MLK Inspiration for Entrepreneurs

Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader, a visionary, and an advocate who fought tirelessly to ensure justice, freedom, and equality for all. He was someone who worked to bring about social change in America. His work, leadership, and commitment to his cause have inspired all people, including aspirational entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, microbusiness entrepreneurs, and beyond. But what lessons can we take from Dr. King’s legacy? Let’s explore this further.

Know Your Worth

Dr. King refused to accept anything less than what he believed he was entitled to, even when it meant going against powerful forces that opposed him and his mission.

As an entrepreneur, you, too, should remember your worth and never settle for less than you deserve when negotiating with clients or charging prices for your services that reflect the value you bring to the table. It is essential to stay mindful of your capabilities so that you don’t undersell yourself or let fear get in the way of success.

Be Fearless

Fear can be paralyzing, but like Dr. King proved time and time again throughout his career as a leader of the civil rights movement, fearlessness is essential when striving towards any goal – big or small.

As an entrepreneur working on projects independently can be scary because there is no one around to help support or encourage you if things get tough. Finding your entrepreneurial community is one of the first steps in addressing this fear. Network and collaborate. Once you know that you’re “not the only one” struggling with doubt or overwhelm (which stems from fear) will help propel you to move on, regardless of those worries.

Lead by Example

Dr. King showed us how far we could go when we lead by example, something all entrepreneurs should strive for in their businesses and personal lives.

For example, if you want your team members or employees to adhere to specific standards, then ensure that you set an example by doing the same thing first – this will hold everyone accountable, which is essential for any successful business venture.

Embrace Diversity & Inclusion

Another lesson from Dr. King’s legacy is the importance of diversity & inclusion in the workplace. As a first-generation BIPOC Filipina American, DEI is always top of mind for me. It’s essential to surround myself with people of all backgrounds. I want to learn from and embrace varying ideas and beliefs. Mainly, I want to honor people as people and stimulate my mind and life.

If your community comprises mostly one race, I’d recommend intentionally seeking out diversity.

Incorporating diversity & inclusion into your life is essential because it makes good business sense and helps foster an environment where everyone feels respected regardless of race/ethnicity/gender/sexual orientation etc. In business, this ultimately leads to more productive teams willing and able to put forth their best efforts!


Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy inspires entrepreneurs everywhere – especially solopreneurs who often work independently without anyone else’s support or encouragement along the way.

By remembering our worth, being fearless in our actions, and leading by example, we can truly honor Dr. King’s memory by embodying some of his most important lessons, such as knowing our worth, being fearless leaders, and fostering diversity & inclusion within our businesses! By following these principles, we can make meaningful progress towards success with our ventures while always remaining true to ourselves.

If you are an entrepreneur who embraces inclusion and intentionally seeks out diversity in all aspects of your life, perhaps we’re meant to coach together. Please reach out for a free consultation, and I’m happy to talk with you.

Goals your Business in January

New Year’s goals and resolutions are a time-honored tradition; they don’t have to be limited to personal goals. Whether you’re a solopreneur or have a small team, this is the time of year when you can take stock of your business and make changes to help it grow and thrive over the next 12 months. So what should your business’s New Year’s resolution look like? Here are some ideas.

Set Goals & Make Plans

The most important thing is to set yourself up for success by setting clear goals for the upcoming year. This can be anything from increasing revenue by 10% to launching a new product or service line. You should also create action plans that will help you achieve those goals. Think about specific activities you can do each month and assign deadlines for each. This will give you something concrete to work on throughout the year so you don’t get overwhelmed and lose focus halfway through.

Delegation helps big time!

One of my first goals is to delegate. I like to brainstorm all that I do and categorize it. Mainly, I like highlighting the admin tasks that take me a long time. Once I’ve identified them, I create a process, a training video, or a step-by-step process and share them with Luz, my virtual assistant.

Once I get a ton of admin off my plate, I can refocus my time on current and prospective clients. I love this time! And boosting my sales goal is always a win.

Review Your Finances

It’s also important to review your finances for last year at the start of the new year. Take a look at your income and expenses and any debts or investments you may have made during the previous 12 months. This will help you understand where your money is going and where it could be better spent. It’s also a good idea to assess whether any changes need to be made to ensure your finances remain healthy throughout 2023.

Uplevel this with Boss Friday

I always have my clients prioritize reconciling their bank statements at the end of each month and then block off lunch on Boss Friday. What’s Boss Friday? Boss Friday is the Friday of the first whole week of a month. For example, on January 6th, 2023, at noon (your time), you should analyze your P&L and find ways to make/save money. Do this each month. Trust me; you don’t want to wait until the end of the year! Doing so leads to so many missed opportunities.

Retool Your Marketing Strategy

Finally, take some time at the beginning of 2021 to reassess your marketing strategy and make any necessary changes or improvements. Are there new platforms or systems that could help you reach more people? Are there old strategies that no longer work? Have there been any significant developments in digital marketing over the past year that could benefit your business? Answering these questions now will help ensure that your business remains competitive throughout 2023 and beyond.

Investigate ROI

Look at each of your marketing tools and track their ROI. For example, BNI costs $700/year to join. Did my BNI group help me attract $700 worth of business? If yes, stay! If not, it’s OK to consider moving on. Before making a drastic decision, I’d first talk to your mentor and see what you can do to increase sales through your group.


With all these tips in mind, January is an ideal time for solopreneurs to review their businesses and set themselves up for success in 2023β€”and beyond! By taking stock of their finances, setting realistic goals, creating action plans, and retooling their marketing strategies, they can ensure their businesses remain competitive while helping them reach even greater heights this coming year!

Would you like help with any of this? Feel free to apply for a free consultation to see if I can help.

How to Have a Smooth Transition into the New Year

There are a few things a small business can do to ensure a smooth transition into the new year. Firstly, setting realistic goals and expectations for the year ahead is important. It’s also essential to create a plan of action to achieve these goals and ensure everyone in the business is on board with this plan. Finally, staying organized and focused throughout the year is essential to keep on track toward your goals.

1. Setting realistic goals and expectations for the year

As we move into the new year, we must look at our businesses and set realistic goals and expectations. Too often, small business owners try to do too much in too short a time frame, leading to frustration and disappointment. To have a smooth transition into the new year, we must set realistic goals and expectations for ourselves and our businesses.

When I say realistic, I mean, be fair. For example, if you have a day where you can work 7 hours, don’t write a “things to do list” that takes you 10 hours to accomplish! Save room for breaks, 3-day weekends, vacations, holidays, etc. Keep your family and your health top of mind!

2. Creating a plan of action

As we head into a new year, many small businesses are looking to make changes to improve their operations. However, making these changes can be difficult, especially if you don’t have a plan of action.

A good plan will help you stay on track and achieve your year-long goals. Here are some tips for creating a plan that will work for your business:

1. Start by setting SMART goals. Your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

2. Break down each goal into smaller steps that you can accomplish easily. This will help you stay motivated and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

3. Create a timeline for each step, so you know what needs to be done and when it needs to be done.

4. Make sure your goals are realistic and achievable; don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to do too much at once.

5. Celebrate your successes along the way! Rewards can help keep you motivated when things get tough).

6) Keep track of your progress to see how far you’ve come and adjust your plan as needed).

7. And finally, don’t forget to review and adjust your plan as the year goes on – things will inevitably come up that you didn’t plan for, so it’s essential to be flexible.

My biggest tip for your plan of action is also to delegate. Please don’t feel as though you need to do it all on your own. If you purchase my book on Amazon, you will see how I map out my vetted process called the Action Plan Matrix. This matrix can help you prioritize and delegate in one shot. You’ve got this!

3. Staying organized and focused throughout the year

As the new year begins, many small businesses are looking to make resolutions to improve their operations. A common goal is transitioning smoothly into the new year. However, this cannot be easy if you’re not prepared. Here are a few tips to help your business have a smooth transition throughout the year.

One way to ensure a smooth transition into the new year is by staying organized. This means having a plan for what you want to accomplish and setting goals. It’s also essential to keep focused on your goals so you don’t get sidetracked. Additionally, keeping track of your progress will help you stay motivated.

I like to keep a record of continuous improvement wins. It can be as simple as a notebook hung up on the wall. Let other people see it and add to it when they improve something in the business. The world’s best, quality-certified companies keep track of their continuous improvement logs. Why not do it too?

Another way to ease the transition into the new year is by communicating with your team. Make sure everyone is on the same page and knows their roles. If you have any changes, be sure to share those as well. Good communication will help everyone feel more comfortable and prevent confusion or misunderstandings.

Lastly, don’t forget to take care of yourself. This is a big year for your business, so you’ll want to be sure you’re in top shape to handle whatever comes your way. Make sure you get plenty of rest and exercise, eat healthily, and take breaks when necessary. You’ll be better equipped to take care of your business by taking care of yourself.

4. Achieving your business goals

As we move into the new year, many small business owners are looking to set goals and achieve them to grow their businesses. While this is an admirable goal, it’s not always easy. Check out this article about increasing sales and while you’re at it, check this one on decreasing expenses.

I recommend setting monthly milestones and working toward them. Stay consistent. When you select a goal, you must be consistent with achieving it. This means doing the same thing every day or week until you reach your goal. It may not be easy initially, but if you keep pushing through, you’ll eventually get there!

In Conclusion

The new year is a time for resolutions and change. This can be challenging for small businesses as they transition into the new year. However, with careful planning and organization, it is possible to have a smooth transition. Staying focused on your goals, communicating effectively with your team, and taking care of yourself are all crucial steps in achieving success during the new year. If you need help with this, always feel free to reach out to me. Apply for a free consultation here. I wish you all the best of luck as you embark on this journey!

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