When you realise you don’t have to go it alone

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Being open about your business struggles is easier said than done, trust me. For a while now I have been somewhat stuck for ideas and lacking clarity on how to take The Karissma Project forward.

Has anyone else noticed that its often much easier to help other people streamline their ideas than your own?

In a moment of frustration I logged into LinkedIn and searched “Freelance Brand Consultant” sending out numerous InMails to unsuspecting people.

Fast forward two days later and I’m on the phone for almost an hour pouring out my vision for The Karissma Project and detailing the main challenges and opportunities I feel I am faced with. Read More

Where To Find Inspiration Online: A Roundup of Some Favourites!

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I LOVE Instagram.

It’s hands down the best social media tool out there. It’s definitely been instrumental in helping me find people online who are sharing knowledge aimed at those who have started or are thinking about starting a business.

Continuous learning is key and there’s no better way to learn than from real people sharing real advice from their experiences!

Here’s a round up of some of my favourites (in no particular order), all founded by amazing women focused on helping people along in their entrepreneurial journey.

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Urenna Okonkwo, Cashmere: “It’s more, than just a saving and shopping app, I also want to build a community!”

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ENTREPRENEURIAL STAGE: SEED

SPACE: LUXURY FASHION, FINANCE, TECH, APPS, SAVINGS

Cashmere is the not-so-guilty pleasure we have all been waiting for! Imagine being able save and shop towards all of your favourite luxury designers without breaking the bank.

I had the pleasure of chatting all things fashion and finance with Cashmere’s savvy founder Urenna Okonkwo.

 I’m super excited for this intriguing and innovative app to launch! It’s definitley set to disrupt the way millennials save and shop. Make sure you join the > waiting list < to be the first to know!

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Three questions to help you figure out your business idea

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Whether I am doing an Entrepreneurs in Bloom interview or chatting with a friend, whenever we are talking about entrepreneurship and business ideas, it’s becoming more and more apparent that often the desire to start a business precedes the actual business idea.

Passion, drive and an entrepreneurial spirit requires an outlet. An idea through which it can be channelled.

Unfortunately, that’s the hard part.

Fortunately, for you, I have come up with a few questions that can help you with the idea generating process!

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Saidat Giwa-Osagie, Adorli: “It’s about beauty being global”

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ENTREPRENEURIAL STAGE: SPROUT

SPACE: BEAUTY, E-COMMERCE, MARKETPLACE

Saidat’s handiwork can be found all over the internet, from The Atlantic to Huffington Post, her creativity has found expression through written pieces on topics such as technology and culture. Now, she has made her foray into the world of e-commerce, creating an online marketplace for indie beauty brands.

Adorli was founded in February this year and is an ode to global beauty. championing brands with a focus on being natural, organic and cruelty-free

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Sophie Andre, Elysia Catering: “I had absolutely no experience in food at all – except eating it!”

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ENTREPRENEURIAL STAGE: SPROUT

SPACE: FOOD, SOCIAL ENTERPRISE,  SUSTAINABILITY

Sophie has been running Elysia Catering for the better part of a year now and it was a pleasure to spend some time speaking with her and observing her go about a typical day running her business. Though Sophie has such a soft and sweet demeanor don’t make the mistake of thinking that this girl doesn’t mean business.

We spoke extensively about how she created her business model working with numerous independent producers helping them to curb food waste and make money at the same time, as well as her experience working with startups all over the globe. Read More

Be a boss and plan your year in quarters

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It’s never to late to refocus. I appreciate we are already 3 months into 2017 (the year is basically over already?! ) but I really wanted to share this with you!

As most of you know, I have a corporate day job (more on my career story later) and I previously spoke a little bit about job satisfaction and being an entrepreneur here but for all the cons of having a 9-5 , I realised recently that there are some great practices I have learnt and am still learning  from the corporate world.

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Uli Schulz, Secrets of Green: “It’s not that I don’t have any passions but that I’m interested in too many things”

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ENTREPRENEURIAL STAGE: SEED

SPACE: GREEN LIVING, NATURE, ECOMMERCE, CREATIVE, DESIGN

Uli is due to launch her business Secrets of Green this month, yet already she has a wealth of experience to share! Charismatic and engaging, I hugely enjoyed chatting  with Uli about various topics such as taking the leap to work for yourself, service vs product based businesses and having that innate desire to be an entrepreneur despite not yet having a business idea.

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Sirena Morgan of Style Print London: It’s about living and breathing my brand and making it my lifestyle

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ENTREPRENEURIAL STAGE: SPROUT

SPACE: ART, DESIGN, CREATIVE, INTERIORS

I sat down with the bubbly and passionate Sirena Morgan of Style Print London. Her business was launched in January and it’s safe to say Sirena had a lot to share about her experience thus far. We had a great discussion about life, business, family and ambition.

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