Ayesha Chidolue is the Managing Attorney of The Chidolue Law Firm, PLLC, an intellectual property and business law firm in the state of Florida that serves growing small business owners. Ayesha Chidolue has been a licensed attorney since 2006. She is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, and also holds a Masters in Human Resources from Rollins College. Ayesha’s legal career began in New York City, where she represented shareholders in sophisticated securities class action litigation concerning mergers and acquisitions of publicly traded companies, corporate derivative actions, anti-trust and other complex litigation. In addition to practicing law, Ayesha has owned other businesses and at her core is a true entrepreneur.
Ayesha counsels and advises small business owners on intellectual property and I had the pleasure of interviewing her about her journey. Let’s kick it off as she shares #HerHustleHacks and her Free 6 Page Process of 5 Crucial Steps to Protect Your Business Legally Form Day 1 available for download at the end of the interview.
What was your “ah ha” moment that inspired you to start your business?
After fixing several badly written contracts for friends and families, I had a friend come to me with a $300k contract that was written on one piece of paper and saved via camera phone, that the friend was basically being screwed over for. It was then I decided, I wanted to hang up my shingle and start teaching and assisting business owners on how to protect their business the right way from Day 1, so they would not be in a similar situation.
How did you manage working your 9 to 5 and running your business?
The key for me is time blocking and prioritizing task/jobs so that I am not fully focused on only one job to the detriment of the other.
What is your ultimate goal that you set so that you could transition to a full-time entrepreneur from your 9 to 5?
The goal is to fully transition summer of 2017.
What is your 9 to 5 and how did you decide that your passion was more valuable?
9 to 5 was a medium law firm, then operations management & employee relations and ultimately the realization that life is too short and that there is no perfect time is what led me to start my own law firm.
What are your must have business tools that keep your business running effectively?
I believe in systems and making your business work for you. I want my business to always function whether I am in the office or on vacation. My must have tools are mycase client portal, Acuity for scheduling all my consultations and google work suites for my emails, calendar and time blocking.
What has been your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur and how did you overcome it?
Being a mom to very small kids and working two full time jobs. And not to sound like a broken record I truly believe in time blocking, it is the only system that allows me to manage everything seamlessly. I block out time to do straight 9 to 5 work, I block out time to do straight law firm client work, time to play with my kids, time to market, time to return calls. Everything works in an order, if not it can easily get out of hand and something will suffer. For now the only thing that suffers is I don’t get to cook as often as I would like, but take out never hurts.
What has been your most effective strategy to raising awareness for your business and gaining new customers?
Going to where my ideal clients are, from my local chamber of commerce, my local county bar association meetings, to online groups and forums that are strictly for business owners. I also answer a lot of legal questions and do a lot of legal writing for sites like Avvo, Nolo and LinkedIn Pulse. Finally, I use my social media accounts to speak to entrepreneurs.
What’s a daily habit or routine that jumpstarts your day for success?
I make bold affirmations for my day and for my future as soon as I wake up. I sincerely believe we can speak into existence what we desire for ourselves. The law of attraction.
What are the top 3 skill sets needed to set an entrepreneur apart in her industry?
Willingness to fail, a healthy dose of humility-you should always be learning, and the ability to shut up the voice of fear and keep swimming.
What are your favorite magazines, online sites, or and/or podcasts you read to increase your entrepreneurial knowledge?
Foundr and SO Money Podcast for none legal business and JDBlogger and the Art of Lawyering for Legal Business. I am so busy reading work related documents that it is difficult to find time to read magazines. However, I do believe every entrepreneur should read E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work by Michael Gerber.
Share with us a fun fact or hobby that you love to do when you aren’t working?
I was a wedding and lifestyle photographer for a few years and travelled a lot to shoot. Hung my shooting cap when I had little babies, so I would be able to spend the weekends with them. Now they get the benefits of my camera.
What is the best advice you have received as an entrepreneur?
Don’t be so quick to scale your business. Manage your funds wisely.Don’t be so quick to scale your business. Manage your funds wisely. Ayesha Chidolue Click To Tweet
What’s one thing you would tell to your younger self that you wish you had done or known when you first started your business?
You can do anything you set your mind to Ayesha and so far knock on wood I have!You can do anything you set your mind to. Ayesha Chidolue Click To Tweet
This was awesome! Thank you so much Ayesha for taking the time out to inspire creatives and entrepreneurs throughout their success journey.
Ayesha will be teaching a Live Worklab in our Members Only Community February 6 at 8pm EST on The ABC’s of Trademark Law. In this worklab, you will get a broad overview of intellectual property with a specific focus on the importance and benefits of trademark and service mark registration. You will also learn how to search for and choose the right name for their business from the get go. Additionally, you will learn tips for successful trademark registration.Join a live worklab w/ Chidolue Law Feb. 6 for The ABC's of Trademark Law bit.ly/joinccl Click To Tweet
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