Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Is there a Difference in South & East Coast Business? What are you afraid of?


You all know how I love to visit my home town Washington DC. Each time I go, I grow (lol). It’s always a pleasure to visit old friends, families as well as try to do business by creating a new business contact.

I had the opportunity to return home this time for my class reunion.. They are tearing our high school down to rebuild it. It’s getting an extreme makeover sort to speak. While there I was able to have a meeting with a friend who has her own business.

She held an empower event that I was able to attend to network with other business-like mind people. The cost for this event was $50. The room was packed with suited as well jeaned Men & Women. Everyone exchanging business cards talking and getting to know what each other does. There were a couple of speakers a few vendors tables set up for visual services and products the networkers were able to explore. There was finger food and drinks offer [cash bar] and everyone was able to stand up and present a 3 minute elevator pitch (lol). There were about 250 people; per my friend and this was a low count compared to last month. This event is held once a month but on this night it was a special event because of the speakers.

Some of the conversation was business; politics; football and even fashion. Some greeted each other like old friends and other like they have just met for the first time.
After the event was over, I decided to stick around to ask a few questions about the event; the purpose and how long has she been doing this type of networking event.
We sat down and had a wonderful conversation. It was powerful funny and very enlighten. The questions rolled off my tongue like a new student and she answer each one with honesty and joy of her accomplishments. Then I realized from her that there is a difference in doing business in the south verse the east coast. But why since we all are trying to achieved the same thing? It appeared to me we all are trying to become successful; Aren’t we all seeking independence in what we do; Are we not trying to remove ourselves from corporate America to start our own business? Is there a difference in our passions? Hmmm? Is there?

What is holding business people back from growing their business? Is it lack of Education; funding; support? Are we expecting something for nothing? Should we expect our friends to cheers us on or do we feel like every man/woman for themselves?

I learned a lot from my friend and details will be shared later. But I believe I’m on the right track and I’m doing my best in moving forward. I know I still have a lot to learn and some growing to do when it comes to business, but I have decided I want to be like those who are growing their business and not sitting around waiting on something to happen. I know we all have our circle of friends that we do business with, but what would honestly happen if we step away from the circle for a few moments to add create a new circle of business contacts outside the rim of what we have. Will we learn something new? Will we gather new information? Will our business increase? When it all boils down, what do we have to loose if we decide to try something new outside the rim of what we normally do with the people we normally do business with? What are we afraid of?

Let me hear from you, have you done business with someone else other then friends outside your own back yard? What was the results..
Until next time- The Business Women!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Your Purpose vs Your desire.. Is there a difference?.

Your Purpose vs Your desire.. Is there a difference?.
I just completed a huge project, it’s a project that have done for the last 3 years for Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, it’s the Single Summit. I enjoy working this project, it allows me to not only give back to my church who supports me with AnyEvent, but it also allows me to learn a lot in working with others and learning to push myself harder in what I enjoy doing. After each event I learn something about myself and the one that is that I love working and project managing events. I learn that it is my gift that God has blessed me with and it’s my desire to continue to better in it! I have met a lot of people that tell me that they want to start a business or get into event planning, and then they realize its hard work. With any business or ministry it’s not easy work when building or creating. You learn only the strong will survive. I knew I was not meant for Corporate American after working hard for a company 5 years, giving up my time and talent; working over time having to go through the politics of it all, just only to hear that my work level was average and being refused a bonus because of personal issues you have with me. I knew some way some how God would bless me with a talent and a purpose to be self-employed. Who knew He took the talent I had as first & 2nd grader, throwing parties in my best friends basement as a avenue to get me where I need to be now. Dr. Evans once told us in his teaching, “you will know your purpose, because you would want to do it for free” I know my purpose and I get the desire from it to do better. “Everything that God is going to do for you have already been done”, Dr. Tony Evan, Your path has been created for you, It’s just a matter of asking God for clarification and the road map to get there. It will not be easy, and at times it will be hard. It will not be fun, and at time it will seriously make you cry.. But just think, Christ knew He had 33 years on this Earth to do the will of God, He knew His purpose and His purpose was God’s desire. Is there a difference between the two, I’m still not sure, But I know my purpose is to be the best example in my business for God while I do His will, and my desire is to continue to be the best event planner God created in me. Are you walking in your purpose, it’s it a desire? I would love to hear from your.. Please comment- Until next time.. The Business Woman. pur•pose-noun, verb, -posed, -pos•ing. noun 1. the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc. 2. an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal. 3. determination; resoluteness. 4. the subject in hand; the point at issue. 5. practical result, effect, or advantage: to act to good purpose. de•sire-verb, -sired, -sir•ing, noun verb (used with object) 1. to wish or long for; crave; want. 2. to express a wish to obtain; ask for; request: The mayor desires your presence at the next meeting.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Operation Business


Operation Business

Wow, what a month I had.. It’s been crazy. My fiscal year ended in July, but I was to busy to recognized that I hadn’t look over my books to see what worked or didn’t work for 2011. Is that a good thing? I’m not sure, but I do know that I’m so busy that the main portion of what is required to operate AnyEvent was placed on the back burner and that is not good!

It is VERY important that we as business onwers take time every six months or once a year to work on the operation of the busy. We can get so busy trying to create business, get clients or marketing our business that we don’t keep an eye on what it takes to make sure that the business is running right.

Has all the vendors been paid; are you ready to bring in help; are your expenses being recorded; was there a profit or did you end in the red? These are the most important part of your business that will keep us up and running. I know we think that kind of stuff can wait till we are making thousands but honestly, Even if you are making $500 a year in profit, you need to know where that money is going and how it was made.

August appears to be a slow month for me, which is good, [Don’t know how it got here so fast] I’ve begin preparing for 2011-2012 business. Setting up appointments to work more with my business consultant and bring in an account to make sure that I can actually bring on a personal assistant and decorator.

I will review everything from the last 7 months, and see what is working and what is not.. Sign up for a few educational programs and read some new business books I have sitting in a chair at home, still in the box. I will set up an appointment with my PR to get some of the media done for up coming events, as well send out emails to new events planners I met. I have a lot to do to get me ready for 2012.. The business of taking care of business, never close.

Are you ready for 2012? Have you meet with your business consultant to see what things you need to do to step up? Let me hear from you… Your comments are so welcome.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Reinvention


Creativity+ Fresh Idea= Reinvention

I walk my dog Heaven early in the Moring, But at this time year in Dallas you are subject to wake up and its 80 degrees outside, but this morning it was a small breeze and I decided to take Heaven just a few more steps today for her morning walk.

This morning Heavens decided to smell every little thing in the park today. I guess she decided to stop and smell the roses sort of speak, and it wasn’t anything I was interested in doing or in the mood for (lol). But it made me think… when was the last time I took a walk through the garden to smell the roses? When was the last time I actual had the opportunity to dream the possibilities? It had been a while. So with that said I decided after this up coming project [EPBC] I’ll take a trip to The Dallas Arboretum. To be honest, I never been there so what a perfect time to go, one Sunday afternoon.
Now the purpose of this will be to relax and recreate (lol). Instead of running home and trying to come up with a few things to do fresh and new I’m going to use what God created.. A garden. A Place where I won’t have internet connection or be confined to a desk. Places where my mind can look, not concentrate .. Focus.. or Think.. I take vacations with business attached, but it’s been a long time since my mind hasn’t, and it needs a vacation.

I think there are times in our business when we have to be able to stop and smell the roses, LITERY!! Take a long walk, go to the museum, sit by a lake or even walk through a park. This is to take our mind of business and the day to day shift of life. Even God took a day to relax after He created something beautiful.

I believe when we allow our minds a day of rest, when we forget about a few things, when we take a mental vacation, we are allowing God to stir up the new beginnings and preparation for the changes He is about to do. We are not the creator of His Visions and purposes He is and If He wants to change; reinvent or begin a new in us, then we have to be still and know Who is in control; Know that He is God..

So.. Once I complete the EPBC-Event Planners Boot Camp on August 20, 2011, I will take a walk through the gardens and allow the creativity that is about to happen flow! I will allow my mind to be a blank. Reinvention is growth, accepting change is progress; relaxing is allowing God to do it all.

Let’s hear from you, how are you allowing your creativity to flow, how to do take a mental break from business so that you can allow God to send you a vision of growth? I would love to hear from you. Don’t be shy, you never know how your inspiration can help me or some one else.
Until next time.. The Business Woman..

Monday, July 25, 2011

Investing in Your Business

How much are you investing in to you and your business?

As most of my friends know, I’m not a reality TV person. I figure I don’t need to know what any houses wives are doing, it’s not my business and the drama is not positive for me to invest in. But I have stumble across a reality show that I really like. It focuses on Businesses, actually growing your business, going to the next level type of show. She is powerful and don’t play when it comes to whipping your company into to place. And to be honest, some of the people she works with, if I were her I would walk out on them and left them there to grow up! (lol)
The Show is “TABATHA'S SALON TAKEOVER”

This lady doesn’t play. She calls these salon owners out full blast and let them know they need to change or they are going to loose their businesses. But the one thing I really like is that she sees if the salons owners are re-investing into their companies, making sure that the stylist are being educated by attending classes at Hair Schools.

Why do we feel that once we are in business we don’t have to reinvest back into our companies with additional [update] education? Things change; business change; there is so many things our clients want and we can’t just think we don’t have to cater to their needs. .Just because it’s working well now, doesn’t mean it will be working like that next week.

Tabatha was working with one salon; the owner was wearing a NEW $400 shirt while in $500,000 debt. Not only did he not understand that his business was failing, but his stylists didn’t realized that they were supposed to update their skills after they left Cosmetology school.

As Event Planners, I’m always reading books; magazines; taking classes and talking to other planners to make sure I’m doing what it takes to stay on top of my game. I want to make sure that if there is something fresh out there I’m on it to make sure that my client knows she was the best. If you are not investing in your business with education; finances and growth, you will not make it.

As a business owner, I encourage you to invest in your education for your business. It will take you a long way! I promise..
I would love to hear from you about how you have invested in your business and how it helped to grow your business positive.
What changes have you made to stay on top of the market?
As always connect with me, the Business Woman.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Will work for business!

Closed mouths don’t get fed!

Taking from the words of a very dear friend of mines, “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed” So you have to open it [your mouth] to asked for food or at least business (lol).

When I first open AnyEvent, I believed if I built it people will come (lol) ha, the joke was on me, some came and went, but hardly stated around for me to accomplish anything or to make a client. Then I begin to notice something, what would happen if I ask for their business? I would be no better off then I was now. So I did just that, I open my mouth for food to get fed, well at least I open it and start asking for business (lol).

As most of you know, I have a client that is out of the DC area. I begin to notice that a lot of things were happening when my client Chuck Isom begin to bring his clients here to Dallas for the parties. I notice a lot of talking going on. I listen talked and heard, I was like.. WAIT these people are asking to do business with each other (lol) DUH!!

“Everyone is a potential customer” and you never know until you ask them to be.
So I begin to talk with people and ask for their business. I begin to ask what I can do to help them to bring in more business for their product or service.

The hardest thing about being an event planner is that you are not always guaranteed repeated business. Once you do an event; party or theme event, your only certain of repeated business is that the clients request you to do the event next year or a referral by the client. So that means I need to be persistently working asking for business.

If you are falling into a slow slump with business, open your mouth and let everyone know, will work for your business (lol)!

I would love to hear from you, what are the many ways you go after business?
Share my blog with other business women, follow me and read what I’m learning each day as I grow AnyEvent..

Until next time.. The Business Woman!
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Words of Encourgement to my fellow business owners!

Words of encouragement to my fellow business owners

If you have a dream, a desire a passion to work for yourself, then do it.
If you know every single day when you walk out your front door to go to work and not happy because you rather be working for yourself, then do it.

A lot of people tell me they admire me and wish they could be doing what I’m doing- working for them selves and I often ask the questions “Why aren’t you”? And then it begins, “Well I don’t have any money; I don’t know if I’m ready; I don’t know what I honestly want to do. Sometimes I want to say “SNAP OUT OF IT” (lol) Stop being afraid and just do it.

No, don’t run out and quit your job and instantly think you are going to become a CEO you have to prepare for it. How? By trusting God enough to believe in Him enough to give you direction in the way you should go.

Entrepreneurship is not easy. It’s time consuming and it’s hard work. It’s honestly a scary adventure. But in my heart, those who are and were created for it can do it.
I want to share a few things with you, hoping that the advice I can provide from a business owner to you will help.

1. Pray an ask God to direct you. Pray an ask God for clarification, pray an ask God His desire for your life. Then seek Him in everything from the business plan to the business card. Meaning go to Him an ask Him for the business name; what the card should look like and how should the business plan be written? At this point you are trusting God to be the CEO of your company.
2. Switch roles- turn you full time job into your part time job. Let me explain. Continue to work full time; just begin to believe that you are there for a short time. See your business as your full time job, even if you are working it on week ends. This is the planning process, just remember, you also have a family to take care of as well. This is what I call time management.
3. You will have open doors and closed doors. Don’t let that discourage you. It’s all part of growth. Some times you will be glad that certain doors closed (lol).
4. Surround your self with successful people. I know you heard that often, but it’s true. If you are with successful people then you become networkers with successful people. They become mentors; advisors; connections and event clients. If you are surround by naysayers then you will become discourage and loose faith.
5. Help others. Encourage others; be there for those who are getting started. You will be surprise how it comes back.
6. Take a break when you can, don’t worry about mistakes and failure. It’s ok to fail. Honestly (lol). Learn as much as you can about your industry. Read & study about other companies like yours, but you do you! Do your business like you.

I can’t guarantee that your company will be one of Forbes top 10 business or that you will make millions, Only God can do that. But what I can guarantee is that God is in charge of your destiny and if you want to be that top company top service then you will have to work hard at it. Moses had a staff when he lead the folks across the deserts into the promise land, George Washington Carter was rich with just peanuts and Madam C. Walker had an idea to be pretty. It’s all about believing in God, and believing in you. Stop worrying about the money, whether it will work or not. Just do it. Remember the movie The field of dreams, “If you build it, they will come.
I would love for you to share my blog with others and I would love to hear your comments. Until next time, The Business Woman

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Growing Pains of Business SCREAM!

I’m finding less and more time to blog, but this subject I pray will help others who has had to SCREAM because a project went wrong!

I’m still working on the project,[thank God] I’m still hired, but last week end was not pretty!!!. My client asked that I bring my staffing team to his lakehouse to meet him before the party at the end of the month![I’m preparing for him this month].
I contact everyone, gave them the date and time and expected them to show up.
What happen? THEY DIDN”T SHOW! I was getting my car service and heading that way when he called upset that he had prepared food and drinks for someone that didn’t come. I was upset he was up set, I was stress out and put my feet to the gas to head to the event. He called and stated that never mind he was packing up heading home.
I apologies 100 times, plus followed up with an email. If I knew his address I would have sent roses (lol). Seriously!
With that said, I’m now VERY careful of my volunteer staff. So I decided to send out a twitter message; FaceBook message and place a message on Linked In and my website that I am hiring paid volunteers submit resume to me..
Never again will I allow this to happen with me or my business. I was embarrassed an upset. My good friend Chyrssee Wright of The Wright One and business-understander as I call her, explained that things like this will happen, she stated get you a group of sure staffer and build from there, you live and learn.
If I’m to increase, I need to make sure that I have what it takes to grow with class and build a vision as it should be. There are kinks and knit-knats that I will go through during this stage of my business, its call growing pain, but I can guarantee this pain will Not happen again!
I have now begin to quickly interview for my volunteer staff making sure that what I ask, I will get. If you don’t understand my business then you can understand where I’m going! (lol).
Sometimes we will fall on our face and when we do, cry get up dust ourselves off and keep on going. It will hurt at the time, but at least you now know how to take a better road.
God has challenged us all as self employed people, whether we are Event Planners; Catering Services; Hair Designers or Writers. We are not exempted, no more then the person who work the 9-5, It how we deal with it when it hit us. Remember the faith that we have in God and ourselves, it will take us far.
I spent the rest of the day crying and the next day praying, but all in all God spent that day showing me I was tougher in this that I thought I was (lol) !
What are some of the growing pains you had to deal with as you grow your business? I would love to hear from you! You never know how your experience can help me or someone else that reads this blog!
Until next time.. The Business Woman
Blessings!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I need help !

I Need help!

There comes a time in business when we decided if we need help. I am experiencing that this week. (lol) My plate is full of tasks that need to be done, and I’m unable to complete them all even with trying to manage every second of the day! My goal this year was to increase my business for 2011, I wanted to spend more time marketing and promting as well as serving my new and old clients. Well, I prayed and God answer and now I feel like I’m to busy to do it all. With my PT job and business working together, I feel like the minor things that need to be conquered are on hold.
So I decided “ It is time”

I sat down and came up with a job description, a pay rate that I can afford to pay out and the hours I will need the help. Now this will be the interesting part, interviewing. I researched the internet to verify some questions that I want to ask in the interview and I located some on Google, but then I thought, will this work for me?

If you are in the process of making the decision to hire an assistant or PT person, be very clear about what you want. Be very clear about what you need and most of all is very clear about what you expect. This person is representing you and your business and if you are growing your business the last thing you needs is someone destroying what you are building.

Here are a few tips I’m using for preparing to hire my assistant.
1. Review their resume thoroughly. The last thing you want to be worried about if they can handle the job.
2. If you have a service, they must be a people person. You can offer service with out a smile.. Literary!!!
3. How did they dress? What does their appearance say about them?
4. What age has to do with it? A lot…are they mature enough to handle the responsibility of meeting and interacting with clients?
5. What time do you need them? Not when are they available!
6. Details of what they are responsible for; What are you entrusting them with; It’s you business they have to understand that.
7. Are they a reflection of you; your values ‘ your business?

I’m excited about this new level at this new level of my business. I’m also a little scared about allowing some one in to my business, I am praying that God will send me someone that will have the vision I have for AnyEvent.
If you have hired a personal Assistant, let me know how things worked out or working out! Share you story with others!
Until next time, The business woman is at work!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Going back Home

I had the opportunity to go back home for a visit. Our Nation Capital, Washington DC. Home has changed a lot! Some people have changed; some places are different and even some of the opportunities are different, but to me it’s still home.
When I’m away, I still take AnyEvent with me, meaning I’m ready for business at the drop of a hat. My goal is to ask for business and see if I will get it. My conversation is to catch up with everyone and share what I doing, which is AnyEvent.
I was able to talk my way into a golf tournament and speak with my High School alumni President to get things going with our 1979 Class. This will require more traveling, great I like that, in hope it will bring in more business. As my friend Chryssee says “A closed mouths don’t get fed” (lol) and this sista loves to eat!
As I grow and go through the next few months, I plan to knock on a lot of doors to see who’s behind them. As I stated in my previous blog, it’s either sink or swim! And I’ doing all I can to stay a float!
The conversation that I was hearing while listening to some of the “Suits” in DC were about the economy. Everyone is afraid, as I see it, now is the time to prepare for it. From where I sit, it will either get better or worse. It dispends on how you roll with it that will keep you going or shut you down.
Each day is an opportunity to blossom to get out there and re-invent the world or create a job. You just have to be brave, you just have to believe but most of all you have to have faith!
You know I often say- “Write the plan make it plan”
I would really like to know how you are dealing with your business and the economy. Please summit your comments to my blog, but most of all share it with others!
Until next time, I’m the Business Woman!! (lol)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sink or Swim

Sink with the anchor or swim with the sharks

This month I decided to write about Sinking or Swimming in my Business. I know some of you don’t ever feel like that, but I have to be honest, I do. I’m 3 months in to the New Year, where I begin with great ideas and awesome plans to grow and re-event AnyEvent. If something is not working, then you have to make some changes, and that is my goal for 2011.
Now it’s almost the end of March and I’m sitting here looking crazy at my plan book trying to figure out, where did the first 90 days go? I have been in business for 6 years and I’m not near where I desired to be, it don’t mean I’m not going to get there, it’s just taking more time then I plan, which has made things a bit discouraging.

I love being an event planner, I love putting together projects and watching them come to life. BUT there are times, when I feel like blowing this Popsicle Stand and taking off to do something else. Not that Event Planning isn’t my passion, it’s just at time, and I feel lost in what I doing. So my goal for 2011 WAS to do more marketing and more networking in other areas other then my back yard. I did what God asked all Self-Employed people to do “Write the plan, make it plan” Habakkuk 2: 2-3, And I did just that. But, during the hype, I forgot to present it to the Father for review (lol)!
My Pastor, Dr. Tony Evans spoke one Sunday on “Returning to your first love”, and I believe that is was what I needed to do. Return back to my first love in Event Planning, what would that be? Dream again! Be Devoted! Be Determining! In business we will all get discourage, just like in our jobs or volunteer work. But we have to deciding to believe in whose we are and the desire to have what God has giving us in the area of His gift.

I did some studying on a few business owners, Like Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter and the creator of Facebook Mark Zuckenberg. These individuals were ordinary people, they just had determination and drive to do what they WANTED to do with the Gift God gave them. They are no different from you and me. They had no or very little money but they had a drive to go further then they could ever imagine. They believe in one thing, themselves. They trusted one person themselves. Now me as a Christian will always rely on God as my source in everything, but He’s given me enough faith to trust Him in what I’m, doing. It’s up to me whether I’m going to Sink or Swim? I choose to swim. And I’m going to swim as far as I can go, and if possible I will go further then that (lol)
How do I plan to do this?
Write the Plan, Make it plain and move forward regardless of the road blocks that stand before me. I will talk, study and walk in the feet of those who are succeeding. I will continue to pray for guidance and direction. I will be ME and that’s what AnyEvent-Event Planning Service will represent, ME serving my client, My customer My Business!!
Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel? Giving up! Hated that you ever got started in your business? If so share we will love to hear how you decided to Sink or Swim!
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Until next time! Keep Hope Alive!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!
I hope everyone has begun the New Year running making the changes and seeking a new direction to what didn’t work last year. We always create new vision and plan going into the New Year. A new direction while making promises a new view of positive changes!!!

I’m excited about 2011; this will be my 6th year in business and my 2nd year going out side the box on marketing and making connections. It wasn’t easy, but I decided if I wanted AnyEvent-Event Planning Service to be more then just you’re around the corner Event Planning Business, I had to go out side the fence to visit other neighborhoods, and it has been a blessing.

I really tried hard to make some connection in my city. Some are good and others not so good, but just like other businesses you live and learn. Going through this transition and stepping out on faith has me enjoying what I do again! I have a client from the Washington DC area Chuck Isom who is top notch to me in the Business World and every chance I get I’m picking his brain to learn what it takes to operate my business. I also have a pen pal name Teresa Royal who I talked to a few time on the phone out of the Maryland area that helps me in different area as far as my event planning business. Both these individuals as well as others, who I have followed, I have learned so much on how to do business outside my back yard.
Last month Mr. Isom allowed me to open his parties to all those in the Dallas Ft. Worth Area. I open the door wide but only a few walked through. There were soo many people I met this year, a 27 year old guy that has his own IT business, a Woman that that design handbags, I even met a Security guard for the Washington Redskins.. All this was happening because I was at the right place trying to make some connections at the right time.

This year I challenge all you business people to go out your own back yard and open the gate to some new possibilities! You don’t have to leave your old neighbors, just try meeting some new people.
What have you got to loose, what are you afraid of! Talking and networking with these new friends, I have met others and now I have something else to add to my service, Sport Parties!!!

What are you afraid of, what have you done to begin the New Year off right to increase clients and money flowing into your business? I would to hear from you, let me and others know how we can benefit going outside our own back yard into a new neighborhood.. Don’t hold back!
Happy New Year! Until next time!
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