What Makes A Great Leader?

Written By Dominique Bancey
Many persons have different opinions of what it means to be a leader. Being a great leader, will lead to a successful business, so what makes a great leader?

Transparency. As a leader, you have to strip off that mask you used to wear. If the people you’re leading think that you are hiding things then they won’t trust or believe in you. Therefore, you have to be transparent. The things you say will need to align with the things you do.

Focus. This should be known. As a leader, if you are not focused, then no one else around you will be either and that means that no work would be done. You have to focus on your duties so you can motivate your team to focus on theirs as well.

Confidence. If you aren’t confident in what you’re doing, then why would your team be?

Integrity. Honesty is the best policy. If you focus on being your authentic self and putting that forth for everyone to see, then your team members and company will inherit this key feature.

Inspiration. Something in life has to inspire you to be someone or do something. This inspiration could be small, big, simple or complex, it doesn’t matter. As long as you as a leader find something to inspire you, your team will find something to inspire them as well.

Passion. You have to love what you are doing in order to motivate and inspire others to want to help you to achieve the goals you have set. If you are doing something just to do it then you will tend to have a ‘don’t care’ attitude and you won’t put in much effort or time into ensuring that it is successful.

Being a leader isn’t the easiest job in the world, but it’s not necessarily the hardest either. Many say that leaders are born, not made, what say you?

Until next time.

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Creative and Artist Ravin Lawson

Interview by Abner Jackson III

When did you realize you wanted to become an artist and was there any artist who work influenced you the most?
Art found me at a young age. I have been drawing as long as I can remember and started selling my graffiti sketches to my classmates in 4th grade.

Tell readers about your Mlndsoul and RavinFresh website? How did you come up with the idea to start those websites.
Melanated Soul (MLNDSOUL.com) was created to ‘Consciously engage the dynamic in Black Culture.’ In a world that constantly feeds us negative images, I felt it was necessary to put out positive apparel for our young Kings and Queens to look up to. RavinFresh.com is set to launch in February 2018 and will be another creative outlet for my Art and Apparel.

How long have you been artist for and did you take any specific training to become one?
I have been creating my whole life, however I didn’t take it seriously until college. I have no formal training whatsoever.

What do you feel separates your art from others?
I feel that my life, experiences, multiple talents, and perspective separates me from anyone else.

What is your biggest accomplishment in your field of work?
I’m not sure what my biggest accomplishment is but, hopefully, it is yet to come!

What is your favorite painting and why?
I dont have one specifically, but I love doing my “splash marley” paintings. I would say that’s my signature look right now.

Where do you see your companies at in five years from now?
In five years I see Melanated Soul being a well known clothing brand and my artwork (Freshpaintz) to be in thousands of homes across the world.

Bravo TV Reality Star, Entrepreneur, and Real Estate Agent Genise Shelton Covers the Jan/Feb 2018 Issue of VEU Magazine

Bravo TV Reality Star, Entrepreneur, and Real Estate Agent Genise Shelton Covers the Jan/Feb 2018 Issue of VEU Magazine. We spoke to Genise about her entrepreneurial journey, her journey to reality TV, and the start of her sex trafficking foundation Our Children’s Keeper.  In this issue we also feature R&B Singer VEDO on his musical career  from being on THE VOICE Television show, to his continued journey as a singer and songwriter, Orlando nightlife entrepreneur Tony Khuu, and Becky Davis. We also have our usual business, entrepreneurship and other lifestyle articles in health, fashion,  food and more.

How to Build a Successful Business With a Romantic Partner.

Written by Dominique Bancey

Building a business is extremely difficult, but building one with someone you are romantically involved with, can be even more challenging. If you wish to build a business with a partner, or if you are wondering how they do it, read on.

Celebration. Being business and romantic partners is indeed a challenge, however, neither one of you should forget that if something good happens, there is no harm in celebrating. With each goal that is reached, and each success that is attained, allow yourselves to take a break and celebrate each of these. This will allow the both of you to realize that you are doing a great job at being business partners.

Observation. Though the both of you are focusing on your tasks, take some time out to observe what the other is doing. After observing, compliment them. This will let them know that you realize the hard work they are doing to allow the both of you to succeed as business partners.

Accuracy. Before starting the business, sit down and have a talk. Ensure that the both of you have clear and accurate thoughts as to your strengths and weaknesses, what each of you could contribute to the business as separate individuals.

Agreement. Another thing you have to pay attention, make sure that you both agree as to what exactly you are working towards. Ensure that each of you share the same vision for the company. If one person starts to steer away from that vision, the other can talk to them about it to get them back on track.

Balance. This is one of the most important factors. Create a balance with work and life. Form a middle ground. Discuss what should be talked about at work, separate from at home. This will also inspire your team as they will take note that the both of you are goal-oriented and do not allow your personal lives to get in the way of business.

Many individuals tend to steer far away from building a business with a partner, however, it may not be as difficult as it seems, if you follow these simple tips.

Until next time.

8 Books That Helped Elon Musk Become a Maverick Billionaire

Written by Benjamin Roussey

Tech billionaire and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, is a role model for millions of people worldwide and he did appear in Iron Man II despite that movie being pitiful (the final action scene was about 6 minutes and totally anticlimactic). If you have always aspired to be like him and wanted to achieve even 10 percent of the success he has, you could always start by reading the books that helped shape the revolutionary entrepreneur.

Here are the eight books that Elon Musk thinks helped him become a billionaire.

1. Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down by J.E. Gordon

Musk has said that this book is good for those who want to know the basics of structural design. It also provides a lighter explanation about the science behind SpaceX.

2. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

The maverick entrepreneur regards Benjamin Franklin as one of his heroes. The book showed Musk that how in spite of being a runaway kid and having nothing, Franklin still become so successful – as a diplomat, scientist, inventor, author, and entrepreneur.

3. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

Albert Einstein’s biography had a marked influence on Musk, especially famous quotes of the theoretical physicist which have a direct bearing on the entrepreneur’s vision for his companies.

4. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom

Bostrom’s book discusses the challenges that can occur if computational intelligence rises above human intelligence, which is a real concern in today’s world with the advent of artificial intelligence.

5. Merchants of Doubt by Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes

The book revolves around an argument by two historians who believe that the facts concerning many public health issues have been deliberately muddied by scientists with corporate and political connections. You may want to be careful about this since we know that global warming facts have been altered to suit socialist interests.

6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This is a classic book that talks about greed, competition, and survival. Musk said that the heroes of the books he reads always have a sense of duty to save the planet.

7. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel

The book focuses on the necessity of unique thinking among founders of startups. Moreover, it provides an interesting explanation for creating super successful ventures.

8. The Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov

Musk learnt that civilizations move in cycles from this book, something that inspired him to pursue his own radical ambitions.

All these books helped make Musk the man he is today and hopefully they will inspire you too in your professional journey. If you want to read another outstanding book, Taylor Caldwell’s Dear and Glorious Physician is amazing.

How to Make Your Small Online Business Appear Larger Than It Is

Written by Dominique Bancey

When just starting up a business, it tends to be nerve-racking, and for the most part, many will tend to underestimate you due to lack of size or experience. However, you can easily create an illusion to make others believe that your business is larger than it actually is.

1. Try to get your social media following ‘sky high’.

As customers, the first thing they will tend to look for, is how many followers you have on social media. With a growing time in technology, they cannot really help themselves because this is how they find out how many persons are interested in your business and what you have to offer. You may wonder how to gain more followers each day, but the best thing to do is network. Follow persons who have similar businesses, comment under their posts, get the attention of their customers as they just might come check out your page.

2. Create an email address that is specific to your domain.

Having a personalized or customized website domain is one thing, but having an email address that lines up with this domain will make individuals take you more seriously. They will view you as more professional. For example, if your company’s website domain is hairandlashes.com but then your email would be hairandlashes@yahoo.com, instead you should have an email like l.trish@hairandlashes.com.

3. Get A Virtual Office

This would come at a cost to you, however, it would impress customers to stick with you and they would recommend you to their friends or family. Some virtual offices allow you to get a mailing address, local phone number, book conference rooms and access to break rooms or reception areas. Depending on where you are from or the plans you choose, the prices will tend to have a wide range. However, you should do your research to find the one that works best for the type of company you have and type of customers you have as well.

Having a small, online business doesn’t mean that you should stick to being small. Sometimes it pays off to create an illusion.

Until next time.

4 Money Habits We Should All Keep

Written by Dominique Bancey

Set a major financial goal. Making goals for your finances is one of the best things you could do. Whether it be an amount you wish to reach at the end of a week, month, or year, it will allow you to save without even thinking about it.

Budget. Budget. Budget. Growing up you probably always heard your parents talking about budgets, and even though you may have overlooked it, you need to pay attention to budgets. Making a budget at the beginning of each month will ensure that you do not spend more than you need to.

➢ Keep track of your net worth. Hearing ‘net worth’ is usually associated with businesses or even celebrities. However, it is not that difficult to calculate your own net worth. You can do so by summing up all your assets then subtracting your liabilities. By doing so on a schedule (every 3-6 months), you will ensure that you are sticking to the budgets you make each month.

Make a payment to your credit card every week. Usually, most persons tend to make payments to their credit card at the end of every month. However, it would be better to pay it at the end of each week. This will make sure that you do not spend money that should be contributed towards it, on something else.
➢ Keep a journal of what you spend for the month. It is good to build up a good money habit. Impulse spending each month leads to a bad money habit. Having a journal will ensure that you make regular payments each month.

Keep receipts. Always ask for a receipt whenever you make a purchase.

You do not necessarily have to keep them for a long period of time, but you could copy them into your journal so that you can keep track of exact spending habits.

Forming a good money habit is not easy, but following these tips (and more), could make it easier. Try these tips and build up your habits.

Until next time.

Want To Earn Money While you Sleep? Here’s how

Written by Dominique Bancey

Many of us enjoy sleeping and sometimes wish we could easily make some money while we slept, but what if I told you that it is possible?

Here’s how.

Start a blog. In having a blog, you could find sponsors, sell advertising or earn commissions. Yes you would still have to do a little work to run the blog, however, you won’t have to do much and you can sleep as much as you wish.

Earn royalties. Are you talented in music or any other creative aspect? You could easily use this to your advantage and let others pay you for using your work. Can you produce beats? Write songs? Why not sell these to singers, rappers, etc.? Do you have a great idea for a book? Team up with a publisher and get that money rolling in.

Flip websites. If you’re quite talented in creating websites then this is perfect for you. You could do your research on a certain company, check out their website then create one from scratch for them based on the information you found. Then approach them with this new website and convince them as to why yours is better than the one they already have.

Sell products. This is common, but smart. You can use eBay or even Amazon as they will take care of shipping for you. Just post the products in which you would like to sell and you could earn money whenever, wherever

Invest in stocks or shares. This idea is becoming more popular as of recent, but it is still extremely beneficial. Do your homework, learn what you need to then check out the different stocks or shares you could invest in. Keep in mind that you have to keep an eye on these.

There are many other things you could possibly do to earn money by hardly lifting a finger. Think about them, and figure out which would be best for you.

Until next time.

The Next Big Shopping Platform is an App You Already Have

Written by Aysha Chaudhry

An announcement made earlier this fall is set to significantly change the way we shop: e-commerce giant Shopify is partnering with Instagram to create an in-app shopping experience on your favorite photo app.

Shopify has already rolled out in-app purchasing in Instagram to thousands of merchant to allow them to take advantage of the holiday season spending. Very soon, we will likely see shopping tags across all of our favorite brands.

This comes as no surprise since Shopify is already integrated within Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, and Facebook’s other app, Messenger.

Instagram shopping will change the way people buy and sell every day. It will be interesting to see what those changes are.

Women and the Growing Popularity of the Side Hustle

Written by Aysha Chaudhry

We all know that women are hard-working for sure, but did you know that women are more likely than men to have a side hustle, according to a CareerBuilder.com study? This could be for a number of reasons, such as the historical wage gap, but regardless, if you are one of the women who do have an extra source of cash outside of your “day job,” you are not alone.

A side hustle is a way for people to earn money in their spare time, hence the term “side” hustle. Side hustles can range from a variety of things, but differ from a second job or side job in that a side job is usually a part-time position with set hours and schedule.

While a second job may not be in the cards for you due to your schedule and workload, a side hustle can allow you to make money on your own time. Here are a few side hustles that give you the freedom of managing your own schedule:

1. Uber/Lyft driver
2. Freelance Writer or Designer
3. Selling arts and crafts on Etsy
4. Selling your gently used clothes on Mercari or Poshmark
5. Renting your place out on Airbnb
6. Babysitting/dogsitting