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Aunyx Burrell is A Woman Making it Happen

Welcome to our weekly edition of Women Making it Happen (#WomenMakingItHappen). Each Wednesday on the blog we’ll feature a woman entrepreneur who’s making it happen in the world of entrepreneurship! She's gonna share with us how she keeps it moving for her business venture(s). 



Today’s featured woman is Aunyx Burrell, owner of Amentas Keys; a luxury handmade body and bath boutique that specializes in natural, vegan/vegetarian, Eco-friendly handmade artisan soap, scrubs, butters & other gourmet bath & body . We met Aunyx on Facebook after joining her networking group for black moms in business.



We asked Aunyx to share a bit about what keeps her pushing and striving to #MakeItHappen!!!


  1. First, we’d like to thank you so much for being a featured guest on our blog.Tell us a little bit about your business ventures. Thanks so much for the opportunity to share a little about myself. I am a visual artist and Mompreneur. I enjoy seeing people happy. I freelance my photography skills from time to time but my Gourmet Bodycare Co. is my main creative outlet.
  2. What propelled you to venture off into entrepreneurship? I got my feet wet in the business world via my portrait company back in college as a means to pay for my photography degree. I worked for a national photography chain and also did a paid internship with a small business portrait photographer while I attended school overtime. Rent in Boston was astronomical so the money from my 2 jobs was simply not enough. I had to create my own way.


  3. What are three important lessons you’ve learned since starting out in your business(es)? 1.) My network is my Net Worth. The importance of surrounding myself with like-minded, positively driven individuals.
    2.) Delegate, delegate, delegate. I am a huge fan of D.I.Y. but that is not a realistic approach to growth. Knowing my strengths and letting others lend a helping hand has been a godsend for me. 
    3.) Take breaks. As many as needed. I am at my best when I am not working under pressure. 
    and 4 because I am a rebel) I've learned to push myself to dream bigger.
  4. Have you faced any particular struggles being a woman owned business owner? Mainly the guilt associated with dividing my attention between my children and my business. I have two toddlers. I want to give my all to both my kids and to the company, but there are days when one needs more than the other. I hate telling my babies "Mommy is busy right now." Breaks my heart every time.


  5. Tell us a little bit about your support circle; who do you rely upon for support and guidance? My big sister is my lifeline. She has experienced everything I go through before I do. I call her up for everything. Business related, baby related, hubby related, Anything and she will give me the run down with no filter.

    I created a networking group for Mommies like me. These sisters are so fabulous. They're entrepreneurs, they're moms, and they are the best support team. They keep me motivated. I met my business bestie through this circle of ladies, actually.

    My business bestie, she's amazing. She is truly my sister from another Mr. I can call on her for anything. She keeps me focused and on my toes and is constantly challenging me to be better. I highly recommend any womanpreneur to find a business bestie.
  6. What advice would you give other women seeking to delve into entrepreneurship? Be ready and willing to help others. Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart and your success is directly related to who you help. So while you may feel like you have a whole lot to figure out for yourself, making stops along the way to help others will actually propel you forward faster. That said, take your time. There is no rush. 

  7. Supporting other women in business is part of our mantra so tell us how can we support your business ventures? Shopping www.AmentasKey.com for your skincare needs is a great way to support my business journey. I would also appreciate anyone reading this to find a way to follow their dreams through to fruition. My ultimate goal is to inspire others to imagine their best versions of themselves and make active strides towards achieving that, whatever it is. 

We hope you enjoyed the interview with our #WomenMakingItHappen Entrepreneur of the Week, Aunyx Burrell. Reach out to her and show her some support! Visit her Facebook Fan Page.

If you know of a woman who’s pushing to #MakeItHappen in the world business, tag them with the hashtag #WomenMakingItHappen. We’d love to feature them in our weekly blog series. If you are interested in being a featured womanpreneur, visit this LINK to sign up!




How to Drive Traffic to Your Website or Shop with Instagram

We are like kids in a candy store whenever we find cool new hacks for business.

Earlier this week we were introduced to one of the coolest hacks for Instagram that we've come across in a while. It's a website called Link in Profile.

Through this website you link your Instagram account. It then creates a landing page for your account with all the images that contain direct links in the photo captions.

 LINK IN PROFILE

So, followers who click on the link in your Instagram account are taken to this landing page and are able to click on the photo of their choice which leads them directly to your blog post, a product in shop or your website.

               

This provides the perfect opportunity to drive traffic directly to your website, shop or blog. No more having to constantly change  the link in your Instagram profile. Simply add the link directly in your photo caption. Your followers will appreciate being directed exactly to the content they are seeking rather than landing by default on your shop's or website's homepage and having to search for the desired content.

You get a 30 day trial period to try out the service and after your 30 days you'll billed just $9.99 a month. For your $9.99 a month you've given media statistics. You can view how many link clicks each picture receives.



Now here's a few tips to make the process run smoothly.

1. Before signing up go through your most recent photos (about the first 30).
2. Create a short link for all the photos promoting either a product, blog post, etc.
3. Update the photo caption for each photo with the short link.

Doing this will ensure that all the photos clicked leads your followers directly to the intended destination. Now go ahead and SIGN UP for your 30 day trial and watch the influx of traffic increase to your website, blog or shop.

You can thank us by leaving or comment or hitting the share button!! We appreciate both :)!




The Art of Cocktail Making with Hendrick's Gin

Finding great networking events in DC is not hard at all.  The DMV is overloaded with great opportunities to network and mingle. This week we hit the jackpot by finding not only a fabulous networking event that offered tons of perks, but one that was absolutely FREE! We were even lucky enough to find a free parking spot too.

The Mansion On O Street hosted a cocktail making course sponsored by Hendrick's Gin. Guest who RSVP'd were treated like royalty.  Upon arriving we were greeted with unlimited complimentary glasses of Hendrick's Gin and Tonic.  In addition, they had several setups filled with unlimited amounts of gourmet cheeses, meats and veggies.  Waiters walked around, trays in hand, full of delicious hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.

When the time arrived for the actual course to begin, we were all seated at tables adorned with all the supplies we needed to create three thirst quenching cocktails made exclusively with Hendrick's Gin.

After the first cocktail we were all standing and mingling with the others at our table, sipping our fantastic cocktails.  Take a moment and view our pictorial experience.










As you can see the event was set up fabulously.  You walked away feeling very special, tipsy and high spirited.  It was an event we soon won't forget.


Remember networking events don't have to be industry focused. Your potential customers have a wide range of interests. So, don't turn down an invitation simply because it's not in your industry and definitely not if it's FREE because you never know what you might miss.


It's Our Blog's 1st Anniversary

Yes we know today is Wednesday and usually that would mean a new featured womanpreneur for our weekly Blog Series: Woman Making it Happen.  However today is a special day for us, because it's our blogs:

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!


It's hard to believe that it's been one year since we started out blog. So much has happened within the year. We still remember our very first blog post.

Fuck Anything That Doesn't Make You Happy

That post resonated with truth because just a few months prior, I had quite my job of 15 plus years in Michigan, packed up my daughter and I relocated to Washington, DC with just our clothes, my collection of books and my Macbook.

Within this past year we've shared some great content on the blog and even had a few posts go viral.  Our top 3 posts within the last year were:


  1. 5 Ted Talks You Should Watch for Business Motivation



  2. Cool and Creative Apps for Bloggers With iPhone



  3. Journal Writing is Good for the Soul: Insert Sarcastic Snicker
We even moved beyond the blog and set out to bring gratitude to the world by creative the LMS Gratitude Club. Today we're 20 members strong our in our exclusive club which promotes gratitude and friendship through snailmail.


Probably one of our most prized creations is the launch of our Wednesday Blog Series: Women Making it Happen.  It was simply our way of showing support to all of the million women across the world who are making it happen every day in the world of small business.

All the ladies are give a short set of interview questions and we promote them and their story for one week on our blog. To date we've featured 5 beautiful women and each other there stories has touched us all in their own unique way.
Women Making it Happen Blog Series
We foresee this series having a major impact on women in small business and we'll do our part to make sure that we keep the momentum alive.

So, you see we have been doing some great things in the past year.  We have continued to provide graphic design services to mostly women small businesses and teenpreneurs.

Logo Design for Princess M Cosmetics (A Teenpreneur)
The future for us will move towards service for small business owners as we begin offering Virtual Assistant Services in late September.  We are truly excited about the next year and beyond and we definitely hope you'll stay around.

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