The Inspire Me series aims to highlight and celebrate all of the incredible, talented and inspiring individuals that I have met in my life and want to share with you! These individuals are meant to be real, organic, motivational and most importantly relatable. Meet Danielle Smith, a serial entrepreneur who I (re)-connected with earlier this year but have known for many years through church as kids. Danielle has an unstoppable desire to succeed and the heart of a hustler.
1) Tell us about your brand. What do you do?
I’m a serial entrepreneur to sum it all up. I run a successful home-based hair business by the name of iSlayCrowns. I founded Your Hope Dealers, a non-profit that uplifts survivors of abuse and deliver powerful motivational talks on my experience and last but not least I write for a popular US-based business website for millenial women. I’m also a part-time student and full-time momma.
My brands are all about empowerment in its many forms. Whether I’m working on a giveaway to get a mommy glammed up through the charity or sharing my life journey at a high school – it’s all about empowerment.
An empowered woman is an unstoppable woman.
2) What advice do you have for new entrepreneurs and who are just starting out and may not know what to do or where to turn?
Just start. For real. You don’t need a plan. A vision and a compelling why is enough. Will you make mistakes? Feel embarassed? Of course! But your comfort zone doesn’t look too appealing either :p
3) Who or what has been your greatest influence and inspiration in business and why?
I would have to say my greatest influence in business has been my mother. She’s always been a ridiculously hard worker. I don’t think she’s ever called in sick. Excellence has been the standard since I was a child.
4) What does success mean to you?
Living life on my own terms. For example, if I don’t want to work tomorrow because I feel like my mental health is slipping or stress levels are too high – I don’t have to. If my son has to stay home from school, I don’t have to send in a time off request and pray for the boss to give a crap. While I don’t consider myself to be anything near wealthy – peace of mind and time freedom are a different kind of wealth, to me.
5) What is the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on?
Let your disadvantages be your advantages. That’s how you level the playing field.
6) Sometimes mistakes serve as the greatest lessons. What were some of your most important mistakes you’ve learned from (if any)?
Analysis paralysis! I thought I could ask my way to success. Literally asking my mentors/bosses ears off thinking that I just had to know it all before I could start. I had the two mixed up.
I had to start to begin the real learning.
7) Are there any resources or tools you’d like to share with other small business owners that have helped you run your business? If yes, please describe (and include links if available)
Canva is bae. www.canva.com – Graphic Design
Ten Thousand Coffees www.tenthousandcoffees.com – Networking 101
8) Do you have any new projects coming up (or have you just completed a big project – reached a milestone, etc.)? If so, please share?
No new projects at the moment. Really trying to scale back and focus on what I’m already doing. Planning for another heARTlounge event. Celebrating having more business than I can handle and really just being still until the next big thing. Being still is something that does not come naturally to me.
9) What’s next for you and where do you see yourself in the next year? Five years?
What’s next. Okay…I really can’t keep this secret. I’m the newest contributor to #BOSSBABE. So that’s next up on the plate. I have some things I’m working on behind the scenes but I’m not ready to share yet. In 5 years I’ll be selling luxury real estate – empowering young women of color around the world and travelling with my son.
10) Last but not least, where can we find you?
My name is Danielle and I’m addicted to social media.