Making Moves in Atlanta

Making moves in Atlanta, back-and-forth scrambler – Nas, If I Ruled The World

 

In March, my family and I moved from NE Wisconsin to Atlanta. I went to school in Atlanta (Morehouse), lived here for twelve years, and in some ways Atlanta is more like home than my hometown, NYC.

There is also a thriving tech startup ecosystem here with a community of people keen to support snotty little companies like mine. Bottom line, there is lots of opportunity in Atlanta. And when you combine hustle (which I got in spades) and opportunity, magical things can happen.

Here’s a recap of some of the “magic” I’ve been able to make happen in the short time I’ve been here.

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These 3 Women Entrepreneurs Have More Faith Than You

Faith.

Faith is a word I see used a lot in social media inspirational memes. But what does it really mean?

Google defines faith as complete trust or confidence in someone or something. It also defines faith as strong belief in God or the doctrines of a religion.

The bible describes faith as the substance of things hoped for-the evidence of things not seen.

I submit to you that faith is just an empty word to most people. But for entrepreneurs, it can be everything. For entrepreneurs, faith can be the only thing that keeps them going when their business model isn’t working as planned, and there aren’t enough sales and customers to pay themselves sufficiently to take care of their families. And friends, family, and investors are looking at them sideways and telling them to shut down their business because it’s not gonna work.

Because of this, entrepreneurs have more faith than the average person. They have to.

I reached out to three entrepreneur friends (who happen to be women) to get their thoughts about the role of faith on their entrepreneurial journey-here’s what they said.
 
 

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My Best 3 Tips to Get PR For Your Business

If you’re an entrepreneur or have a side hustle and think you can’t get PR on you own, you can!

I’ve gotten my business on the TODAY Show three times, Good Morning America, Money Magazine, and lots more on my own.

I’m also a newly published author at www.themoreyouhustle.com and I’ve already gotten excerpts from my book on Entrepreneur and the TODAY Show Parenting team’s website.

You CAN do this!

 

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Dad Life? Nah, Twin Dad Life

I post a lot on Facebook about the spontaneous hilarity, and day-to-day of being a dad of twin toddlers, and I often use the hashtag #TwinDadLife. People seem to dig it, so I thought I’d share some of the more “interesting” posts here on the blog.

This is also important because it contradicts the stereotype that Black men aren’t good dads and aren’t involved in the lives of their children.

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How do you get your business noticed? Seriously, how do you do it?

How the hell do you get your business noticed these days when consumers are being bombarded with so many messages? Seriously, I’m asking. Because I have no idea.

Yeah yeah! I know all about the usual “tricks” like, Facebook advertising, blogging, guest blogging, blogger reviews, appearing on podcasts, Google Adwords, Instagram ads, daily deal sites, influencer marketing, PR, landing pages, and blah blah blah.

Presumably those tactics have been successful for many businesses, but not so much for mine.

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Luck Does Matter and Here’s How it Got My Biz on Good Morning America

The more you hustle, the luckier you get.

To be clear, hard work (e.g., hustle) matters more than anything. But in my experience as an entrepreneur, the harder I work, the more lucky breaks I get.

This might be an obvious statement to some, but I know there are many people who don’t believe in luck; they say they create their own luck, or there’s just no such thing as luck.

They are wrong.

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Here’s How I Got Featured in Forbes as an Up and Coming Entrepreneur

This weekend I had the good fortune of being featured in Forbes.com as one of eighteen entrepreneurs who are up and coming, but who were rejected by the tv show Shark Tank. I’ve been rejected twice by “The Tank” despite making it past the first round of auditions both times.

Folks ask me all the time how I’m able to get PR like this on my own, so I thought I’d share the background story.

 

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Sometimes When You Lose, You Win (Part 3)

As entrepreneurs, we are out here grinding, chasing big dreams and trying to knock the cover off the ball. When the stakes are high, we all hope for the best and sometimes get attached to the outcomes we want. But when things don’t go as planned, we can get down on ourselves.

Don’t do it.

Why? Because I’ve learned an important lesson on this entrepreneurial journey: When things seem to not be going your way, they can take an unexpected turn that works out completely in your favor. In other words, sometimes when you think you lose, you ultimately win.

I’d like to share a quick story to make my point.

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How I’m Trying To Get My Business On Oprah’s List of Favorite Things

Yesterday I had the idea that my company, WeMontage, should be included in the list of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2016. I mean, why not, right?! I’m confident she will love it, if she gets a chance to see it.

I thought I’d share this experience on the blog because it might inspire someone to take action towards manifesting their vision and get their hustle on. (more…)

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