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What No One Tells You About Starting a Small Business

Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET.  This is excerpted from my recent interview with Keenya Kelly @keenyakelly. Keenya is the CEO of and where she strategically helps individuals determine who they are at the core of their being. Her company then creates products and services from those gifts and builds profitable brands online. SmallBizLady: What made you decide to become an entrepreneur? Keenya Kelly: I’ve always had a creative mind with a natural tendency to create and sell. When I realized that my jobs were going to not only limit my creativity but also the amount of income I could generate from it, I decided it was time to create something for myself. SmallBizLady: You started out as an entrepreneur in Network Marketing, what made you shift to creating your own company? Keenya Kelly: Network Marketing is an amazing place to start your journey as an entrepreneur, but it’s not where you need to end up. After earning hundreds of thousands of dollars at my side hustle, I had the ultimate desire to build my own company teaching entrepreneurs what I have learned over the years, vs. continuously teaching how to build network marketing businesses. SmallBizLady: So how did you actually start your business? Keenya Kelly: After 6 months of teaching building and branding on livestream for free, my audience started demanding actual services from me. They wanted me to build their websites, create their logos and spend time chatting with me about how to actually create what they wanted to create. The holy spirit gave me the name If You Brand It. I got it registered, told my audience we were launching September 1st and to prepare to work with us. September 1st we launched and have been rocking and rolling ever since. SmallBizLady: Tell us what are some of the major lessons you learned while you were in the process of starting your business If You Brand It. Keenya Kelly:  The biggest lesson I learned…

Who’s on #Smallbizchat August 2018

#Smallbizchat is a weekly conversation where small business owners can get answers to their questions. The focus of #Smallbizchat is to end small business failure by helping participants succeed as your own boss.   Please join us live on Twitter every Wednesday 8-9 pm ET. Here’s how: follow @SmallBizChat on Twitter and follow the hashtag #Smallbizchat and click here for directions to join the weekly conversation.   In August, we will be talking about branding, addressing #MeToo in businesses, and join us on August 15th, we will be hosting #Smallbizchat LIVE on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, about the following topics:  love and business, profitability, and business networking. Here is a list of who is on #Smallbizchat in August: August 1st – How to Turn Your Business Venture into an Admired Brand, @finieninsights Fabian Geyrhalter is a renowned Brand Strategist and the Founder and Principal of FINIEN. He is the author of Bigger Than This.  For more information, visit   August 8th – How to Innovate and Grow Your Business, @2Excellyourbiz Michael Haynes is a B2B Strategist that helps small businesses grow using customer-driven strategies. He is also the author of Listen Innovate Grow to help small businesses drive growth through B2B. Learn more at   August 15th – #Smallbizchat LIVE on Facebook How to Balance Love and Success in Your Business, @charreah Charreah K. Jackson is an international speaker, coach, and ESSENCE Senior Editor, empowering the brand’s global audience of 13 million.  Charreah is the author of Boss Bride: The Powerful Woman’s Playbook for Love & Success. Find out more at Creating a Permanently Profitable Business, @mikemichalowicz Mike Michalowicz is the author of Profit First and other popular business books. Mike is an author, podcaster, speaker, business columnist and tv host.  Learn more at   How to Leverage Your Network for Warm Referrals, @BrynneTillman Brynne Tillman is an Amazon bestselling author of The LinkedIn Sales Playbook: a Tactical Guide to Social Selling. As a career sales professional herself, Brynne bridges the gap between traditional sales, networking, and social media.  Learn more at   August 22nd – How to Address #MeToo Issues in Your Business, @hracuity Deb Muller is the founder and CEO of HR Acuity,…

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