​Sylvia Inks Educates Entrepreneurs How To Manage Their Money And Build A Profitable Business

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Posted by Elaine Rau
Sylvia Inks knew she had a gift in financial management and wanted to share her knowledge with small business owners so that motivated, but financially illiterate, entrepreneurs wouldn’t have to close their businesses due to mistakes that could have been avoided. Read our interview with the lovely Sylvia below…

What motivated and inspired you to start your own business?

I grew up in a family that loved to talk about money. It was a common topic discussed at the dinner table, so I learned good money management at a very young age. I realized that many others did not have that same upbringing, which I believe has led to a problem of financial illiteracy. I see very smart and intelligent people start businesses, but fail due to poor money management and not building a solid foundation. It is heartbreaking to see motivated and driven entrepreneurs have to close their businesses due to mistakes that could have been avoided.

Tell us about your business.

I help entrepreneurs manage their money better. I provide the education, tools, and encouragement to put into practice the business and financial fundamentals to build a profitable business. My goal is to educate and empower small business owners to turn around their business and make the profits that they need and want.

Yes! I am launching the book, Small Business Finance for the Busy Entrepreneur, which will be available on November 1st for 90% off! It will be available at this special price for this one day.
Readers can go towww.smallbusinessfinancebook.com to get more information and a bonus preview. Small Business Finance for the Busy Entrepreneur will be available onAmazon.
Where is your business based (city/state/region…)?
Based in Raleigh, NC (United States) and can serve out-of-state clients through virtual coaching.
What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?

I took a financial coach master series training through the Dave Ramsey’s team to confirm that this was indeed what I wanted to do for a business. At the time, I was trying to decide between two business ideas. I was 100% convinced that this was what I was meant to do after that training and mentorship program. I also took a business planning course to ensure that I created a solid business and financial plan. Through that course, I also gained a mentor who coached me through the critical first year. Not having a solid business plan is one of the top reasons why small businesses fail. Often, people make the mistake in thinking that if they don’t need financing, that they don’t need a business plan.
What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and getting new customers?
Attending conferences and networking events with like-minded business professionals and building a referral network. Writing and promoting my book has also been a great way to raise awareness.
What have been your biggest challenges so far?
Time management! I have this big drive to help as many business owners that I meet, but have to balance that with my family obligations and schedule. I have two young children under the age of 5, so it’s a little bit of challenge to manage a good work/family balance.
How did you overcome these challenges?
I leverage family for help with childcare. I also hired someone to help me one day a week to cook, fold laundry, and do various cleaning in the house to free up time that I can spend on the business.
How do you keep motivated through difficult times?
I get motivated when I get client feedback on how I’ve helped them decrease their stress and anxiety around their business finances. I recently had a client who was laid off from her corporate job, and she said that had she not worked with me to calculate the numbers beforehand, she would have panicked and not known if she could make it.
How did you distinguish yourself from your competitors?

I provide a step-by-step process with tools that allow my clients get started right away and case studies to make it relatable. It’s not theory like you see in many other books… it’s a ready-to-use program.

What is the best advice you have received recently?

Front-load the work! Do 80% of the work ahead of time.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Surround yourself with like-minded entrepreneurs. Seek to find those who target the same types of clients as you, but are not direct competitors. Having a referral partner network will save you time and money from having to chase down clients and having to find clients at networking events.
What is your favorite business tool or resource?
Office 365 for a cloud storage system of all files and business receipts, which are accessible anywhere I go and travel. It also allows secured access when sharing files and ensures that I don’t lose any critical business files in the event of a computer crash. Freshbooks is another great tool that I find to be a lot easier to use and manage than QuickBooks for small business owners.
What social media outlets do you use? List them below.
Twitter @smifinancial

Facebook www.facebook.com/smifinancialcoaching/

Websitewww.smallbusinessfinancebook.com and www.smifinancialcoaching.com

Hashtags #busyentrepreneur #profitablebusiness #moneymanagement #smallbiz

What is a good article or book you have read recently?

Beyond Travel: A Road Warrior’s Survival Guide by Marcey Rader. This book is full of practical and specific advice on how to be more productive and be healthier, especially if your job requires a lot of travel. This is a book that I wished that I had when I was working 12-14 hours days and traveling between 75%-100% over 5 years ago. After going through Marcey’s tips, I have become more productive and have been going to bed two hours earlier than I have in over two years! Time is money, and most entrepreneurs struggle with having enough time for their business and personal life. If this sounds like you, then I highly recommend this book.
What are you currently learning about for your business or looking for help with?
How to build better email marketing campaigns to engage with the customers and readers and provide value so they want to open and read the emails.
What are your goals for the next few months and how are you striving to achieve them?
Get the book in the hands of as many entrepreneurs and small business owners that I can and help them start building a solid, profitable business. My referral partners will be helping me get the word out about the book on launch day and I will also be doing workshops and talks. My 2017 goals include creating online courses based on the fundamental principles described in the book for those who want and learn better though visuals.

HOW TO BOUNCE BACK FROM A MAJOR FINANCIAL SETBACK

Financial setbacks inevitably happen to all us, these are not special gifts reserved for some and not for others, no, no, no, we all at one time or another face finanical setbacks. And if you find yourself dealing with a layoff, high medical expenses, forclouser or other setback, there are some things you can do to start the road to recovery. 

1. Acknowledge your current situation. This seems to be a reocurrent topic. The reason is, many of you are asking questions like, how do I move on? How do I start over? Or some of you even say, it isn’t that bad, at least I am better than other people I know. Well the truth is, unless you acknowledge you have a problem you won’t be able to fix. The best thing you can do if you are broke is admit it, look at yourself in the mirrow and say to yourself I’m broke.

2. Take responsibility. The easiest thing to do is blaming everyone else. From your parents, how you grew up, your education, your environment, your predicament, your job, friends, negative relatives etc. Maybe, is time to stop looking on the outside and it is time to start looking on the inside. Asses your situation, look at yourself and take resposibility.

3. Start where you are with what you have, make a game plan that works for you. Even though we all been through setbacks at some point in our lives, every situation is unique. If you’re in need of help get in contact with us www.redtogreeneconomy.com/contact we can help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, Les Brown says, when you ask for help you don’t ask for help because you’re weak no, you ask for help because you want to remain strong. Create a plan that works for you, your financial peace/wellness is in your plan. No plan, no peace/wellness.

4. Work on yourself. Must people today work harder on their job than they work on themselves. Don’t missunderstand me you have to be diligent and do your best at work to earn your paycheck, but you have to be more than just a hard worker, you have to work on youself, grow as a person in order to bring value to the market place. Your income is in direct proportion to your personal growth, work on yourself

5. Make no excuses. Excuses are tools of the incompetent used to build monuments to nothing. Those who specialized on excuses wil never be good at anything else. Excuses don’t pay the bills. Start by making small changes, ask yourself what is something that’s within my power right now that I can change? And do that! Litlle by little, remember a little + a little + a little = a lot. You got this!!

For more tips read How to Live an Above Average Life on Your Terms.

What is a setback you faced in the past and how overcome? 

Can you relate to any of the tips mention here?

Kindly keep in contact with us at www.redtogreeneconomy.com also find us on social media we would love to hear from you.

HOW TO LIVE AN ABOVE AVERAGE LIFE ON YOUR TERMS

Even though no one sets out to become broke. A loan here and there, a bad investment here and there, and a couple hundred swipes of the credit card later—we’re busted, and we have no idea how we landed in this state. I look back at my life a few years back age …. and wondering how I got there? Totaly out of control hoping for things to get better, I had to take a hard look at my situation and had to make changes. For me staying the same was harder than the decision to change.
You don’t have to be living out of your car to be broke.

Broke is living paycheck to paycheck with no savings intact. Broke is being in debt up to your eyeballs. Broke is buying a brand-new $35,000 car because you can “afford” the monthly payments but not having enough in your bank account to cover a $1,000 emergency.

The funny thing is, we live in a society that calls this type of living normal.

Because of my decisions and where they took me we learned and we don’t do normal here. I decided to become weird. You want to break the mold and live like no one else? Here are some action steps you can take to turn the tide.

Live on Less Than You Make




This is non-negotiable, let others be wreckless, careless, and pretenders with their money not you, take a look at your take-home pay and outgo each month. Make a monthlyzero-based budget and you might be surprised by how much extra dough is slipping through your hands.

Grab that money and tell it where to go. You will start to feel like you’ve just given yourself a raise! Read The Sectret to Saving Money

Create a Game Plan

Take consistent steps to stay in your budget. Go over your budget every week, make your short, mid, and long term goals as part of your budget. Your short term goals should be achieve within a year. Your mid term goals 2 to 5 years. And your long term goals 5 to 10 years. Read Budgets are Designed to Help You Win

Increase Your Income
Look for side jobs you can pick up—dog walking, delivering pizza, freelancing. Or is there overtime available at work you could take on? Maybe it’s even time to get up the guts to ask your boss for a raise.

If you feel like you’ve reached the end of the road in your current field, consider looking at new career paths that may generate more income.
Read 10 Ways to Make Money on Your Spare Time





Begin With the End in Mind

Instant gratification will get you into trouble time and time again. If your potential purchase isn’t in the budget, back away slowly. Remember that making minor sacrifices now will pay off in the long run. Know what your end goal is, and then go after it!

Do the Math

A stay-at-home parent could consider going back to work, but look at the potential income versus the expense. Would day care costs rival the income amount of the new job? Be sure to crunch the numbers and see where you land. And don’t forget the things that can’t be seen in monetary value, like health care benefits, company reimbursements/discounts and other perks.
Be proactive! If you aren’t satisfied with your current situation, take a practical step forward. Submit your resume for that ideal job you’ve been dreaming about . Sell the car . Open your eyes to the need for change and then make it happen! Consider starting your own business and more importantly stay on top of your number but be consistent. Read Why You Need to Become a DIY Hero

HOW TO PAYOFF DEBT WITH A LOW INCOME

People often come to us for counseling when they are facing a financial crisis. How does one make it through a crunch when there are so many bills to pay?

We say to make keeping a roof over your head your top priority. Prioritize the rent or house payment first and foremost. Any unpaid bill that can get you evicted or land you in foreclosure is your first bill to pay every month. In addition to keeping a roof over your head make a priority to keep your transportation, food, and utility bills first in your list every other bill goes under the line. 

After you took care of your family and you’ve cover your four walls, focus on preserving your income. We recommend trading in an expensive vehicle for something affordable that you can own outright, but in the short term, keep the ability to get to work and earn an income if you can purchase your vehicle on cash way better an unexpensive reliable vehicle.

Another example is your cell phone. For many people, we might advise canceling an expensive cell phone plan and living with a cheaper on monthly unexpensive basis payment phone. Each monthly expense should be weighed against these criteria first, before any other factors are considered.

Remember after you’ve paid the bills that ensure you will have a place to live and a way to continue to earn a paycheck, then you’ll want to prioritize the remaining debts based on a plan. Create a written budget and focus on eliminating debt systematically. We often recommend paying everything the minimum payment and putting anything extra toward the debt with the highest interest rate. When that debt is paid off, start paying the next highest, and so on. Read more about the “Debt Snowball” method for more info on how this might work.

Remember, you don’t have to go it alone. Contact us for a FREE confidential credit counseling and debt advice session. Let us help you put together a budget to get through your financial crisis and knock out your debts.

Top Financial Challenges For Women 

 

 

 

 

 

 

far from trying to stereotype women, we just want to share few of the top financial challenges women face in today’s society, disadvantages that women need to be aware of when dealing with money matters. Again we’re not trying to stereotype women, each woman is unique and possesses the ability to soar and be a world class influential woman.

let’s dive in!

1. Wage Gap– on average, women earn less than men. Why that gap exists is a matter of often-heated debate, but the fact of its existence isn’t disputed.

 

 

  • What to do– While the wage gap is a subject for society as a whole to address, in the short term, individual women need to focus on money management and budgeting. A very particular trait in women is the ability to focus and multi task. Learning and developing new skills, one of the best ways of facing the wage gap challenge for women is by consistently tracking spending in writing. Skills are learned so this is one skill all women should learn tracking all spending, and using the collected data to create a new written budget. See our budgeting article

 2. Price Gapproducts designed exclusively for women are more expensive than those meant for men, women’s clothing is more likely to need dry cleaning, and women have to purchase things like cosmetics that men don’t use. All of these expenses add up to a hefty price gap between the genders. Studies have also shown that women’s health care is more expensive than men’s, even when exhibiting the same symptoms, not surprise!




  • What to do– Again, budgeting is key. Comparison shopping is also a must. There are all kinds of great apps or even store websites that can be use for comparison with the idea of saving money. The number one form of overspending isn’t buying on impulse, it’s paying too much for things. So look at your necessary spending and see if there’s anything you’re paying too much for that can be bought cheaper from another source, or in bulk. See our 10 ways of to make extra money article

3. Long-Term Care some of these categories seem especially unfair, in that they represent admirable qualities that nevertheless result in financial challenges for women. A Princeton study found that women are twice as likely as their male siblings to end up caring for an elderly parent. And a study from the Journal of Applied Gerontology found that women are more likely to be displaced from the workforce when providing long-term care.

  • What to do– The best solution is to plan well ahead of time, it is always a good idea to add a long term care insurance  tab to your budget planning when you start thinking that it might be necessary in the coming years. The fact that is in your mind, and you are concern about it tells that you might want to start planning for it before is too late.  Put a small percentage aside on your budget and get ready so that you’re able to get long-term care insurance to meet this need when the time comes. Every family situation is different, but if you think this kind of situation is likely, that insurance is more likely to be worth it. And your whole family needs to come together and decide if they are going to buck the trend and share care giving responsibilities equally among siblings just make sure is on writing as a contract, not that you don’t trust your family but, people tend to agree to this type of things and many times fail to deliver leaving the responsibility to a single individual to deal with. See our the secret to savings article

4.Charity – another category that turns a positive into a challenge; women are more likely to give to charity than men, and on average they donate more.




  • What to do– Donating to worthy charities and those that are concistent with your values is great, so we’d only caution you to make charitable giving part of your written spending plan so you don’t go overboard.  You can’t give what you don’t have, do not over promise and do not let anyone bully you or manipulate you into giving. Set a percentage of your income in your budget for giving and stick to it. Do not write checks by Faith to bounce back and get charge for overdraft knowing that there’s no money in your account. Doing that won’t help you or the causes you support. Think of when you’re on an airplane; they tell you in an emergency to put the breathing mask on yourself first, before helping anyone else. The same principle applies here. You’re no good to charities or the needy if you can’t make ends meet yourself. Follow your budget and give as you can, your priority is working your money plan so that you, your family and the people you love and wantvto help can benefit, so make giving a top priority in your budget and give accordingly. See our why giving article

4. Education– yet another positive trend that ends up costing women more money. These days, women are more likely to attend college than men. That’s good—it’s part of how society is addressing the wage gap—but with tuition costs skyrocketing in recent decades, today’s graduates are left with hefty student loan debt.

  • What to do– Student loans are a huge headache for graduates and a huge business for financial institutions everywhere in America, Student loans sees no gender it affects men and women alike. see our How to pay for college without using student loans article




 

What other financial challenges you think women are facing today?

If you’ve got difficulties with your finances in general we’re here to help. Contact us today @ www.redtogreeneconomy.com or @ getinfo@redtogreeneconomy.com

Meet Eboni Phillips, She Went From Being Bankrupt To Educating Herself To Teaching Others About Credit

Eboni Phillips Went From Being Bankrupt To Educating Herself To Teaching Others About Credit

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Posted by Elaine Rau

Eboni Phillips has seen poverty in its rarest forms, from sleeping in the back seat of cars to getting them repossessed, Eboni knows exactly what it’s like to be less than credit worthy. After countless experiences with trial and error, she decided that she would use her experience with bad credit to help serve the community and educate others about being financially integral. Read our interview with the lovely Eboni below…





What motivated and inspired you to start your own business?

Well I had no idea I would be a credit specialist. I’d had issues with credit for years. I found myself severely depressed sometimes knowing that I couldn’t get an apartment or vehicle without a cosigner. I sat down one day at a dealership with a car salesman and was told “you need to file bankruptcy” I decided then that credit would not be a hindrance any longer. I was my first client. I applied what I learned to my situation and saw results immediately! I then went on to help family and friends and decided that “serving” others in the area of financial empowerment was my lane. As far as walking away from corporate America to pursue my passion full time, I knew that my potential was bigger than the cubicle that I sat in every day. There is a misery that comes along with not utilizing your full potential and I felt that misery daily. The thought of working 35 years just to survive wasn’t too appealing to me, the glass ceiling on my pay scale drove me crazy… I decided that I wanted to leave a legacy that proceeds me and entrepreneurship was how I would create it.

 

Tell us about your business.

I own and operate Elite Credit Consultants LLC. Our purpose is not only to restore your credit but to give you the tools and essential education necessary to maintain your credit score long after your time as a client with us. I get extreme satisfaction from educating and empowering consumers in the area of credit management. Not only do we focus on disputing inaccuracies but we sit down and have in depth conversations with our clients to figure out where the weak areas are and how we can strengthen them in those areas. Elite Credit is more than a business, it’s a lifestyle!

 

Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?
Yes. Currently I am offering 15% off all new client enrollment until May 1st.

List awards/certifications/accomplishments.




I am a board-certified credit specialist and credit score analyst through the Credit Consultant’s Association.I will have my Degree in Economics in May of this year.

Where is your business based?

We are located in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

 

What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?

The first thing I did was research the requirements to work in my field legally in the state of Michigan. It is very important to be PCI compliant in my industry.Next I researched ways to get certified, even though it is not required in my state I just believe in credentials. I studied hard and passed two exams to become a certified credit specialist and score analyst. I then became my first client.I applied for my articles of incorporation and EIN number.I created a Success (Business) Plan.

 

What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and getting new customers?
Social media has been a great help with getting new clients, but honestly referrals are the lifeline of my business, without word of mouth I don’t think ANY credit business will stand for long. I also understand the scripture “Faith WITHOUT works is dead”. Everything that I do in business is a faith move, I put in the work and I allow faith to produce the end result.

What have been your biggest challenges so far?

My biggest challenge so far has been owning the fact that I am an influencer to the nations. For so long I thought I didn’t deserve to be blessed, so I guess just coming into the realization that greatness is in my life and that there is nothing or nobody that can change that has been my biggest challenge to date… We sometimes can be our own worst enemy.
How did you overcome these challenges?

Entrepreneurship is not for the weak and sometimes you will get discouraged. I implemented lots of prayer, fasting, and meditation on what the word of God says about me! I also began to speak positive affirmations over my life and business daily.

 

How do you keep motivated through difficult times?

I worship in times of difficulty… I know how to pray it through. I have learned the secret to living and that is to be grateful in all situations, to always give thanks, and know that you are your only competition. My daily goal is to be a better version of myself than I was the day before.

How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?





When you’re a real leader, you know that you have no competition. I don’t mind others taking a seat at my table because I know we are all going to eat. We are all playing for the same team. I am SAVED. I use my entrepreneurship platform as a tool to evangelize and bring people into the knowledge of Christ. If I’m not helping to increase the kingdom, then what I’m doing is for nothing. I stress the importance of what the Bible says about debt and money when I educate… I make it a point to always point people back to God.

What is the best advice you have received recently?
Be CONSISTENT… Sometimes when we aren’t getting the results we think we should be getting, our consistency in our craft dwindles.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
KEEP GOING… GO ALL THE WAY. Believe in yourself and your gifts. See yourself and your service as an asset and not liability. When you make the decision to be an entrepreneur, you decide to accept the process that comes along with it, and nobody said the process would be easy or fun… but it will be worth it. You’ll thank yourself after.

 

What is your favorite business tool or resource?

My favorite business tool is Facebook live right now for the sake of my financial tip Vlogs I record every Tuesday. I’ve fallen in love with periscope though, so soon I will be taking my talents to that platform. What social media outlets do you use? List them below.

Instagram @thecreditqueen__
Facebook www.facebook.com/Elitecreditrecovery
Facebook Group www.facebook.com/groups/555346381333371
Website www.elitecreditconsultant.com
Email elitecreditconsultants@gmail.com
Hashtags #EBONIINSPIRES #ELITEEFFECT #IFIXCREDIT

What is a good article or book you have read recently?
I am reading the book “Angel Armies” By Time Sheets.

What are you currently learning about for your business or looking for help with?
I am working on an extension to my business through the avenue of real estate… I will be licensed to practice and assist first time homebuyers by the end of the summer. I’m always looking for mentors to further my education in my field but until I find one with a like mind, I will continue to self-educate and attend trainings.

What are your goals for the next few months and how are you striving to achieve them?

In the next few months I plan to have my Real Estate license, College Degree, and increase my social media following and conversion rate. I have my blinders on, I’ve never been so focused and determined to succeed. I will be consistent in my studies and post fresh relevant content daily on my social media outlets.

Red to Green Economy E-book

 
Happy Mother’s Day!

I couldn’t think of a better idea to share this Mother’s Day Weekend. I hope my new E-book somehow encourages you. I have an incredible number of beautiful women that have inspired me through the years.

As a think of each of them my friends and relative moms or potential moms I think of all the things a woman can endure and I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for his love and kindness for allowing us women to be overcomes, I look back at my own life story and I smile but at the same time I feel how God has use every single event, and every single setback as a blessing.

Some of us women don’t look like what we been through.

Yep! You know it and I repeat some of us women don’t look like what we been through. But God!

Humbly, I thought of writing this post to give back some inspiration the the women that have inspired me too many to mention but if you’re a women and you are reading this post I am talking to you.

For every setback in my life God have had a come back plan. One of those come backs for me has been in the form of my new E-book, I hope you feel encourage to read it but at the same time be encourage to follow your passion.

I wanted to take the opportunity this Mother’s day to dedicate to you my E-Book Red to Green Economy. Tittle after my consulting business.

It all started with the desire to live a life that can impact others and can be impacted by others. I realized today that God can use anything. And that always been my prayer. If you can use anything Lord you can use me.

I went from struggle to struggle and people telling me I can’t do something or even people trying to tell me I need to do this or that to be successful to following my heart.

You’ve always heard others say that you must follow your passion and if you’re like me the question stands how do you do that?

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But since I been bless with the gift of motherhood I find that as a woman and as a mother our biggest why are our children.

So my hope and prayer is that when you see me or think of me you can say if she can do it, if she can write an E-book or more than just one E-book several of them.  I know that I know that I know that I can do it.

Whatever dreams or business ideas you have I hope I can inspired you to pursue it. I am nothing special, and many times I feel like quitting then I remember how hard it is and then if I quit I will have to do this over and over again so the answer I give myself is if you want to stop failing then you need to stop quitting.

I see my beautiful daughter Victoria, I see my amazing husband, my friends and family I want to make them, I want to make you proud and that is enough motivation to continue. And the fact that I know and you should know that God can turn all of your setbacks into blessings. 

God bless you! You can find my E-book on my website www.redtogreeneconomy.com or by visiting https://payhip.com/b/wtez

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What dreams do you have and what motivates you to press on?

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