confessions of a werkaholic

Episode 17: Marsha Barnes Confesses

Welcome to Confessions of a WERKaholic where we share the untold success secrets of fearless female bosses! One major life changing lesson I’ve learned on my Entrepreneurial journey is that the real power, the true leverage is in people. We learn from one another, we support one another and most importantly, we connect one another. My goal is to always learn at least one lesson from everyone I come in contact with because our connection was no accident. So, in this series I’m sharing wisdom and knowledge through the experience of WERKing women I’m blessed to know.

Marsha Barnes is the CEO of The Finance Bar— a personal finance suite and mobile hub bridging the gap between individuals and financial wellness. In this episode, we’re talking basic money principles to live by, the real deal with bankruptcy, credit vs cash and so much more!

The ONE decision that could change your life

There’s ONE decision you must make if you’re going to be successful…

ONE choice I had to make that totally changed my circumstances…

ONE thing I had to do in order to make my dreams come true…

Find out what I did and how you can do it too…

The one thing that changed the direction of my life was deciding to choose my dreams over everything else. No matter what I came up against or who got in my way– I was willing to choose my dreams every step of the way.

When things fell apart, I didn’t waste time whining about it…I worked hard as hell to put them back together.

When people said my ideas were crazy, I kept on creating because I had faith that I was on the right path.

When I went broke, I didn’t let it defeat me because I knew my dreams coming true depended on my determination.

The one decision that you must make right here right now is to choose you over everything. Your dreams depend on it. Your happiness depends on it. Your life depends on it.

Even when you don’t know how you’re going to make it happen.
Even when you don’t think you have what it takes.
Even when people say it will never work.

YOU have to choose you. Your faith in yourself is what will fuel you.

It’s so much more than just having a business idea though, much more than just building a website or writing a book. Your success comes down to your mindset, it comes down to your surroundings and your belief in yourself.

One of the main reasons I even started mentoring other entrepreneurs is because I know the importance of keeping your mind right so you can get your business together. So many people want to know “how” it’s done, but they don’t realize it starts with the decision to get it done.

Success is mental and the moment you decide that you deserve what you’ve been dreaming of, you’ll get that ass to WERK.



3 Things I Wish I Would’ve Known about Business

If I had known these three things when I started my first business 14 years ago (I can’t believe that was 14 years go!) I might just be Oprah right now…. but, my hard-headed self had to learn these things the hard way so that you don’t have to.

#1 Less is more
Y’all know me, I do it ALL. Until now…

In the past, I’ve made the mistake of trying to do everything at the same time, by myself. That led to a lot of money and time wasted and a whole lot of frustration. When I should’ve spent time discovering what I really wanted to spend my time doing. {This is why I totally revamped my website and eliminated a bunch of services} This year, I was able to triple my first quarter sales, doing only half the work I typically do. 

#2 Partnerships can be extremely profitable
Up until a few years ago, I really had the mentality that I had to do it all and do it all ALONE. That was extremely stressful. What I’ve since realized is that partnerships allow you to share resources + responsibility and typically lead to more profits. This year, I’m excited to partner with one of my favorite guys for some exciting events – details coming soon.

#3 Your influences affect your income
Boy oh boy, this was a tough lesson to learn. Trying to involve all of my friends in my business was a big mistake. It wasn’t until I started surrounding myself with like-minded people who were moving in the same direction as me, then things started to shift. It’s so funny that so many of us have to learn this lesson the hard way. – in my latest podcast episode, Stacey Ferguson shares her story of having to learn the same lesson when she created Blogalicious years ago [listen here]

Hopefully sharing some of the things I’ve gone through (and learned from) will save you time, money, energy and keep you from stressing yourself out.

One thing you should also consider is getting an accountability partner and mentor (me!) who can provide feedback for your ideas and strategies for success.  Find out how I can help.





Episode 16: Stacey Ferguson Confesses

Welcome to Confessions of a WERKaholic where we share the untold success secrets of fearless female bosses! One major life changing lesson I’ve learned on my Entrepreneurial journey is that the real power, the true leverage is in people. We learn from one another, we support one another and most importantly, we connect one another. My goal is to always learn at least one lesson from everyone I come in contact with because our connection was no accident. So, in this series I’m sharing wisdom and knowledge through the experience of WERKing women I’m blessed to know.

Stacey Ferguson is the Chief Empowerment Officer of Blogalicious- a community and conference for influencers of color. In this episode, she shares how she was able to walk away from her career practicing law to follow her passion. Plus, find out how she balances business, love and motherhood.

make 56k

How I Made 56K in 3 Months

Yes, you read that right.

The girl who made $32,000/year teaching just brought in more than my annual salary in just the first quarter of the year.


When I pulled my income reports and calculated how much I’d made, I actually shocked myself. 





What’s even crazier is that I’m actually doing less work now than I was then…hell, I’m doing less work now than I was just last year.

2016 was hard work, I was traveling to a new city every single month for my book tour but even though I was busy, I wasn’t “balling.” LOL. As much money as I made traveling the country, I spent just as much re-investing in my brand. And at the end of the day, I pretty much broke even.

Although the book tour was something I dreamed about doing, I was tired as hell by the end. So, I decided to do things differently for 2017. Even though I released my second book, I decided against a tour. I knew that if I worked smarter this year, I could still impact women but with less effort.

So, how did I manage to make 56K in just 3 months?

#1 Eliminate distractions

The one question everyone wanted to ask me this year was: “Are you doing another to?” and my answer was “nah.” I’ve already proven to myself I could make that happen. This year I was very intentional about what I wanted to spend my time doing. I decided at the end of last year that my goal for 2017 would be to help as many women get closer to their goals as possible. In order to do this, I literally had to dedicate myself to their dreams. I had to eliminate any and everything that was distracting me from that goal. I “trimmed the fat” and stopped doing anything that no longer served a purpose in my life. It was really important for me to stop trying to do what “everybody else” wanted me to do and focus on what I’m meant to do. This planner really helped me to prioritize my time.

#2 Delegate

This is one of the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do…literally giving over control of my baby (my brand) to someone else is hard as hell. But in order to transition from self-employed to business owner, there were tons of tasks that I had to let go of. True leadership comes down to your ability to delegate and in order to scale my business, I had to put systems in place.

#3 Offer Value

The bulk of my income this year has come from two projects: The Inner Circle and #BusyAtTheBeach. The Inner Circle is an professional mentoring program for women who want more out of life…whether it’s more happiness, more money or more positivity– my support group for success has been a major hit. Women from all over the country come together as accountability partners and I provide practical resources and masterclasses to help them achieve their goals. One thing I think my mentees love the most is their direct access to me. I can literally save them time, money and frustration by sharing my lessons learned. This month, for example, we’re focusing on how to make sales…I’m literally sharing the exact principles I use to make thousands of dollars from my digital brand.

#BusyAtTheBeach on the other hand is a girls getaway with one mission: to empower women to play as hard as they WERK! For hard working women who have dedicated their lives to building their dreams, the trip is an opportunity to celebrate their success. So, it’s no surprise that over 60 women have reserved spots for Cabo. So next year, I’m adding even more destinations to the list! By offering unique and VALUABLE programs, my audience has grown to trust me. They see my passion for what I provide and are eager to learn and grow with me.

In order to live a life that you love and create limitless income, you have to get clear on your calling. If you every find yourself feeling stuck, ask yourself:

Am I passionate about what I’m doing?

Am I solving a problem?

Am I answering a need?

Am I offering value?

Am I using my time and talents wisely?

Back when I was doing everything for everyone, confusion about my calling really started to cost me. It cost me time. It cost me money. It cost me energy.

My Q2 goal for you is to WERK smarter, not harder! {Find out how I can help keep you accountable and get to the coins.}




Episode 15: Arnita Johnson-Hall Confesses

Welcome to Confessions of a WERKaholic where we share the untold success secrets of fearless female bosses! One major life changing lesson I’ve learned on my Entrepreneurial journey is that the real power, the true leverage is in people. We learn from one another, we support one another and most importantly, we connect one another. My goal is to always learn at least one lesson from everyone I come in contact with because our connection was no accident. So, in this series I’m sharing wisdom and knowledge through the experience of WERKing women I’m blessed to know.

Arnita Johnson-Hall is the CEO of AMB Credit Consultants and the Creator of Luxurious Credit. She’s passionate about educating people on their personal credit and in episode 15, Arnita shares the secrets to balancing life as a wife, mom of 4 and million dollar business woman. Plus, find out the one thing you need to know in order to build your personal credit.

4 lessons learned in Phoenix

So I’m writing you from Phoenix, I’m here at the Black Enterprise Women of Power conference and I wanted to drop you a quick note.

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the Legacy Awards Gala where 4 phenomenal women were recognized for their contributions to our community. It was truly breathtaking to be in the company of so many BAD ASS boss women and to witness so much #BlackGirlMagic.

There were 4 things I took away from the awards that I wanted to share with you *|FNAME|*:

#1 Don’t take no for an answer
Ursula Burns is the first black women CEO of a Fortune 500 company (Xerox) and took the power when ladies in leadership was unheard of. When she accepted her award, she made note of how much determination played a role in her dreams coming true.

If you want what you want bad enough, you’ll make a way out of no way. Don’t ever allow anyone’s no to stop you from creating your yes.

#2 Everything is negotiable
Men are brilliant in boardroom negotiations, but women often seem to fall short. One thing that you MUST know if you want to be successful and taken seriously is that you have the power to negotiate everything. 

#3 Be who you were born to be
There is something that you were born to do, some message you were born to share, a cause you were born to create..if you haven’t fulfilled your life’s destiny you are literally wasting your time. When Phylicia Rashad accepted her award, she made note of always knowing her life’s purpose and unapologetically following her dream.

Spend some time discovering what you were created to do, what your life’s mission is meant to be. 

#4 Be willing to walk away
In order to sustain success, you have to be willing to choose yourself no matter what. If a situation no longer serves you, walk away. If your circle no longer serves you, walk away. If your salary no longer serves you.

Remember that God has something more for you than what you’re currently experiencing. Even if you’re living a good life, God is ready to present you with great.

So, are you willing to do the whatever it takes to leave your legacy? 

If you’re not quite sure what your life’s purpose is, my mentor community is the perfect place for you to figure it out. With mindset masterclasses, power calls, success support AND accountability partners– you are guaranteed to get closer to your goals.

Are you willing to WERK for what you want? {Sign up for mentoring}



3 Signs you started the wrong business

In the world of Instagram brands (the ones who don’t have a website and simply sell through their page), it’s easy to believe that get-rich-quick businesses are the way to go.


If you don’t establish your business on a solid foundation, you’re going to struggle to sustain any success you’re lucky enough to come by. Not sure whether or not you picked the right field? These are three signs you probably started the wrong business:

1. You feel uninspired

If you’re having a hard time coming up with any original ideas, it’s a clear sign that you started the wrong business. Every entrepreneur goes through “dry spots” where the creative juices aren’t flowing so frequently, but if you constantly find yourself grasping for creativity that’s a problem.

When you’re working in the field that fulfills your life’s destiny, the ideas will flow to you and through you. If nothing seems to inspire you, it may be time to reconsider your chosen industry.

2. Your products or services aren’t selling

It’s unrealistic to expect your products to fly off the shelves on the day you release them, but if you haven’t sold a single thing in months; something is wrong. Maybe there isn’t a real need for your products or services. Perhaps your price point is off.

When you’re not meeting your sales goals, it’s time to create a new strategy. Survey your audience and find out what the real problem is so that you can create a solution.

3. You started your business based on what someone else was doing

Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of choosing their industry based on the income of others. How many times have you scrolled through the gram wondering how “they” are making so much money and then thought to yourself “I bet I can do the same thing!” Well, some people have that thought and then actually pursue it.

Those people don’t last. Unless you are passionate about your plans, you won’t be able to sustain success when the struggle gets real. Instead of basing your business plan on the potential income, think about your life’s purpose. Is this something you’re passionate about? Is this business one that you can be proud of? Can you confidently convey your brand message and vision of the business?

If not, you probably started the wrong business.

If your goal is to truly sustain success (not just attain it) then your motives must be more than just making money. Instead, find something you’re passionate about first, then come up with ways to profit from it.

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monetize your message

4 Ways to Monetize your Message

Whether you have hopes of becoming a best-selling author, overbooked speaker or life changing coach, you have to find a way to monetize your message. It’s nearly impossible to use your gifts, talents and experiences to fund your life if you’re not making any money.

Before you can monetize your message, you have to be sure you’re starting on a solid foundation. Consider these 4 ways to monetize your message:

#1 Pinpoint your ideal client

Who is your perfect client? Ideally who is it that you actually want to spend time serving? Who does your message connect to? What do you really know about this person? Some questions to consider in putting a face on your perfect client are: what does she need? what does she want? what is she interested in? what is she reading? who is she following? what magazine/blogs is she reading? 

The more you know about your ideal client, the more you can market your message directly to her.

#2 Build an authentic audience

DO NOT BUY FOLLOWERS of any kind, I don’t care what reason you have to justify it..just don’t do it.. take it from someone who made that silly mistake when Twitter was first poppin’ and I thought I needed fake followers to build a following. I was wrong.

It was a waste of time and money and when they cleaned out all the fake accounts, it was embarrassing as hell to go from 33K to 3K in one day. Just don’t do it.

Build an authentic following by having something of value to offer. You gotta give the people a reason to tune in. Do you engage your audience by being entertaining? Do you educate them? Empower them? If you create a message worth sharing, monetizing it is simple.

#3 Master your Message

Don’t be the fool who gets booked and flops. You have to master your message.

And you can’t wait until someone books you for something to start practicing. Each and every time you leave your house, you have an opportunity to meet the next check or contract. As an entrepreneur, you’re always on. Literally. 

So spend time getting really good at presenting your message so that you can make the most of it. Not really sure what your purpose is? This will help for sure.

#4 Create a profit plan

The coins are not just going to come to you, you have to create a strategy to secure the bag.

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What products, services and side hustles can you create that align with your message?

Products to consider: ebooks, guides, published books, workbooks, journals/notebooks and other merchandise that aligns with your message– the key is for your products to be a physical representation of your message, don’t just create something that you think will sell.

Services to consider: coaching, consulting, teaching and tutoring. You have a wealth of knowledge that you’re probably not even tapping into. If you take the time to assess yourself, you can use what you already know to create a new stream of income.


Whether you realize it or not, there’s something that you’re meant to do. Something that you were born to do. Something that you’re being called to do… right now.

There’s no time to waste, only time to win.

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Are you living the same life year after year?

Can you believe it’s March and spring will be here before we know it?! Before too much time gets away, it’s always a good idea to assess your success.

Cuz ain’t nobody got time to live the same life year after year!! 

In January we go full force into our “new year, new you” ish but by March we’re back to the same ol’ same ol’ so before that happens, do these three things to make sure 2017 is a success:

#1 Review your progress
Take out that vision board you created a month ago, turn back a few pages in your planner and see just how far you’ve come from where you started. If you’re still in the same place, it’s time to get unstuck. 

#2 Assess your strengths 
Figure out what’s working for you and build on that. Surely there’s something working in your favor. Is it a new mindset you finally developed? A new connection that could be profitable? A new business idea? A new opportunity? Find your strengths and create a strategy that aligns with what you’re good at.

#3 Set new goals
If you’ve already checked a few goals off of your list, it’s time to set your sights on new ones. Each and every experience should be used as a lesson and each success should build off of the last. You find yourself getting stuck as soon as you stop setting new goals. {hopefully this planner will help}

Don’t let 2017 get away from you!!! Whether you’re a single woman with some wife goals or an employee with some entrepreneur goals, it’s time to get to WERK.

Here’s a great place to start…
For my single ladies: Connect with marriage-mentors who share wives wisdom on what to do before you say I do. From private cooking demos to workshops with the wives, The Single Wives Club new membership program has something for everyone. <<Learn about membership here>>

For my aspiring entrepreneurs: Connect with like-minded ladies and get the accountability partner you’ve been looking for by joining the Inner Circle or meet me in Atlanta for our 5th Annual WERKPraySlay Weekend in November [get details here] Your network really does determine your net-worth!!! It’s time to surround yourself with WERKing women so you can get finally what you really want!