visit the Mess in a Bottle website Financial toolkit recommendations: QuickBooks, FreshBooks, Bench About the host: In April 2021, Jasmine quit her full-time job to pursue freedom and creativity through self-employment. She is the Founder of SmithCo, an experiential marketing agency and Co-Founder of Open Door Concept, a rental space centered around community, conversation and creativity in Washington, DC. Motivated to share her experience and the experience of other black entrepreneurs, Jasmine created this podcast to encourage, inspire and help others create their blueprint to entrepreneurship. Follow Jasmine at @thejasminesmith.
31:52
April 28, 2022
EP 9. Surviving and Thriving as a New Entrepreneur featuring Stephanie Alston, Black Girl Group
In this episode of the Built to Quit, Jasmine sits down with Stephanie Alston, founder of Black Girl Group, a full service and event employee staffing agency that connects men and women of color to companies seeking to hire diverse talent. In the podcast, Jasmine and Stephanie discuss the importance of positioning to find clients and how to  keep money coming in even when there is little to no client work. Links: Follow Stephanie on Twitter @Steph_R_Alston Visit the Black Girl Group website Connect with Stephanie via email at stephanie@blackgirlgroup.com Tool recommendation: Apollo.io (data intelligence and sales engagement platform) About the host: In April 2021, Jasmine quit her full-time job to pursue freedom and creativity through self-employment. She is the Founder of SmithCo, an experiential marketing agency and Co-Founder of Open Door Concept, a rental space centered around community, conversation and creativity in Washington, DC. Motivated to share her experience and the experience of other black entrepreneurs, Jasmine created this podcast to encourage, inspire and help others create their blueprint to entrepreneurship. Follow Jasmine at @thejasminesmith.
43:02
April 27, 2022
EP 8. Betting on Yourself and Investing in Knowledge to Grow Your Business featuring Anthony Hales Jr., Bayne
In this episode of Built To Quit,Jasmine sits down with Anthony Hales Jr., CEO of Bayne LLC, a small consulting firm based in the District of Columbia. In this capacity, Anthony works with a diverse portfolio of clients including numerous government agencies and a variety of firms in the hospitality sector. In the podcast, Anthony shared what motivated him to start his own business after spending close to a decade in the Federal government and working on multiple large public projects. The conversation also revolved around the need for “the hustle” as Black/Brown entrepreneurs and the importance of continuously investing in knowledge to grow your business. Links: Follow Anthony on Instagram @mrhalesjr Visit Anthony’s website
41:55
April 12, 2022
EP 7. Redirection: Getting Laid Off as a Fashion Designer to Building a Lifestyle Brand featuring Dionna Dorsey Calloway, District of Clothing
In this episode of Built To Quit, Jasmine sits down with Dionna Dorsey Calloway, an entrepreneur and founder of Dionna Dorsey Design and District of Clothing, a lifestyle brand encouraging progression, inspiring action, and supporting self-love. In the podcast, Dionna shared how she transitioned from living as a 28-year-old fashion designer in New York City to being unemployed and coming back home to Washington D.C. to start working for herself. As Dionna recalled, she was feeling equally shocked and determined in the midst of this transition but was fully aware that leaving the life she built in New York wasn't necessarily a failure but a redirection. Links: Follow Dionna on Instagram @dionnadorsey Follow District of Clothing on Instagram @districtofclothing Visit Dionna Dorsey’s website
44:06
April 05, 2022
EP 6. Building Genuine Relationships, The Black Experience and Taking Imperfect Actions featuring Brittani Hunter, Mogul Millennial
In this episode of Built To Quit Podcast, Jasmine sits down with Brittani Hunter, CEO of Mogul Millennial, a digital media platform for young, ambitious Black entrepreneurs and professionals. Brittani has grown the company into a market leader for smart Black media, reaching thousands of Black business builders and creatives each month. In the podcast, Brittani shared the importance of building genuine relationships as an entrepreneur, and what inspired her to write about some of the issues on entrepreneurship and career development as related to the black experience, which sparked the idea of Mogul Millennial seeing that there was a lack of smart content dedicated to the black community. Britanni also gave some actionable ideas on taking that leap of faith and just going after what your mind and heart desire. Links: Follow Brittani on LinkedIn Follow Brittani on Twitter Follow Mogul Millennial on Instagram @mogulmillennial Visit the Mogul Millennial website
47:33
March 29, 2022
EP 5. Healthy Fear, Business Values and Navigating Seasonal Dips featuring Joey V. Price, Jumpstart:HR
In this episode of Built To Quit Podcast, Jasmine chats with Joey V. Price, CEO of Jumpstart:HR, the company that offers HR outsourcing and consulting for startups and small businesses. Joey also co-hosts The While We Were Working Podcast, a podcast for leaders in the workplace who wish to be better at handling "people issues". In this episode, Joey shared how he started his business while working as an HR specialist at a federal contractor, and what it looked like to be a full-time entrepreneur after leaving his corporate career. Joey also shared the importance of having a healthy fear when doing business, being intentional with providing value to your clients as opposed to being “transactional” and some tangible tips on navigating seasonal dips in business. Links: Follow Joey on Instagram @joeyvpricehr Follow Joey on LinkedIn Joey’s website Joey’s podcast – While We Were Working: Your Weekly Small Business HR and People Leadership Podcast
32:01
March 22, 2022
EP 4. Building a Brick and Mortar Business, Creative Craziness and Mompreneurship featuring Patrice Cameau, CAMPspace
There's a recurring theme with a lot of entrepreneurs that most of them are typically starting to build a brand or business before they either quit or get fired. In this episode of the Built to Quit Podcast, Jasmine sits down with Patrice Cameau, founder and CEO of CAMPspace, a brick & mortar studio for entrepreneurs and creators, and also host of the Shades of Content podcast, where she uses her 15 plus year public relations career to teach marketing and self care tools to listeners via her weekly episodes. Patrice shared her journey on how she transitioned and pivoted from working a nine to five into being an entrepreneur all the while navigating motherhood and marriage. Links: Follow Patrice on Instagram @patricecameau Patrice’s website Patrice’s podcast – Shades of Content 2022 Black Girl Holidays Content Calendar Podcast recommendations – The Coworking Weekly Show, Social Proof Podcast Funding – U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA
54:10
March 15, 2022
EP 3. Seven Things I Did Before I Quit My Job
Preparation will look different for everyone looking to make the transition out of the 9 to 5 and there are a few basic actions that everyone should consider.  In this episode, Jasmine shares seven things she did to help ease her into full-time entrepreneurship. 
12:04
March 02, 2022
EP 2. My Journey to Working for Myself Full-Time
Various jobs, motherhood, working for free, side hustles, and wanting more freedom are a few things that remained the same as Jasmine created her path to being a full time entrepreneur. In this episode, Jasmine shares talks about opportunities that prepared her to work for herself and the moment when she knew it was time to quit. 
19:34
February 22, 2022
EP 1. Introduction to the Built To Quit Podcast with Jasmine Smith
In this short trailer, listeners will be introduced to the Built To Quit Podcast and learn a little about the Host who quit her job in March 2021 to pursue her own entrepreneurial ambitions full time.
01:46
February 07, 2022