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Tonya Franklin 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 Tonya Franklin, owner of Upwrite Solutions;a virtual marketing and consulting firm. We met Tonya through a networking group on Facebook.



"A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." —Eleanor Roosevelt

We asked Tonya to share a bit about what keeps her pushing and striving to #MakeItHappen in business!!!
  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.
    In April 2016, I launched the first magazine for virtual assistants of color. The magazine is designed to cater to virtual assistants of African-American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino and Asian backgrounds. Our magazine is to celebrate our successes and be able to share and assist one another in overcoming our challenges in the industry. Our future goals are to establish a resource and networking community among other virtual assistants as well as other industries.  I am also the Chief Administrative Officer and Back Office & Planning Strategist of UpWrite Solutions, which outsources back office, event planning, consulting as well as basic marketing services to small and start up businesses. And I'm an author, writing business motivation as well as inspirational books.
  2. What propelled you to venture off into entrepreneurship? 
    In October 2014, my job downsized tremendously. Being fed up with having my financial destiny shifted in the hands of others, I decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship, which would help me to feed the passion I have for restoring ethics and integrity in business owners of color. I also have worked in various industries and sectors, and wanted the opportunity to utilize those skills through the freedom of having my own business.
  3. What are three important lessons you’ve learned since starting out in your business(es)?
    Surround yourself with people who are like-minded. Family and friends who are not pursuing your dream are not obligated to understand your dream. 

    Be authentic. There is always someone who is going to be doing the same thing you're doing. Be yourself and stand out. We all may have similar interests, but we all have unique purposes.

    Learn how to support others, and allow others to support you. No man (woman) is an island. I am usually the one always being the cheerleader, but I've learned that I can't make it in this business trying to do it all on my own. I have to allow others to pour into me and support me.
  4. Have you faced any particular struggles being a woman owned business owner? 
    Oh yes! I am not always taken seriously or I am "pegged" as being a particular way because I am a woman in business. But, I have learned that being authentic and showcasing my passion, has made me not only stronger in what I want to do, but it opens doors for others to take notice me as a serious entrepreneur that seeks to be a game-changer.

  5. Tell us a little bit about your support circle; who do you rely upon for support and guidance? 
    Well, I did a virtual internship several months ago, and my advisor has transformed into a mentor for me. She has guided me throughout my journey and is consistently pushing me to do greater and move farther in turning my "I've always thought of doing" into "I AM doing."

    One of my magazine staff members is such a huge supporter of everything I'm doing. To motivate her, is also motivating me. She is always cheering me on, and seeing my potential to manifest my dream when everything gets a little cloudy. She most definitely helps me to clear the weeds to see the vision.

    I have two "sisters" who are always in my corner. Even when no one else shows up to my events, they are there supporting me.

  6. What advice would you give other women seeking to delve into entrepreneurship? 
    I did a meme not too long ago that said when opportunity knocks, answer it. Sometimes people will tell you what you can't do. Don't take that as defeat, use it as just an opportunity to be a trailblazer and do something that no one has done before. Be the answer to your own dreams.
  7. Supporting other women in business is part of our mantra so tell us how can we support your business ventures? 
    I am preparing a host of webinars on business practices. We have many that talk about how to build your business through lead pages, marketing, etc. and nothing is wrong with that; even I have a webinar coming up on how to use your fan page Facebook tabs that is free later on this month. But the basic building blocks sometimes go ignored, and I think we have to get back to those basics. Also, if there are any women (or men) who are virtual assistants, subscribe. Like my pages, comment on posts, and let me know how I can help you.
We hope you enjoyed the interview with our #WomenMakingItHappen Entrepreneur of the Week, Tonya Franklin. Reach out to her and show her some support! Visit her Facebook Fan Page. Her contact information is below:


Tonya Franklin
UpWrite Solutions
www.upwritesolutions.com

601-589-0676 (phone)
601-385-3270 (fax)

"We Write It Right!"


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. Are you interested in being a featured guest? Visit this LINK to sign up!



10 Design Freebies You Can Download Today From the Web

Happy #MarketingMonday folks!!  It's the start of a new week. Same goals new opportunities to get them accomplished. Today we have spotted 10 design freebies that you can download to help you get things moving for the week.


Maybe you need a new font for a upcoming marketing ad, or maybe you've been searching for a new blog template. Whatever your business needs are we've pretty much got you covered with this round of awesome freebies. So, lets check them out now!


  1. FABULOUS SCENE CREATE LITE: Pump up your branding with the FREE version of Fabulous Scene Create and create stylish scenes to represent your brand.



  2. HARDON - RESPONSIVE GRID BLOG THEME: This freebie comes with 6 different layouts for you to choose from. If you use Mailchimp, you'll be happy to know that this blog them is fully compatible.



  3. FOOD LIGHTROOM PRESETS VOL. 2: If you're into food photography you'll love these FREE presets for Lightroom. They'll give you food just the right amount of line to stand out!



  4. TWILIGHT- POWERPOINT TEMPLATE: This unique template is ideal for businesses and comes with 82 unique slides.
  5. GLAMOR - FREE FONT:  We know you'd love to add this stylish sans serif font to your collection.

  6. 12 PINK BOUQUETS: You can use these vector images in a countless number of ways to add charm to your design projects or marketing projects. If you 're not familiar with vectors, don't worry all the 12 images also come as PNGs.


  7. 20 FREE PHOTOS FROM KABOOM PICS 2: Who doesn't love free photos right. Well you'll love this collection of photos because they are perfect for bloggers. You can use them with Canva, Adobe Spark and Studio to make your blog images.

  8. SOPHIA- HANDLETTERED BRUSH FONT:  Brush fonts have become a top trend, especially among bloggers and t-shirt designers, so we know you'll appreciate the beauty of this FREE font.

  9. FREE E-BOOK: TIPS, TRICKS, AND OTHER INFO ON BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL FREELANCER: Well if you're freelancing at the moment and can use some tips on how to be better then you'll love their free e-book.



  10. TWEETY SWEETY SCRIPT: Last on our list is a really sweet and stylish script font. It's perfect to use for designer a cool header for your blog.

Those are all the freebies we have for Marketing Monday today!! Be sure to browse all the sites, where you'll find more great resources.


3 Sophia Amoruso Podcasts That Every #GirlBoss Should Listen To


If you're a #Girlboss, then chances are you've heard all about Sophia Amoruso. She's the self-made millionaire founded of Nasty Gal! She's also the author of the New York Time's Best selling book: #GirlBoss.
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We're smitten with Sophia's success and how she unselfishly shares the limelight with other up and coming girl bosses.

We recently subscribed to her Podcast channel and today we're sharing 3 of the podcasts that we found full of motivation for Girl Bosses everywhere.

  1. Payal Kadakia, CEO and Co-Founder of Class Pass: In her podcast, Payal discusses with Sophia why working for the love and not the money is the best way to ensure your success.

  2. GloZell Green, Youtube Star and Author: In her podcast, Glozell talks with Sophia about her early days of blogging about The Tonight show and her signature green lipstick.

  3. Jenn Hyman, Co-founder & CEO Rent the Runway:  Jenn talks with Sophia about what inspired her to start her company Rent the Runway!

Beyond the podcasts, you'll also be surprised to learn that Sophia's nonprofit foundation, #GirlBoss also provides business grants for womanpreneurs from all walks of life.

Since launching in 2014, the foundation has given over $75,000 in business grants to women business owners in the arts, music, fashion and design. Grants are awarded biannually and women can receive upwards of $15,000 for their business plan. The Foundation's calendar is below:


Foundation Calendar

Spring/Summer Submission Period
January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2016
Review Window: July 1 - July 31, 2016
Grants Awarded/Recipients Announced: August 15, 2016

Fall/Winter Submission Period
July 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Review Window: January 1 - January 31, 2017

Grants Awarded/Recipients Announced: February 15, 2017

So ladies flex your #Girlboss and apply for grant money to help propel your business to higher ground. Subscribe to the #Girlboss Podcast through iTunes or Soundcloud.

Alicia Smith 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 a Alicia Smith, owner of Touched By Innocence; a wedding and private event full service company.  We met Alicia through a networking group on Facebook.

Photo Courtesy of Touched by Innocence

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

  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. I am Alicia owner of Touched By Innocence; a wedding and private event full service company. We specialize in design & planning (what we like to call) "Celebrations of Love". Serving NJ, NY, & PA areas.
  2. What propelled you to venture off into entrepreneurship? When I was on maternity leave I had the time to evaluate my life and what I really wanted for my future. Having & preparing for a child really makes you think about life a little deeper. I wanted a career that I am passionate about and to support a particular lifestyle. I also wanted a different sense of security for my future. As I watched many family members work all of their lives, have a 401k, etc and when they really needed their "security blanket" to help them it was difficult. Planning & designing "Love Celebrations" brings so much joy to my heart it's unexplainable.

    Photo Courtesy of Touched by Innocence
  3. What are three important lessons you’ve learned since starting out in your business(es)?
    1. Business is Business. Even between family & friends.2. The journey is a long one & you have to put in the work. 3. Remember your why & stay focused on the bigger picture to get you through the rough times.
  4. Have you faced any particular struggles being a woman owned business owner? The balance between being a mother & a womanpreneur. It takes many hours to run a successful business; especially a 1 woman show. You are the accountant, the marketing team, the planner, the design team, the sales department, the owner, and sometimes the graphic designer. So learning the basics actually applying them and nuturing a toddler can be a lot to juggle. So I celebrate every positive step and make sure to take out time for my little busy bee.
  5. Tell us a little bit about your support circle; who do you rely upon for support and guidance? I am fortunate to have a good support team. My mother and various family members help with my son and even though some do don't understand my madness they are supportive of my company. I also rely on the Refine Group on Facebook. The Refine Group is a group of Wedding planners who help each other with tips, mis-haps, & vital information. So when I'm unsure I can always rely on them to help out. Of course the man in my life is my biggest fan. He is there to keep my focused and help in any way that he can.

    Photo Courtesy of Touched by Innocence

  6. What advice would you give other women seeking to delve into entrepreneurship? Be passionate about the field of entrepreneurship you are thinking of entering. Do not do it for the money. Of course you have to get paid for the service or product you are producing; just don't let the money be the main reason you are starting. The money won't motivate you to keep going when you haven't made a sale, when you need to work 80 hours for 20 hours worth of compensation, or we you simply just get bored of the company.
  7. Supporting other women in business is part of our mantra so tell us how can we support your business ventures? Exposure & networking. Our motto is to spread acts of love within the community.


We hope you enjoyed the interview with our #WomenMakingItHappen Entrepreneur of the Week, Alicia Smith. Reach out to her and show her some support! Visit her Facebook Fan Page. Her contact information is below:
Alicia Smith
Lead Planner
Touched By Innocence
"Planning Events Designed for You"

www.TouchedByInnocence.com
C: 908-319-1963

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. Are you interested in being a featured guest? Visit this LINK to sign up!






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