Angela Yee: From Worker To Entrepreneur

Media persona and serial entrepreneur Angela Yee was the most recent visitor to cease by BET’s Black Espresso on Friday (June 28). The Breakfast Membership host and Juices four Life BK proprietor sat down with hosts Marc Lamont Hill, Gia Peppers and Jameer Pond to debate every thing from relationships and profession, to doling out priceless enterprise recommendation to aspiring entrepreneurs. 

Whereas on the subject of enterprise, Yee, who has been within the radio trade for 15 years, and will probably be celebrating the third anniversary of her juice bar this yr, was requested by host Hill if she all the time noticed herself as a businesswoman. Surprisingly, the fiercely formidable, veteran radio host humbly admitted, “No.”

“I did not have cash rising up. So I by no means actually considered it. Like my dad and mom aren’t entrepreneurs, they all the time labored a job since I used to be younger. My mother works for New York Metropolis transit, and he or she’s labored for New York Metropolis transit since I used to be a bit child, and my dad, he is had numerous jobs, and now he works with my uncle. My uncle is a dentist so [my dad] manages the dentist workplace.”

The Brooklyn-bred Yee, who at present owns a number of properties (together with three properties in Detroit, one in all which she not too long ago offered), revealed she by no means even dreamed of proudly owning one residence.

“For myself, I by no means thought that I would ever be capable of even purchase a home. Generally when you do not have it, and you are not surrounded my entrepreneurs, you do not give it some thought. So, for myself, [when] I began making a bit cash, I began investing, then I began having alternatives and concepts. I’ve all the time been an thought individual, so I’ve all the time been nice at having concepts, simply not having the sources to make them occur.”

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Yee, who plans to launch a e-book within the close to future, suggested viewers to coach themselves on investments and cash administration, whereas encouraging extra folks to look into free enterprise programs, coaching and certification alternatives.

“I am very into educating myself. bought my ‘Minority & Ladies Owned Enterprise’ certification, which I encourage folks to do, as a result of there may be a number of entry that comes with that. Nevertheless it’s all issues that I am studying. There’s all these free courses that you would take down on the small enterprise companies that you need to take, as a result of it actually will enable you a lot in enterprise. So I am a giant fan of all the time getting extra schooling in what it’s that you simply’re doing.

Lots of people need to begin a enterprise, and their like, ‘I wanna begin a enterprise, give me some cash to speculate.’ The place is your marketing strategy? Are you investing cash your self into your individual enterprise? How is that this going to work? Individuals suppose that they’ll simply come to you with an thought and have cash.”

Watch the complete episode on Black Espresso’s official Youtube, right here!

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