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Ep 122: How the Founder of Spiked Spin is Creating a More Inclusive Fitness Industry

46:38 | Dec 12th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Briana Owens, the Founder of Spiked Spin. Briana is the perfect example that when you have a vision in your heart it doesn't matter what else exists in the market or what you think the competition might be you have to go a...Show More

Ep 121: Interior Designer Turned Startup Founder Nicole Gibbons on Launching Clare

43:55 | Dec 5th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Nicole Gibbons, the CEO and Founder of Clare. Nicole is an entrepreneur, interior designer, blogger, and on-air personality best known for her fashion-forward take on personal style expressed through the home. Clare is es...Show More

Ep 120: Ask Nicaila Anything!

51:22 | Nov 28th, 2018

Today in the guest chair, I’m back with another Q&A episode. This was inspired by a Q&A I did on Instagram stories the other day. By the way, if you are not following me on Instagram, I’m @sidehustlepro, I jump into my stories often to show you the b...Show More

Ep 119: What It's Like To Launch A Chocolate Factory in Harlem w/Jessica Spaulding

1:20:15 | Nov 21st, 2018

Today in the guest chair, we have Jessica Spaulding, Founder of Harlem Chocolate Factory. Jessica grew up in a home where sugar was not on the menu in no shape or form. But putting her entrepreneurial skills to the test early on, she struck a deal wi...Show More

Ep 118: Building Your Brand, Growing Your Following & Leveraging INFLUENCE w/ Brittany Hennessy

1:02:56 | Nov 14th, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have Brittany Hennessy. Brittany is a marketer and the author of INFLUENCER: Building Your Brand in the Age of Social Media. She was the first-ever Senior Director of Influencer Strategy & Talent Partnerships for Hearst Ma...Show More

Ep 117: How Power Couple Monique and Chevalo Wisdondebriano started Charleston Gourmet Burger Company

1:02:40 | Nov 7th, 2018

Imagine coming up with a marinade that had guests at your bbq forming a line for second and thirds. That’s exactly what happened when today’s guest Monique Wilsondebriano and her husband Chevalo threw a BBQ at their home in Charleston, South Carolina...Show More

Ep 116: Entrepreneur Diaries: Do I need therapy? What my nutritionist told me & more

31:50 | Oct 31st, 2018

On today's episode I am back with my entrepreneur diaries, updating you on what's been going on since I checked in in September. In today's episode, I get into: My experience searching for the right therapist My life-changing appointment with a nutr...Show More

Ep 115: How This Corporate Dropout Went From Engineering to Launching A 6-Figure Coaching Business w/Jereshia Hawk

56:09 | Oct 24th, 2018

Today’s guest is Jereshia Hawk. Jereshia is an Income Strategist and recent Corporate Dropout who helps content creators, coaches, and consultants 4X their revenue through online positioning and sales strategy. Before starting her own business, Jeres...Show More

Ep 114: How to Kick Imposter Syndrome to the Curb and Become a Fiercer Woman w/ Catherine Soliz-Rey

45:53 | Oct 17th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Catherine Soliz-Rey. Catherine is a Self Transformation Strategist for Women and the founder of the Fiercer Woman brand, where she empowers and motivates women with ways to get past their blocks and become their fiercest s...Show More

Ep 113: Therapy for Black Girls' Dr. Joy Harden Bradford on How Founders Can Take Care of Their Mental Health

43:21 | Oct 10th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is the one and only, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a Licensed Psychologist, Speaker, and the host of the wildly popular mental health podcast, Therapy for Black Girls. She received her Bachelor’s degree ...Show More

Ep 112: How to Run a Business with Your Friends with Curly Girl Collective

59:43 | Oct 4th, 2018

Today in the guest chair are the ladies of Curly Girl Collective. Curly Girl Collective is comprised of Charisse, Gia, Melody, Simone and Tracey. Curly Girl Collective’s vision is to be a change agent in the beauty industry by connecting, empowering ...Show More

Ep 111: How The Shade Room Founder Angelica Nwandu Launched A Media Company on Instagram

55:01 | Sep 26th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Angelica Nwandu. Angelica is the founder of The Shade Room, a media company that covers celebrity news and celebrates black culture. With over 14 million followers on Instagram alone, The Shade Room has become the it-desti...Show More

Ep 110: Everything You Need to Know About Sales Funnels w/ Expert Kim McCarter

1:11:47 | Sep 24th, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have Advanced sales funnel strategist and business success coach Kim McCarter. I’m very excited about this episode because it is more of a workshop coaching training style episode than my usual q&as. Kim and I really go de...Show More

Ep 109: Entrepreneur Diaries: What I’ve Learned 9 Months into Entrepreneurship

31:01 | Sep 19th, 2018

Today, I am finally back with another solo episode to share my entrepreneur diaries, how it’s been going, 9 months into entrepreneurship.True confession, these episodes are the HARDEST for me to do. I feel like I have so much going on in my head and ...Show More

Ep 108: How To Get Your Niche Brand Into Major Retailers with Aycee Brown

42:34 | Sep 12th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Aycee Brown. Aycee is the founder and Chief Sleep Officer of Goodnight Darling Co. Goodnight Darling is a luxury retail line designed to promote healthy sleep habits and provide sleep-inducing wares. Founded in 2016, Goodn...Show More

Ep 107: How Branson Centre CEO Lisandra Rickards is Shaping Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean and Beyond

50:25 | Sep 6th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Lisandra Rickards. Lisandra Rickards is Chief Entrepreneurship Officer at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean, where she has developed and delivered scaled initiatives to thousands of Caribbean entrepreneurs...Show More

Ep 106: The Founder of Healthy Roots Dolls on Empowering Black Girls To Embrace Their Natural Hair

41:10 | Aug 29th, 2018

Yelitsa Jean Charles has gone from not knowing how to do her own hair at the age 21 to teaching young girls all about their own. While in her Junior year studying Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, Yelitsa redesigned the fairy tale Ch...Show More

Ep 105: Meet the African-American Woman Dominating the Airport Retail Landscape

56:25 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Have you ever been in the airport, walked into a store or restaurant, and wondered who owns it or how that particular store got such prime real estate? Well, today’s guest will shed light on an industry I personally knew very little about. And I prom...Show More

Ep 104: Meet Janice Bryant Howroyd: The first African American woman to run a $1-billion business

46:26 | Aug 17th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Janice Bryant Howroyd, entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, businesswoman, author, and mentor. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The ActOne Group, the largest privately held, woman owned workforce solutions ...Show More

Ep 103: Ask Nicaila Anything

39:47 | Aug 8th, 2018

I’m back with another solo episode. I have been promising you a Q&A for months now. And I actually love doing these so I am happy to jump in an answer your Q&As. For those of you wondering how to send me questions or how I choose these questions, I u...Show More

Ep 102: How Celebrity Choreographer Luam Went From Pre-Med to Creating Dance Moves for Beyoncé

50:38 | Aug 1st, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have Luam, celebrity choreographer and creative director. Luam has worked with artists and projects such as Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Nike, Rihanna, Kelly, Kanye, Reebok, Janelle Monae, X Factor, American Idol, America's Got T...Show More

Ep 101: How Lindsey Day Co-Founded CRWN Magazine

46:32 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Today in the guest chair, we have Lindsey Day, the co-founder & Editor-In-Chief of CRWN Magazine; a premium, independent print publication about natural hair and the women who wear it. Through beautiful content, thoughtful commentary, hair inspiratio...Show More

Ep 100: How Candice Idehen Founded Harlem's Luxury Bed of Nails Salon

51:38 | Jul 18th, 2018

Today in the guest chair, we have Candice Idehen, the Founder and CEO of York City's Bed of Nails - Nail Bar, an unconventional co-ed salon offering designer nail products, a chic atmosphere and unwavering quality manicures. Mesmerized by art and bea...Show More

Ep 99: How Tina Wells Grew Buzz Marketing Group into a 7-Figure Enterprise

52:39 | Jul 17th, 2018

Tina Wells is the CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, a marketing agency that creates strategies for clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors. For more than two decades, Tina has connected thousands of ...Show More

Ep 98: How Venture Capitalist Ebony Pope Is Paving The Way For Startups To Get Funding

42:40 | Jul 9th, 2018

Today in the guest chair, we have a certified boss. If you don’t already know this woman, this is a name you need to jot down and follow. Her name is Ebony Pope and she is the Director of US Ventures at Village Capital. She oversees Village Capital’s...Show More

Ep 97: Tela Holcomb Was Fired For Having a Side Hustle Then Taught Herself How To Trade Stocks And Retire Early

38:31 | Jul 1st, 2018

On today’s show, we will hear from a woman who actually got laid off as a result of her hustle. Her name is Tela Holcomb, she is a stocks and options trader, investor and serial entrepreneur. In her own words, she’s financially free and living a life...Show More

Ep 96: How Coveted Photographer Amy Anaiz Turned Her Side Hustle Into A Successful Business

47:00 | Jun 29th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Amy Anaiz. Amy is a New York City-based intimate editorial wedding and portrait photographer. Her professional journey began as a talent agent for New York City’s top still-life and beauty photographers where she learned t...Show More

Ep 95: From Side Hustler to C-Suite Coach With Angelina Darrisaw Cheeks

55:30 | Jun 20th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Angelina Darrisaw Cheeks. Angelina is a social entrepreneur, an international business and career coach and a digital media strategist. As the founder and CEO of C-Suite Coach, a career-coaching platform that provides acce...Show More

Ep 94: How to Thrive In Your Career and Your Side Hustle with Charreah K. Jackson

45:13 | Jun 7th, 2018

Charreah K. Jackson joins me in the guest chair today to discuss how to thrive in your career and side hustle (without getting fired). Charreah and I first crossed paths in NYC when we were both recent grads, trying to make our way in the crazy world...Show More

REWIND: How to Run Your Side Hustle in 1 Hour A Day

30:42 | May 31st, 2018

Up until this year, the last quarter of every year always felt like the most stressful for me. This year is the first year that that's not the case for me. This year, I got better at getting things done, even under pressure. In this episode I’m shari...Show More

REWIND: From Selling Tea Out of Her Trunk to Selling in Major Retailers: Nailah Ellis-Brown of Ellis Island Tea

47:47 | May 24th, 2018

Today’s REWIND guest is Nailah Ellis-Brown. I first heard about Nailah from my roommates, Nydia and Stefanie at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. They supported her business as part of the MBAs Across America program that they parti...Show More

REWIND: Myleik Teele On Why You Should Leap Before You’re Ready

54:35 | May 17th, 2018

On this REWIND edition of Side Hustle Pro, I share my experience "meeting" Michelle Obama, launching the newest cohort of my Podcast Moguls training program, then get into this best of edition of Side Hustle Pro with Myleik Teele.  Myleik has revolut...Show More

REWIND: From Drowning in Debt to Making 5 Figures A Month (Courtney Sanders of Think and Grow Chick)

1:09:53 | May 9th, 2018

It’s Nicaila here with another special REWIND edition of Side Hustle Pro. Take a listen to this best of episode with Courtney Sanders. This is one of my favorite episodes because Courtney is so thorough! She is an entrepreneur who started making mone...Show More

REWIND: Find Your Niche, Create a Sales Funnel and Monetize with Maya Elious

58:12 | May 3rd, 2018

It's a special REWIND edition of Side Hustle Pro. Side Hustle Pro is on a brief hiatus in May and I’ll be back in June with fresh new episodes. I can assure you, this is no vacation for me. Behind the scenes I am cooking up something great. In the me...Show More

Ep 93: How Brandice Daniel Grew Harlem’s Fashion Row Into A Premier Fashion Hub

42:33 | Apr 30th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is the legendary Brandice Daniel, the Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row. Harlem's Fashion Row is the most prestigious platform for multicultural fashion designers. Founded in 2007, Harlem's Fashion Row began as a project of pa...Show More

Ep 92: How This Fly Sister Duo Built An Epic Online Boutique (Cee Cee’s Closet NYC)

52:21 | Apr 27th, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have self described accidental entrepreneurs Chioma and Uchenna, the Founders of Cee Cee's Closet NYC. What started with selling cute clutches that were brought back from Nigeria has expanded into a full fledged business i...Show More

Ep 91: Entrepreneur Diaries: I'm My Own Boss, Now What?

40:16 | Apr 11th, 2018

Hi Guys, I’m back with a check-in. Hear how my first quarter of entrepreneurship went. I share how I’m learning to master my self, master my time (now that there is so much more of it!), master my energy and so much more. Listen on Apple Podcasts, So...Show More

Ep 90: From the Kitchen Sink to Target Shelves: Melissa Butler of The Lip Bar

54:05 | Apr 5th, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have former Wall Street analyst turned Founder and CEO Melissa Butler. Melissa is a visionary who challenges the standard of beauty through the products, pricing, and ingredients in her brand, The Lip Bar. You may have com...Show More

Ep 89: Meet the Woman Behind DC’s SpiceSuite and Entrepreneur Hub

47:03 | Mar 28th, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have the oh so fly and oh so dope Angel Anderson. Angel is the Founder and Owner of the The SpiceSuite, an interactive spice bar in the Takoma Park neighborhood in NW Washington DC. Angel opened this space in 2015 after on...Show More

Ep 88: Lifestyle Blogger Dayna Bolden on How to Turn Your Influence Into Your Income

57:39 | Mar 21st, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have the dynamic Dayna Bolden. Dayna is a Lifestyle blogger and CEO of Bolden Creative Media. You may recognize Dayna’s face from her campaigns with some of our favorite beauty brands. On today’s show, Dayna will share how...Show More

Ep 87: How Interior Design Boss Beth Diana Smith Went from Corporate Finance to HGTV

45:20 | Mar 14th, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have the one and only Beth Diana Smith, an interior design KING that side hustled for years before venturing out on her own. Beth possessed a natural ability for creating functionality, efficiency, and organization from a...Show More

Ep 86: Odyssey Media Founder Linda Spradley Dunn Is Empowering Women Of Color Around The World

38:55 | Mar 7th, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have Linda Spradley Dunn, a woman who is the epitome of knowing the value she brings to the table and who is not afraid to go out and get hers. She spent fourteen years at IBM, where she received numerous awards and moved ...Show More

Ep 85: Danielle Leslie Is Growing Her Online Course into a Million Dollar Business and She Wants to Teach You How

1:04:05 | Feb 28th, 2018

Today on the show, I am introducing you to my best kept secret: the woman who has taught me to turn my knowledge into a valuable, premium course. Her name is Danielle Leslie and she founded Culture Add™ Labs to help companies and individuals uncover...Show More

Ep 84: How Nubian Skin Founder Ade Hassan Redefined What Nude Means For Women of Color

37:03 | Feb 21st, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have Ade Hassan. Ade is the founder and director of lingerie brand Nubian Skin. Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices to go with her ever-expanding wardrobe, Ade decided it was time for a different kind of nude. She ...Show More

Ep 83: Meet the Entrepreneur Training the Next Generation of Startup Founders

50:04 | Feb 14th, 2018

Today in the guest chair, we have Mandela SH Dixon. She is one of the only black women who has navigated the tech space as a VC-backed tech startup founder, global startup ecosystem builder, and VC portfolio services director. Mandela began her caree...Show More

Ep 82: How to Be An Entrepreneur On Your Own Terms with Shellye Archambeau

50:40 | Feb 7th, 2018

Today in the guest chair, we have Shellye Archambeau. Not everyone with entrepreneurial instincts comes up with that million dollar idea. Sometimes, people are better on the execution front. You need that person who can take a vision, turn it into an...Show More

Ep 81: Entrepreneur Diaries 1

27:40 | Jan 31st, 2018

Hi Guys, I’m back with a check-in. Hear how my very first month of entrepreneurship went. I’ll share some behind the scenes of launching my first premium product, dealing with anxiety, facing #adulting head on and making some small changes in how I’m...Show More

Ep 80: Tonya Rapley on How to Monetize Your Expertise

47:53 | Jan 25th, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have Tonya Rapley. Tonya is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and founder of the award-winning site, My Fab Finance. She has graced the cover of Black Enterprise magazine and was deemed the "New Face of Wealt...Show More

Ep 79: Queen of Side Hustles Tracey Coleman on How to Thrive as a Multi Passionate Entrepreneur

53:19 | Jan 17th, 2018

What happens when you pair a love for writing, travel, design, experience activations and more? You get today’s guest. Her name is Tracey Coleman, and she is a creator, writer, designer and visionary. She’s also a multi passionate entrepreneur with a...Show More

Ep 78: Nicole Walters Wants To Teach You To Add More Commas To Your Bank Account

46:46 | Jan 10th, 2018

Today in the guest chair, we have Nicole Walters. By age 28, Nicole was a highly-paid executive at a Fortune 500 company, managing multibillion dollar accounts. But something just wasn’t right. She felt like her job was paying the bills and feeding h...Show More

Ep 77: How to Fear Less and Live Your Best Life in 2018

24:32 | Jan 4th, 2018

2017  was an amazing year for me (I got married, took my business to new heights, spent time with my family, was embraced into a new family and culture). I am so grateful for the lessons learned and blessings received. Something I may have shared les...Show More

Ep 76: I QUIT My Job

34:36 | Dec 27th, 2017

A year ago, I made the decision that I need to work for myself. Today on the show, I share how I spent the last year gearing up for my quit day. I got laser-focused on monetizing my content. I explored multiple revenue streams. I got busy learning to...Show More

Ep 75: From Founder to Acquisition: Jewel Burks and the Partpic Story

50:32 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Today’s guest is Jewel Burks. As co-founder and CEO of Partpic, an Atlanta based startup designed to streamline the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using computer vision technology, Jewel and her team built groundbreaking technology poised t...Show More

Ep 74: Serial Entrepreneur Dawn Dickson On How to Launch Like a Boss

43:46 | Dec 20th, 2017

Today on the show, we have a real boss. Her name is Dawn Dickson and she is a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in marketing and business development. She has launched four successful cash flow positive companies since 2002. Her mo...Show More

Ep 73: From Hustle to Empire: How Claire Sulmers Grew Fashion Bomb Daily Beyond A Blog

52:16 | Dec 13th, 2017

Today on the show, is the one and only Claire Sulmers, the founder of, and the industry’s leading fashion blogger chronicling fashionistas of color. Her pioneering work ushered in a new wave of digital journalism that fed and fue...Show More

Ep 72: Q&As - How Much Money Do You Invest Into Your Side Hustle & More

30:51 | Dec 6th, 2017

I’m answering your questions on all things side hustle. On this episode I get into: What tips and tricks do you have for managing your spare time after the day job is over and hubby is fed? How and when did you decide to convert your personal social...Show More

Ep 71: How This Entrepreneur Built A Life She No Longer Needs A Vacation From

40:51 | Nov 30th, 2017

Today in the guest chair I have online coach and personal trainer Tameika G. Tameika’s story is far from ordinary. Over the course of ten years, she completely flipped her lifestyle and her long term career path as a result. Years ago, she was overwe...Show More

Ep 70: This Brooklyn-Bred Entrepreneur is Breaking Barriers, One T-Shirt At a Time

36:03 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Today in the guest chair is Brooklyn-bred and Baltimore-based entrepreneur, Kalilah Wright. Kalilah is the Owner and Creative Director of t-shirt company, Mess in a Bottle. Through Mess in a Bottle, a cutting-edge brand with timely and to-the-point m...Show More

Ep 69: From Selling Tea Out of Her Trunk to Selling in Major Retailers: Nailah Ellis-Brown of Ellis Island Tea

47:45 | Nov 16th, 2017

Today’s guest is Nailah Ellis Brown. I first heard about Nailah from my roommates, Nydia and Stefanie at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. They supported her business as part of the MBAs Across America program that the participated ...Show More

Ep 68: How Felicia Leatherwood Became the Hollywood Hair Whisperer

36:02 | Oct 31st, 2017

Today in the Side Hustle Pro guest chair is leading celebrity stylist, Felicia Leatherwood. Felicia’s hair styles have been featured on such high profile stars as Issa Rae of HBO's Insecure, Oscar Award nominee Ava Duvernay, Grammy winner Jill Scott,...Show More

Ep 67: Meet the Juice Bar Owner Transforming Lives in the Black Community

51:09 | Oct 25th, 2017

Today, I’m happy to welcome into the guest chair, a woman who is changing lives in her community. Her name is Jerri Evans, and she is the Owner of Turning Natural Juice Bars.Growing up in SE Washington, D.C. she watched her mom and others struggle to...Show More

Ep 66: An Entrepreneur in Hollywood: ‘Black Love’ Co-Creator Codie Elaine Oliver

46:33 | Oct 18th, 2017

Today, I’m happy to welcome into the guest chair, a woman who is putting #BlackLove on display for people to see on television screens across the country. Her name is Codie Elaine Oliver, and she is the filmmaker and creator of the #BlackLove documen...Show More

Ep 65: From Financial Analyst to Entrepreneur: How This Beauty Maven Opened The Premier Brow Studio in DC

25:06 | Oct 11th, 2017

Nicole Alexis is the owner of the the beauty haven, PRMP Beauty Studio in Washington, D.C.   Nicole realized that her passion in beauty was more than a side hustle while working as a financial analyst with the federal government.  As her side hustle,...Show More

Ep 64: Latham Thomas On How to Practice Self Care While Growing A Business

1:00:23 | Oct 4th, 2017

Latham Thomas is a celebrity wellness/ lifestyle maven and birth doula- transforming not only how women give birth to their babies, but how they give rise to the best version of themselves. She’s here to teach us all how to own our power in mind, bod...Show More

Ep 63: How to Run Your Side Hustle in 1 Hour A Day

24:40 | Sep 27th, 2017

Up until this year, the last quarter of every year always felt like the most stressful for me. This year is the first year that that's not the case for me. This year, I got better at getting things done, even under pressure. In this episode I’m shari...Show More

Episode 62: How Evita Robinson Changed the Face of Travel

35:02 | Sep 20th, 2017

Today on the show, we have a woman who started a travel movement. Her name is Evita Robinson and she is the Founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe. Evita has always been a creator in visual media. Yet, it was a trip to Paris, six weeks after graduating fr...Show More

Ep 61: Meet the Black Harvard Grads Flipping the Script On Beauty Norms

41:59 | Sep 13th, 2017

This week on the show I have KJ Miller & Amanda Johnson. KJ and Amanda are graduates of Harvard Business School and the co-founders of Mented Cosmetics (short for pigmented). These two women are making their mark on the beauty industry, redefining wh...Show More

Ep 60: How Fitness Guru Cassandra Nuamah Turned Her Side Hustle into Her Dream Business

32:10 | Sep 6th, 2017

Cassandra Nuamah, better known as Coach Cass, is a certified personal trainer, group, exercise instructor and health and wellness coach. She is master trainer with KUKUWA® African Dance Workout and a source of inspiration for many. After dropping mor...Show More

Ep 59: MunaLuchi Creator Jacqueline Nwobu on Reshaping the Wedding Industry

44:08 | Aug 30th, 2017

Today’s guest and the platform she created provided me the most assistance and resources with planning my wedding. Her name is Jacqueline Nwobu, and she is the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of MunaLuchi Bride Magazine, the leading nationally distrib...Show More

Ep 58: How Gwen Jimmere Founded and Patented Beauty Brand Naturalicious

58:59 | Jul 22nd, 2017

Today in the guest chair, we Gwen Jimmere. Gwen is the CEO and founder of Naturalicious. What really stood out to me about Gwen is that she’s already cemented her place in history as the first African American woman to hold a patent for a natural hai...Show More

Ep 57: Up close with Morgan DeBaun: The Millennial CEO Shaping Black Digital Media

42:35 | Jul 12th, 2017

Today on the show, we have a woman who is a millennial CEO shaping Black digital media. Her name is Morgan DeBaun and she is the Founder of Blavity, one of the fastest growing digital media startups and a top destination for black youth culture. In M...Show More

Ep 56: How Lisa Price Turned Her Side Hustle Into A Multimillion Dollar Business

1:03:39 | Jun 28th, 2017

Today in the guest chair, we have Lisa Price, Founder of multi-million dollar hair and beauty company Carol’s Daughter.I am really honored to have Lisa in the guest chair, as hers is a product that transformed my personal journey to loving my natural...Show More

Ep 55: A Year of Side Hustle Pro

39:43 | Jun 22nd, 2017

One year ago, June 22, 2016 to be exact, I created Side Hustle Pro podcast with a microphone and a dream. The road to Side Hustle Pro really started when I graduated with my MBA, but no job. I was feeling pretty dejected, especially after I kept goin...Show More

Ep 54: How Plus Size Designer Monif C. Redefined the Fashion Industry

1:02:19 | Jun 15th, 2017

Today in the guest chair, we have a woman who has literally redefined the fashion industry. Her name is Monif Clarke, and she is the Founder of Monif C. Monif C. is a fashion forward, plus-size designer brand specializing in clothing and swimsuits fo...Show More

Ep 53: A Year in Review with Meiko Drew, Our Entrepreneur-In-Residence

38:50 | Jun 7th, 2017

My final check-in with Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Meiko Drew.   When you first joined me on this journey in June of 2016, I introduced you to Meiko. We checked in with Meiko throughout the year to learn how her journey was going. Meiko is a Corporate...Show More

Ep 52: LIT Brooklyn Founder Denequa Williams on Launching a Hit Luxury Candle Line

39:17 | May 31st, 2017

Today on the show, we have a woman who’s hustle inspires me.Her name is Denequa Williams and she is the maker and owner of luxury soy candle company, LIT Brooklyn. Every candle is candle is hand poured, packaged, and shipped from Brooklyn. Within a y...Show More

Ep 51: Myleik Teele On Why You Should Leap Before You’re Ready

47:51 | May 24th, 2017

Myleik Teele has revolutionized the way women address their curly hair needs. As the founder of curlBOX, an exclusive monthly subscription box full of amazing products, she has garnered partnerships with Procter & Gamble, Carol’s Daughter, Walmart, T...Show More

Ep 50: How Food Entrepreneur Agatha Achindu Created Yummy Spoonfuls

48:29 | May 17th, 2017

Today in the guest chair, we have a woman by the name of Agatha Achindu. Agatha is not only a dedicated mother and entrepreneur but also a chef and as a child growing up in Cameroon she ate only the freshest organic foods from her family's Gardens an...Show More

Ep 49: Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship with Attorney Art Steele

1:10:44 | May 10th, 2017

Today’s show, is all about the Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship. A few episodes back, I opened up the show for Q&A and many of you had some burning legal questions that you were dying to get answered. So today I’ve invited attorney Art Steele to the...Show More

Ep 48: CurlMix Founder Kim Lewis on How to Market Your Physical Products

58:57 | May 3rd, 2017

Today on the show, we have a woman who dived into an industry she knew absolutely nothing about and with sacrifice and grind, has been able to grow a profitable company. Her name is Kim Lewis and she is the Creator of CurlMix. I first learned about C...Show More

Ep 47: Christine Llewellyn Quit her Successful Career to Go Back to School For Design. The Magic Came Next.

44:45 | Apr 28th, 2017

This episode actually wraps up our theme for the month, which is How to Make a Living Doing What You Love.Today on the show, we have a woman who truly epitomizes the theme of this show, Her name is Christine Llewellyn and she is the Founder of Christ...Show More

Ep 46: Q&As - How to know when it’s time to quit, The most efficient way to market your side hustle & more

32:11 | Apr 26th, 2017

I’m answering your questions on all things side hustle. On this episode I get into: What are good resources for researching your target market effectively, to include in your business plan? What are the other measures to use aside from profit to kno...Show More

Ep 45: The Business of Baking with Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes

51:52 | Apr 19th, 2017

Continuing with ‘How to Make a Living Doing What You Love’ month, today in the guest chair we have Jocelyn Delk Adams of ‘Grandbaby Cakes.’ You may know Jocelyn for her awesome recipes, including the mouthwatering Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie...Show More

Ep 44: How DC’s Best Makeup Artist Tiyana Robinson Makes a Living Doing What She Loves

1:08:52 | Apr 12th, 2017

Today on the show, we have Makeup Artist extraordinaire Tiyana Robinson. Tiyana is a Washington DC-based Makeup Artist, Brand Ambassador, and International Beauty Educator. I first came across Tiyana know it, Instagram. I was looking for som...Show More

EP 43: How to Side Hustle and Not Get Fired

17:22 | Apr 5th, 2017

To kick off How to make a living doing what you love month,  I want to address something that I've been asked a few times, both in the side hustle pro community on Facebook and in one-on-one emails and text messages. And that question is: how do I si...Show More

Ep 42: Opening my LLC and Business Bank Account and Landing My First Sponsor

33:11 | Mar 29th, 2017

I’m back with some updates and progress on my own side hustle and to report out on how my 12-Week Sprint went. Today I will get into: Why I decided to do a 12-Week Sprint How I Structured My 12-Week Sprint A Report out on my goals and accomplishment...Show More

Ep 41: How to Create Your First Online Course

30:25 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Today, we are going to get into one of the most common side hustles out there: creating your own online course. Nowadays, it seems like everyone and their mother has an online course. From how to grow your social media pages to how to build your firs...Show More

EP 40: Black Card Revoked’s Latesha Williams on Turning Black Culture into a Hit Game

48:44 | Mar 8th, 2017

Latesha Williams is the Co-Founder of Cards For All People, AKA the makers of Black Card Revoked, a card game many of us know and love. Cards for All People is a cultural casual gaming company that humorously celebrates the diverse subcultures of Ame...Show More

EP 39: Why You Need to Focus on One Side Hustle At a Time

17:37 | Mar 1st, 2017

Former Side Hustle Pro guest Maya Elious shared that the number one thing she would tell any entrepreneur is to niche down. After her episode, a few people in the Side Hustle Pro community talked about how illuminating and critical this advice was. B...Show More

EP 38: How Kathryn Finney is Disrupting the Fundraising Game for Black and Latina Entrepreneurs

1:03:09 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Today’s guest, Kathryn Finney, is the Founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID for short), an organization that invests in the success of Black and Latina women tech founders by providing them with the network, coaching, and funding to ...Show More

EP 37: Find Your Niche, Create a Sales Funnel and Monetize (with Content Expert Maya Elious)

58:55 | Feb 15th, 2017

Today in the guest chair we have Maya Elious. Maya is a personal branding strategist that teaches content creators and experts how to strategize, organize, and monetize their online business. She creates online courses and coaching programs with a fo...Show More

EP 36: Side Hustle Diaries: Check-In with Side Hustle Pro

20:38 | Feb 8th, 2017

Side Hustle Pro Nicaila is back with a second check-in for 2017. Time is flying by. It seems like just the other day I was kicking off with the first episode of the year, and telling you guys about my mindset hacks for 2017. Now I'm here with some up...Show More

Ep 35: From Magazine Editor to Co-Founder of a Platform Revolutionizing Black Hair Care (Jihan Thompson of Swivel Beauty)

44:33 | Feb 1st, 2017

Today in the guest chair we have Jihan Thompson. Jihan Thompson is a magazine editor turned entrepreneur, out to disrupt the haircare industry. She co-founded the company, Swivel Beauty, Inc., which wants to make it easier for women of color to build...Show More

EP 34: How App Guru Sheena Allen Earned 3 Million Downloads With No Coding Experience

53:33 | Jan 25th, 2017

Today in the guest chair we have a woman I consider the queen of apps. Her name is Sheena Allen and she is a tech entrepreneur. She started her first company in 2011 as a senior at the University of South Mississippi. At the time, she had no tech bac...Show More

Ep 33: Turning Your Blog Into A Profitable Business (Christina Brown of LoveBrownSugar)

48:39 | Jan 18th, 2017

On this episode, style blogger and digital media expert Christina S. Brown joins us in the guest chair. Christina is the founder of the fast-growing style & beauty destination, mommy destination and digital empow...Show More

EP 32: How Social Media Strategist Lola Bakare Launched Her Own Company

1:09:17 | Jan 11th, 2017

Today in the guest chair we have Lola Bakare, a Social Media Strategist, savvy Content Marketer and the founder of LOLA Consulting. LOLA Consulting specializes in digital marketing including user acquisition, brand messaging, partnership development,...Show More

Ep 31: Mindset Hacks To Make 2017 The Best Year Ever

31:49 | Jan 4th, 2017

In the first episode of 2017, I’m breaking down the mindset hacks I’m adopting to make 2017 the year of execution. On this episode, I share: How I’m kicking procrastination to the curb Why I’m breaking my year into 12-week sprints How I’ve revamped...Show More

EP 30: How To Make More As An Entrepreneur—Tips from Finance Coach Dominique Broadway

54:11 | Dec 28th, 2016

As we head into 2017, Award winning Financial Planner and Personal Finance Coach Dominique Broadway blesses the guest chair to teach money management tips for entrepreneurs. Dominique is the Founder of Finances De•mys•ti•fied & The Social Money Tour....Show More

Ep 29: How One Entrepreneur Is Monetizing Her Food Blog (Check-In with Meiko And the Dish)

43:17 | Dec 21st, 2016

On this episode, we are welcoming back Meiko Drew, the Side Hustle Pro Entrepreneur-in-Residence. We’re following Meiko for an entire year to chronicle her journey from Corporate America retiree to the Founder of Food and Lifestyle brand MeikoAndTheD...Show More

Instagram 101: How To Grow Your Followers And Find Your True Fans

44:52 | Dec 14th, 2016

I’m checking in with an update on all things social media marketing: Specifically, Instagram. I have heard many of you ask: How can I organically grow my audience on Instagram? I see this question come up in most of the groups I am in and with most e...Show More

Ep 27: How One Woman Ditched Her 9-5 To Launch The First Crowdfunded B&B on Kickstarter (Kalisa Martin of The Runaway Experience)

36:15 | Dec 7th, 2016

Today’s guest, is Kalisa Martin, The Co-Founder of The Runaway Experience, a global travel pop-up designed to foster cultural discovery through unforgettable dining experiences, personal connections with local communities and meticulously curated adv...Show More

Ep 26: How to Start an eCommerce Empire with less than $100 (Arsha Jones of Tees in the Trap)

1:01:53 | Nov 30th, 2016

Today’s guest is Arsha Jones, a serial entrepreneur and an emerging leader in the ecommerce industry. She has built multiple, highly profitable brands, with revenues approaching nearly a half million dollars in less than two years .As we speak, she i...Show More

Ep 25: How to Push Past Overwhelm And Actually Get Things Done (My Side Hustle Check-In)

17:55 | Nov 23rd, 2016

On this episode, I'm providing another check in and update on how my own side hustle is going. How am I balancing my full-time job with my podcast, Side Hustle Pro brand and business AND wedding planning? On this episode I’m talking about: The feelin...Show More

Ep 24: From Starting A Business With $500 to Making $2 Million in Sales: The Story of Zuvaa’s Kelechi Anyadiegwu

38:17 | Nov 16th, 2016

Today’s guest, is Kelechi Anyadiegwu. Kelechi is the founder of Zuvaa, an online community and marketplace for African Inspired Fashion. Zuvaa helps emerging African Fashion Brands increase revenue, scale operation and streamline their process with o...Show More

Ep 23: How One Creative Grew An Active Digital Community of over 22K Millennials of Color

1:05:40 | Nov 9th, 2016

Today in the guest chair we have a woman who is building a community of creatives all over the country. Melissa Kimble is a Chicago based Social Media Strategist and Writer who believes in using social media for good through education and empowerment...Show More

Ep 22: What I Learned At The Signature CEO Conference That Every Entrepreneur Should Know

25:57 | Nov 2nd, 2016

A bold decision to pitch myself for an opportunity landed me right next to my business idol. In early 2016, the Signature CEO conference landed on my radar as it was on the list of appearances CurlBox Founder and CEO Myleik Teele had on her website a...Show More

Ep 21: The Business of Podcasting with Joymarie Parker of Joblogues podcast

49:58 | Oct 26th, 2016

Joymarie had always been a web and design junkie. Since the age of 13 she was building website and blogs. But after flunking out of design school, she went through an eight year journey to finish her undergrad degree and land her dream job. Now Joyma...Show More

Ep 20: From Starting a YouTube in her Bedroom to 1M Views on Facebook: Evelyn from the Internets

36:31 | Oct 19th, 2016

Evelyn Ngugi is a Kenyan-American YouTube sensation literally blowing up the internet right now, and she can even count Beyoncé (yes, Queen Bey) among her fans (but we’ll get into that story on the episode). What’s it like to amass a huge following o...Show More

Ep 19: How Rejection Led Me To Be A Side Hustle Pro

25:39 | Oct 12th, 2016

A rejection from Google was the best thing that ever happened to me. Two years ago I was an MBA intern at Google. I didn’t get the offer. Dejected, I refused to talk about it, unsure of how to unpack the experience. On today’s episode I’m sharing why...Show More

Ep 18: How To Make Yourself Marketable with Emmelie De La Cruz

38:54 | Oct 5th, 2016

Today’s featured guest Emmelie De La Cruz is best known for her ability to empower entrepreneurs, college students and young professionals to become more competitive in the market. Emmelie will be the first to tell you: “Entrepreneurship isn’t cute. ...Show More

Ep 17: Mastering The Art Of The Cold Email

13:48 | Sep 28th, 2016

On this episode, I'm sharing the art of reaching out to potential collaborators, customers and clients via the cold email. While many of many of my guests are people I know or have met, 50% of the women I interview on my podcast were complete strange...Show More

Ep 16: First Year Entrepreneur Denise Sarkor Shares How She’s Building Her Business From Scratch

58:50 | Sep 21st, 2016

At the age of 5, Denise Sarkor escaped the Liberian Civil War with family and lived as a refugee in Ivory Coast. Raised in a rough part of NJ by a determined mother, she would go on to graduate from The Wharton School on a full scholarship and obtain...Show More

Ep 15: How Vivian Kaye of KinkyCurlyYaki Turned Her Side Hustle Into a Million Dollar Business

47:20 | Sep 14th, 2016

How did a former wedding planner turn her side hustle into a million dollar business? Today’s guest has the answer. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “bias for action” she is the epitome of that. When she thinks of an idea, she doesn’t just sit on it, ...Show More

Ep 14: Branding 101 with Luvvie Ajayi, Creator of AwesomelyLuvvie and Author of ‘I’m Judging You’

37:20 | Sep 7th, 2016

What’s it like to be a 13-year seasoned blogger in the age of Instagram and Snapchat Influencers? On this episode I sit down for a conversation with Luvvie Ajayi to talk Branding 101. Luvvie is is a writer, digital strategist and creator of entertain...Show More

Ep 13: Check-in with Meiko Drew: The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Entrepreneurship

44:06 | Aug 31st, 2016

On this episode, we are welcoming back Meiko Drew, the Side Hustle Pro Entrepreneur-in-Residence. We’re following Meiko for an entire year to chronicle her journey from Corporate America retiree to the Founder of Food and Lifestyle brand MeikoAndTheD...Show More

Ep 12: How I Found My Tribe And Formed A Mastermind Group

27:24 | Aug 24th, 2016

When you’re starting your own business, the company you keep is more important than ever before. On this episode, I'm answering a listener’s question about how to ignore the haters and find a true entrepreneurship support group. I talk about how I fo...Show More

Ep 11: From Unemployed to Award-Winning Financial Expert: Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche

1:04:11 | Aug 17th, 2016

In 2009, Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche lost her job as a preschool teacher. Unable to afford her mortgage, she moved back home with her parents at age 29. At her lowest moment, she was 31 years old, with no job, no money, and no home of her own. A...Show More

Ep 10: From Drowning in Debt to Making 5 Figures A Month: Courtney Sanders of Think and Grow Chick

1:00:00 | Aug 10th, 2016

In 2009, Courtney Sanders found herself drowning in debt, bad grades, and almost having to leave college. Three years later, she had paid off all her debt, earned a scholarship, started a business and graduated from college magna cum laude. How did s...Show More

Ep 9: My Side Hustle Progress

30:52 | Aug 3rd, 2016

On this episode, I'm providing an update on how my own side hustle is going. How am I balancing my 9to5 at NPR with my podcast and burgeoning Side Hustle Pro brand and business? I talk about the challenges I’m facing with time management and why I be...Show More

Ep 8: How to Raise Funding For Your Startup with Stephanie Lampkin, Founder and CEO of Blendoor

35:18 | Jul 27th, 2016

How did the product of a once homeless single mother become the Founder and CEO of a rising startup? This week’s guest, Stephanie Lampkin, shares how an influential aunt led her to coding at a young age, setting the stage for her to graduate from Sta...Show More

Ep 7: How to Explode Your Social Media Audience With 5 Steps And Zero Dollars

45:51 | Jul 20th, 2016

The number one question I get asked is how to leverage social media to build a brand. When people ask me this, I know that they're really searching for a quick and dirty shortcut to get thousands of followers without having to put in a lot of work. W...Show More

Ep 6: CeeDotCee On Building A YouTube Personality and Brand

51:39 | Jul 13th, 2016

What goes into the making of a YouTube personality? CeeDotCee is this episode’s special guest. Whether it's recapping the latest episode of Love & Hip Hop or reviewing the hottest new music and gossip in pop culture, CeedotCee is an all around entert...Show More

Ep 5: How Do I Decide What My Side Hustle Should Be?

16:24 | Jul 6th, 2016

The words "Side Hustle" means different things to everyone. In this episode I’m breaking down: The real definition of a side hustle How to tap into your talents to determine what your side hustle should be 5 steps you can take to get started on your...Show More

Ep 4: Get to Know Meiko Drew, Creator of Meiko and The Dish and Side Hustle Pro's Entrepreneur in Residence

44:40 | Jun 29th, 2016

As a Corporate America retiree, Meiko Drew walked away from a 6-figure salary to start a lifestyle and food empire. But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. As the Side Hustle Pro Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Meiko will share the real picture of entrepre...Show More

Ep 3: Stefanie Thomas, Impact America Fund, on Breaking Down The Doors Of Venture Capital

1:18:28 | Jun 22nd, 2016

What goes into the making of a Venture Capitalist? Wharton graduate and Michigan MBA Stefanie Thomas shifted from a career in banking at Citigroup to centering her passions around support for under-resourced entrepreneurs. But the road to VC was not ...Show More

Ep 2: Genese Jamilah, Founder of I Don't Do Clubs, on When To Turn Your Side Hustle Into Your Main Hustle

45:17 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Today’s guest is Genese Jamilah, Founder of I Don’t Do Clubs, a successful events and lifestyle blog that caters to African American  professionals across the country. In 2015, Genese also created the popular Must Love Beards Day Party Series and the...Show More

Ep 1: Introducing Side Hustle Pro

15:03 | Jun 20th, 2016

Welcome to the very first episode of Side Hustle Pro. In this episode I’ll share the vision for this podcast and tell you more about me, your host Nicaila Matthews. You’ll hear why quitting my first job at 24, a rejection from Google and taking the p...Show More