I have to remind myself constantly that my life as an entrepreneur does not necessarily afford me the same luxuries as some of my girlfriends who work full time 9-to-5 jobs. Though I enjoy the flexibility of being able to work on my own time, I often put in more hours completing tasks than would be allocated if I went into an office every day.
As we enter the throngs of summer, most of my friends are experiencing a “slow period” because of the vacations being taken by all, and also that “summer hours” which allow many of them to leave the office early on Fridays. Though I, and many other entrepreneurs and freelancers, would like to take some time off as the rest of our friends, if we don’t work, we don’t eat!
With that in mind, here are a couple of must haves for us entrepreneurs to hold close when seeking and completing business ventures during these summer months.
1) Stay the Course.
Summer is NOT the time to slack off as an entrepreneur. If you are not at a point where you can retire comfortably, you must stay on the grind no matter the holiday or temperature outside. Business development may seem daunting as most people are not as accessible as they would be in the fall months, however, utilize the summer time cocktail hours and barbecues to continue your networking efforts while enjoying the summer sun and festivities.
2) Keep Learning.
Before heading to college and participating in internships over the summer, I was a complete lazy ball of nothingness during the summer months from kindergarten through my senior year. I could have totally used that time to prepare for the next school year, or pick up a new hobby, but most times I would be on my mother’s couch watching music videos. As an entrepreneur or freelancer, I can’t maintain that behavior during the summer. Every person working for themselves must continue to learn a new trade of their business and/or a new way of making their business easier. As others are lounging by the pool with a romance novel and rum runners, you can lounge by the pool too, though it should be with a recent publication related to your industry, business cards and seltzer.
3) Breathe New Life to Your Brand.
It seems that everything “new” is introduced for the fall. New televisions shows/episodes, fashion, events, music, etc. Do not wait until then to unveil anything new you have brewing for your business. Surprise the masses while they have time to utilized and enjoy your products and services, which is in the summer while they are chilling!
4) Have Fun.
All work, and no play, makes Jill and dull gal! Though you should never lose sight or lag off from your business responsibilities during the summer, please allow yourself some time to enjoy the weather and catch up with friends and family. There is something refreshing about taking a meeting outside at the park, and this option that summer presents should not be overlooked. Find alternative means of getting work done and still enjoying the summer. After all, you’re the boss, you can get the job done however you see fit !
Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates (www.jmaplesandassociates.com). She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"