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Side Hustle Pro
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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 ...
 
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Today in the guest chair, we have Karleen Roy, a woman who is as extraordinary as the events she creates. She is the Founder of The Vanity Group, a boutique creative agency specializing in bespoke events and luxury services. After graduating from Howard University, she moved to New York to take an unpaid internship at Island Def Jam. Her hard w ...…
 
On Wednesday, October 9, Personal Branding Strategist Maya Elious and I had a live onstage conversation about how to play big and get these coins. Maya went from running a design agency for 6 years to helping women master their message and make an impact in their industry and monetize their gifts. She’s personally helped me to level up in my bu ...…
 
Today in the guest chair, we have Rochelle Porter, also known as the “Print Queen.” She is a designer who has never met a blank surface she didn’t want to draw on. But, she nearly abandoned the idea of being a designer when she learned of the unethical labors practice in the fast fashion industry. After learning this, she pursued a career in a ...…
 
This week we have a bonus episode with Charis Jones, owner of Sassy Jones Boutique in the guest chair! Sassy Jones is an award-winning accessory brand that specializes in exquisite pieces for the ‘sassy sophisticated girl on the go. Sassy Jones has both a brick-and-mortar store located in Richmond, Virginia and an online store and thousands of ...…
 
This week, I chatted with Dr. Tykeia Robinson (also known as Keia). You may know her as co-host of the Gettin’ Grown Podcast, but she is also a PhD in Higher Education and multi-passionate side hustler with over 10 years of experience in higher education. She is also Head Coach of #TeamTypingFast, an online community of practice for anybody wit ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon (also known as Dr. Key), Founder, and CEO of The Village Market. I was blessed to cross paths with Dr. Hallmon at Summit 21; shout out to past Side Hustle Pro guest Jewel Burks Solomon for introducing us! Dr. Key started her career in education, but she wanted more freedom and flexibility. S ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Sonia Lewis, the CEO of the Student Loan Doctor, LLC. Her business has been recognized as the first African American and woman-owned student loan repayment company in the country. You might be surprised to hear that before starting the Student Loan Doctor, Sonia didn’t have personal budgeting discipline, she was ...…
 
Get Tickets: SideHustlePro.co/Live Side Hustle Pro Live! October 9, 2019 THEARC Theatre in Washington, DC Doors open: 7:00 Show Starts: 8:00 PM Featuring Special Guest Maya Elious **Meet & Greet ticket grants access to exclusive meet & greet at 6:30PM w/ Nicaila** Featuring a live onstage conversation, pre-show shopping experience with Black wo ...…
 
In the latest episode of the Side Hustle Series, I’m breaking down How to Balance Your Side Hustle With Your J-O-B I break this episode down into two parts: Part 1: How to side hustle and not get fired Part 2: How to balance the side hustle with your full-time job I’m breaking it down this way because I want to make sure you secure your income ...…
 
I am interrupting the pre-scheduled program for August, which was the Side Hustle Series, to bring you a quick entrepreneur diaries update to share my experience on the TODAY Show!! I was a guest for the “Passion to Paycheck” series during the week of August 19th. It was a surreal moment for me to see my three years of hard work on Side Hustle ...…
 
In this episode, I'm sharing how to lay the foundation for your business when it’s still a side hustle. When I started my side hustle, I didn’t read business plan books or follow a business plan template. I just started. Now, I’m sharing the six steps you can take to start building your business as a side hustle. Click here to grab your free re ...…
 
This episode kicks off The Side Hustle Summer Series! This August, I’m doing a series all about side hustling and breaking down: How to not let fear cripple you when you’re starting your side hustle How to build the foundation of your business even when it’s still a side hustle Everything I learned about balancing my side hustle with my 9 to 5H ...…
 
Today in the guest chair, we have me. That’s right, I’m back with a solo, entrepreneur diaries episode to share what I’ve been up to and what I’m learning. This is an even more special episode because it’s the Side Hustle Pro three-year anniversary episode! Thank you so much for three whole years of Side Hustle Pro. Thank you for rocking with m ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Elsa Isaac. Elsa is an NYC-based fashion and image stylist who believes style is really all about self-expression. A seasoned pro with over 17 years in the fashion industry, the east African-born stylist has built quite a noteworthy portfolio, having bestowed her stylish magic on everyone from Marie Forleo to Le ...…
 
Aliyah Jenkins is the Owner and Founder of Body Treats, LLC. Body Treats is an all-natural, organic, chemical and toxin-free skincare line that specializes in pastry inspired (scented) products. Body Treats uses only raw, organic butter, organic oils, and certified therapeutic essential oils.Working in the healthcare field for eight years as a ...…
 
Meet our new Entrepreneur-In-Residence! Those of you who are longtime listeners may remember that at the beginning of Side Hustle Pro, we had an Entrepreneur-In-Residence by the name of Meiko Drew and we followed her journey for an entire year. Well, today we are bringing back the Entrepreneur-in-Residence feature. That’s right, starting with t ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Andrea Pitter Campbell, Founder and Head Designer of Pantora Bridal, Pantora Mini and the Andrea Campbell Collection. Andrea’s desire to merge typically incompatible components has created an unprecedented perspective on bridal wear. Andrea took her first step towards fashion at 12 years old, creating the name “ ...…
 
Today we are back with another Side Hustle Spotlight, featuring a woman who is still very much in the side hustle grind or recently left their job to go full time. Today’s spotlight is Tomara Watkins, the Founder of Loza Tam, an eCommerce brand of satin-lined headwraps that are handcrafted in Ghana by women entrepreneurs. Tomara (AKA “Tam”) is ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Majora Carter. Majora is a real estate developer, urban revitalization strategy consultant, MacArthur Fellow, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster. She is also the Co-Owner of the Boogie Down Grind Cafe in the South Bronx. Majora has made it her life’s mission to find sustainable solutions for America’s most st ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Kyndra Outlaw. Kyndra is the Founder of Atmospheric Home Staging located in Dallas, Texas. Atmospheric Home Staging specializes in vacant home staging creating lifestyle environments with a competitive advantage. Originally from Starkville, MS, Kyndra graduated from The University of Memphis and then went on to ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Zakia Blain, the Founder of FCKbeingFAT (FBF Fitness). With no background in fitness, but plenty of background in every fad diet and weight loss trick around, Zakia simply wanted to inspire others, while helping them lose weight the right way. Through the creation of her international FBF Weight loss Challenge a ...…
 
You guys let me know that once-a-quarter Entrepreneur Diaries weren’t enough, so I’m going to try and do them once a month. Here are just a few of the updates I share: Side Hustle Pro podcast crossed 2 Million downloads. Thank you so much! Muoyo and I launched an app called Color Noir and I’m taking you behind-the-scenes. The three year anniver ...…
 
Today in the guest chair, we have Mrs. Taffi Ayodele the co-founder of Thando’s, a Lagos and NY based fashion company. Thando’s shoes are foldable ballerina flats, giving women a compact and comfortable shoe option that they can easily take with them on the go. Thando's is the brainchild of Taffi and her husband J.G. They met while pursuing the ...…
 
Today’s spotlight is Dr. Danita Nikki Brooks, the Founder of Zen in a Jar, a zen-focused home and body care line. Dr. Nikki is an entrepreneur from Washington, DC. As you’ll hear in this episode, while working full time in government, and pursuing her Doctor of Science in Information Systems & Communication, she startled hustling. Side hustling ...…
 
Today in the guest chair: Sevetri Wilson. Sevetri is the Founder and CEO of New Orleans based technology startup Resilia (formerly ExemptMeNow) that she founded in 2015 to revolutionize how nonprofits are created and maintained, and how enterprises (who deploy billions annually) scale impact. Whether you’re looking to start a nonprofit, manage ...…
 
Today in the guest chair is Courtney Caldwell. Courtney is the Cofounder & COO of beauty-tech startup, ShearShare, the first on-demand salon and barbershop space rental app. With ShearShare, licensed stylists can rent workspace by the day in cities all over the world, while salon and barbershop owners make money on unused space. Prior to co-fou ...…
 
Today in the guest chair, we have Katonya Breaux, the founder and President of Unsun Cosmetics, Inc., a Los Angeles-based skin care company specializing in natural sun protection and beauty products for all skin shades and tones. Katonya herself has worn sunscreen diligently since her twenties. In this episode, she shares why she initially beca ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Anika Hobbs, the Founder of Nubian Hueman, a Washington DC boutique featuring a curated selection of African-inspired apparel, accessories, art, and unique goods. Not simply a boutique, Nubian Hueman is a social enterprise that specializes in sourcing unique goods, fashion, and art by designers representing the ...…
 
Today in the guest chair, we have Jamila Souffrant. Jamila is a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), podcaster, writer, and the founder of JourneytoLaunch.com where she shares her journey to reach Financial Independence while helping others do the same. Jamila and her husband saved $169,000 in two years and are debt free besides the ...…
 
On today’s episode, I’m jumping into the guest chair with an update on what I’ve been working on behind the scenes of the podcast. Find out what went well for me in Q1 2019, what didn’t go so well, and what I’m focused on for Q2. As evidenced by the title, this quote attributed to the late Nipsey Hussle has affected me deeply, and I'm determine ...…
 
On today’s episode, I’m jumping into the guest chair along with my husband Muoyo Okome and we are talking about The Okome Family Hustle! Hear how we both went from being side hustlers to full-time entrepreneurs (him as an app developer and me as a full-time podcaster). Plus, hear how we met, about our experiences getting our MBA (him at Wharton ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Kendra Barnes. At the time of this recording, Kendra was an Economist by day and Real Estate Investor by night. Kendra is now a full-time Real Estate Investor and Founder of The Key Resource. Her real estate investments afforded her the ability to retire from the 9-5 life at the age of 32! She created The Key Re ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Denise Woodard, the Founder of Partake Foods. Partake Foods provides meals and snacks that are delicious, safe and nutritious for conscious eaters. They are free of gluten, the top 8 allergens, and artificial ingredients. Made with real foods like sprouted grains, fruits, and vegetables, Partake products give pe ...…
 
Today we have another Side Hustle Spotlight episode and in the guest chair, we have Danielle Mull, a soon to be graduate of Emory University School of Law and the Founder of Marked By Mull. Marked by Mull provides beautiful, high-quality jewelry that is as versatile as the women who wear it. Danielle founded Marked by Mull in June 2018 (yes, wh ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Khadijah "Kay" Polly, the owner and POPrietor of Kay’s Kettle Corn, a gourmet popcorn company based out of Houston, TX. In 2012, Khadijah started Kay’s Kettle Corn while working as a full-time corporate recruiter. She set the plan in motion to leave her job and take Kay’s Kettle corn to the next level. In Octobe ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Crystal Etienne, the CEO & Founder of PantyProp.After years of testing hundreds of prototypes, tweaking designs and being her own guinea pig, Crystal has perfected the exact equation of design, fit and most importantly, security behind each PantyProp underwear and swimsuit. Today, we’ll get into how she came up ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have a new edition of Side Hustle Pro—Side Hustle Spotlights! We are talking to a certified side hustler who is still a side hustler and we are going to find out how and why she got started, how she’s making it work, and squeeze all types of advice out of her. Her name is Timika Downes, she is a Nurse, who is pursuin ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Adesola Olutola, better known as Addie, the Founder of D’IYANU, a ready-to-wear, African print clothing brand that is taking fashion by storm. Fun fact: If you have seen any of my recent appearances, you have probably seen me in an outfit from D’IYANU. Whether it’s the skirts or dresses, I love the stretch of th ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Rochelle Graham-Campbell. Coined a “beauty pioneer” by Essence Magazine, Rochelle is the CEO & Co- Founder of Alikay Naturals. From struggling college student to YouTube sensation with over 16 million views, Rochelle is a Millennial Beauty Boss who made “getting to the root of you” her mission when she took an $ ...…
 
Jessica Jones and Wendy Lopez are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Certified Diabetes Educators and co-founders of Food Heaven Made Easy (@foodheavenshow), a one-stop shop for delicious and nutritious living with over 145,000 followers from around the globe. What started as a healthy cooking web series has expanded into a full-fledged busine ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Yene Damtew, an independent hair stylist based in Washington, DC. She is a boss woman entrepreneur who owns her own salonYene, an Ethiopian-American, California native launched her career following cosmetology school and within six months she packed her bags and moved to Washington, DC to become one of two perso ...…
 
On today’s episode, I am answering: Should you start a podcast? If you or a friend are considering starting a podcast or wondering if it will be a helpful strategy for your business, or if you want more insight into how I launched Side Hustle Pro, this is the episode for you. For full notes, visit: SideHustlePro.co/Podcast Listen on Apple Podca ...…
 
Today in the guest chair is Dreena Whitfield, the founder of WhitPR, a New Jersey-based boutique strategic communications firm. Her clients have been featured on Good Morning America, in The New York Times, Essence, and more. You may be familiar with WhitPR client The Budgetnista, who has graced The Side Hustle Pro guest chair, and has made sev ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Beatrice Feliu-Espada, the Founder of The Honey Pot Company. The Honey Pot Company is a plant-based, chemical-free feminine care system that cleanses, protects, and balances your vagina. Powered by herbs, made by women, and 100% natural, The Honey Pot Company is disrupting the industry with a healthy alternative ...…
 
Today in the guest chair we have Krystle Rowry (better known as Kriss), a Web Designer and Brand Strategist majorly obsessed with online marketing, launching and revenue growth. Kriss specializes in strategically building 6, 7 and even 8-figure brands alongside each of her clients.As a professional designer for over 10 years, Kriss has had the ...…
 
I am back with a solo episode to kick off January!This episode comes highly requested, as people have asked to learn more about the systems that helped me turn my podcast into a six-figure business. Listen in to hear how I eliminate overwhelm, push past mental blocks, how I am still able to get things down in between my reality tv binges, and s ...…
 
Today I’m back in the guest chair for the first ever LIVE episode. That’s right, this episode was recorded live on Facebook and Instagram. I’m sharing my first year of entrepreneurship in review. Hear my honest thoughts on how the first year went, where I succeeded and where I fell short. I’m breaking down my biggest mistakes and biggest wins a ...…
 
Today in the guest chair is Sakita Holley, the Founder/CEO of House of Success PR. Since 2011, Sakita’s firm House of Success PR has worked with a wide array of clients that include African Pride, Lottabody, KinkyCurlyYaki, Harlem Arts Festival, Heat Free Hair and more. In addition to her PR work, she also hosts a popular business podcast calle ...…
 
Today in the guest chair is Briana Owens, the Founder of Spiked Spin. Briana is the perfect example that when you have a vision in your heart it doesn't matter what else exists in the market or what you think the competition might be you have to go after it. For example, by no means does New York City have a shortage of Fitness classes, but aft ...…
 
Today in the guest chair is Nicole Gibbons, the CEO and Founder of Clare. Nicole is an entrepreneur, interior designer, blogger, and on-air personality best known for her fashion-forward take on personal style expressed through the home. Clare is essentially paint shopping simplified. Nicole has created an easier way to paint a space you love w ...…
 
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