Becoming an entrepreneur while balancing a full-time job or a full-time school schedule can seem like a daunting task. However, it is not impossible with the right resources and the right community to guide you in the right direction. Whether you are creating content, graphics or clothing, if you dream of turning your passion into profit, it’s never too early to start.
Entertainment strategist, Rachel S. Jackson and founder of The Cut Life, Tahira Joy discussed their entrepreneurial journeys and shared some gems during the ESSENCE GU 2021 Summit.
Check out some of the tips they shared below, and watch the video above to see the full conversation.
Impostor Syndrome is normal, but trust in your donation is key.
âI was very nervous, I was very skeptical because sometimes you have this idea of ââfailure,â Rachel said. “I thought, ‘what if someone is better than me? But when you walk into what you’re supposed to do, what you want to give to the world will always make room for you.
Having limits is important
While balancing a full-time job in the music industry and entertainment businesses with her own agency, Rachel explained how she stays balanced with everything she does.
âI keep a strict schedule. I have strict limits with my personal time and my work time. When I am disconnected from my day job, I am turned to my side business or any other business I am working on.
Be passionate about your passion
âBefore you can really invest money in something, you have to love it, you have to be able to practice it,â Tahira said. âIt’s important to research, use the people around you, and be open to comments and opinions. “
Use what you have to start your business
âWhat I was doing was scrambling for the champion. I worked at the Boys N Girls Club, which was my main source of income in college, âRachel said. âI made the most of my time to make room for other opportunities like organizing parties, promotional events, learning public relations and planning events. These are all things that poured into me and allowed me to lay the foundation for my business. “
Tahira also encouraged women to present their business plans to family members for possible investments. âThose people who are closer to you will be more passionate about your success. “
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The Girls United 2021 Summit is presented by CBS Original equalizer and sponsored by American Airlines and Mcdonalds.