Side Hustle Pro

147 EpisodesProduced by Nicaila Matthews Okome

Side Hustle Pro spotlights bold black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business. Join Chief Side Hustler turned full-time entrepreneur Nicaila Matthews Okome for your weekly installment of Side Hustle Pro and learn actionable strategies to start small and get going–… read more

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Ep 142: The Power of Saving Allowed Her to Quit Her Job and Take Her Side Hustle Full Time (Jamila Souffrant of Journey to Launch)

April 17th, 2019


Today in the guest chair, we have Jamila Souffrant. Jamila is a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), podcaster, writer, and the founder of where she shares her journey to reach Financial …

Ep 141: Entrepreneur Diaries: The Highest Human Act is To Inspire

April 10th, 2019


On today’s episode, I’m jumping into the guest chair with an update on what I’ve been working on behind the scenes of the podcast.

Find out what went well for me in Q1 2019, what didn’t go so well, and what I’m focused …

Ep 140: Real Talk: Inside The Okome Family Hustle

April 3rd, 2019


On today’s episode, I’m jumping into the guest chair along with my husband Muoyo Okome and we are talking about The Okome Family Hustle!

Hear how we …

Ep 139: How Real Estate Investing Allowed Her to Retire From Her 9-to-5 (Kendra Barnes of The Key Resource)

March 29th, 2019


Today in the guest chair we have Kendra Barnes. At the time of this recording, Kendra was an Economist by day and Real Estate Investor by night.

Ep 138: From a Vegan Cookie Side Hustle to a Brand in Whole Foods: How This Ex Coke Exec Did It

March 27th, 2019


Today in the guest chair we have Denise Woodard, the Founder of Partake Foods. Partake Foods provides meals and snacks that are delicious, safe and nutritious for conscious eaters. They are free of gluten, the top 8 …

Ep 137: How She Did it: Starting an Online Jewelry Boutique While in Law School (Side Hustle Spotlight)

March 20th, 2019


Today we have another Side Hustle Spotlight episode and in the guest chair, we have Danielle Mull, a soon to be graduate of Emory University School …

Ep 136: How She Grew Her Popcorn Side Hustle From $500 a Month to $30,000 Months (Khadijah Polly of Kay’s Kettle Corn)

March 13th, 2019


Today in the guest chair we have Khadijah "Kay" Polly, the owner and POPrietor of Kay’s Kettle Corn, a gourmet popcorn company based out of Houston, …

Ep 135: From Underdog to $1 Million in Revenue: How the Founder of PantyProp launched her own period brand

March 6th, 2019


Today in the guest chair we have Crystal Etienne, the CEO & Founder of PantyProp.After years of testing hundreds of prototypes, tweaking designs and being her own guinea pig, Crystal has perfected the exact equation …

Ep 134: Side Hustle Spotlight: How This Nurse and Mom Started a Six-Figure Lice Treatment Clinic

February 27th, 2019


Today in the guest chair we have a new edition of Side Hustle Pro—Side Hustle Spotlights!

We are talking to a certified side hustler who is still a side hustler and we are going to find out how and why she got started, …

Ep 133: How the Founder of D'IYANU started a Ready To Wear African Clothing Brand with No Fashion Background

February 26th, 2019


Today in the guest chair we have Adesola Olutola, better known as Addie, the Founder of D’IYANU, a ready-to-wear, African print clothing brand that …

Ep 132: From YouTube Sensation to Beauty Pioneer: Rochelle Graham Campbell of Alikay Naturals

February 20th, 2019


Today in the guest chair we have Rochelle Graham-Campbell. Coined a “beauty pioneer” by Essence Magazine, Rochelle is the CEO & Co- Founder of …

Ep 131: How These Black Women Nutritionists Turned Their Healthy Cooking Web Series into a Revenue-Generating Business (w/ Wendy & Jess of Food Heaven Made Easy)

February 13th, 2019


Jessica Jones and Wendy Lopez are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Certified Diabetes Educators and co-founders of Food Heaven Made Easy (@foodheavenshow), a one-stop shop for delicious and nutritious living with …

Ep 130: How Her Side Hustle Led to A Full-Time Career As Michelle Obama’s Hairstylist and Opening Her Own Salon w/Yene Damtew

February 6th, 2019


Today in the guest chair we have Yene Damtew, an independent hair stylist based in Washington, DC. She is a boss woman entrepreneur who owns her own salonYene, an Ethiopian-American, California native launched her …

Ep 129: Should you start a podcast? Here's what you need to know

January 30th, 2019


On today’s episode, I am answering: Should you start a podcast?

If you or a friend are considering starting a podcast or wondering if it will be a …

Ep 128: How to Get Press For Your Business When You're Just Starting Out w/ Dreena Whitfield of Whit PR

January 23rd, 2019


Today in the guest chair is Dreena Whitfield, the founder of WhitPR, a New Jersey-based boutique strategic communications firm.

Her clients have been featured on Good Morning America, in The New York Times, Essence, and …

Ep 127: How The Founder of The Honey Pot Company is Disrupting Feminine Care

January 16th, 2019


Today in the guest chair we have Beatrice Feliu-Espada, the Founder of The Honey Pot Company.

The Honey Pot Company is a plant-based, chemical-free feminine care system that cleanses, protects, and balances your vagina.

Ep 126: What Your Website Needs For Your Business to Flourish w/ Krystle Rowry

January 10th, 2019


Today in the guest chair we have Krystle Rowry (better known as Kriss), a Web Designer and Brand Strategist majorly obsessed with online marketing, launching and revenue growth. Kriss specializes in strategically …

Ep 125: The Simple System that Turned My Podcast Into a 6-Figure Business

January 3rd, 2019


I am back with a solo episode to kick off January!This episode comes highly requested, as people have asked to learn more about the systems that …

Ep 124: The Biggest Mistakes and Biggest Wins I Made In My Business This Year

December 26th, 2018


Today I’m back in the guest chair for the first ever LIVE episode. That’s right, this episode was recorded live on Facebook and Instagram. I’m sharing my first year of entrepreneurship in review.

Hear my honest thoughts …

Ep 123: How to Start Charging for Your Expertise And Stop Doing Things For Free w/Sakita Holley

December 19th, 2018


Today in the guest chair is Sakita Holley, the Founder/CEO of House of Success PR.

Since 2011, Sakita’s firm House of Success PR has worked with a …

Ep 122: How the Founder of Spiked Spin is Creating a More Inclusive Fitness Industry

December 12th, 2018


Today in the guest chair is Briana Owens, the Founder of Spiked Spin. Briana is the perfect example that when you have a vision in your heart it doesn't matter what else exists in the market or what you think the …

Ep 121: Interior Designer Turned Startup Founder Nicole Gibbons on Launching Clare

December 5th, 2018


Today in the guest chair is Nicole Gibbons, the CEO and Founder of Clare. Nicole is an entrepreneur, interior designer, blogger, and on-air …

Ep 120: Ask Nicaila Anything!

November 28th, 2018


Today in the guest chair, I’m back with another Q&A episode.

This was inspired by a Q&A I did on Instagram stories the other day. By the way, …

Ep 119: What It's Like To Launch A Chocolate Factory in Harlem w/Jessica Spaulding

November 21st, 2018


Today in the guest chair, we have Jessica Spaulding, Founder of Harlem Chocolate Factory.

Jessica grew up in a home where sugar was not on the menu …

Ep 118: Building Your Brand, Growing Your Following & Leveraging INFLUENCE w/ Brittany Hennessy

November 14th, 2018


Today in the guest chair we have Brittany Hennessy.

Brittany is a marketer and the author of INFLUENCER: Building Your Brand in the Age of Social Media. She was the first-ever Senior Director of Influencer Strategy …

Ep 117: How Power Couple Monique and Chevalo Wilsondebriano started Charleston Gourmet Burger Company

November 7th, 2018


Imagine coming up with a marinade that had guests at your bbq forming a line for second and thirds. That’s exactly what happened when today’s guest Monique Wilsondebriano and her husband Chevalo threw a BBQ at their …

Ep 116: Entrepreneur Diaries: Do I need therapy? What my nutritionist told me & more

October 31st, 2018


On today's episode I am back with my entrepreneur diaries, updating you on what's been going on since I checked in in September. In today's episode, …

Ep 115: How This Corporate Dropout Went From Engineering to Launching A 6-Figure Coaching Business w/Jereshia Hawk

October 24th, 2018


Today’s guest is Jereshia Hawk. Jereshia is an Income Strategist and recent Corporate Dropout who helps content creators, coaches, and consultants 4X …

Ep 114: How to Kick Imposter Syndrome to the Curb and Become a Fiercer Woman w/ Catherine Soliz-Rey

October 17th, 2018


Today in the guest chair is Catherine Soliz-Rey. Catherine is a Self Transformation Strategist for Women and the founder of the Fiercer Woman brand, …

Ep 113: Therapy for Black Girls' Dr. Joy Harden Bradford on How Founders Can Take Care of Their Mental Health

October 10th, 2018


Today in the guest chair is the one and only, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a Licensed Psychologist, Speaker, and the host of …

Ep 112: How to Run a Business with Your Friends with Curly Girl Collective

October 4th, 2018


Today in the guest chair are the ladies of Curly Girl Collective. Curly Girl Collective is comprised of Charisse, Gia, Melody, Simone and Tracey. …

Ep 111: How The Shade Room Founder Angelica Nwandu Launched A Media Company on Instagram

September 26th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Angelica Nwandu. Angelica is the founder of The Shade Room, a media company that covers celebrity news and celebrates …

Ep 110: Everything You Need to Know About Sales Funnels w/ Expert Kim McCarter

September 24th, 2018


Today in the guest chair we have Advanced sales funnel strategist and business success coach Kim McCarter. I’m very excited about this episode because it is more of a workshop coaching training style episode than my …

Ep 109: Entrepreneur Diaries: What I’ve Learned 9 Months into Entrepreneurship

September 19th, 2018


Today, I am finally back with another solo episode to share my entrepreneur diaries, how it’s been going, 9 months into entrepreneurship.True …

Ep 108: How To Get Your Niche Brand Into Major Retailers with Aycee Brown

September 12th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Aycee Brown. Aycee is the founder and Chief Sleep Officer of Goodnight Darling Co. Goodnight Darling is a luxury retail line designed to promote healthy sleep habits and provide …

Ep 107: How Branson Centre CEO Lisandra Rickards is Shaping Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean and Beyond

September 6th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Lisandra Rickards. Lisandra Rickards is Chief Entrepreneurship Officer at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean, where she has developed and delivered scaled initiatives to …

Ep 106: The Founder of Healthy Roots Dolls on Empowering Black Girls To Embrace Their Natural Hair

August 29th, 2018


Yelitsa Jean Charles has gone from not knowing how to do her own hair at the age 21 to teaching young girls all about their own. While in her Junior …

Ep 105: Meet the African-American Woman Dominating the Airport Retail Landscape

August 23rd, 2018


Have you ever been in the airport, walked into a store or restaurant, and wondered who owns it or how that particular store got such prime real …

Ep 104: Meet Janice Bryant Howroyd: The first African American woman to run a $1-billion business

August 17th, 2018


Today in the guest chair is Janice Bryant Howroyd, entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, businesswoman, author, and mentor. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of The ActOne Group, the largest privately held, …

Ep 103: Ask Nicaila Anything

August 8th, 2018


I’m back with another solo episode. I have been promising you a Q&A for months now. And I actually love doing these so I am happy to jump in an …

Ep 102: How Celebrity Choreographer Luam Went From Pre-Med to Creating Dance Moves for Beyoncé

August 1st, 2018

Today in the guest chair we have Luam, celebrity choreographer and creative director. Luam has worked with artists and projects such as Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Nike, Rihanna, Kelly, Kanye, Reebok, Janelle Monae, X Factor, …

Ep 101: How Lindsey Day Co-Founded CRWN Magazine

July 23rd, 2018

Today in the guest chair, we have Lindsey Day, the co-founder & Editor-In-Chief of CRWN Magazine; a premium, independent print publication about …

Ep 100: How Candice Idehen Founded Harlem's Luxury Bed of Nails Salon

July 18th, 2018


Today in the guest chair, we have Candice Idehen, the Founder and CEO of York City's Bed of Nails - Nail Bar, an unconventional co-ed salon offering designer nail products, a chic atmosphere and unwavering quality …

Ep 99: How Tina Wells Grew Buzz Marketing Group into a 7-Figure Enterprise

July 17th, 2018


Tina Wells is the CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, a marketing agency that creates strategies for clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors. For more than two decades, …

Ep 98: How Venture Capitalist Ebony Pope Is Paving The Way For Startups To Get Funding

July 9th, 2018


Today in the guest chair, we have a certified boss. If you don’t already know this woman, this is a name you need to jot down and follow. Her name is

Ep 97: Tela Holcomb Was Fired For Having a Side Hustle Then Taught Herself How To Trade Stocks And Retire Early

July 1st, 2018


On today’s show, we will hear from a woman who actually got laid off as a result of her hustle.

Her name is Tela Holcomb, she is a stocks and options …

Ep 96: How Coveted Photographer Amy Anaiz Turned Her Side Hustle Into A Successful Business

June 29th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Amy Anaiz. Amy is a New York City-based intimate editorial wedding and portrait photographer. Her professional journey began as a talent agent for New York City’s top still-life and beauty …

Ep 95: From Side Hustler to C-Suite Coach With Angelina Darrisaw Cheeks

June 20th, 2018

Today in the guest chair is Angelina Darrisaw Cheeks. Angelina is a social entrepreneur, an international business and career coach and a digital media strategist. As the founder and CEO of C-Suite Coach, a …

Ep 94: How to Thrive In Your Career and Your Side Hustle with Charreah K. Jackson

June 7th, 2018


Charreah K. Jackson joins me in the guest chair today to discuss how to thrive in your career and side hustle (without getting fired). Charreah and I first crossed paths in NYC when we were both recent grads, trying to …

REWIND: How to Run Your Side Hustle in 1 Hour A Day

May 31st, 2018


Up until this year, the last quarter of every year always felt like the most stressful for me. This year is the first year that that's not the case …

REWIND: From Selling Tea Out of Her Trunk to Selling in Major Retailers: Nailah Ellis-Brown of Ellis Island Tea

May 24th, 2018


Today’s REWIND guest is Nailah Ellis-Brown. I first heard about Nailah from my roommates, Nydia and Stefanie at the University of Michigan Ross …

REWIND: Myleik Teele On Why You Should Leap Before You’re Ready

May 17th, 2018


On this REWIND edition of Side Hustle Pro, I share my experience "meeting" Michelle Obama, launching the newest cohort of my Podcast Moguls training …

REWIND: From Drowning in Debt to Making 5 Figures A Month (Courtney Sanders of Think and Grow Chick)

May 9th, 2018


It’s Nicaila here with another special REWIND edition of Side Hustle Pro.

Take a listen to this best of episode with Courtney Sanders. This is one of my favorite episodes because Courtney is so thorough! She is an …

REWIND: Find Your Niche, Create a Sales Funnel and Monetize with Maya Elious

May 3rd, 2018


It's a special REWIND edition of Side Hustle Pro. Side Hustle Pro is on a brief hiatus in May and I’ll be back in June with fresh new episodes. I can assure you, this is no vacation for me. Behind the scenes I am …

Ep 93: How Brandice Daniel Grew Harlem’s Fashion Row Into A Premier Fashion Hub

April 30th, 2018


Today in the guest chair is the legendary Brandice Daniel, the Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row. Harlem's Fashion Row is the most prestigious platform …

Ep 92: How This Fly Sister Duo Built An Epic Online Boutique (Cee Cee’s Closet NYC)

April 27th, 2018


Today in the guest chair we have self described accidental entrepreneurs Chioma and Uchenna, the Founders of Cee Cee's Closet NYC. What started with selling cute clutches that were brought back from Nigeria has expanded …

Ep 91: Entrepreneur Diaries: I'm My Own Boss, Now What?

April 11th, 2018


Hi Guys, I’m back with a check-in. Hear how my first quarter of entrepreneurship went.

I share how I’m learning to master my self, master my time (now that there is so much more of it!), master my energy and so much …

Ep 90: From the Kitchen Sink to Target Shelves: Melissa Butler of The Lip Bar

April 5th, 2018


Today in the guest chair we have former Wall Street analyst turned Founder and CEO Melissa Butler. Melissa is a visionary who challenges the standard of beauty through the products, pricing, and ingredients in her …

Ep 89: Meet the Woman Behind DC’s SpiceSuite and Entrepreneur Hub

March 28th, 2018


Today in the guest chair we have the oh so fly and oh so dope Angel Anderson. Angel is the Founder and Owner of the The SpiceSuite, an interactive spice bar in the Takoma Park neighborhood in NW Washington DC.

Angel …

Ep 88: Lifestyle Blogger Dayna Bolden on How to Turn Your Influence Into Your Income

March 21st, 2018


Today in the guest chair we have the dynamic Dayna Bolden. Dayna is a Lifestyle blogger and CEO of Bolden Creative Media. You may recognize Dayna’s …

Ep 87: How Interior Design Boss Beth Diana Smith Went from Corporate Finance to HGTV

March 14th, 2018


Today in the guest chair we have the one and only Beth Diana Smith, an interior design KING that side hustled for years before venturing out on her own. Beth possessed a natural ability for creating functionality, …

Ep 86: Odyssey Media Founder Linda Spradley Dunn Is Empowering Women Of Color Around The World

March 7th, 2018


Today in the guest chair we have Linda Spradley Dunn, a woman who is the epitome of knowing the value she brings to the table and who is not afraid to go out and get hers.

She spent fourteen years at IBM, where she …

Ep 85: Danielle Leslie Is Growing Her Online Course into a Million Dollar Business and She Wants to Teach You How

February 28th, 2018


Today on the show, I am introducing you to my best kept secret: the woman who has taught me to turn my knowledge into a valuable, premium course.

Ep 84: How Nubian Skin Founder Ade Hassan Redefined What Nude Means For Women of Color

February 21st, 2018


Today in the guest chair we have Ade Hassan. Ade is the founder and director of lingerie brand Nubian Skin. Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices to go with her ever-expanding wardrobe, Ade decided it was time for …

Ep 83: Meet the Entrepreneur Training the Next Generation of Startup Founders

February 14th, 2018


Today in the guest chair, we have Mandela SH Dixon. She is one of the only black women who has navigated the tech space as a VC-backed tech startup …

Ep 82: How to Be An Entrepreneur On Your Own Terms with Shellye Archambeau

February 7th, 2018


Today in the guest chair, we have Shellye Archambeau.

Not everyone with entrepreneurial instincts comes up with that million dollar idea. Sometimes, …

Ep 81: Entrepreneur Diaries 1

January 31st, 2018


Hi Guys, I’m back with a check-in. Hear how my very first month of entrepreneurship went. I’ll share some behind the scenes of launching my first …

Ep 80: Tonya Rapley on How to Monetize Your Expertise

January 25th, 2018


Today in the guest chair we have Tonya Rapley.

Tonya is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and founder of the award-winning site, My Fab Finance. She has graced the cover of Black Enterprise magazine and …

Ep 79: Queen of Side Hustles Tracey Coleman on How to Thrive as a Multi Passionate Entrepreneur

January 17th, 2018


What happens when you pair a love for writing, travel, design, experience activations and more? You get today’s guest. Her name is Tracey Coleman, …

Ep 78: Nicole Walters Wants To Teach You To Add More Commas To Your Bank Account

January 10th, 2018


Today in the guest chair, we have Nicole Walters.

By age 28, Nicole was a highly-paid executive at a Fortune 500 company, managing multibillion …

Ep 77: How to Fear Less and Live Your Best Life in 2018

January 4th, 2018


2017  was an amazing year for me (I got married, took my business to new heights, spent time with my family, was embraced into a new family and …

Ep 76: I QUIT My Job

December 27th, 2017

A year ago, I made the decision that I need to work for myself. Today on the show, I share how I spent the last year gearing up for my quit day. I …

Ep 75: From Founder to Acquisition: Jewel Burks and the Partpic Story

December 22nd, 2017


Today’s guest is Jewel Burks. As co-founder and CEO of Partpic, an Atlanta based startup designed to streamline the purchase of maintenance and …

Ep 74: Serial Entrepreneur Dawn Dickson On How to Launch Like a Boss

December 20th, 2017

Today on the show, we have a real boss. Her name is Dawn Dickson and she is a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in marketing and …

Ep 73: From Hustle to Empire: How Claire Sulmers Grew Fashion Bomb Daily Beyond A Blog

December 13th, 2017

Today on the show, is the one and only Claire Sulmers, the founder of, and the industry’s leading fashion blogger chronicling …

Ep 72: Q&As - How Much Money Do You Invest Into Your Side Hustle & More

December 6th, 2017


I’m answering your questions on all things side hustle. On this episode I get into:

  • What tips and tricks do you have for managing your spare time …

Ep 71: How This Entrepreneur Built A Life She No Longer Needs A Vacation From

November 30th, 2017

Today in the guest chair I have online coach and personal trainer Tameika G. Tameika’s story is far from ordinary. Over the course of ten years, she completely flipped her lifestyle and her long term career path as a …

Ep 70: This Brooklyn-Bred Entrepreneur is Breaking Barriers, One T-Shirt At a Time

November 22nd, 2017

Today in the guest chair is Brooklyn-bred and Baltimore-based entrepreneur, Kalilah Wright. Kalilah is the Owner and Creative Director of t-shirt company, Mess in a Bottle. Through Mess in a Bottle, a cutting-edge brand …

Ep 69: From Selling Tea Out of Her Trunk to Selling in Major Retailers: Nailah Ellis-Brown of Ellis Island Tea

November 16th, 2017

Today’s guest is Nailah Ellis Brown. I first heard about Nailah from my roommates, Nydia and Stefanie at the University of Michigan Ross School of …

Ep 68: How Felicia Leatherwood Became the Hollywood Hair Whisperer

October 31st, 2017

Today in the Side Hustle Pro guest chair is leading celebrity stylist, Felicia Leatherwood. Felicia’s hair styles have been featured on such high profile stars as Issa Rae of HBO's Insecure, Oscar Award nominee Ava …

Ep 67: Meet the Juice Bar Owner Transforming Lives in the Black Community

October 25th, 2017


Today, I’m happy to welcome into the guest chair, a woman who is changing lives in her community. Her name is Jerri Evans, and she is the Owner of Turning Natural Juice Bars.Growing up in SE Washington, D.C. she watched …

Ep 66: An Entrepreneur in Hollywood: ‘Black Love’ Co-Creator Codie Elaine Oliver

October 18th, 2017

Today, I’m happy to welcome into the guest chair, a woman who is putting #BlackLove on display for people to see on television screens across the country. Her name is Codie Elaine Oliver, and she is the filmmaker and …

Ep 65: From Financial Analyst to Entrepreneur: How This Beauty Maven Opened The Premier Brow Studio in DC

October 11th, 2017


Nicole Alexis is the owner of the the beauty haven, PRMP Beauty Studio in Washington, D.C.


Nicole realized that her passion in beauty was more than …

Ep 64: Latham Thomas On How to Practice Self Care While Growing A Business

October 4th, 2017

Latham Thomas is a celebrity wellness/ lifestyle maven and birth doula- transforming not only how women give birth to their babies, but how they give …

Ep 63: How to Run Your Side Hustle in 1 Hour A Day

September 27th, 2017


Up until this year, the last quarter of every year always felt like the most stressful for me. This year is the first year that that's not the case …

Episode 62: How Evita Robinson Changed the Face of Travel

September 20th, 2017


Today on the show, we have a woman who started a travel movement. Her name is Evita Robinson and she is the Founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe.

Evita has always been a creator in visual media. Yet, it was a trip to …

Ep 61: Meet the Black Harvard Grads Flipping the Script On Beauty Norms

September 13th, 2017

This week on the show I have KJ Miller & Amanda Johnson. KJ and Amanda are graduates of Harvard Business School and the co-founders of Mented …

Ep 60: How Fitness Guru Cassandra Nuamah Turned Her Side Hustle into Her Dream Business

September 6th, 2017


Cassandra Nuamah, better known as Coach Cass, is a certified personal trainer, group, exercise instructor and health and wellness coach. She is master trainer with KUKUWA® African Dance Workout and a source of …

Ep 59: MunaLuchi Creator Jacqueline Nwobu on Reshaping the Wedding Industry

August 30th, 2017


Today’s guest and the platform she created provided me the most assistance and resources with planning my wedding. Her name is Jacqueline Nwobu, and she is the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of MunaLuchi Bride Magazine, …

Ep 58: How Gwen Jimmere Founded and Patented Beauty Brand Naturalicious

July 22nd, 2017

Today in the guest chair, we Gwen Jimmere. Gwen is the CEO and founder of Naturalicious. What really stood out to me about Gwen is that she’s already cemented her place in history as the first African American woman to …

Ep 57: Up close with Morgan DeBaun: The Millennial CEO Shaping Black Digital Media

July 12th, 2017


Today on the show, we have a woman who is a millennial CEO shaping Black digital media.

Her name is Morgan DeBaun and she is the Founder of Blavity, one of the fastest growing digital media startups and a top …

Ep 56: How Lisa Price Turned Her Side Hustle Into A Multimillion Dollar Business

June 28th, 2017


Today in the guest chair, we have Lisa Price, Founder of multi-million dollar hair and beauty company Carol’s Daughter.I am really honored to have …

Ep 55: A Year of Side Hustle Pro

June 22nd, 2017

One year ago, June 22, 2016 to be exact, I created Side Hustle Pro podcast with a microphone and a dream. The road to Side Hustle Pro really started when I graduated with my MBA, but no job. I was feeling pretty …

Ep 54: How Plus Size Designer Monif C. Redefined the Fashion Industry

June 15th, 2017

Today in the guest chair, we have a woman who has literally redefined the fashion industry. Her name is Monif Clarke, and she is the Founder of Monif C.

Monif C. is a fashion forward, plus-size designer brand …

Ep 53: A Year in Review with Meiko Drew, Our Entrepreneur-In-Residence

June 7th, 2017


My final check-in with Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Meiko Drew.


When you first joined me on this journey in June of 2016, I introduced you to Meiko. We checked in with Meiko throughout the year to learn how her journey …

Ep 52: LIT Brooklyn Founder Denequa Williams on Launching a Hit Luxury Candle Line

May 31st, 2017

Today on the show, we have a woman who’s hustle inspires me.Her name is Denequa Williams and she is the maker and owner of luxury soy candle company, LIT Brooklyn. Every candle is candle is hand poured, packaged, and …

Ep 51: Myleik Teele On Why You Should Leap Before You’re Ready

May 24th, 2017

Myleik Teele has revolutionized the way women address their curly hair needs. As the founder of curlBOX, an exclusive monthly subscription box full …

Ep 50: How Food Entrepreneur Agatha Achindu Created Yummy Spoonfuls

May 17th, 2017


Today in the guest chair, we have a woman by the name of Agatha Achindu. Agatha is not only a dedicated mother and entrepreneur but also a chef and as a child growing up in Cameroon she ate only the freshest organic …

Ep 49: Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship with Attorney Art Steele

May 10th, 2017

Today’s show, is all about the Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship. A few episodes back, I opened up the show for Q&A and many of you had some burning legal questions that you were dying to get answered. So today I’ve …

Ep 48: CurlMix Founder Kim Lewis on How to Market Your Physical Products

May 3rd, 2017


Today on the show, we have a woman who dived into an industry she knew absolutely nothing about and with sacrifice and grind, has been able to grow a …

Ep 47: Christine Llewellyn Quit her Successful Career to Go Back to School For Design. The Magic Came Next.

April 28th, 2017

This episode actually wraps up our theme for the month, which is How to Make a Living Doing What You Love.Today on the show, we have a woman who …

Ep 46: Q&As - How to know when it’s time to quit, The most efficient way to market your side hustle & more

April 26th, 2017


I’m answering your questions on all things side hustle. On this episode I get into:

  • What are good resources for researching your target market …

Ep 45: The Business of Baking with Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes

April 19th, 2017


Continuing with ‘How to Make a Living Doing What You Love’ month, today in the guest chair we have Jocelyn Delk Adams of ‘Grandbaby Cakes.’ You may know Jocelyn for her awesome recipes, including the mouthwatering …

Ep 44: How DC’s Best Makeup Artist Tiyana Robinson Makes a Living Doing What She Loves

April 12th, 2017


Today on the show, we have Makeup Artist extraordinaire Tiyana Robinson. Tiyana is a Washington DC-based Makeup Artist, Brand Ambassador, and International Beauty Educator. I first came across Tiyana know it, …

EP 43: How to Side Hustle and Not Get Fired

April 5th, 2017


To kick off How to make a living doing what you love month,  I want to address something that I've been asked a few times, both in the side hustle pro community on Facebook and in one-on-one emails and text messages. …

Ep 42: Opening my LLC and Business Bank Account and Landing My First Sponsor

March 29th, 2017


I’m back with some updates and progress on my own side hustle and to report out on how my 12-Week Sprint went.

Today I will get into:

  • Why I decided …

Ep 41: How to Create Your First Online Course

March 22nd, 2017


Today, we are going to get into one of the most common side hustles out there: creating your own online course.

Nowadays, it seems like everyone and their mother has an online course. From how to grow your social media …

EP 40: Black Card Revoked’s Latesha Williams on Turning Black Culture into a Hit Game

March 8th, 2017


Latesha Williams is the Co-Founder of Cards For All People, AKA the makers of Black Card Revoked, a card game many of us know and love. Cards for All …

EP 39: Why You Need to Focus on One Side Hustle At a Time

March 1st, 2017


Former Side Hustle Pro guest Maya Elious shared that the number one thing she would tell any entrepreneur is to niche down.

After her episode, a few …

EP 38: How Kathryn Finney is Disrupting the Fundraising Game for Black and Latina Entrepreneurs

February 22nd, 2017

Today’s guest, Kathryn Finney, is the Founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID for short), an organization that invests in the success of Black and Latina women tech founders by providing them with the …

EP 37: Find Your Niche, Create a Sales Funnel and Monetize (with Content Expert Maya Elious)

February 15th, 2017


Today in the guest chair we have Maya Elious. Maya is a personal branding strategist that teaches content creators and experts how to strategize, organize, and monetize their online business.

She creates online courses …

EP 36: Side Hustle Diaries: Check-In with Side Hustle Pro

February 8th, 2017


Side Hustle Pro Nicaila is back with a second check-in for 2017. Time is flying by. It seems like just the other day I was kicking off with the first episode of the year, and telling you guys about my mindset hacks for …

Ep 35: From Magazine Editor to Co-Founder of a Platform Revolutionizing Black Hair Care (Jihan Thompson of Swivel Beauty)

February 1st, 2017


Today in the guest chair we have Jihan Thompson. Jihan Thompson is a magazine editor turned entrepreneur, out to disrupt the haircare industry. She co-founded the company, Swivel Beauty, Inc., which wants to make it …

EP 34: How App Guru Sheena Allen Earned 3 Million Downloads With No Coding Experience

January 25th, 2017


Today in the guest chair we have a woman I consider the queen of apps. Her name is Sheena Allen and she is a tech entrepreneur. She started her first company in 2011 as a senior at the University of South Mississippi. …

Ep 33: Turning Your Blog Into A Profitable Business (Christina Brown of LoveBrownSugar)

January 18th, 2017


On this episode, style blogger and digital media expert Christina S. Brown joins us in the guest chair. Christina is the founder of the fast-growing style & beauty destination, mommy destination

EP 32: How Social Media Strategist Lola Bakare Launched Her Own Company

January 11th, 2017


Today in the guest chair we have Lola Bakare, a Social Media Strategist, savvy Content Marketer and the founder of LOLA Consulting. LOLA Consulting …

Ep 31: Mindset Hacks To Make 2017 The Best Year Ever

January 4th, 2017


In the first episode of 2017, I’m breaking down the mindset hacks I’m adopting to make 2017 the year of execution.

On this episode, I share:

  • How …

EP 30: How To Make More As An Entrepreneur—Tips from Finance Coach Dominique Broadway

December 28th, 2016


As we head into 2017, Award winning Financial Planner and Personal Finance Coach Dominique Broadway blesses the guest chair to teach money management tips for entrepreneurs. Dominique is the Founder of Finances …

Ep 29: How One Entrepreneur Is Monetizing Her Food Blog (Check-In with Meiko And the Dish)

December 21st, 2016


On this episode, we are welcoming back Meiko Drew, the Side Hustle Pro Entrepreneur-in-Residence. We’re following Meiko for an entire year to …

Ep 28: Instagram 101: How To Grow Your Followers And Find Your True Fans

December 14th, 2016


I’m checking in with an update on all things social media marketing: Specifically, Instagram. I have heard many of you ask: How can I organically grow my audience on Instagram? I see this question come up in most of the …

Ep 27: How One Woman Ditched Her 9-5 To Launch The First Crowdfunded B&B on Kickstarter (Kalisa Martin of The Runaway Experience)

December 7th, 2016


Today’s guest, is Kalisa Martin, The Co-Founder of The Runaway Experience, a global travel pop-up designed to foster cultural discovery through …

Ep 26: How to Start an eCommerce Empire with less than $100 (Arsha Jones of Tees in the Trap)

November 30th, 2016


Today’s guest is Arsha Jones, a serial entrepreneur and an emerging leader in the ecommerce industry. She has built multiple, highly profitable …

Ep 25: How to Push Past Overwhelm And Actually Get Things Done (My Side Hustle Check-In)

November 23rd, 2016


On this episode, I'm providing another check in and update on how my own side hustle is going. How am I balancing my full-time job with my podcast, …

Ep 24: From Starting A Business With $500 to Making $2 Million in Sales: The Story of Zuvaa’s Kelechi Anyadiegwu

November 16th, 2016


Today’s guest, is Kelechi Anyadiegwu. Kelechi is the founder of Zuvaa, an online community and marketplace for African Inspired Fashion. Zuvaa helps emerging African Fashion Brands increase revenue, scale operation and …

Ep 23: How One Creative Grew An Active Digital Community of over 22K Millennials of Color

November 9th, 2016


Today in the guest chair we have a woman who is building a community of creatives all over the country. Melissa Kimble is a Chicago based Social Media Strategist and Writer who believes in using social media for good …

Ep 22: What I Learned At The Signature CEO Conference That Every Entrepreneur Should Know

November 2nd, 2016


A bold decision to pitch myself for an opportunity landed me right next to my business idol.

In early 2016, the Signature CEO conference landed on my …

Ep 21: The Business of Podcasting with Joymarie Parker of Joblogues podcast

October 26th, 2016


Joymarie had always been a web and design junkie. Since the age of 13 she was building website and blogs. But after flunking out of design school, …

Ep 20: From Starting a YouTube in her Bedroom to 1M Views on Facebook: Evelyn from the Internets

October 19th, 2016


Evelyn Ngugi is a Kenyan-American YouTube sensation literally blowing up the internet right now, and she can even count Beyoncé (yes, Queen Bey) among her fans (but we’ll get into that story on the episode). What’s it …

Ep 19: How Rejection Led Me To Be A Side Hustle Pro

October 12th, 2016


A rejection from Google was the best thing that ever happened to me. Two years ago I was an MBA intern at Google. I didn’t get the offer. Dejected, I refused to talk about it, unsure of how to unpack the experience. On …

Ep 18: How To Make Yourself Marketable with Emmelie De La Cruz

October 5th, 2016


Today’s featured guest Emmelie De La Cruz is best known for her ability to empower entrepreneurs, college students and young professionals to become …

Ep 17: Mastering The Art Of The Cold Email

September 28th, 2016


On this episode, I'm sharing the art of reaching out to potential collaborators, customers and clients via the cold email. While many of many of my …

Ep 16: First Year Entrepreneur Denise Sarkor Shares How She’s Building Her Business From Scratch

September 21st, 2016


At the age of 5, Denise Sarkor escaped the Liberian Civil War with family and lived as a refugee in Ivory Coast. Raised in a rough part of NJ by a …

Ep 15: How Vivian Kaye of KinkyCurlyYaki Turned Her Side Hustle Into a Million Dollar Business

September 14th, 2016


How did a former wedding planner turn her side hustle into a million dollar business? Today’s guest has the answer. If you’ve ever heard the phrase …

Ep 14: Branding 101 with Luvvie Ajayi, Creator of AwesomelyLuvvie and Author of ‘I’m Judging You’

September 7th, 2016


What’s it like to be a 13-year seasoned blogger in the age of Instagram and Snapchat Influencers?

On this episode I sit down for a conversation with Luvvie Ajayi to talk Branding 101. Luvvie is is a writer, digital …

Ep 13: Check-in with Meiko Drew: The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Entrepreneurship

August 31st, 2016


On this episode, we are welcoming back Meiko Drew, the Side Hustle Pro Entrepreneur-in-Residence. We’re following Meiko for an entire year to …

Ep 12: How I Found My Tribe And Formed A Mastermind Group

August 24th, 2016


When you’re starting your own business, the company you keep is more important than ever before. On this episode, I'm answering a listener’s question about how to ignore the haters and find a true entrepreneurship …

Ep 11: From Unemployed to Award-Winning Financial Expert: Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche

August 17th, 2016


In 2009, Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche lost her job as a preschool teacher. Unable to afford her mortgage, she moved back home with her parents at …

Ep 10: From Drowning in Debt to Making 5 Figures A Month: Courtney Sanders of Think and Grow Chick

August 10th, 2016


In 2009, Courtney Sanders found herself drowning in debt, bad grades, and almost having to leave college. Three years later, she had paid off all her …

Ep 9: My Side Hustle Progress

August 3rd, 2016


On this episode, I'm providing an update on how my own side hustle is going. How am I balancing my 9to5 at NPR with my podcast and burgeoning Side Hustle Pro brand and business? I talk about the challenges I’m facing …

Ep 8: How to Raise Funding For Your Startup with Stephanie Lampkin, Founder and CEO of Blendoor

July 27th, 2016


How did the product of a once homeless single mother become the Founder and CEO of a rising startup? This week’s guest, Stephanie Lampkin, shares how an influential aunt led her to coding at a young age, setting the …

Ep 7: How to Explode Your Social Media Audience With 5 Steps And Zero Dollars

July 20th, 2016


The number one question I get asked is how to leverage social media to build a brand. When people ask me this, I know that they're really searching …

Ep 6: CeeDotCee On Building A YouTube Personality and Brand

July 13th, 2016


What goes into the making of a YouTube personality? CeeDotCee is this episode’s special guest. Whether it's recapping the latest episode of Love & Hip Hop or reviewing the hottest new music and gossip in pop …

Ep 5: How Do I Decide What My Side Hustle Should Be?

July 6th, 2016


The words "Side Hustle" means different things to everyone. In this episode I’m breaking down:

  1. The real definition of a side hustle
  2. How to tap into …

Ep 4: Get to Know Meiko Drew, Creator of Meiko and The Dish and Side Hustle Pro's Entrepreneur in Residence

June 29th, 2016


As a Corporate America retiree, Meiko Drew walked away from a 6-figure salary to start a lifestyle and food empire. But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. As the Side Hustle Pro Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Meiko will …

Ep 2: Genese Jamilah, Founder of I Don't Do Clubs, on When To Turn Your Side Hustle Into Your Main Hustle

June 22nd, 2016


Today’s guest is Genese Jamilah, Founder of I Don’t Do Clubs, a successful events and lifestyle blog that caters to African American  professionals …

Ep 3: Stefanie Thomas, Impact America Fund, on Breaking Down The Doors Of Venture Capital

June 22nd, 2016


What goes into the making of a Venture Capitalist? Wharton graduate and Michigan MBA Stefanie Thomas shifted from a career in banking at Citigroup to centering her passions around support for under-resourced …

Ep 1: Introducing Side Hustle Pro

June 20th, 2016


Welcome to the very first episode of Side Hustle Pro. In this episode I’ll share the vision for this podcast and tell you more about me, your host Nicaila Matthews. You’ll hear why quitting my first job at 24, a …

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