What a time to be alive in a rising era of entrepreneurship. Even through the pandemic, there’s been a significant increase in the number of newly registered businesses, especially in the Black community. I’m sensing that our ambitious minds are ready to pay forward something our ancestors have been championing for decades, ownership and excellence

Now in 2021, It almost feels like we’re building a Black Wall Street in every city; a time in our history that made a way for Black businesses and communities to flourish and succeed. I’m confident that same energy has been resurfacing. While we’ve created ample opportunity for ourselves, there will always be challenges. We’re responsible for making sure that we’re well equipped with the tools we need to push forward. 

As a small business owner, I’ve been learning the importance of time management, effective communication, process, and organization. Balance and boundaries have become some of my favorite practices. Anywhere from executing agendas to fitting a 10 minute meditation into a weekly schedule. Which brings me to the subject of preparation. Preparation is key to maintaining and building your business.

Once you’ve made up your mind about the type of business you want to pursue, do some research. It may seem intimidating at first, there are a lot of elements that go into starting your own business. However, cultivating a “one step at a time” mentality will save you some head ache. Do you have all the documentation you need to legitimize your business? Have you been building relationships and networking with the right people?  You can learn a lot from others, keep people around who inspire you. Seek mentors, dead or alive.

Another thing to keep in mind is the community. How will your business serve your community? Are you supportive to other black owned businesses? How can you effectively put money and or time into helping build the Black community?

If you’re thinking of expanding or starting something new, you have all that you need to move forward with any idea you have. You can bet on yourself. It’s about trusting yourself to do the things necessary to aid in what you believe is success. We live in a time where anything is possible and maybe it’s always been that way, we’ve just needed to wake up and make it happen.