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Can I Do It All?

I have been a hairstylist for 20 yrs or more. I feel burnt out I started a nonprofit to give back to the single mothers with low income. I will rehab rundown houses in the redline neighborhoods make it affordable housing for single mothers with educational workshops, consulting and career opportunity. I also have a travel business, I sell traveling packages at great prices. I want my businesses to interact with each other in a productive way and impact lives. What is your advice for me in building the businesses together?

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Jackson’s Answer

Jewel: Yes, I do believe you can do it all, probably not at the same time. As a hairstylist for over 20 years, I assume you are comfortable doing similar activities repeatedly.
I have experience in running non-profit organizations for over 10 years. Fundraising is the most critical skill that you need. Asking others to give and donate their time and money over and over.
Habitat for Humanity's headquarter is based in Atlanta, GA (not far from Duluth). I would recommend you volunteer in their fundraising division. Build the necessary skills and experience to ask for money from corporations, organizations, and individual donors.
In the meantime, you will establish professional contacts in the residential construction business. They may assist you in rehab rundown houses at a reasonable price.
Thank you comment icon Wow! that is a great idea! I will look into Volunteering for the Habitat for Humanity... I work in my salon on the weekends and work on the nonprofit during the week and then I book travels. I find that the nonprofit has been the most stressful.... finding people to believe in what I want to do. Thanks a lot! Jewel
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Jewel, this is a very interesting question I can see why all of the things you want to may seem a little overwhelming. first of all, you need to divide all the things you want to do and put them in the order of importance. Now you said you feel burnt out from the same work you have been doing for 20 years. Thats understandable so let's start there take some time off to get your other priorities in order. I would suggest you start with trying to set up financing for your non-profit and so on. You seem more than capable to do all you want just to make sure you don't do it all at once and make sure you put together a group of people who will support you in your endeavors. Best of luck
Thank you comment icon Thanks for your encouragement! Jewel
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Ebony’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hi Jewel,

I want to start by saying that I commend your goal of providing support to your local community; especially as it relates to single mothers.

Your first question: Can I do it all? Could be interpreted in several different ways, but I will answer based on the context you've provided and your hope of determining whether or not the two businesses can be combined or support one another.

What comes to mind for me is noted below. Hopefully, it helps.

Ebony, CareerVillage.org Team recommends the following next steps:

Join non-profit associations that allow you to connect with other orgs in the same transitional living space. This will give you an opportunity to learn from the celebrations and hurdles others have experienced. If you are unable to locate associations like this you can opt for a Google search and request meetings with their owners. I have found that more and more people are willing to sit down and have a conversation with those in the same or similar spaces to share and compare notes.
Consider using the travel business as a hands on learning opportunity for the ladies you serve. This would create a space for them to build work experience while also shifting your load.
Create detailed plan for what your rest and rejuvenation looks like. Your work will only be successful if you are sharp enough to maintain it.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Ebony for the advice. Jewel
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