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|Wed, July 24, 2019 at 4:10 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Peace family! I hope summer 19 has been good to you thus far, I had a slow June but July has been boomin boomin! I wanted to share a recent experience with you that needs to be discussed. So this entry won't have any pics like the previous entries, but hopefully it will spark a change within you.
Earlier this week I met with a financial adviser to discuss my financial future and come up with an investment plan, I had a plan in place but to go to the next level I knew I needed some guidance of a professional. This is something majority of the black community doesn't participate in for some reason, which is why I'm blogging about it. There could be a number of reasons why my fellow black people don't have a money plan in place, so I'm not going to assume or generalize. I just knew I didn't want to be like the majority, and I also wanted to be an example my community can look to if they want to make a change.
Here's the investment plan I put in place with the financial adviser, I'm starting with $100 a month with $50 of it going into the Roth IRA I just opened up, $22 going to my life insurance, & $25 into a raining day fund. Simple right? Also inexpensive too, I waste $100 a month eating out so this will help me cut back. Look at your bank statement and calculate those misc charges and eating out charges. You could take that money and invest it in a high yielding account, you don't need much to start. With my mutual fund I started with $50 a month, then I switched it to $50 quarterly. Now I'm going to switch it back to monthly so I have $50 going into my Roth and $50 going into my mutual fund.
I hope this post inspires you to change your outlook on your finances, I hope you begin to plan for your future so you won't have to keep working while you're 60 or 70 years old. Change starts with us individually, and we as black people have to change our relationship with money. I encourage you to sit down with a financial adviser, take control of your life and your future. Change starts now. Love
|Mon, July 1, 2019 at 4:20 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Peace family! Today is a very special day, 3 years ago today I started my entrepreneur journey. July 1, 2016 was a fresh start to a new beginning, it was the day where I no longer have to rely on a bi-weekly check, have a boss dictating my livelihood, I was completely free and in control of my life. But this journey wouldn't be possible if it weren't for 2 people in my circle.
Back in February 2016 I was having a convo with my Program Director/friend at 99.5 Jamz CJ (he gave me my first job in commercial radio), and in the middle of the convo he tells me to leave the station at the end of July. I was against the idea, and he was adamant about it. Telling me to figure things out after I quit, of course I was still against it because I let being fearful hold me back. CJ put it in the universe for me, if that conversation never took place I believe things would've played out differently. Thank you CJ.
Fast forward to April 2016 my fellow Dj brother Dj Reggie Marcus (on the left in the pic below) held down a weekly residency at this spot called Cam's in Goldsboro, NC. He was preparing to move out of state and reached out to me to take over his residency after he leaves NC. This residency put me in a position where I was bringing in between $600-$800 a week, I was able to build up my savings account in the process. After a month of DJing at Cam's I put in my resignation letter to 99.5 Jamz. Without Reggie I don't even know if I would've walked away from my job, Thank you Reggie.
Without Cj & Reggie my journey would've played out differently for sure, but what I want you all to get from my story is your circle is very important to your growth. 2 people in my circle played a huge role in me becoming a full time entrepreneur. I'm a firm believer in your circle will either help you grow and keep you in your comfort zone. So if your surrounded by people just going thru the motions, and have no type of drive or ambition. I need you to do an audit on your circle, your life and your dreams depend on it! Love.
|Thurs, June 20, 2019 at 9:25 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Peace family! Ever wonder how Beyonce can still sell out tours without dropping a new solo album in almost 5 years? Or how Maze & Frankie Beverly can tour nonstop without dropping a new song in 25 years? Ok 1 more, you ever wonder why people camp out and buy the same shoe Jordan has release previously? People aren't buying the product when it comes to Beyonce, Jordans, Iphones, etc. They're buying into the experience, Beyonce make her fans for a certain way when they listen to her music or see her live performance. So how can you create an experience for your brand/business? I'll show you how I was able to do so with YoKaraoke.
When starting a brand you have to think about your purpose, or as motivational speakers like to say your "why." When I created YoKaraoke my purpose was to bring the fun back into going out, creating a fun vibe that people will never forget. It wasn't about making money, I knew for this to work I had to be deeper than just making money. I wanted tap into my audience in a way like Beyonce does, and create something they'll never forget and want to experience it multiple times.
Once I knew my purpose it was time to execute! In the process of executing you'll see what changes need to made, get input from your audience/customers on how they feel about your product. Test the product our yourself as well, there have been times where I've performed first on my karaoke nights. So at this stage it's all about executing.
That is how you create an experience with your brand/business, that's literally all I did for YoKaraoke. A 2 step strategy, sometimes that's all you need when it comes to your hustle. A purpose that's not money driven, and then execute. Yes it's that simple, the only "hard" part is the execution and patiently working thru the process of getting through the struggle phase. But it will pay off in the long run, but remember this is a marathon not a sprint. Love.
|Sat, June 8, 2019 at 6:15 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Peace family! It's officially halftime, welcome to the midway point of 2019. This year has been dope thus far, I've traveled more, grew my businesses, took some losses, and also gained some major wins along the way. Definitely hit a few bumps within the first 6 months of this year, but I was able to fight thru and continue to make some progress. Here's how my 2019 has been so far!
The year started with me being booked and busy, 2018 started off rough because I didn't plan and execute properly. I told myself I was not ending 2018 the same way I ended 2017, and I was able to end the year strong and start 2019 with that same energy. Also 3 weeks into 2019 I took my first trip of the year to Orlando, Florida to hit up Universal Studios and Disney World.
YoKaraoke has grown to another level this year as well, making it's debut in Greenville, NC with a different format (concert style), and it was lit!! Actually the event was called Lit Karaoke, and it definitely lived up to the name. YoKaraoke had created opportunities I don't think I would've had come my way at all. I was traveling to 5 cities every month, and partnering with major brands like Fat Tuesdays is something I never would've experienced as a DJ.
As I mentioned before I've taken some losses this year, losing Fat Tuesday as a client (still not sure why), getting a rejection email from a potential client I was working on for 11 months to do karaoke, losing both radio stations I was syndicated on with 3two1Radio. Changes are inevitable and will happen regardless if you're ready or not. If you stay ready you won't have to get ready, so I always prepare for the unexpected. On the flip side I've locked into new clients for karaoke, started a social media management & advertising agency which has generated income within 2 weeks of starting it. Also after visiting Orlando I was able to hit up Vegas again!
|Wed, May 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Peace family! I'm often asked how do I do the things I do as an entrepreneur and DJ (Djpreneur as I like to call myself), how do I travel the way I do & still pay my bills. Before I get into how I'm able to do what I do allow me to give you an introduction of how I was able to get to this point in my Djpreneur journey. I left my job at 99.5 Jamz in 2016 & didn't come up with the idea of jumping in the karaoke lane until 5 months later. I launched YoKaraoke in Feb 2017 and went about doing it all wrong which lead me to losing money! I was thinking about giving up on karaoke until I got some good info on how to go about doing it the right way. Once I started implementing the info that was passed to me I've been able to live off YoKaraoke and here's how I'm able to do so:
I live below my means, and know how much my expenses are every month. In 2018 I was able to lock in 2 clients for karaoke Applebee's and a local establishment in Roanoke Rapids called The Plump. The Plump was a weekly event which put me in a position to be able to cover my monthly expenses from just that one client. Keeping my expenses low is how I was able to achieve that feat, my monthly expenses was under 1k a month so it wasn't far fetch to live off of 1 client. I cut my cable bill, no Netflix or Hulu. When it came time to get another vehicle I opted for an older truck to avoid paying $400-$600 a month with a 6 year loan plus insurance. My truck payment is $154 a month and my insurance is $91 a month, one event covers that.
Not spending money on dumb sh!t helps as well, once I cut out spending money on sneakers and other liabilities I noticed I had more money after paying bills. That's another thing that hinders people from being able to save money, there's a lot of investing in wants that drain their bank account. Instead I'll reinvest money I have left over back into my brand or into my mutual fund or stash portfolio. Backwards I know, all investment gurus say "pay yourself first" but I choose to do what works for me.
So that's how I'm able to use YoKaraoke to pay my bills, living below my means and tracking my spending. Here's a bonus, having multiple streams of income helps as well. Having multiple streams is like having insurance, when things slow down you have something in place to hold you down til you back booming. So cut your expenses, stop spending money on dumb sh!t, and keep track of where your money is going. Simple solutions that has helped me base my business around my life and not the other way around. Lov
|Wed, May 15, 2019 at 8:19 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Peace family! Recently I just celebrated my bday and normally I don't do anything to celebrate. The most I'll do is go visit my parents and celebrate with them. But this year I decided to actually do something for my bday, so I booked a flight and made my way to Tampa which ended up being a very dope solo trip.
First stop in Tampa was Busch Gardens, the best time to go to any amusement park is on a random ass Tuesday morning or any day between Mon-Thurs. Everybody is at work and school so you don't have to worry about long waiting times to get on the roller coasters. The best ride hands down was the Sheikra, it takes you 200 feet up in the air where you can literally see all of Tampa. Before it takes you down the first drop it stops for a few seconds right before the drop then let's you go straight down at a 90 degree angle at 70 mph. MAAAAAAAN that ride was FIRE! It had 2 drops at a 90 degree angle. Other rides to definitely check out are Cheetah Hunt, had to wait 40 mins to get on it but it was worth it. Montu was cool and Kumba rounds out my list of roller coasters to check out at Busch Gardens. Another thing I loved about the park was the healthy food options they have, once I saw the Impossible Burger on the menu I didn't hesitate to order. Overall I would come back to Busch Gardens but I'm taking advantage of their sale, Tickets were $109 for general admission.
While in Tampa I was a live studio guest on a dope podcast called Brown Liquor Fridays/On Da Porch with my good friend from VSU Melody and her BFF Britt. There was another special guest Davy from Orlando & The Freakshow on the local radio station Wild 94.1, and it was a dope episode. We covered a variety of topics from abortion laws, 2020 election, entrepreneurship, to Chipotle vs. Moe's. I made history on the show as the first person to get kicked off the porch lol, check out the episode it's on Souncloud, Itunes, and other platforms. Their IG is brownliquorfridays, smash that follow button too.
This trip I decided to challenge myself to eat better while away from home, I'm already stepping out of my comfort zone by taking a solo trip so why not. So I ended up at this spot called Farmacy in downtown Tampa and they serve a plant based Philly cheese steak. Now before you pass judgement, do not knock it until you try it. It was so good it made a non-vegan consider adding it to her diet. The mac & cheese was good too, not extra cheesy and it had a spicy kick to it. Check out their IG @farmacyvegankitchen.
Don't sleep on Tampa, I know some may overlook it and book trips to Miami and Orlando but Tampa is a dope city. It has more than 1 amusement park, a dope aquarium downtown, a zoo (which I'm upset I didn't make it there), and dope scenery. There's something for everybody all ages, whether you're single, married, or have a family. Tampa is nice getaway, and yes it gets hot but I love that type of weather so it didn't really bother me. Thank you to Melody and her parents for the hospitality, the fish and hush puppies were really good and I may still be drunk off that rum cake. Next trip will be Atlantic City in August for the DJ Expo. Love.