I just recently got into Love & Hip Hop Atlanta and the original version in New York has its 3rd series taping, but I am watching the second series.
One of the biggest themes from Love & Hip Hop in the second series is how business focused Yandy Smith is. The girl literally does not quit!
As a business woman myself, it was very illuminating watching her and Chrissy fight because it is clear that Yandy is the business boss bitch so to speak and Chrissy is the ride or die bird for her man (both roles are valid).
One thing I also noticed was how Yandy literally just thought about making money and she was spurred by business deals. I am a Christian and naturally the love of business and making deals is tempered by knowing that being greedy is wrong. I just respect that Yandy was focused on making deals and being successful and it shows.
That kind of focus on not being broke is definitely something that makes people lose friends, and I have already lost friends because of this focus as well.
I just want to be successful – I get why some people would hate Yandy’s atttiude, it comes on super strong at times and I think talking about money all the time can be tiring to people who don’t want to hear it but my goodness I saw a LOT of myself in how Yandy was just so focused on being financially successful.
Do you think hip hop has made black people money hungry or have we always wanted to be wealthy and successful?
The fringe of my protective weave style
What do you need think of the protective weave?
You better work!
Today was a milestone for me because I did my first cold call in a long time. I did not get through to the decision maker but I got a key name which I can use to follow up when Easter ends next week. How has your week gone for all of you, whether you are at work or not? I also have been building a new list of cold prospects, it’s an organic list I am collating myself – it’s extremely time-consuming but I am aiming for millionaire status so I know I have to put in work.
King Beyoncé got herself a tumblr + sent her first tweet. Good for the king! As some of you regular coals know, I love Beyoncé! So it’s cool to have a spot to be a crazy stan and not be judging for it ha ha ha!
How has your week been?
1. There are no queues: I was the bank recently and one girl came up to me in the queue and note I don’t know this bird from Adam & Eve and she literally was like ”save me a spot”. No bish, you can queue like everyone else in the bloody queue.
2. When people queue jump, they make it look easy breezy beautiful CoverFool: I will never forget being at the NBC bank branch at Mlimani City and seeing this guy queue jumping and all of us behind him let him know to get the F back and have a seat. I always find it crazy when people think their bank issue matters more than people who have been queuing legitimately.
3. Some cashiers power-trip: Now cashiers in Tanzanian banks do not get a great salary in Western terms but for Tanzania, the money is alright considering that they are sitting on their arses and counting cash (no shade to anyone who does, talking about the ones in my bank only). And yes cashiers at NBC bank in Mlimani City, I am calling you guys out for being rude and wack when someone fills out a cash deposit form and makes one tiny mistake such as a crossing out and making them fill out a brand new form….*crickets*. Power tripping at its finest.
4. Raggedy Anne types should not be underestimated: The people who rock up to the bank looking Raggedy Anne are the ones depositing tonnes of cash. I remember one day queuing to deposit some money and seeing this man who if he had been outside the bank, people here would have probably said he looked messy and stained. The guy was depositing serious sums of money. Just goes to show, never judge a book by its cover. I certaintly don’t because I’ve been judged in banks as well judging by how I look.
Moral of these 4 things: Appearances are always deceiving and have some damn courtesy in the bank! When I went to the bank recently, I looked a damn mess – my dress was a little dustry and my feet definitely needed cream and the looks people can give you is ridiculous.
All black everything! Just got my new business cards from the printers today. They are double-sided on both sides, and black too
What do you think?
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Superproducer Bangladesh*, who produced Beyoncé’s Diva and Video Phone, had issues getting his invoice and royalties from work for Lil Wayne paid on time. Cash Money apparently did not pay on time for the hit song, ‘A Mili’.
One of the biggest themes in business is getting paid on fucking time! In this interview with Grantland.com, Bangladesh says:
A closed mouth don’t get fed. I was just standing up for what I believed in, verbalizing my issues, and they got heard. We got past that. It was cool. I think after ‘A Milli’ did what it did, he understood.
It’s crazy to think that for a massive hit song like A Mili, he did not get paid until much later on. I had an invoice paid late this year by about 6 weeks from a regular client and that’s because their business structure had changed, and they normally paid on time.
It just makes me realise that regardless of what you are doing in business, everyone has to get paid on time and equally. People just have to get paid. I am really surprised that Cash Money were late paying producers on time considering how Birdman and Wayne are swimming in cash! And this is coming from someone who has Cash Money songs on my MP3 player.
People have to get paid on time for their work!
I paid my consultant today for work which she delivered to me today, and I already passed it onto the client. I’m not going to spend her cut of the cheque on myself without paying her first. Once’s she’s paid, then I can do me.
What do you think?
* – P/S – He is gorgeous! I was getting distracted watching the video him talking about late payment. He cute!
Blogs like the yummy 411 inspire me to get my beauty look sorted and it is so important I think when trying to make a good impression on clients if you are meeting them for face to face sales. I did this look a few days ago before I started the work day.
Is looking good important to you when you are at work?
Nuts & Bolts
Today is a deadline day and my marketing consultant should be filing some work that one of our clients is waiting to receive. At the moment, the set-up is almost agency like in that I source the work and do all of the business development and my marketing consultant executes the bulk of the work, and I also do some work for some clients.
Naturally, I want more.
At the moment, my consultant and I work as a team on any work that I get for the both of us, but I want to create a total agency environment. This is going to be difficult considering that I do have to sort out my overdraft but I am so passionate about starting my marketing agency.
Once the website has launched, I will be able to reveal more details about the inside of my agency dreams, but at least for now I’ve registered the domain name and this agency will deal with financial marketing. One of my biggest passions is also fashion and ideally I would love to incorporate it into another mini boutique agency one day but we will see.
At the moment, I have one financial client, the cash loan lender, and I hope to build on my work with them to deliver more work for other financial clients. The adventures of starting my marketing agency have begun!
It was very soft and thick in the pot. I really liked the texture too and the smell. I am a few hours into it but it definitely helped to style my hair as it is air drying. I love coconuts so this product is doing well so far.
Looking for new clients, whether that means getting on the phone or creating direct mail enquiries, is one of the most brutal and tough aspects of doing sales & marketing work because it is a constant grind.
Reflecting on this past week, I did not do as much prospecting as last week, which saw me do dozens of prospecting emails and asking if I can send proposals, and this has to do with the fact I took 2 days off to go to Zanzibar for a mini break with my friend.
I think one of the biggest themes of looking for new business is wondering how I can convert them into buyers who will buy now, not next year or in 1 year from now.