Los Angeles | LISC Los Angeles (Small Business Grants)

If you haven’t applied yet for a small business grant through LISC as a part of the COVID-19 relief package for small businesses in Los Angeles county, you have until Friday September 4th to do so. They’re offering $5,000, $15,000 and $25,000 grants depending on the size of your small business. Yes, that means you too indie contractors and micro- entrepreneurs!

https://www.lisc.org/los-angeles/

Reset September (2020)

Reset the Year

To say that 2020 has been off the rails, is an underestimate. We’ve been off course — at least, here in the States — since January. And our country has never been more blatantly divided in socio-economic relations, since… well… that’s debateable.  And I’m sick and tired of carrying on in arguments explaining my point of view with people who obviously don’t see the world the way I do, but can’t even agree to disagree.

I’m done. I’m sooo done. With the conversation, at least. You either believe we need to fix the broken elements in our country or you don’t. And that’s fine whichever side of the fence you fall on. You’re entitled to your opinion as so am I. What’s not fine? Our money, our jobs, our economy…our hustles.

I am BLESSED that I was able to keep my job after the shut down for California/ Los Angeles. Kept my full salary, my full benefits but the only thing’s that changed is my location. Home. I’m now working from home. And I LOVE it. Wouldn’t trade it for nothing in the world. But… it means other people aren’t working because they’ve lost their jobs, their gigs, their clients, their income source. My happy times are someone else’s worries and stress times.

Maybe you didn’t lose your job, but could be in trouble of being one of those people. Maybe your salary has been reduced. Maybe the clients aren’t flowing in the same frequency. Maybe… we need to reset the year and take back our piece of ownership. Our piece that we were so meticulously carving out for ourselves. F*ck the pandemic. We need to get our lives back on track even while we’re under quarantine. We need to plan ourselves out of the global economic disaster and come out on top.

Anyone game to reset with me?

{Photo credit: not mine}

Spirit of Finance Workshop

Finance, Finance, Finance!

I really do consider myself a student of the things that I am passionate about and one of those things are obviously money and finance. How to better manage it, how to make more of it and how to create savings nest eggs so I can be well protected from… well, hell, life.

I discovered this workshop through a newsletter I was sent via email.  I actually invited a colleague as well who unfortunately couldn’t make but I still soldiered on as I want to learn all and more that I can about improving my finances.

What are you passionate about that you’re wiling g to spend a few hours on a Sunday learning?

“Real” Wednesday: In The Beginning

Getting It Off The Ground

When I went for my notary commission, I spent over $300. This was for the two classes, one for the notary commission and the other for the signing agent training. Then the exam. Then the filing of my notary completion, and paying for the bond and the $25,000 policy insurance I took out to later cover my ass as a working notary public. And I went got my first notary client, I was super nervous, super unsure and super slack about it.

I charged the client $25. $15 for the actual notary service and $10 for the travel fee. And he was my only client for about 3 or 4 months. I didn’t know how anything about marketing myself as a notary. I was new, I was definitely still wet behind the ears and I didn’t want any of my clients to know they would be my first clients as I got the hang of notarizing documents.

I later invested in a business website, business cards and paid marketing on social media and Craigslist. It took some time in 2018, but I was finally able to make the money back I spent in 2017 on getting my commission. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t have waited so long to market myself or felt so insecure in something I spent 20 hours getting trained for. Hello!

The reality is that hustling or having a hustle sounds easier than what it is. But it requires a lot of investment and time into yourself. And if you’re not willing to commit to yourself, it’ll be that much harder to commit to a hustle.

She Supports: Me!!

I don’t know who needs to hear this (everyone who wants to have a hustle), but you need to pick up a copy – digital or in print – of my newest book, The Singl Woman’s Guide to Side Hustling.

Some of the positive feedback I’ve gotten is that it’s an easy read. It’s easy to follow and explains everything clearly.

And you find the book on Amazon!

The Girlboss Rally Event

I just spent the most amazing day “at work” attending the Girlboss Rally Event. It was the best empowering women’s conference I have ever attended. There were workshops, speakers, networking opportunities, lunch (my fave!), book signings, chill time and just an amazing group of women and energy throughout the entire day.

I am a little spent. After all, I did work. But I enjoyed every minute of today!

Inside the Hustle: Unknown Opportunities


I am out here hustlin’, literally. So things have really been evolving for me since I got back to NC. Not only did I start my meal prepping business (which I’ll talk about another time), but I had the opportunity to shoot a campaign for the Just In Case On the Go Bag!

I had so much fun and of course the perks of modeling and representing a company are the best. All this came about because I stay authentic to who I am and my energy attracts the necessary people in my life. Not to mention, my great sense of style; wink wink.

The take away from this is, to be who you are and treat people with kindness. Be authentic and never switch it up to blend in. Stand out and the opportunities will come.

Stay HUSTLIN’,

Elle

Find Your Interests

I don’t expect to succeed at everything I attempt, but I do believe in attempting everything I want to do. So I took some time out of my day and went to a tax lien investor seminar in Pasadena. At the last minute, I had a guest join me, which made it more fun to attend.

I make myself do/try something of interest to me and is pushed me outside of my comfort zone as often as I can. Ideally, once a month, but I will take the opportunity whenever it presents itself.

So, my fellow hustlers, what are your interests and how do you push yourself to do more, learn more and succeed at more?

Presenting to the guests how to make passive income with taking liens investment

Real Estate Tax Lien Seminar

Getting seated before the event starts

Where the REW held their tax lien event Sun. Sept. 9th

Volunteer Time: #DesignYourLA

I’m here at the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Branch Library getting ready to participate in the #DesignYourLA community event sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles.

I signed up for this event when I met a woman at my last volunteer activity in which she asked me to be a part if this project. After learning she was working with the city, I said yes, because how cool would that be. Rhe project is centered around making Los Angeles a more tech savvy city in attempts in really integrate the communities who have less access to technology as a whole.

I’ll keep you updated!

Updates: (Please describe one or two problems or situations that affect your daily experience in LA – questions being asked)

Professional Development

I am a big believer in professional development. I actually spent of all of 2015 focusing on that, more specifically Marketing. Much to my surprise, my current employer thought nothing of it, but that hasn’t slowed me down one bit!

I’m currently sitting in my Bookkeeping/ Accounting Concepts and Analysis class. This stuff is a bit over my head, but I’m going to stick it out and single hustlin’ female do not give up or given.