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has been named a global leader for the next generation. Shes an international speaker, author and creator of The Happy Conference. She earned her bachelors degree in paralegal studies from College of Saint Mary and her masters degree in human resources from Loyola University Chicago. Stacey is a partner at Ambassadors Worship Center in Omaha, Nebraska and happy mother to her son Rakim. We had a chance to catch up with this Womeneur to learn about her entrepreneur journey.
What inspired your journey into business?
My mom inspired me, she was always an entrepreneur. Growing up, I was able to observe wealth flowing into our house whenever my mom had her own company. I wanted to figure out how to do that for my son and I; I always wanted to be wealthy so I saw that as the best way to go about it. I was always creating businesses when I was young. For my first company, Styles by Stacey, I would do hair for prom, homecoming and school dances. My first high profile client was my pastors wife; I would do her hair for church on Sundays.
What steps did you take to start your business?
When I started my speaking business, I first had to close down my HR consulting firm. I was good at consulting but not gifted to do it. Then, I started speaking and asking people to pay me to speak. Finally, I hired a speaking coach to help hone my speaking skills. I did everything he told to do in regards to creating a strong speaking company.
What did you do before this and is this your first business?
Before speaking I had an HR consulting firm, we designed and delivered leadership training programs to fortune 500 companies.
What is one thing that really helped you with starting your business?
Hiring a speaking coach really helped me to transition into speaking.
What are your biggest business ownership fears?
Entrepreneurship is audacious in itself. So once I stepped into it I had to come to peace with that, so I can’t say I really have business fears.
What do you do to stay motivated when you feel like giving up?
I listen to Beyonce. Beyonce is a big motivator for me because I believe she balances her purpose and her life really well and this is what I strive to attain. I’ll also go over my vision boards or journals when I have time. Tracking my progress, going back to where I was and look at what I’ve grown into now; looking at what I’ve come from and where I want to be motivates me to keep doing the work.
What do you enjoy the most about business ownership (what’s most rewarding)?
Being able to involve my family in my business. Business ownership gives me the flexibility to incorporate my family’s input, gifts, thoughts and views. My son used to say, Mom youre the happiness queen and that evolved into me being the Ambassador of Happiness. He also gives me input on my social media platforms, my mom styles me and my niece can take my social media pictures!
What do you enjoy the least (what’s least rewarding) about business ownership?
Financial overhead. Managing the financial overhead is the least enjoyable part. I wish I could just do the creative side, but managing the financial side is a must and is really taxing.
If you had to do it again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
I would have hired an assistant sooner!
What’s one thing in business you cannot go one day without using?
What’s your secret to cultivating a good relationship with your customers/clients?
I always try to deliver a wow factor. And now that I have an assistant I really try to make sure my clients are touched and responded to more quickly. They receive immediate response and follow up so they know I value their requests and reach them sooner with my assistant.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I see my business as an international full service speaking, coaching and consulting firm. I will also continue to inspire people globally from the stage at The Happy Conference. I will train people to life coach based on my signature coaching program and consult worldwide to make happier workplaces all over the globe.
What are 3 tips you can share with anyone wanting to be a business owner?
- Having one talent doesnt mean that you have a business; doing hair and owning a salon are 2 different things.
- Where you dont have money you need relationships.
- Happiness comes before success; until you’re happy with your company/work you wont find success.