How to Strategize as a Food Service Entrepreneur

Hey Hey!

As some of you may know, I am preparing for Year 4 of The Stand, my mobile food cart business.

It hasn’t been the easiest for years either.

Let me give you a quick recap.

Year 1: I spent all my tax money on my mobile food cart. I got fired 2 weeks later from my job and ended up making $10,000 in less than 90 days. I thought hit the jack pot. I made my money back and then some.

Year 2: I got a job to sustain me through the winter months. My plan was to work both. The Stand and run my program at the community center. That did not go according to plan. I went out a few times, but all my time and effort went to developing and running the program. The money was good, for the most part and I was content. I did not have to hustle as hard. I enjoyed that but I did miss The Stand and the community missed me.

Year 3: I quit my job. I loved it, but I felt very much so used (in the words of my little sister lol). After applying for the manager position and being told that I could not get it because they didn’t know what I was managing after I developed and ran the whole program for a year I was confused and I quit. I quit November 2019 and was planning to have  my most lucrative year with The Stand yet, starting May 2020. However, March 2020 Corona hit. Crazy right? If I would have stayed at my job a little longer I would have been able to collect unemployment smh lol.

Anyway, my plans changed. My plan was to go out at least 5 times a day starting May. With Corona in the community I wasn’t comfortable going out every day. I needed more information.

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How to Design A Powerful Vision Statement

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The Benefits of “Niching Down” in Your Business

Hey Boss Friend,

It has been a minute since I actually sat down and wrote you!

I have been putting so much time into developing other parts of this brand that I have not been able to do what I love the most.

And that is write.

The last couple of weeks have been enlightening and I am making some big decisions regarding my brand and my voice.

There will be some revamps coming soon to my website and I am truly excited about my present and especially for 2021.

Here is a heads up!

Beginning today, you will begin to see my content change!

I finally decided to do something that I have been resisting for 2 years and that is choosing a “niche”.

If you have been following me for a while, you know that this has been a real struggle for me.

I struggle because I do not want to leave anyone out.

However, I am pass that!

Since I have been seriously focusing only on this business for the last couple of months, I have realized that I will be burnt out if I don’t focus on one group of people to develop and build up.

As I began to think about who and what I want to focus on, I began to think about me and my life and what would be “easy”.

When I say “easy” I don’t mean without challenge, but “easy” to incorporate with my lifestyle.

I want my brand to represent me fully and I do not want to do or be too much outside of myself to attract my tribe.

Because I am building a virtual business, I realize that I have to create content that speaks to a particular group of people.

Sombody.

There are 7.59 billion people in the world.

There are 3.81 billion people on social media.

Me trying to speak to everyone just isn’t effective for what it is I want to achieve in this online space.

After much thought and reflection.

Here is who I chose

MOMS

Yes MOMS

It makes perfect sense.

As a mom myself, with a special needs child, a homeschool teacher to two, and a girlfriend, founder of 2 businesses, times get tough.

I want to speak more to my experience as that.

I want to create a space where I can share my journey regarding my personal life, relationship(s), parenting, entrepreneurship, and a little bit of Tarot lol.

Now that I know who and what I am going to focus on.

Moving forward when I go live, I know exactly who I am speaking to.

When I write my blog, I know exactly who I want to read my content.

I am currently working on an online course and “niching down” has helped me to find my voice as it pertains creating that.

I have truly saw the value in “niching down” so far.

Because some of you have been rocking with me for a while, I wanted to make this announcement, that I am evolving.

I love you all and stay true

To you!

5 Ways To Elevate In Your Career in Human Services

Hey Developers!

Happy Friday!

Today I wanted to share with you 5 tips to support you in ELEVATING as a Human Service Professional.

Before, I get into dropping the gems that will promote you in elevation, I want you to know that if you SERVICE humans, you are a HUMAN SERVICE PROFESSIONAL and my content is for YOU!

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In order for you to be the best Human Service Professional you can be, you have to understand that your number 1 role is to alleviate the stress of your clients, even if you are having a bad day. I have worked in several traditional and nontraditional roles in the field of Human Services, and I have witnessed staff, antagonize and wreck havoc on their clients/customers because they are having a bad day. You will not ELEVATE in your career, if you mood can be so easily altered that it effects your job performance.

2

In order for you to ELEVATE in your career as a Human Service Professional, it is your job to create change in the lives of your client and in your work environment. Be apart of the change in your career field. If you do not like something DOCUMENT IT, SPEAK UP, & CREATE CHANGE. Your role as a Human Service Professional is change agent.

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You want to SUCCEED as a Human Service Professional,  it is a must that you use evidence based and strength based approaches when working with your clients. Not the techniques you learned in the streets or your home environment, but you must fill your toolbox with techniques that have been proven to work with population that you are serving. If you are just entering the field or a seasoned vet, I encourage you to read books on a consistent basis that will support you in serving your clients/customers in a effective manner.

4

You want to be successful as a Human Service Professional. Create a plan, however, you have to be okay with that plan failing. Human Services can be unpredictable. Depending on the setting, change can occur at any moment, and you have to be able to go with the flow. If not, then you will have to deal with emotions of anger, defeat, sadness, disappointment, and so on. Just keep in mind that, every time a plan fails, it means you tried, and you have a better chance of succeeding next time. Be flexible. Stay unattached. There are too many elements at play in the field of Human Services for events to work out the way they are planned all the time.

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Last but not least, you cannot fill from and empty cup. I have found that we as service providers do a great job of taking care of others, but when it comes to taking care of ourselves, we do not do so well. This has to STOP! There is no way that you can successfully take care of another person, if your own home is in shambles. Let us make taking care of ourselves, while doing our best to live in our purpose and take care of others, a priority!