Category Archives: When You are Starting out

Not sure what to do to get your business started? Start with these posts first

Why “I want a mentor” is the wrong question to build your business

Why "I want a mentor" is the wrong question to build your business

I overheard someone asking “Would you be my mentor?”  It’s such a tough question!! You are trying to grow your business and need help. But you know that your chances of getting “yes” are pretty slim. So how do you do it well? I participated in a small business mentoring roundtable this year.  Attendees asked […]

Should I accept half of my regular rate if I really need the money?

Need to decide to take a project earning much less than your usual rate? Here are some tools to make the decision

It’s a common problem when you freelance/consult. You have a group of good paying clients. Life is rosy. Invoices and cash are coming in. Bills and expenses are paid on-time.   Until you reach the famine period. Where the work dries up. And you are stuck trying to figure out how to make rent/lights next […]

3 game changing tips if you want to start your business next year

You have to be willing to unlearn some skills to succeed

I heard some amazing start-up business ideas this year.  So, if you are ready to start your business next year, consider these tips as you prepare. Because starting a business is like my favorite Facebook status – It’s complicated. And rather than share the traditional checklist like: Consider your legal structure Order business cards and secure […]

Listen to what your clients want like your life depends on it

How often do you listen deeply to your clients? Putting your personal agenda secondary Taking your business and financial goals off the table Where you listen to your people like it’s the first time you have ever worked with a client And you are open to hearing the unfiltered truth Let’s keep it real.  It’s […]

Why I’m not bothered that we didn’t create vision boards at my recent workshop

If you want more than fancy doodads and trips, you'll look for these deeper visioning and goal setting opportunities.

Y’all I hosted a vision board workshop. And we didn’t even get to the part where you create the board.  But, I couldn’t be happier!  LOL Why this insanity you ask??? Because visions boards are about much more than pasting pretty pictures.  It is more than cutting fancy ads about the doodads you want or places […]

Why you need a vision board before you start your business

Sure they are often seen as "woo woo". But vision boards can add real value BEFORE you start your biz. Check out the video for tips why

Prefer to read it?  Or don’t have any headphones handy?  The edited transcript is below. Why you need a vision board before you start your business This is Malla Haridat here, helping you kick start your business.  I am a small business coach and I love helping folks take their business to the next level. […]

Stop waiting. Start this before you need the $$$

There is something that entrepreneurs often forget when they are planning all of the details.

  Nervous about flipping the switch to start your business?  Because you don’t have everything “all together” yet? STOOOOPPPP the nonnnnnnsense.  You ain’t never gonna get it perfect. Just start. Before you are ready Before you have things organized Or perfect And for the ladies who are about to flip me the side eye……I’m talking to […]

You must do this before you zone out for the holidays

This is the one key task you must do if you want to set better business goals next year

Take an honest look at your numbers. I know.  This isn’t the “whoo hooo we are goal setting ” moment that you wanted.  No planners.  No cool strategy maps.  No vision boards or business plans. Instead, it’s a quiet moment of reflection for some.  Or a “Let’s come to the altar and pray ” moment […]

The Freelance Isn’t Free Act: 3 tips to leverage this NYC opportunity

3 tips to take advantage of getting paid as a freelancer in the wake of the NYC Freelance Ain't Free Act

I’m still in shock.  The New York City Council recently passed the nation’s first bill that protects freelancers who are not paid on time. Yesssss!!  This is a game changer. The bill will protect New York City based freelancers who are not paid by their clients.  Highlights include: Freelancers can require payment within 30 days If […]

Do you really need a business phone if you are 1 person service business?

Short answer:  You look professional and it’s a tax write off.  But you might want to dig deeper. How does this decision affect your business model, your brand, and your leadership style? I know you are probably thinking: “Malla, I’m just getting a phone.  It’s not that deep”. Yeaahhhhh.  It is.  Adding an additional expense […]