How To Become A Successful Black Woman Entrepreneur

Why am I speaking specifically to Black women?

As a Black woman, I have struggled with accepting that I can be successful.

Psychologically, Black women have a lot less images to support being beautiful, successful, and powerful in society. Black women are either perceived as an exotic, sexually enticing object, or as unable to enjoy a common quality of life due to the “struggle” or being angry.

Even when conducting a simple Google search, the lack of images of Black women enjoying daily life is staggering. You’re more likely to pull up a white woman dressed in black, a black silhouette of a white woman, or black women from decades ago.

There have been experiments conducted with black children, boys and girls, that compared white dolls with black dolls. These experiments show that black children have a poor image of their own race as these children go on to describe the black female dolls as ugly, bad and unappealing.

Change is inevitable.

There is a Black woman in the white house.

This means that times are slowly but surely changing, but it does not mean that the overall perception of black women has changed. It is important to me that we continue to change what we have seen as a psychological norm.

Reinforcing the beauty of Black women, the normalcy of the black family, and the uplifting of Black women of every shade is one of the heart-felt missions of this blog.4578954966_054439cccb_o

Who will my daughter look up to if the images depicting women just like her are not creating value and worth in her?

Have you ever felt inspired and motivated to accomplish something outside of the box, only to become overwhelmed by feelings of self-doubt, inadequacy, a lack of self-confidence and/or self-esteem?  Have you ever allowed those feelings to stop you in your tracks?

I have.

I felt the inaccessibility of opportunity in my life. Sometimes those feelings were self-imposed, stemming from deep inside of my being – feelings of unworthiness and inadequacy. Sometimes these feelings were external – feeling unwelcome in a particular place or not feeling included.

If you have never felt that opportunity could be inaccessible to you, either internally or externally, then this blog may not be for you. If you need to know that entrepreneurship is accessible, despite your feelings or the words and actions of others, then you have found the right place.

I am here to encourage you.

If you’re anything like me, you’re wondering how you can make your entrepreneur business profitable and how to keep it that way.

I overcame many challenges in my life, allowing me to became a working millionaire in investment real estate, a best-selling author, and I have created an amazing network of fellow business owners to encourage and support me.

These tips and tricks will allow you to strategize your success and present resources and tools that you can use to bridge the gap in your business efforts between success and struggle.

What brought you to this blog?  What are you hoping to see?

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions about becoming a successful black woman entrepreneur, or you have your own review about what it is like to seek success as a black woman entrepreneur and a mom, leave a comment for me on this page.

16 thoughts on “How To Become A Successful Black Woman Entrepreneur

  • August 5, 2015 at 6:03 pm
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    Excellent write up on how to become successful as an entrepreneur ( from your own viewpoint of course! ).
    I’m very interested in starting up an online business and I have been carrying out research online now for quite some time. Hopefully your blog here will be able to point me in the correct direction. tell me, where did you train online?

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    • August 5, 2015 at 7:29 pm
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      Thank you for your comment! I hope you can find something here that will help. Definitely leave me some feedback and suggestions as to what posts you would like to see as a fellow entrepreneur – I am very much interested in the needs of all of my readers.

      I learned my internet marketing skills from a website called Wealthy Affiliate. They helped to connect all of the dots in the marketing techniques that I have learned over the years but had questions about, helped me to become more clear in my focus and do something that I love. I think we’ve all tried blog writing in the past without much success. Wealthy Affiliate gave me all of the tools I needed and a community to answer questions as well. You can rescue me from sounding like a bad infomercial by going to this link and checking them out for yourself: http://www.wealthyaffiliate.com?a_aid=bcea3e06 🙂

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  • August 6, 2015 at 7:47 am
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    I found this very interesting as a white woman living in South Africa. I am sure you are aware of the difficulties of our country and our history. I have an online baby and toddler store and I am always looking for images for my blogs. The fact is that the majority race in our country is black, therefore I wanted to include lots of images of black babies and black moms. Not so easy to find like you said.

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    • August 6, 2015 at 2:16 pm
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      It’s amazing that even in an area where the population is majority Black South African, you can’t find pictures of the people enjoying daily life. I often find decades old pictures of slaves or Africans and other pictures that do not show Black American life. It’s quite sad.

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  • August 10, 2015 at 5:44 am
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    Hi Tamara, great article. I do agree with your article on one hand but on the other I have to say that there are some noticeably successful black women like Condi Rice who was the first black National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. You also have Maya Angelou who recently passed away. Beyond these 2 women I would have to go to the sports and entertainment world and so if this is the point you are making I agree with you.

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    • August 11, 2015 at 2:05 am
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      Hello Sheni, thank you for your comment. You raise some interesting points. Often, celebrities do not seem relatable on a person-to-person level. Have you ever felt relatable in your day-to-day challenges to Kim Kardashian or Hillary Clinton? It is nice to be able to look around you and see other people achieving their dreams the same as you are striving to do without having to look toward television for those models. It is also nice to know that you have a support system available that is not untouchable. Condoleezza Rice, Maya Angelou, and many other famous, Black women are great – but as a Black woman entrepreneur, I want to look toward people like me who share my testimonies and are still achieving success. My blog is designed to provide resources, tips, tricks and techniques to the average Black woman entrepreneur to help her become an extraordinary Black woman entrepreneur.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 3:59 pm
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    I have always loved these type of sites, you always find great info and Ideas to being succesfull online due that you can catch tons of scams and waste a lot of money instead of winning it, I am going to recommend your site to my friends, and with your permision will take some of your ideas, thanks a lot for the page and keep up the good work, there are tons of people this will be helpfull to

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    • August 11, 2015 at 9:02 pm
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      You’re welcome! I am glad to be here to help you on your journey! Take anything that you believe will help you to make your business run more smoothly! If you have a few minutes, I have a survey that is designed to help me continue to create content on this blog in order to best meet your needs and the needs of your friends. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HJQ36W7

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  • August 29, 2015 at 4:29 am
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    Tamara,

    I appreciate your ability to write your content in a very personal way. Also, when you asked “have you ever allowed feelings to stop you in your tracks”, then followed up with “I have”, you displayed the honesty that I can appreciate when I read something online. So much that’s online today is impersonal, sterile, or dishonest.

    Thank you for deciding to right with quality. Quality content will attract quality readers!

    Bryan-

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    • August 30, 2015 at 3:52 am
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      Hello Bryan,
      Thank you for your comment. I do my best to ensure that through my own story I can show others how to overcome similar obstacles with their own businesses. The quality of the content here is extremely important to me. I appreciate you putting an emphasis on the quality of the content here. Thank you for reading!

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  • September 15, 2015 at 11:48 pm
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    Hi There

    I hope you are well, great post i like the way you are supporting indivduals.. i read and understood most of your points on your post however please can you clarifie what you mean when you say

    ” Who will my daughter look up to if the images depicting women just like her are not creating value and worth in her? ”

    Im not sure what you mean with this.

    I look forward to your reply thank you.

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    • September 16, 2015 at 9:04 am
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      Hi Jack,

      Thank you for your comment and question.

      The mission of this blog is to help change the psychological norm of the way we see Black women and the learning curve of success with Black women.

      Images of Black women living everyday life (laughing, talking to their friends, engaging in typical activities such as reading, cooking, studying etc., even if they are staged as stock photos) are scarce on the internet. If you want to post images of Black women enjoying life – natural, caught in the action of living life images – and try to find them on Google or any free image site on the web, you will have a challenging time and many of the women you find will not be from America. It just isn’t a common or typical view of the Black woman to see her enjoying life. Often, images of Black women are either highly sexualized, angry, stressed, or worried, or in some type of native or tribal setting.

      When I ask the question, “Who will my daughter look up to if the images depicting women just like her are not creating value and worth in her?” I mean that there is a psychological norm for what the Black woman is perceived to be, and when my daughter sees those images, will it inspire in her the desire to be like what she sees? Based on what we discussed above, which is the case for many Black girls, the answer is no. As a parent, I have to teach my daughter to go against the grain of what she sees in reality – to be what she wishes to see – which is challenging for any adult, let alone for a young girl.

      I hope this sheds some light on the question I asked. Thanks again for your question.

      Tamara

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  • June 17, 2016 at 7:47 am
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    There are many successful black women entrepreneurs I think. I know quite a few black women who do very well online with affiliate marketing. Actually many people don’t know if they are black or not, because it doesn’t really matter if someone’s black, caucasian or asian when being an entrepreneur doing business online. Anyway, I like your article.

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    • June 18, 2016 at 5:08 pm
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      Hi Sandy,

      Thank you for commenting on my article.

      It sounds like you’re not sure why a blog that supports, encourages and provides inspiration to Black women entrepreneurs is useful or necessary. Let me give you a deeper view of why websites like 4OurSuccess.com are important for Black women entrepreneurs.

      The purpose of 4OurSuccess is to provide support, resources, motivation and encouragement to Black women entrepreneurs. Websites such as mine help American descendants of enslaved African ancestry to feel connected to other entrepreneurs of color, become well rooted in who they are for more progressive forward movement in business.

      Everyone can use support and encouragement, and as Black women entrepreneurs become more and more successful, there is nothing like being surrounded by other successful people just like them. I strongly encourage you to have candid conversations with the Black women entrepreneurs you know and ask them what impact the color of their skin has had in their lives. What kind of challenges they have faced, any adversity that they have encountered that was racially based. You may be surprised as to what you hear. In America, it is impossible for people of color not to be aware of their skin color. Unfortunately, society weighs skin color heavily. Definitely have more conversations with the people of color you know so that you can better understand how skin color impacts them.

      Tamara

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  • June 26, 2016 at 1:28 pm
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    Although I am not black, I feel the need for women in this era to learn the ropes of self sufficiency at an early age.

    In my current line of work, I meet a lot of women who are not getting enough – education, knowledge and love. They are always providing for others, but fail to plan for their own future. In the end, they get nothing, but regrets and bitterness.

    Getting women to plan their lives from a business perspective is very empowering. As someone without any prior knowledge/skills going down this route is very scary, but I am determine to make this work.

    I look forward to the day when I would become an online business woman.

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    • June 26, 2016 at 3:31 pm
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      Hello Cathy,

      Thank you for commenting! Although the focus for my site is geared toward Black women entrepreneurs, I believe that any person can find this information useful. I have articles on this site that are specifically built around skill building and creating your own consulting and life coaching business using your ability to connect with others.

      Stay the course, and you will achieve all of your dreams!

      Tamara

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