And Today, That’s Okay

That’s Okay Today

No, really. It is…

Consider this your reminder, as I was reminded again about two weeks: it’s okay to fail. It’s okay to come up against a roadblock. It’s okay to pause and think before acting. It’s okay to question your next move. It’s okay to not know your next move. It’s okay. Failing does not make you a failure. It really doesn’t. It makes you human. Actually, it’s more than that. Failing… makes you brave. It makes you a risk taker. It makes you a believer. It makes you so many more notches above your peers.

Hear me out: before they’re called winners, or champions or …celebrities, people we celebrate, they failed. And they failed many more times than the average person does or has. They’ve failed more times than they’re probably willing to admit to. Because failing doesn’t stop the dream. It doesn’t remove or downplay the goal. It just shows you what doesn’t work for the path you’re on. And in order to be successful, you have to fail. You have to be comfortable failing. You gotta get buddy-buddy with failing. You and Failing should be in each other’s contacts. Like, for real.

Because successful people don’t let failure stop them. Not permanently. The goal, the dream, the desire, the very essence that keeps you up at night knowing and praying for the life that is truly meant and designed for is always greater than failure. But you have to make peace with that. You have to understand that failing is part of the process.

And today, that’s okay. Failing is okay today. It’s okay to miss the mark, to have come up short. To not have performed as well as you wanted. That’s okay. Tomorrow is another day. And success is on the other side of tomorrow.

Will I see you there?

The Job: Barista | The Hustle: Coffee Connoisseur

Turn Your Barista Experience Into a Coffee Connoisseur Hustle

In the coffee industry a barista is considered an expert coffee professional; someone who really knows their stuff about coffee. Over time, I can see someone really learning more about coffee on the job if they’ve come to learn to enjoy it. They start to understand the difference between dark roast and blond roast, a latte versus an espresso and all the other little nuisances we’ve come to enjoy about our favorite caffeine drinks.

And if you’re one of those people who really likes coffee and really likes people, why don’t you put all that experience and the skills you’ve built to becoming a freelance coffee connoisseur expert. Not someone who just drinks coffee but can teach others about the different types of coffee beverages and even curate the ideal gifts for the coffee lover in their life.

That’s where a lot of service base hustles and businesses are headed right now: custom selected, hand-made, and profiled preferences. People enjoy that extra bit of tailoring to their shopping and purchasing experience. Being someone well- versed in coffee, you can be their go-to for coffee selections, gifts and accessories.

Starting where you are now, I would get a website from Wix, SquareSpace or even WordPress, using one of their templates and create.a chic but simple website. Discuss your love of coffee and helping people find the right coffee accessory or gift for them. List what services you offer. State your services in neat packages and what each package offers.

Maybe you’re like those traveling wine people who go to people’s homes and let them sample wine, but instead, you bring coffee. And pastries! Ooooh! You pair what you think are the best pastries to each type of coffee. Or you show them how to really get that coffee shop flavor at home. Maybe you keep a short stash of coffee gifts you’ve curated or assembled to sell that they can buy. There’s a LOT of room for creativity here to get yourself out there and make money.

Taking what you do at your job and turning it into a hustle that actually plays to your natural skill set and talents requires creativity and a vision. The vision can always change. As you continue to do more of something, the vision may expand. It may narrow. But it’s all yours. Just don’t let your boss get the best of your skills. Make them work for you too.

The Job: Scheduling Coordinator | The Hustle: Virtual Assistant

Turn Your Scheduling Experience Into A Virtual Assistant Hustle

I think it was Kevin O’Leary from, Shark Tank, who talked about how virtual assistants were going to be a big opportunity for those looking for a profitable side hustle. And given the fact we’ve been a virtual setup for nearly two years since the start of the Pandemic, I’d say he right.

Now, if you don’t know what a Scheduling Coordinator is, have no fear. This is a job mostly found in the medical field, namely in the administration department. And very much like the title of the role sounds like, their job centers on patients’ schedules. I know this role very well as I was a Scheduling Coordinator for nearly five years.

Hated the job. Seriously. HATED that job.

This is a VERY customer oriented role and in which interacts with patients or clients in-person, or over the phone and email. Normally both. You have to have a lot of patience (no pun intended) and be really great at addressing and understanding clients needs. No matter how they treat you or what mood they’re in. Because this role is based heavily on communication – oral and written – the skills you learn here are great to convert to a virtual assistant side hustle.

I’ll preface that statement with you should enjoying talking to people (not everything will be emailed. Expect to make some phone calls) and solving other people’s problems. From the scheduling world, you’ll take with you calendar management, customer service, people logistics (connecting people to where they need to be) and regular administrative duties such as mail support, responding to messages, answering calls and whatever other support you can provide.

Despite how busy this hustle sounds like it could be, you can do it from the comfort of your home. Set up a simple webpage, package your services in three tiers – basic, economy, and premium with their respective fees. Get you a Google number for clients to contact you for service inquiries. Download a contract template that you’ll build off of and use to initiate service. And get the ball rolling!

Know that you don’t have to be available full time for this hustle unless you want to go full time at it. Offer your services around your availability or the hours you know you can make time and clearly lay that out with clients that may need to see when tasks will be done. Make the hustle easy on you. After all, it’s suppose to be a reward, not a chore.

And once you get it up and running, tell me how you’re doing. If I can be of help, I will be!

YES! You Can Raise Your Fees

Yes, You Can Raise Your Fees

Girlfriend, listen. If people are willing to pay $119 for an annual membership of Amazon Prime after it went up about $20 a couple of years ago, you can raise your fees too. I’m speaking from a small business owner stance and as someone who pays that damn $119 fee to Amazon every year.

The first thing we grapple with as huslters and business owners is fear. The fear that if we raise our prices or fees, we’ll lose customers. We’ll lose the clients we already have. And if that’s the case, how will we get more?

Breathe. As I’m going to let you in on a little secret: that’s okay. In fact, if we lose clients that don’t want to pay us what we’re worth, that’s completely fine. We only want clients that can afford us. And this isn’t my bougie self talking (although she’s known to make guest appearances). What is the point of improving our talents and skills, taking workshops and seminars, doubling down on our business if we have to settle for a client base that’s only looking for the best bargain prices?

Fact: cheap clients are the worst! They hate to pay and they love to complain. Kick them to the curb. We don’t need them.

Truth: the latter half of last year, I did away with varying my travel fee for my notary business. Instead of trying to offer what I thought was fair to my notary clients based on how close they were to me, I offered one flat fee across the board. About 90% of my notary clients are same day clients. And they’re usually “how soon can you get here” clients. Meaning, I’ve gotta stop what I’m doing or rush through it, GPS myself to their location and fight traffic along the way. Lowering my travel fee was unfair to me. So I stopped that and I feel so better that I when I leave my house, I’m leaving it for the right dollar figure.

And you know what, business has never been better. December 2020 was my best month as far as income from clients and March 2021- last month- was my best quantity of clients month.

Truth: I had a client this month, last week in fact, who called me on Easter asking for same day notary services. Because it was Easter and he was asking for same day, right now service, I charged him $15 more for travel. Easter is a holiday for me, even if it isn’t a holiday for my clients. He replied back asking, when I gave him the full quote, was that the best I could do. And I was firm and said yes. When all was said and done, he said I was the most pleasant person he’s worked with. So, yes, he “hired” me, he paid me the full amount of my fees and has my business card for future services when he’s ready.

Yes, go ahead and raise your fees and blow yourself away (as in, impress. Need to clarify that statement). You might find that was the best thing you could do for your hustle or business.

Yo, It’s National Equal Pay Day

National Equal Pay Day

It’s National Equal Pay Day today, ladies. And gents, you can get on board this too. But ladies…hey! Not that this is the only day or chance we have to tell the world that we should get paid the same as a man who does the same work us, but to also a chance for us to set the example.

I’m a firm believer that we, as women, should get paid our fair share and that all starts with having an open and transparent conversation about money. But we got to be the example to ourselves and for other women around us.

To my lady business owners, when you hire other women, negotiate fairly their compensation package. Men business owners, pay the women what they’re worth. To my lady side hustlers, charge a fee worth your time and knowledge and don’t worry if broke clients don’t want to work you. Trust me, you don’t want those broke clients either. They are just headaches ready to explode. You want clients that won’t bat an eye when you tell them your fees. You want clients that won’t b*tch and complain when you raise your fees in accordance to inflation and the cost of living.

Oh, their Amazon prime subscription went up, they still paid it but they dont want to pay you. Tell them to get to steppin’.

I had someone reach out to me for notary services last week, and they needed services like pronto. He also need to travel to him and he was like a 30-45 minute drive from me. So when I gave him the overall fee and broke down the charges, he told me I was too high for him. You know what I said? “Okay”.

I’ll be damn if I’m going to negotiate my fees, especially for an area I don’t service or for an immediate service request. I didn’t get his business but it didn’t mess up my money, because I already had an appointment booked with another client later on in the day. And I didn’t have to deal with a broke client’s foolery. Because I hustle. And I’m good at what I do.

I’m good enough be paid what I’m worth, my fair share. Get your equal pay ladies. If you work hard, get paid right.

And to all the men who are allies, thank you.

The Relationship Game PT. I

In L.A., it’s common to hear the phrase, “it’s not what you know, but who you know. ”  And for the most part this is true.  You can be the smartest person in the room, but if no one knows who you are, they won’t know how smart (valuable) you are.  And that’s the real game behind (profession) relationships: being valued and find others of value.

This isn’t all about transactions, what you can do for them and what they can do for you. It is about building respect and trust, so that when the relationship becomes transactional, it doesn’t feel awkward or like the request/favor is being asked out of the blue.

Relationship building starts with networking. The dreaded networking conundrum. We all know we should be networking, we just don’t enjoy it. Maybe we were never taught how to meet strangers. Maybe we’re too concerned with selling ourselves in hopes for those leads and gain clients. Or maybe we’re too shy to make the introduction. Whatever it is, we can make it as simple as sun (that sounds kind of nice).

Aim to meet only 2-3 people. If you meet more people, great. But 2-3 people allows you to really connect and have a real conversation.

Talk about anything BUT business. The weather, the commute, a game or show you watched last night, maybe an award show, a national event. Don’t start with business. Then let the conversation naturally draw towards what each of you do for living or what project you’re working on.

The most important of all, FOLLOW UP, FOLLOW UP, FOLLOW UP. Go home and send an email. Makes plans to meet up. “It’s a pandemic, everything’s being done virtually.” Fine. You can incorporate all these tips using Zoom, trust me.

But don’t let these valuable people you’re meeting go to waste. Organize them…

Start Loving the Process

Love the Process

I’ve heard that line too: If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

Hmm, wrong. Work will always be work. That’s why they don’t call it “fun”. Seriously. But you can love what you do enough that you actually want to keep doing it. You get excited about getting up in the morning. You’re excited about meeting a new client. You’re excited about making your first phone call. That’s all work but it’s work you enjoy doing.

But more importantly – something I find myself constantly working on – is loving the process. Learning to love the journey and not just be waiting to arrive at the destination. And I’ve always been a destination kind of girl. I want to get there already. I’m in the backseat asking, “are we there yet?” I am extremely impatient. And that means always wanting to fast forward through the steps and get to the reward.

But I’m starting to really learn that sometimes the steps make the reward that much better when you finally arrive. And other times the steps are the reward. When I sit down and meet with a client face to face, I’m always secretly impressed with myself as to how confident I sound. As to how knowledgeable I come off as. To how well spoken I can be. Yes, I’m tootin’ my own horn here and I ain’t ashamed of it. But that confidence and knowledge didn’t happen after one client or one successful workshop or meeting. It was me constantly investing in myself taking the time to self evaluate and constructively criticize so I can be better for the next client. Finding opportunities to learn and study and practice again. That’s my process. And although I don’t always acknowledge it as part of the equation, it’s always a factor to whatever success I’ve earned.

And in case you didn’t know. I work with aspiring hustlers one-on-one. For those of you in the greater L.A. area, we can schedule an in person meeting. For those elsewhere, we can schedule a phone conference. Either way, you can reach me at:

Look forward to hearing from you!

Working 5 to 9: It’s the Final Countdown

I don’t know about you ladies out there, but the next 6 weeks for me are going to be super crazy busy for me. Between work, launching a new side business, taking on new clients, trying to close out the year on a high swing and on a completed note, I’ve got a lot to get done before 2020 rolls around.

Last night I had back to back conference calls with two clients: one regular, one prospect. I still need to get some content ideas over to another client by the end of this week for a project I accepted and I got to prepare for some workshops we’re launching at work.

But doesn’t it always feel the same? At the end of every year, wrapping it up closing it out? This year feels a little more intense because I’m not where I was four or five years ago and I’m in a position where I have a voice and I influence impact.  But I enjoy it.  all the challenges that’s come my way. I’ve been enjoying every second of it.  I just look at this moment in time, this chaotic moment as a snapshot of the juggling act I’ll be doing for myself when I make the full leap to self employed individual.

Just counting down to it.  That, and the new year.  What does the rest of 2019 look like for you?

Inside the Hustle: Notarizing After Work

I think I enjoying performing notarizations after work. No having to get up extra early, map out where I’m headed and how much time I need to give myself to get to work. My day doesn’t feel nearly as long when I have a notarization in the evening as it would in the morning. And I’m in a more relax state of mind.

Except… dinner.  I could go for something to eat right about now.

Inside the Hustle: Notarizing in Torrance

It’s been a minute since I’ve shared an “inside the hustle”, and ladies I’ve been hustling. That’s for sure. But stopping to share the journey… not so much.

I’m in an Uber headed to Torrance. A client texted me from my Craigslist ad asking for same day services, so here I am headed their way hoping to make it by 9:30pm. Best thing about LA is that at this hour, it’s very likely.

The client caught me just in time, because I was about strip down and put bed-like clothes on. They’re not quite “pajamas”, but they serve the same purpose.

I’ll try to be more mindful and share these moments more often with you so we can support one another. And by all means, share your journey with me!