Alisha Nicole is a triple threat in the blogosphere - a clarity coach, product creator, and author. She does it all and does it well. You'd hardly guess then that her first business failed. Bouncing back, Alisha was motivated to consume every business resource she could to ensure that her next launch would be a success.
Fast forward to now where Alisha is busy running TheAlishaNicole.com, an online course and designing business planners that make our mouths water. Sharing her knowledge online, she's passionate about helping other creatives find success in their own online ventures.
Here's what she has to say...
1. Tell us what you do in 2 sentences:
I am a creative business coach and new author over at TheAlishaNicole.com. I help creative women gain clarity, defeat fear and ultimately make money doing what they love.
2. At what point did you decide the traditional 9-5 office job wasn’t for you?
I knew it wasn't for me when I found myself waking up every single morning in tears. I knew at that moment that there had to be more to life than sitting in someone's cubicle.
3. What did you do next?
After having a complete melt down one morning, I decided to go ahead and put in my two weeks notice to pursue my then jewelry business full-time! I knew that I also needed an outlet to document my journey so that’s when I started The Alisha Nicole. At that time I thought it would only be a hobby but has since then turned into an online business where I help other creatives.
4. Your first business had to close its doors, how did that feel and how did you rebound?
It felt horrible at first but it ended up being the best thing that has ever happened to me! My first business was an online shop where I created and sold jewelry and I learned a ton about starting and running a business from it. I truly believe both the failure and success I had from that business helped me to uncover my true purpose.
5. What has been the best part of running your own business?
The freedom! I love being able to work from anywhere and make my own hours. There is also a really huge sense of pride that comes with being able to say that you are your own boss and that you make money doing what you love!
6. How does your shop pair with your online business? Is one more profitable than the other? One particularly easier?
Everything that I currently sell through The Alisha Nicole is created specifically for creative business owners. I wanted to create tangible resources that not only helps you to start or grow your business but that also helps you to keep it organized. As of right now, I my one-on-one coaching services are more profitable than my products but the products have been an incredible source of passive income.
7. Why courses and how are they working for you?
I love courses because they allows me to teach a mass group of people at time instead of having one on one sessions. It also allows my students to get to know other people in their industry who they can go to for support. My courses are also self-paced so my audience doesn't feel pressured to rush through each assignment.
8. You designs are lucious! I look at your planners and want them. How did you make that happen?
Thank you! I know a lot of creatives struggle with organizing the day to day planning of their business, myself included! I created simple, no fuss planners to help creatives organize content, plan out launches and also plan out actual products for the entire year! The design inspiration came from all of the things I wish I had in a planner that I could never find out on the market like pages for creating products and blank calendars that allow you to start at anytime.
9. What is a common pitfall you see creatives trying to make money online fall into?
I see so many creatives try to gain success by doing what they see is working for others. That’s not how it works! Success comes from genuinely doing what you love and solving a problem that your specific target audience is struggling with. Many think that they have to be in a specific niche to make money or they have to offer a certain type of product but that's not true at all.
10. What are your plans for the future?
I really want transition my brand a bit from service based to being more product focused. I come from an ecommerce background and would love to brand myself more as someone who provides those resources specifically for creatives!
11. What advice would you give to someone starting to generate income independently?
If you focus on what you love, do the necessary work that it takes to be successful and genuinely build your tribe, the money will come! Don’t make your journey any harder than it needs to be and don’t forget to have fun in the process!