What to do when you’re not ready to start your business

What to do when you’re not ready to start your business

Starting a business was something that started for me slowly. I didn’t have the Silicon Valley-esque 2000 mph journey of dropping out of college and toiling in a garage until raising a million dollars in VC funding.

I thought about it, and thought about it, and thought about it before making any moves. All while working a full time job, getting married, having kids, and getting older. Starting a business sounded good, but I’ve got bills, and I don’t know about yours, but mine don’t pay themselves.

Some of you may be in the same boat. You have ideas but you’re not quite ready to jump headfirst into entrepreneurship. Welcome to the club! There’s no one right way to become an entrepreneur. The average age of an entrepreneur is 45–the whole young dude in a hoodie thing is a myth!

As you’re thinking about starting a business, there’s a lot you can do while you’re on the 9-to-5 grind. This quick post provides a list of actions you can start taking right now.

As I have heard Marie Forleo say many times, clarity comes from engagement, not thought. Sitting around thinking about starting a business will not give you any clear signs about whether you should do it.

I love Pooh, but we’ve gotta do more than think think think.

You have to engage with your ideas.

The good news is that there are lots of ways you can do this. Until the magical day that you become a business owner, you can get yourself ready by:

  1. Following people in your industry on social media;
  2. Identifying your competitors;
  3. Watching the moves/launches/online activities of those competitors;
  4. Planning the details of your business launch;
  5. Planning your social media strategy;
  6. Creating social media accounts that share relevant information for your industry;
  7. Buying the domain names you could use for your business once you do launch;
  8. Building an email list of potential partners, clients, and customers;
  9. Interviewing people in your industry about what problems need to be solved;
  10. Pitching your idea to industry experts and mentors and incorporating their feedback (but protect your intellectual property first!);
  11. Watching YouTube videos about your industry;
  12. Listening to podcasts about your industry;
  13. Reading books about your industry;
  14. Consuming as much content as possible about starting a business;
  15. Attending conferences related to your industry.

I’m sure there are things I’ve missed here. The point is, you can become an active participant with your ideas. In many instances, this stuff is completely free, other than the expense of your time.

Now, none of these things will replace the experience of actually receiving payment for your products or services and all that comes along with being a business owner. At some point, you’ll have to rip that Band-Aid off.

Until then, try some of these activities to get the gears of your mind moving.

Once you try a few of these activities, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section:

  • Did doing this activity give you any clarity about your business ideas?
  • Did you find any gaps in your industry that you can fill?
  • Do taking these steps make you feel better about your ideas?

Please provide as much information as you can! I’d love to help you strategize on the best conferences for your own goals. And, I know the other folks reading this can learn from your experiences. We are in this thing together.

I always say that I’m on a mission to build a nation of good people with dynamic personal brands and successful businesses. We can learn from each other on this journey, particularly when we have accountability partners. This is why I am building a whole nation of them.

Download the app

You can connect to the the private community I’ve created to provide support and encouragement along the journey–online and via app. Check us out at programs.shontavia.com or via the Mighty Networks App.

Download the Mighty Network app by clicking here. Once it downloads, click “Find a Mighty Network” and search for Shontavia Johnson. You’ll find content there that I may not share elsewhere.

Thank you so much for joining me on this roller coaster of an experience. I am eternally grateful that I get to do this work with wonderful people each day.

Let’s make it happen,

Finding time to start your business: No more aimless scrolling

Finding time to start your business: No more aimless scrolling

One of the most common responses I get from people who want to start businesses is they do not have time to get everything done because they are too busy. If this is you, this article should help if one of your primary challenges is aimless scrolling on social media and other apps.

<<If this isn’t your issue, I encourage you to figure out where your time is actually going by reading Finding time to start your business when you don’t have the time. >>

You can find out exactly how much time you’re spending on social media apps–and other apps– on your phone right now.

Your phone actually already measures how much time you’re spending on it, both generally and on specific apps. Buckle your seat belt because this might get painful!

If you have an Apple phone, go to Settings > Battery. Two graphs will pop up, and if you keep scrolling you’ll see a list of the apps with their battery percentages for the past 24 hours or past 7 days. You can sort the apps by battery usage or activity. You’ll see how much screen time you’re giving to each app.

Here’s my (iPhone) screentime from the past 24 hours of this writing:

You’ll see that I used Twitter a lot for the past 24 hours…one of my goals for my business was to grow my Twitter following this year so I’m spending a fair amount of time on the app making that happen.

Android has a similar featured called “Digital Wellbeing.” It looks like this:

What does your screen time look like? Is this time being used wisely to help you start and grow your business?

If nothing else, I recommend that you carve out two hours per day from email/social media and spend those hours focused on your vision and plan for your business each day, at least during the week.

This means taking two hours away from scrolling through the apps that you use the most for unproductive activities. It’s gonna hurt, I know.

Both iOS and Android phones allow you to set limits on certain apps that start automatically. If you gotta do it, DO IT.

Of course, there are activities and time online that are well spent. If you’re watching videos about starting a business, consuming blog posts or podcast episodes, or having conversations with others in your industry on Twitter, those are good uses of your time. They help move the needle forward as you build your own knowledge base.

For example, I’m on social media way more than I have been in the past because I set a goal to grow my following and online presence on four platforms.

Aimless scrolling, on the other hand, is dangerous. It can be therapeutic for a little while, but it could also be taking you away from the vision and dreams you have for your life and business.

PLEASE WATCH this video from Mel Robbins on the attention economy and where and how we focus our attention. It is powerful stuff.

As she points out, your attention is worth a lot of money, and someone is making money off of your attention each minute and hour you spend online. I’d go a step further and say that you are also LOSING money if you’re ignoring your future business and instead scrolling for hours through social media without a purpose.

If you can commit to this, try it for two weeks. Take those two hours and do something related to your business idea–this may mean reading books, watching relevant YouTube videos, doing other exercises you can find here, or listening to business podcasts. See how you’re feeling and if you’ve mad progress.

Once you do this, I’d love to hear from you in the comments:

  • Did you actually take away two hours of aimless scrolling? Was it hard to do?
  • What did you do with those two hours each day?
  • Was it helpful? Did you feel like you were moving the needle on your business idea?

Please provide as much information as you can! I’d love to help you strategize on the best conferences for your own goals. And, I know the other folks reading this can learn from your experiences. We are in this thing together.

I always say that I’m on a mission to build a nation of good people with dynamic personal brands and successful businesses. We can learn from each other on this journey, particularly when we have accountability partners. This is why I am building a whole nation of them.

Download the app

You can connect to the the private community I’ve created to provide support and encouragement along the journey–online and via app. Check us out at programs.shontavia.com or via the Mighty Networks App.

Download the Mighty Network app by clicking here. Once it downloads, click “Find a Mighty Network” and search for Shontavia Johnson. You’ll find content there that I may not share elsewhere.

Thank you so much for joining me on this roller coaster of an experience. I am eternally grateful that I get to do this work with wonderful people each day.

Let’s make it happen,

Getting Everything Done? Nope.

Getting Everything Done? Nope.

I don’t know about you, but there have been many days where I wake up and before I know it the day is completely over. I’m amazed at how quickly the hours can go.

Between a full time job, my company (which is another full time job, just on early mornings, nights and weekends), the book I’m writing, my speaking engagements, my two podcasts, my guest commentating, my spouse, my three kids, and everything else, it’s all a blur sometimes.

The pressure to have it all, be it all, and do it all is real. If you haven’t guessed it yet, I set incredibly high standards for myself. I’m constantly strategizing on how to create a purpose-driven career path and looking for ways to add value to the lives of women entrepreneurs. I am hyper-focused, which can be a blessing and a curse.

I’m often asked how to get it all done, and my answer 100% of the time is that I don’t get it all done. I drop the ball on something on a pretty regular basis.

Baskets of laundry don’t always get folded immediately (Lord I’m ready for the Foldimate laundry robot to hit the market!).

Over the years, I’ve asked for more deadline extensions from editors, conference organizers, and project managers than I care to admit. This does not happen so much anymore, but I’ve definitely had to send those may-I-please-have-another-week emails/texts many times.😁😁😁

I’m frequently annoyed by the “did you get my email?” emails, especially during the days, weeks and months where my inbox is a complete and utter mess. <for the record, yes, I got your email, and along with about several hundred others.>

While I aim to operate at a high level, and I do get some amazing professional opportunities, I mess up. I get rejections. I do not always say and do the right things. But, I’m becoming more accustomed to recognizing that this is just sometimes how things will go.

It is nearly impossible to get “everything” done. My wish for you is that you give yourself grace when things don’t happen perfectly and on time, every time.

I know we live in an age where social media makes people seem like they have it altogether. Heck, I may even be one of those people sometimes. While I work hard to be transparent in my brand and business, I don’t often share the nights that I’m crying to my husband or my mama because I feel like a failure or received some kind of rejection.

My advice for women like you, who are building platforms, companies and reputations in your fields, is to ignore whatever society has defined as “getting everything done” and focus on the most meaningful things you want to get done for your own life. This will free up more time than you realize. And, even if you do cut out the fluff, be kind to yourself when the inevitable happens and something doesn’t work out.

It took me a long time to get to this point. I’m still not perfect at this, because, well, I’m human. But, hearing the stories of others has helped. What truly moved me along significantly was the commencement address Shonda Rhimes gave at Dartmouth in 2014, and her book, Year of Yes.

The entire speech is phenomenal, but the specific part where she talks about the trade-offs of being a woman with many things on her plate starts at the 17:04-ish mark and continues until the 19:40-ish mark.

I’ve included the video to her remarks below. If you prefer to read the transcript from this segment, scroll down below the video and I’ve copied the words there.

Shonda, how do you do it all?

The answer is this: I don’t.

Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life.

If I am killing it on a Scandal script for work, I am probably missing bath and story time at home. If I am at home sewing my kids’ Halloween costumes, I’m probably blowing off a rewrite I was supposed to turn in. If I am accepting a prestigious award, I am missing my baby’s first swim lesson. If I am at my daughter’s debut in her school musical, I am missing Sandra Oh’s last scene ever being filmed at Grey’s Anatomy. If I am succeeding at one, I am inevitably failing at the other. That is the tradeoff. That is the Faustian bargain one makes with the devil that comes with being a powerful working woman who is also a powerful mother. You never feel a hundred percent OK; you never get your sea legs; you are always a little nauseous. Something is always lost.

Something is always missing.

And yet. I want my daughters to see me and know me as a woman who works. I want that example set for them. I like how proud they are when they come to my offices and know that they come to Shondaland. There is a land and it is named after their mother. In their world, mothers run companies. In their world, mothers own Thursday nights. In their world, mothers work. And I am a better mother for it. The woman I am because I get to run Shondaland, because I get write all day, because I get to spend my days making things up, that woman is a better person—and a better mother. Because that woman is happy. That woman is fulfilled. That woman is whole. I wouldn’t want them to know the me who didn’t get to do this all day long. I wouldn’t want them to know the me who wasn’t doing.

Lesson Number Three is that anyone who tells you they are doing it all perfectly is a liar.

Shonda Rhimes Dartmouth Commencement Address, June 8 2014

That’s real, right?

Do you give yourself grace when you don’t get everything done? Is “everything” you’re trying to get done what you really want to do? How do you handle these moments? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

Please give as much information as you can in response to these questions. I’d be happy to share more tools and resources that help you get what you want. And, I know the other folks reading this can learn from your experiences! We are all in this together.

I always say that I’m on a mission to build a nation of good people with dynamic personal brands and successful businesses. We can learn from each other on this journey, particularly when we have accountability partners. This is why I am building a whole nation of them.

Download the app

You can connect to the the private community I’ve created to provide support and encouragement along the journey–online and via app. Check us out at programs.shontavia.com or via the Mighty Networks App.

Download the Mighty Network app by clicking here. Once it downloads, click “Find a Mighty Network” and search for Shontavia Johnson. You’ll find content there that I may not share elsewhere.

Thank you so much for joining me on this roller coaster of an experience. I am eternally grateful that I get to do this work with wonderful people each day.

Let’s make it happen,

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Finding time to start your business when you don’t have time for one more thing

Finding time to start your business when you don’t have time for one more thing

“It’s sooooo hard to find the time to do everything!!! I could start my business if I juuuuuuuuuust HAD MORE TIME! I’m too busy right now.”

Sound familiar?

It certainly sounds like the old me after I got married, became a mother for the first time, and started my first tenure-track position at a law school.

Between home and work, it seemed that every literal moment of my day was occupied by mandatory work stuff and/or someone else’s needs and desires.

I felt the tugs of entrepreneurship and creating a national reputation bubbling up in my spirit, but exhaustion and life just didn’t seem to allow for these to be anything but pipe dreams.

For a while I would have spurts of activity, but never anything consistent. Then, one day I was watching an old episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show online and heard the the story of Dr. Tererai Trent, who was literally named the Oprah Winfrey Show’s favorite guest of all time.

Dr. Trent was born in Zimbabwe in a rural village, where she was not allowed to go to school. She was married by age 11 to a much older, abusive man, and by the time she was 18, she had four children and was being beaten every day by her husband. After a series of divine interventions, Dr. Trent wrote down her dream, which was to have three degrees (bachelor’s master’s and Ph.D), and set out on an uncharted path to the U.S. with the help of a global nonprofit.

Today, Dr. Trent has obtained those three degrees in the U.S., written multiple books, and travels the world as a renowned activist, speaker and educator.

You can watch a short (~2 minute long) segment about Dr. Trent below.

During the episode I was watching, Ms. Winfrey made a comment about people realizing that we alone have the power to create the life we want, and something clicked for me in that moment.

Dr. Trent, who had experienced a breathtaking amount of pain, abuse, and hopelessness, talked about not allowing anyone or anything to deter her from her goals, and that hit me like a ton of bricks. Excuses like poverty, physical pain, an abusive marriage, having ultimately five children, and geographical location did not stop her.

I did not have any of these excuses, but I certainly had some very real things happening in my life that I used as excuses. I had spent so much time complaining about my busy-ness that I was basically blinded from trying to find any solutions.

I was allowing my immediate circumstance to keep me from working toward the things I wanted and using “no time” as an excuse, when in reality I was blowing multiple hours scrolling through news and social media sites.

While I had been telling myself, “I can’t start a business because I don’t have enough timeI’m too busy,” I really never asked myself why I didn’t have enough time other than broad generalities. I mean, L-I-F-E was why, right?

This was kind of right, but mostly wrong. I knew I’d blink in the morning and the next thing I knew, it was tomorrow. Time was whizzing by. But, like, where was it going? And why did I not have a better understanding of its location? I did not put specific thought into these questions at first.

Once I did ask and answer these questions, I realized I mostly had myself to blame. Nearly every “I can’t do that” was really, “I don’t want to prioritize that right now.” Not prioritizing things wasn’t wrong, per se, I just wasn’t being honest with myself about this.

This post is dedicated to helping you answer this question for yourself. Why don’t you have enough time? Where can you find more of it???

I can’t answer these questions for you, but this post will help you figure out where your time is going.

My basic suggestion is that you spend three days monitoring everything you do and writing it down, from the moment to wake up until the moment you go to bed.

Do this down to the minute by creating a chart like the one below. You can type, handwrite, or use an app. The point is just to really do it.

Example of time measurement chart:

DO NOT try to be on your best behavior because you know you’re watching! Be honest with yourself so that we can find the solutions that work best for you.

On the fourth day, do the math on how much time you’re spending on things each day. When I did this exercise, I was shocked, TBH, by how much time I was blowing on unproductive screen time.

Lord, I wasted so much time on MediaTakeOut.com and Facebook back then.

Here are some research-backed numbers that may surprise you as you walk through this yourself:

  • People average 153 minutes on social media per day
  • The average commute (in the U.S.) is 26.9 minutes one-way each day.
  • Smokers take roughly 80 minutes worth of smoke breaks each day.
  • The average American worker spends 352 minutes checking and replying to emails (209 minutes of work email and 143 on personal email). (wow!)

If you’re anywhere near average, you’re spending roughly 8 hours per day on social media and email alone. These were definitely my two biggest time drains.

It is easy to fall back into this trap, so I have to work each day to stay focused on my goals and vision and not get sucked into aimless scrolling. It still happens, but with much less frequency.

This is just one of many steps in finding time to start your business, but it is a crucial one.

If your common refrain is that you don’t have the time, I challenge you to spend the next three days assessing why you don’t have any.

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Once you do this exercise, I’d love to hear from you in the comments:

  • What are you “too busy” doing right now to start your business?
  • What are the biggest drains on your time?
  • Where are you spending the most time that could be used toward your business?

Please give as much information as you can in response to these questions. I’d be happy to share more tools and resources that help you get what you want. And, I know the other folks reading this can learn from your experiences! We are all in this together.

I always say that I’m on a mission to build a nation of good people with dynamic personal brands and successful businesses. We can learn from each other on this journey, particularly when we have accountability partners. This is why I am building a whole nation of them.

Download the app

You can connect to the the private community I’ve created to provide support and encouragement along the journey–online and via app. Check us out at programs.shontavia.com or via the Mighty Networks App.

Download the Mighty Network app by clicking here. Once it downloads, click “Find a Mighty Network” and search for Shontavia Johnson. You’ll find content there that I may not share elsewhere.

Thank you so much for joining me on this roller coaster of an experience. I am eternally grateful that I get to do this work with wonderful people each day.

Let’s make it happen,

Create a vision for your life, brand & business

Create a vision for your life, brand & business

Brainstorming, envisioning, and refining a vision is one of the most important things you can do for your business. I quote Michael Gerber nearly every time I talk about the concept of a vision.

In his book E-Myth (it’s a great book about small business failure and success), Michael asks of the reader, “with no clear picture of how you wish your life to be, how on earth can you begin to live it?”

This was a game-changer for me. Duh, right?

OF COURSE you need to know your destination if you’re planning to go somewhere. Even Google Maps wants to you generally know your location before giving you directions.

You may luck up and stumble across a location, but doesn’t it make sense to have thought it through a little bit? Perhaps you’ll end up with less bumps & bruises a long the way. You’ll definitely get lost fewer times.

Earlier in my professional life, I felt a bit like a ship without a sail. I was drifting along in someone else’s version of a successful life and I was miserable. It was quite disorienting, and I wasn’t really sure what to do about any of it.

I had never really had a plan, just a vague idea of what seemed like a good idea for a person with a background like mine. This. didn’t. work. at. all.

I had to remove myself from that situation and get serious about what I wanted in my life. It took quite a bit of time, and I definitely made numerous mistakes along the way. But, once I got a clear vision, it was like the heavens opened up.

Natalie Bacon sums up perfectly why vision is so powerful in her article, “Why You Need to Create Visions:”

Vision is your why. Vision gives something direction. It’s your desired future. Your vision includes what you believe in (your core values) and what you want in your future (what you want to be). It’s the powerful reason why you want to do something; your overarching purpose. Your vision is your passion and keeps you excited and motivated. It’s what inspires you to do whatever it is you want to do.

Natalie Bacon, Why You Need to Create Visions (Not Just Goals)

I believe so strongly in the power of vision that I do a visioning exercise every few years. It helps me get focused on what I’d like to accomplish and it gives me clear direction on when I must say “no” to opportunities.

My sanity actually depends on this.

It’s been so helpful for me that I recorded a series of short, free videos that I thought might help other people who are situations similar to the one I found myself in back then. I break this down into three parts:

(1) “Look” – where you brainstorm what you’d like the future of your life, brand, business and energy to look like.

(2) “Listen” – where you ask some self-reflective questions of yourself and then crowdsource some information from your trusted tribe–family, friends, or co-workers who you trust to give you honest feedback; and

(3) “Link” – where you combine steps #1 and #2 to create a “looking glass” type document that outlines a tangible plan of action that you can start working on ASAP.

You can watch the first video in the series here:

If you’re interested in learning more about three principles outlined in the video and above, sign up to receive the rest of the videos by clicking this link.

One you have the opportunity to think about and refine your vision for your brand and business, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

In particular, were you comfortable creating a plan for your brand and business? Did you feel like you didn’t have permission to consider some things because of time, money, or family?

Please give as much information as you can in response to these questions. I’d be happy to share more tools and resources that help you get what you want. And, I know the other folks reading this can learn from your experiences! We are all in this together.

I always say that I’m on a mission to build a nation of good people with dynamic personal brands and successful businesses. We can learn from each other on this journey, particularly when we have accountability partners. This is why I am building a whole nation of them.

Download the app

You can connect to the the private community I’ve created to provide support and encouragement along the journey–online and via app. Check us out at programs.shontavia.com or via the Mighty Networks App.

Download the Mighty Network app by clicking here. Once it downloads, click “Find a Mighty Network” and search for Shontavia Johnson. You’ll find content there that I may not share elsewhere.

Thank you so much for joining me on this roller coaster of an experience. I am eternally grateful that I get to do this work with wonderful people each day.

Let’s make it happen,

Choosing a Corporate Structure // Advice from a business law expert

Choosing a Corporate Structure // Advice from a business law expert

Starting a business requires making all kinds of decisions, and one of the most important is how you’re going to operate and do business. You have to ask aaallllll kinds of questions about concepts that are pretty foreign to folks new to the game: Will you go start making money and growing your business without incorporating at all? Will you file a DBA/assumed business name/fictitious name and stay in that lane until you make more money? What’s difference between an LLC and a corporation and why does it matter? I recently talked with business law expert Carliss Chatman about all of this and she offered some amazing advice that I’m excited to share here.

Carliss Chatman

Carliss holds a number of titles, including attorney, author, and business law professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she teaches classes including Contracts; Sales and Leases; Agency and Unincorporated Entities, Corporations, and Business Associations. She has more than a decade of experience representing small and start-up businesses in the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. If you are wondering about whether and how to incorporate your business, Carliss is definitely the expert to ask.

Carliss and I had an incredibly wide-ranging discussion about how new entrepreneurs can set up their ventures. We talk about how to decide between an LLC and a corporation, when a limited partnership makes sense, and why you should always have a separate bank account for your business. We also spend a few minutes at the end talking about her viral tweet, which to date has nearly 600,000 likes and more than 200,000 retweets, and how she was actually prepared to make that unanticipated moment work for her brand and professional projects.

One of my favorite a-ha moments happened early in the discussion when I asked Carliss when entrepreneurs should think about incorporating their business, and her reply was, “you should not do one thing without forming some entity that gives you liability protection.” Basically, forming a separate entity should come first, before you do anything. She explains why she believes this, and more, throughout our conversation.

You’ll also learn:

  • Why the LLC isn’t always the best way to go.
  • How to decide between a corporation and an LLC.
  • Why your business may not need to own all of your intellectual property.
  • How to make decisions today based on the future plans you have for your business.
  • Why and how the prospect of VC funding should impact how you form your business.
  • When to hire a lawyer to help form a business entity and how to choose the right lawyer.

If you are wondering how to move forward with forming the right business structure, THIS. IS. THE. DISCUSSION. FOR. YOU. Check out the video below for all of the amazing-ness that is Carliss Chatman and her expertise.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this discussion. What’s something you learned that you didn’t know before you listened to it? Are there questions that you still have? Let us know in the comments below.

Please give as much information as you can in response to these questions. I’d be happy to share more tools and resources that help you get what you want. And, I know the other folks reading this can learn from your experiences! We are all in this together.

I always say that I’m on a mission to build a nation of good people with dynamic personal brands and successful businesses. We can learn from each other on this journey, particularly when we have accountability partners. This is why I am building a whole nation of them.

Download the app

You can connect to the the private community I’ve created to provide support and encouragement along the journey–online and via app. Check us out at programs.shontavia.com or via the Mighty Networks App.

Download the Mighty Network app by clicking here. Once it downloads, click “Find a Mighty Network” and search for Shontavia Johnson. You’ll find content there that I may not share elsewhere.

Thank you so much for joining me on this roller coaster of an experience. I am eternally grateful that I get to do this work with wonderful people each day.

Let’s make it happen,

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