If you've read my past blog posts, then you already know how determined I am to put my 9-5 lifestyle to rest and run my brand, Shaunte'a Chanel LLC, full time. Building my brand has consisted of creating multiple blogs, starting my YouTube channel, and trying out some network marketing opportunities here and there. I swear I've been trying at this for years now and I just can't seem to get the formula right. I've read eBooks, completed online courses, and spent much more time and money than I care to admit.
At the beginning of this year, I knew I had to do something to change my current situation. I decided that I was going to have to take a step back to figure out what I really wanted to do. I want to blog, but what do I want to blog about? What do I have to offer my readers? I want to make YouTube content, but what do I want to share? How do I get people to watch? Am I even that interesting of a person for people to want to watch?
Toward the end of January, I came up with the idea of putting the blog and YouTube to the side. Sounds crazy since I hadn't created content for either one in months, but I wasn't going to continue to stress over making content. I came to the realization that the income for both of these opportunities was not going to come as fast as I needed it to. With YouTube excluding smaller content creator from the partnership program and the monetizing struggles that come with blogging, I went with opening an online boutique.
During the creation of this online boutique, I took quite a bit of time deciding what I wanted to sell and how I wanted to sell it. I don't exactly have the space to house massive amounts of inventory seeing as how I live with family. I originally wanted to sell jewelry since I had found a wholesaler of good quality jewelry and accessories. But let's be honest, jewelry would be a bitch to keep up with. Especially since I'm running a one-woman show. Then for some reason, sunglasses just stood out to me. I mean, think about it. Sunglasses are one of those accessories that you don't think you need until you need them. And the best thing about sunglasses: ONE SIZE FITS ALL! I was sold.
On Sunday, February 18, 2018, Bossin Bella was officially launched. I made my first sale later that week. I finally found something that I felt had some potential to work for me. That first sale turned into two more sales. This was it. I was doing it. I was actually selling something... and it felt fucking amazing!
So, what's Bossin Bella all about? First of all, Bossin Bella is an online retailer specializing in fashion sunglasses and eyewear accessories. We're based in Ardmore, Oklahoma and we currently only ship within the United States. We originally started out as a women's only boutique but found out quickly that some of our styles could pass for both men and women. We offer a variety of styles with something for everyone. In addition to sunglasses, in the near future, we will also offer eyewear accessories such as cases, storage, lanyards, and cleaning and repair kits.
With the birth of Bossin Bella, it doesn't necessarily mean that I've given up on my blog and YouTube channel. (Obviously not the blog because you're reading this.) I just need to focus on one area at a time, build it to where I need it to be, then incorporate the other platforms. So for now, Bossin Bella will be my main focus but I will be giving behind-the-scenes exclusives here on the blog.
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No drama. No stress. No annoying ass coworkers.
Since only a few people can actually admit they love their jobs and never want to leave, I want to speak to those who are looking for a way out. Now, this isn't going to be a "Join my team today if you hate your job" type of post. (If you've been in network marketing before, you know exactly what I'm talking about.) But, what I want to talk about is how to quit your job without being an asshole.
I've been in food service management for over 7 years now and I've seen a lot of things that I've grown to dislike. One thing that I absolutely hate is when employees quit with no advance notice. It's almost like they're afraid to talk to anyone about what going on, or they just don't give a damn. PLEASE DON'T BE THAT PERSON! If there's something going on or for some reason you are no longer able to work the job, please let a manager know immediately. Not all managers are assholes; most are willing to work with you. Especially if it's something they can do.
But what if there's nothing that can be done? You've tried everything you could do, but you're still no longer able to keep your position with the company. First, decide how much time you have. Do you have to quit immediately or do you have time for your manager to hire someone else?
If you have to quit immediately, talk to your manager and let them know what's going on. Talking with management ensures that you leave on good terms. You never know if you'll want to come back to work for the company again. And never say never! I've seen MANY people abruptly quit because they thought they found a better opportunity somewhere else, only to be asking for their job back a few months later. Also, some companies call past employers to ask how you were as an employee. You would hate to miss out on a great, new job because that horrible job you never went back to had given them a heads up.
If you have a little bit a time before you have to quit, your best bet would be to put in at least a two-week notice. This gives management time to cover your future shifts and find a replacement. Putting in a resignation notice is as simple as writing the following:
To Whom It May Concern,
I, (your name), am putting in my two-week notice. My last day of work will be (two weeks from the day of the letter).
The time frame can be adjusted to however long or short you want. I would even recommend working until the last day of the pay period so that you won't have that awkward partial paycheck. That's just my own personal preference though!
Either way, just make sure that your manager isn't left out of the loop when you stop showing up for work. If you're a good employee, they'll appreciate the service that you did while you were there and wish you well in your future endeavors. Good luck to you!
Happy New Year? Yeah, I know I'm about 3 months late, but I've been ghost and what better way to start my first blog post of the new year than with a proper intro.
So, where have I been? On the brink of insanity, that's where. I only wish that my answer to that question could be "booked and busy" like so many other lady bosses I aspire to be. I don't want this post to give off a negative vibe, but just a look at what's been going on with me and what my outlook is going forward.
Like most of every other adult with responsibilities, I'm stuck in a job. I really don't hate the job itself, I just hate working a job, period. I almost feel like I'm not cut out to work the traditional 9-5, but instead destined to follow my heart and become an entrepreneur. But what exactly is my calling? (Insert record scratch here.)
When I first started this blog, I wanted to help those who were looking for job-related advice, such as job searching and interviewing tips. On the flip side, I also wanted to inspire others by offering advice to those wanting to start a side business while working full-time. These topics seemed like good ideas at the time, but after a while, it was like "how do I keep this going?" I did my research, asked others for input, then eventually I just lost the drive I had. There were times when I'd sit in front of a blank blog post for hours just hoping I would come up with something. My last post was Thanksgiving of last year. I shared a Tiny Kitchen video staring a tiny pecan pie. It was a holiday so I felt I had to post SOMETHING. Then after that, nothing.
It's a random Sunday morning. I'm sitting at my desk typing as fast as these words come to my mind. I have a good feeling about my efforts this year. I've set myself up to do some amazing things. I started a new business last month and I'm already seeing success. I recently gained a new professional title that I'll be sharing later that'll help with my personal and professional growth. I've been trying new personal development techniques that are working in my favor right now. This may finally be the year that it all comes together for my entrepreneurial mind and spirit. I'm excited, anxious, and scared all at the same time. Here's to 2018 being the year I get it right.
Maybe it's just my line of work. Since no one values food service and retail jobs, I guess there's no need to get fancy for the interview, huh?
Just because it's not some high paying corporate job doesn't mean you should skimp on your appearance for the interview. We foodservice hiring managers are, in fact, looking at your appearance. Now, I'm not saying that you should be in full out formal wear, but the least you can do is put on a nice, clean shirt and a REAL pair of pants. Fixing your hair is pretty important too.
In other words, don't show up for your interview looking like trash.
If you've followed me for a while, you probably remember a post similar to this one on my old blog. Since then I've added some more tips and outfit ideas for you to use as a guide to figure out what's appropriate for your interview. Some of these tips include finding the right fit in different types of clothes which can be used at any time. I'm constantly adding pins to this board so be sure to follow me over on Pinterest.
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