Last week I was invited to be on a panel about starting your own non-profit for The SisStar Loop women’s empowerment organization. As a neophyte in this arena it was a pleasure and confirmation to be seated with such panelists like Regine Roumaine the Executive Director of Haiti Cultural Exchange and Galit Adani of Dance to Unite. Both women started from scratch building their organizations from the ground up, finding the right team members through trial and error and living to tell the tale of how they keep going each day.
As Co-owner of Bondfire Radio I fall in the ‘social entrepreneur’ category of business person. BFR is not a non-profit (yet. maybe soon?). Not because we can’t be, but because to me and my business partner- it was important to decide this work was something we could sustain and know there a place for us in this world. Social entrepreneurs are do-ers that seek change in their industry for the betterment of society and can either be profit or non-profit entities.
Being on the panel I got to express that the only way to start anything for profit, non-profit, hobby, or career is to JUST START. It’s so much easier to seek mentorship when you have something to show for it. It’s easier to narrow down your needs if you started the process of finding out what you need. And when you have a clear picture of your mission and can recite your mission statement like your home address you can walk seek information with confidence. So, go from idea to reality buy just starting.
Some other tidbits I took from the panel and fellow panelist were to:
- look into your state’s Attorney General website for free workshops and help on starting your non-profit.
- If you are an artist or arts org, find out if your city or borough has an arts council that helps fund local artists. The 2015 Bondfire Radio Audio Festival was made possible with funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council.
- Think very hard about who will be on your board and know that the primary function of a non-profit board is to raise funds.
- Consider partnerships as ways to cross-promote and cut costs. Share the work, double the exposure for both businesses.
As a person that is still thinking about what path to take next for our organization, many of this applies to us and there is always room to grow. Our baby steps include looking into alternatives to becoming a non-profit such as:
- Join an already established nonprofit as a volunteer, board member, or staff.
- Work with an already active nonprofit compatible with your ideas and values; collaborate with them to develop a special project to meet a specific public need.
- Start a local chapter of a national organization if there isn’t already one.
- Form an informal nonprofit: an informal gathering of people to meet a short-term and local need.
- Become a social entrepreneur: running a for-profit business with social goals and charitable causes in mind.
- Fiscal sponsorship: a fiscal sponsor shares its tax-exempt and tax-deductible status with the sponsored program, the new program operates as a program of fiscal sponsor.
Take your time choosing the right path for your organization. The only wrong way to start is if you don’t.
You read that correctly.
TK for hire.
Yessir, your favorite side hustler is leveling up in the game and officially open for business (I was never closed, but you know…). This Summer I started producing content and audio with an amazing private client: The Arielle Loren Show, a daily podcast about the journeys of creative entrepreneurs.
I applied for the position because it spoke directly to me, the host, the content, the job description was affirming in every way. And, when I find myself editing audio at odd hours of the night and day I get to listen to people that sound like me confirm ever thought I’ve ever had about living on one’s own terms.
When you do anything, you should ask yourself:
- Does this lift me up?
- Is the direction in my life confirmed by its content or am I bored?
- How long can I do this with joy?
Being able to answer these questions led me to want to help others in this age of podcasting. So many people have questions and as a 10 year professional in radio and current online radio station owner and Program Director- I have answers, opinions, & feedback.
There are too many people podcasting and creating media for the sake of trend. Do you have an audience or are you yelling into the void? Is your idea organized and well thought out? Will you be consistent or produce content haphazardly? Do you have the right tools and team? Is your interviewing technique up to par?
If you’re serious about using a tool like podcasting to enhance your business, think about some of these questions. If you need help, I’m here for you. I love what I do to the point I recently found myself in the studio with a new broadcaster for 12 hours without eating. #thatsLove
Email me for more information about making “pick your brain” appointments, inquiries about producing content for your business/brand/organization, and feedback sessions on how to make your podcast better.
Until then friends, have a listen to the first 12 inspirational episodes of The Arielle Loren Show!
Summer’s over, but I feel like I’m still coming into bloom.
The year started off rocky all the way through the Spring season with moving and then through the Summer dealing with feelings from all the places that feelings come from.
Then things started to happen. Things I said I wanted in life, I started to get:
- After an internet thief absconded with my domain name two years ago, I watched it and had it on back order waiting in the shadows for the wicked soul to slip up and release unto the world the domain name that should rightly be mine. ::ends dramatic scene:: Soon, you’ll be able to get here via tastykeish dot com as well as dot net!
The Bondfire Radio Audio Festival!! We did it. We went bigger and better and more amazing than the first time around. We had community sponsors, vendors, live musical acts, and every single show on the roster broadcast from the beautiful rooftop of our building location in Brooklyn. For the recap visit: Another Bondfire Radio Audio Festival in the Books.
- For awhile now I’ve been talking about wanting to be on panels, host events again, and enjoy more professional conferences… We’ll i’ll be that! ::cues the Redman:: This Saturday I’m on double duty, moderating the “Dating as a Nomad” panel at the #NDMN travel conference at 11am and later that evening hosting a great concert at the Success Garden in East New York for FTF Presents, a non profit based on growing the community thru the arts.
Another thing I’ve been letting the world know i’m available for is freelance work in my field of audio. And the universe provides! I’m open as a consultant for people that need help starting their podcasts and radio programs. Soon they’ll be a button in the side bar for you to make an appointment with me. We can kick it thru Skype and have a great chat about what you would like to accomplish with your programs. Also, I am the producer of The Arielle Loren Show, a new podcast focused on the nitty gritty journey through creative entrepreneurship. I really love all the guests that we’ve had so far and Arielle is a top notch marketing expert, business owner, and Harvard Business grad!
That’s not it by any means. It’s just the beginning of the rest of my life.
Are you in bloom?