Article cover by Ehren Muhammad, using the original album cover of “WAP” by Cardi B featuring Meg Thee Stallion
Article cover by Ehren Muhammad, using the original album cover of “WAP” by Cardi B featuring Meg Thee Stallion
Article cover by Ehren Muhammad, using the original album cover of “WAP” by Cardi B featuring Meg Thee Stallion

So, I will say what many already know, some are afraid to admit, and others refuse to say. The main reason why many people have an issue with the song “WAP” by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion is that this song represents something that many people — mostly men and surprisingly some women — have an issue with. The issue is with women being bold and strong enough to say exactly how they feel. It is still a problem for so many people in this country, and around the world for that matter. …

The growth of what is commonly called the “gig economy” is emerging all over the globe as the fastest-growing job market. The typical operators that perform “gigs” are classified as freelancers, independent contractors, and consultants that organizations hire for temporary projects and campaigns that are primarily working in remote locations. I have been a Project Manager for several years now working with multiple freelancers and contractors all over the world…without leaving my office in Chicago.

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In addition, many gig contractors are based in developing nations such as Brazil, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines as well as in many underutilized communities throughout the United States. …

Better guidance. Practice. Connections. Development teams, start-up tips, Governance, all the above. There are so many positive outcomes that entrepreneurs can receive by serving as a mentorship with a seasoned company owner. Getting real-world advice and guidance from those that have experienced things first hand from business owners and experts can be a make or break factor for an ambitious entrepreneur’s venture. And entrepreneurs have to be open to listening and applying the advice that they are being provided.

I have had the pleasure of being a part of numerous mentorship programs; either offered by Entrepreneur, SCORE, or my local economic development assistance programs. Over the past 3 years, I have heard from other entrepreneurs and their mentors, and some really sound advice that they have been provided. …

As a small business owner, you would aim to get more customers to your business and level the playing field with bigger companies. I have seen how the presence of corporate giants like Amazon, Walmart, etc., can make it daunting to build your unique business empire.

You might even start your business with the help of some decent capital, but what is your plan to get the maximum ROI and expand your business further? Well, the key is simple — hire and invest in professionals.

The need for professional services — an unwanted cost or an ROI accelerant?

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Female Business Owner Thinking Drinking Coffee

Let me take my own example. In the digital world of today, having a website is necessary for any successful businesses. But can it be a DIY exercise? If you create a DIY website, then it might not outperform your competitor’s website. If the website is not able to accomplish its goals, then no point in taking this DIY route instead of opting for a professional web designer. …

While it’s a necessary part of running any kind of business, prospecting clients can take you away from the things that you got into business to do.

Whether that’s creating logos for clients, writing articles to be published in major publications or simply helping people who walk into your store, those moments in time are valuable and build your brand, but what can you do to get clients without losing the time that is already so important.

Here are our tips to ensure you have a steady stream of clients:

Tip #1 — Keep your portfolio up-to-date

An out of date portfolio can severely hold you back from any new clients that may want to work with you. They don’t want to see stuff from three years ago, they want to know what you’re doing now. What you have in your portfolio is what you will be hired for — remember that!

One the road to becoming the best entrepreneur you can be, you will find that there are a ton of entrepreneurial traits you should be developing. By now, you have probably already learned that good communication is one of those vital skills to have. The way you communicate can be the difference between success and failure. For customers, your team, and even your own mindset’s sake, stay away from saying these 8 phrases. Entrepreneurs Should Avoid Saying

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1. “I know it all” or “I know that already”
Knowledge is power, this is a fact. A hunger for knowledge and a constant, almost obsessive need to improve are common traits of successful entrepreneurs. So stay hungry for knowledge and information. Being self-confident is good, but thinking you know it all will hold you back from becoming successful. Highly accomplished people, no matter what industry they’re in, surround themselves with those who know more than they do just so they can learn and improve. When amongst your team, being the smartest person in the room is oddly enough not the smartest position to be in. If you know everything already, then you have nothing to work for and you should have all your goals. Remember, knowing is only HALF the battle. …

The life of an entrepreneur has its own unique challenges. Entrepreneurship is the same as being a professional creative, you put your passion, heart, sweat (especially sweat equity), and even life on the line for what motivates and drives you to wake up and get going every day.

But what about when things don’t work out. You put everything into a goal and it just doesn’t “hit” it doesn’t take off and become anything close to what you wanted it to be. …

So how do you create a meaningful impact and personal brand that will be everlasting? Live what you say, appreciate your uniqueness, and make your dream a reality. Nobody lived this more than the late Nipsey Hussle. It is still tough to think we lost Nipsey Hussle just a few months ago. Yes he was a rapper but that was just his primary profession, not his purpose, his mission was greater, and to those that listened to his music, we understood his message that was in every track. Although I didn’t know him personally, this is personal. You can never truly know a person, you can only form an educated opinion based on their actions and what they say, and actions are far louder than words. …

I believe faith can guide a person and empower them through anything. A young man or woman in the Midwest that wants to make their idea and turn it into a business, having faith can be their beacon of hope. Being an entrepreneur can be taxing on your heart, confidence, and soul, so faith in something bigger than yourself often fuels your resilience and even your ambition. But with faith, in something bigger than yourself, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.-

Getting ready to say goodbye to a staple in the Chicago music, art, and even the political culture on the far northeast side of the city. Heartland Café has been a staple in Chicago culture over 30 years and on Monday, December 31st it will be closing its doors. Located in the Rogers Park community, known as the home of Loyola University’s main campus, many major political officials, regional as well as national artists not to mention one hell of a Sunday brunch the Heartland Café was truly at the heart of the Midwest largest city. When I was managing rock bands and hip-hop artists, I did a lot of shows around the Heartland Café but never actually at the performance venue. …


Ehren Muhammad

💼 Entrepreneur 🎓 Student of Life 👔24/7 Gent learning & sharing as I go. I enjoy helping others accomplish their dreams, I’m a brand builder.

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