HOW I MADE OVER $10K IN ONE MONTH BECAUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA (My Business Journey!)
What's, up everyone welcome back to my channel now I have some exciting news to share and I honestly didn't. Think that, I'd be sharing this news so soon in my journey let alone being in front of this camera I'm just saying it out loud but. The news is is that in the month of January alone. Last month meaning I made over 10,000. Dollars in my business so it was my first time ever achieving a milestone like this to be able to make, a 10k. Month like I feel like 10k months is what you always see on the internet like you know this person made 10k that person a 10k and I've, always been someone who just like looked at that and was like how is that even possible and, to. Have that become my reality has, just been I, don't. I'm speechless. Now. I really, debated whether. Or not I wanted to share this type of information out. On YouTube let alone just the Internet in general just. Because I know that a lot of people think. That sharing, income is really tacky and. I also know that when, you share your income like that and especially when you do YouTube there's tons of haters that end up infiltrating. Through the comments section and I wasn't sure if I was emotionally. Ready for any comments if there were any I mean it happen but, I realized. That there's a lot of people or there's a handful of you who. Have followed me from the very beginning meaning. Like from the very first video that I posted, back in like July of last year and. Throughout. This whole YouTube journey or just my business journey I feel, like I've been quite candid when, it comes to income, and so I've. Thought that I would share this, piece of my journey with you guys, because it's a huge milestone for me and. Also throughout this whole journey I've shared with you guys the fact that the, old my old corporate jobs that I worked out was paying me 65 K and I said goodbye to that and. Then eventually I also became a barista part-time. To. Support, this business while I was building it and, let's be honest I'm still building it and. I was getting paid minimum wage to do that like there's videos here and videos here of me, talking really candidly, about my journey so that's, why in this video, I'm, really going to walk you through my business, journey from top to bottom to you, know when I quit my job to where I am now making a 10k, month I launched. My website. Announcing. My business to the public this in January so I launched, it on January, 6th, 2019. Today's, date is whoa. It's February, 6 2019. So it's been a month exactly. 30 days since, I launched my business to the public and because. I made this 10k a month I don't want people to think oh my gosh like in your first month of starting, a business you, made this money no, I, actually started, this business back in August, I incorporated. This business in January that was simple like I wasn't, really a legitimate business up, until last, month in January, but, regardless, in this, video if you're interested I'm going to walk you through from top to bottom just what I've been through these last six months how I got here what it was like and. The lessons that I've learned I haven't. Necessarily scripted. This video so I'm not sure what I'm gonna end up saying but, if, you're down for it then keep on watching all, right so let's just flashback. And go all the way back to a May, 2018. And I have all of like the receipts, on my phone this is kind of like my time capsule of, how, I timestamp. What everything has happened but May 11th 2010. On a Friday around, 10:30, a.m. was, when I've resigned from my corporate job I gave three weeks notice and my last day at that job would be June, 1st 2018, so, that, was kind of the the timeline that I was working with and at the time I was petrified. It. Was one of the hardest decisions of, my life but, also you. Know in hindsight now I felt like it was one of the best decisions of my life it was truly the time where I felt, responsible, for my life and I felt like you know by leaving that job I was really, declaring. To the world that I matter. And that you know I don't, have to choose to be in these situations, that I don't I don't like and I always have the, option to leave and because. Of that moment it has been so, transformational. For me because it. Was the first time that I've ever left, something like that, and I feel. Like now because of that experience I now know, the. Value, of letting. Go the value of making a decision the value of choosing, your destiny and choosing your fate you, know those really, big decisions that we have to make end up being the most important, decisions that we have to make and when.
You Don't like something you can always change you can always move you can always you know there's always options, out there and that. Experience, has taught me that lesson I think that people who are in shady situations, they have a tendency to have tunnel vision and, they, feel like there are no options out there they feel stuck they feel trapped and. I used to feel that way too for, a year for a whole year I felt. That way at that job I couldn't, see a way out of it and now that I'm, on the other side I realized, that we always have a choice we always have the power to say no to say yes you, know you, can ultimately control, your life just, by making those hard decisions and just. By having faith in the, unknown and being okay with the unknown so that's one major lesson, that I've learned thus, far throughout, my journey the second thing that I learned throughout my journey shortly. After leaving my job um the. First month, was fun I did, some traveling. I slept in I hung around it. Was the summer time so I really took advantage of the, months of June, it was really fun and then, here the month of July near, the end that's when I decided to start this YouTube channel now, I've said this a lot of times within. My channel but starting a YouTube channel with something that I've always wanted to do since I was younger since I was in high school but. Fear always, prevented, me from doing it and now that I had all this time and then because, I also realized, the value of time especially. When I was working, at 9:05 I realized, like oh my goodness if I don't do this now then. I might not ever be able to do it later so that's kind of what gave me the urgencies, to start this channel so. Near the end of July I started, a YouTube, channel and I, posted, my first video here, which made a lot of people nauseous, because I didn't know how to do the setup and I told myself done is better than perfect and it's okay if I'm just holding the camera like this people, weren't unhappy but it's okay I have since improved and that's a thing like if you're watching this and you want to start a channel just start, like look at my first few videos look at oh they made two weeks ago you're always gonna constantly, improve I'm pretty sure a year from now when I look back at this video I'm gonna be like oh that's, no. That's not good but you should have done that but, just start I think that's another lesson that I've learned but. Anyways when, I was starting YouTube it was hard especially. When I had, no big, vision yet for it I didn't really know where he was gonna take me but. I just knew that it, was something that I wanted to do and what was really awkward was. When people asked me so are you making money on this like what are you doing with your life so, on and so forth, the, second thing to that. Ended up happening since. Starting the YouTube channel is my parents got worried they got nervous it's, like what are you doing and. So that's why they gave me an ultimatum it's you either go back to a nine-to-five or, you, at least do, something so that you don't have to rely on us to like buy coffee or something like I don't care what, you do I need to make sure that you have your own streams.
Of Income and I, was like okay. So I made the decision to work at a coffee shop I worked as a part-time barista and when, I first started out I worked, graveyard shifts, I ended, up complaining, and saying that I didn't want to work graveyard shifts cuz again I realized. The power of saying no but as the new girl they, obviously put me through a graveyard and what graveyard is is when you work from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. so while doing this YouTube channel or just figuring out this whole YouTube thing and what I was gonna do with it and also working as, a barista, working. Minimum wage it. Was a lot of pressure and it wasn't until near, August, where I posted this video about why. I quit my job when things really started, to change for me at that point I was actually super nervous to post it I was nervous that you, know my old managers, would get upset it would ruin the chances of me getting a job ever again and I, was actually also worried that I would somehow get sued over something for, defamation or whatever, even though I feel like this whole time I've been quite respectful and I haven't really like thrown, out names or anything um but. Anyway a day, after that video was uploaded I ended up getting a message, on facebook from this, stranger, who I've never met before and she. Asked, me if I had coaching. Services and if I had a website in the had my rates and at that point I wasn't I didn't. Know what to say I've never done coaching before I, it. Was as if like coaching. Found me through. YouTube and so that's why the title of this videos I owe a lot of my success to social media because. Had I not put myself out there on the internet I would, not have made 10k, in, a month I guarantee. You that and I'm gonna talk about that later but. That video landed. Me my first client, and I worked, with her for free at that point I didn't know what I could coach on but she, was looking to also, leave her nine-to-five and I felt like I could help her with that because I've done it myself and I, felt like the way that I left my corporate job I did it decently, gracefully, and so. I want to tell her with that and because I am a person of integrity I didn't, charge her I just did it for free and I said hey you know what like in exchange for me trying, to help you through this transition, in your life would you mind giving me feedback and potentially, a testimonial, if, you end up happy, with the results that you want and she agreed and then the rest was history we, ended up working together and funny. Enough I ended up solving her problem, of being afraid to quit her job within the first two sessions and she, ended up wanting to start a business through. The questions I was asking her and she just kind of reflected a lot and she just realized that she want to start a business and so, I had two decisions to make it was either I tell her hey you know what I can't help you anymore cuz I don't know how to start a business or I could, use my existing skills of what I know in business and help, her out and so, that's what I did I said yes and I said you know what let's do it I'm doing this for free anyways you have nothing to lose I have nothing to lose so let's try it out and by saying yes to something that I wasn't sure if I had skills in was also, one of the best decisions I've ever made, and, the.
Reason Why I say this is because I. Realized. That we don't notice our, skills, and our talents, until. We talk to someone who's, different from us who doesn't have the same skills and who doesn't have the same talents all of us are different for instance you, know I read, a lot of business books I went to business school I worked corporate, I naturally have, a huge, interest in marketing specifically. Online marketing, now, and to, talk to someone who has very. Little business experience. Was, an. Eye-opener. For me I was like oh my gosh like you don't know how to create funnels or you didn't know how they do and opt-in or you don't know about social media I thought everyone knew this right. It's like as if you were a fitness, person and you think that everyone knows their macros and you think that everyone knows how to count calories and you think that everyone knows how to do certain exercises the, right way until, you meet an average Joe and they don't everyone. Has different talents, and different skills and this is another lesson that I've learned is that, you. Are. Talented you have something, everyone, has something, in them that makes. Them different these, are called strengths and what. I always say to my current clients now is we always want to look at what your natural strengths, are what do you already have that's different from other people and how, can you capitalize, on this strength and actually turn it into a business, position, yourself as potentially, an expert, because, there's, a lot of people out there there are a couple steps behind you that just need your, help and so that was a huge pivotal, moment, for me and since, helping her with her business we ended up launching her business she's got a point where she has her own clients, and I. Realize, like wow I'm actually good at this and so then I took on more free clients, I've worked with other people for free you, know with a little beta test program just to see what I could do for them and I, also ended up giving people results, as well but throughout that phase in my journey I still wasn't.
Sure, What the results would actually be for my business so for instance like while I was working with clients for free and working at a coffee shop making. Minimum wage I wasn't, making any money on the actual business and I, didn't know what. Would end up happening months, later I didn't know that I would be at this place this is the this place that I'm at now I wish, for I dreamed, for and I'm, actually gonna show a clip that I recorded, back. In September, when, I was, at a really low point and when, I, was. Just wanted. To document that vulnerable, moment and in hopes that one day I could show it and hope that one day I'd be in a better place which I think I am at now so, I'm gonna show up this clip to show you the reality of what it was like starting my business especially, when times were rough, okay. So I, don't, know if I'll ever post this video. But. Something I promised myself. Is to, always, document, my. Journey because. Ever. Since leaving, my job I. Just. Truly, felt like it was a. Shot. At like a new life I don't know shot at like a new identity, or whatever, and. I'm so grateful. And, happy. That. I was, able to find. The courage and the strength to. Leave a situation that was totally, not serving, me and, to. Get, over my fears and ego and, to just, take the leap and, I'm. Really proud of myself for, doing it and I'll always be proud of myself for doing it. But. At. The same time. It. Can sometimes be really challenging. Because. When. You have a vision. And when you have a dream. Or you have something that, you, desperately. Want, to achieve in your life, that. Might. Not be conventional, that, might be. Untraditional. There's. Going to be a lot, of challenges, that you're gonna face and that's why I wanted, to record this video to. Remind. Myself. In. The future hopefully when I'm successful or whatever I want to reach those goals, that. I started at. This stage but. Also, if. I end up posting this at, some point. And. You're watching this and you have a dream and. You. Can see it so, clearly in your head, but. No one else can. Including. Your family. Including. Your closest, friends. Including. Just, strangers, who may be judging, you or whatever for pursuing, something that. They can't see right now. I want. To remind you that you're not alone and hopefully. I'll. Be in a lot better place, when. This video if this video was ever sees, the light in public. So. As you can see from that video clip I've had some rough times, that's, only one clip of probably, many that I've documented of me just bawling, my eyes out because I was so scared and so frustrated while.
Building This business so, what I have to say to you if you've gotten this far watching this video and you are at a place where thinking of starting something new document. Your journey at that time when I filmed that video I had no idea whether or not I would ever show it to anyone and I, told myself I'll show it to people when I've reached a level of success that I'm happy with and to. Be at this place right now really, still in the beginning of my journey to share that video I'm really glad that I documented it because it, really makes me feel so much more grateful and so much more proud of myself of what I've built so far but anyways, speaking, of struggles, I also remember, a pivotal, moment for me while. I was still working graveyard at the coffee shop that I was working at again the shifts were 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. and one. Of my duties was to pick up cigarette butts off the floor and wrap. Pastries, that was kind of the main thing that you did if you were at graveyard and also cleaning the coffee shop and I. Remember. Like when you pick up the cigarette butt like you have to sweep it into the dustpan. But for some reason for me I guess I suck at doing stuff like that so it wasn't working and what, I ended up doing was I literally ended up using my fingers to pick up all the cigarette butts off the floor because, I just couldn't get the dustpan to like get, the cigarette butts into the the whatever um and. I, remember, as I was picking up these cigarette, butts with my bare fingers I remember just looking up at the sky and, asking. Myself like what the, did I get myself into like I'm someone, who has. Graduated. From, a top business school I graduated. Top, female of my graduating class I, was president on my undergraduate Society, and now, I'm working minimum, wages barista, picking up cigarette butts with my bare hands I cried. I teared, up and I was just like what. Did I do to myself like, did I really. Self-sabotage. My entire life and, it. Was depressing but. At the same time I remember also looking up at this and I was just like I can't, fail like I just have to happen essentially, it's what I told myself like failure is not an option I don't care if it takes a hundred videos that. I need to post on YouTube I don't care if it means working for free with people for a while or working. At a coffee shop for, a year plus I'm gonna. Make this happen I'm gonna make my coaching business happen, I'm going to make, my youtube channel happen, I'm gonna make my personal brand happen. There's, no there's. No option for failure because, I know at, the end of the day the only way that you fail is if you give up and, I told myself if I never give up then I'll never fail and since, then I've been a stubborn. Biatch. In, terms of managing my business I've let go some of relationships, and I've trashed some relationships. But. That's because I'm protecting my dream and I, was, very ruthless and, who I let into my circle if you don't believe in me then get the out that was basically my attitude, and it still is my attitude and I, hope this doesn't come across as cocky, or whatever but, when. You have an unwavering belief in yourself even though you don't know when the, six-figure mark. Is gonna happen you don't know when the 10k mark is gonna happen you don't know when you're gonna be able to make, enough money to buy yourself an apartment you don't know when you're gonna hit certain milestones as. Long. As you just have that faith that one day it'll, come that's. All you need or at least that's all I needed I just had that unwavering faith that, the things that I want in my life are going to come I just cannot give up and every day I need to chip away at it and every day I need to take actions, that are gonna lead towards, that.
Time To come to me when it's ready so that's all the backstory now you're probably wondering okay Vanessa great we know the backstory now we know that you've ate for a while and we know that it's not an overnight success and you've been at this for quite, some time so how exactly did you get from there to here how did you make that 10k month now, I'm gonna wrap up some key, lessons that I've learned just in bullet point format so this video doesn't go on too long because I'm just checking the monitor and it seems like it's going on for a while but, the first thing is is social, media social media bill to my business I. See a lot of people who are on social media and they. Just want a hundred thousand. Followers or they want all these vanity about, that's, great but, I think that if you're watching this video and you want to make it big on social really, ask yourself what. Are you doing with your handle what are you doing with that platform, are you just doing it as a hobby which that is totally fine or are. You going to monetize. That audience or try to build. Know like trust with that audience in order to get. Them to take action on something you. Know that was the approach that I took with my social media eventually, because as I, was growing on YouTube and again keep in mind that I still had less than a thousand, subscribers on YouTube I didn't hit the 1,000 mark until maybe December so like last a couple months ago but, even, with a very small following I was still able to get clients I was still able to get people messaging, me about, working with me and at that point I didn't even have a website yet so don't stress so much about the, number that, you have on social focus. More on creating, really great content. Educational. Content content that people are actually searching for and find value in and also, focus on building a community that's when I created my Facebook group The Fearless boss Network I created that group back in October, 2018, yeah.
I Think it was October and that's. Where I really cultivated, those relationships, and eventually. More clients started wanting to work with me because, they, knew who I was through, social, media and not. Once have I ever solicited. Anyone, to work with me I've never been the, person to message, someone and say hey pay, me money and work for me I have a coaching business I've just, let people come to me and you know the moral of the story what I'm trying to say here is social. Media has been my number one lead, generator, and all, I'm doing is sharing. My personality, online I'm sharing, my knowledge I'm not chipping out on knowledge, I have this video that went viral and, I'm. Pretty sure it went viral not only because I've been very consistent, and posting, on YouTube by doing two videos a week now but also because the content, was actually very unique actually, like quality content, if you look at the comment section yeah there's some haters but majority of people are like holy this is a very, unique piece of content not a lot of people are sharing these tips and. So that's kind of how I grew. So, fast on social was providing, people with actual valuable. And as a result i attracted. Clients into my business that's how I was able to make over 10k, last. Month and again keep in mind before I hop on to the next bullet, point of, what, contributed, to this like success. Is the, fact that I still didn't have a website up until last month and so, I had, been growing and growing and, cultivating, and never asking for a sale up. Until January where I posted. About my website and I was like hey guys like this is what I've been working on. Here's. Me here's what I've been up to and here's what I can offer and because. For the past five, to six months I was just building and building and building the moment that I launched, something it, was successful, I, didn't, start off my YouTube being like hey guys I'm a coach like work, with me I never. Asked, for a sale I just, kept giving value kept giving free content and I still give free content and so, when, I finally offered. Something or asked for something in return that's. When the. Client started really coming in because I had cultivated those relationships, for so long it's like what Gary Vee says it's the Jab Jab Jab right hook like you Jab Jab Jab all the free content in the moment that you write hook something in that moment that you actually say hey guys like my business is open people. Are receptive to it because it's, not like every day that you asked for a sale so I definitely wanted to add that point before I move on to the second point the second, pivotal thing that happened in my business that really accelerated my growth was hiring a business mentor the. Moment that I hired a business mentor I felt like I had way more structure. I had way more accountability. I had way more guidance, in. Doing, what I was doing and it was also so nice to have a second, perspective of, my business because oftentimes when you're doing it alone you, feel very lonely, and, you, don't have a boss you don't have a team no one's there to actually like tell you hey good job or, hey, you know maybe you should tweak this so having that business mentor was, crucial, to fast, tracking the success of my business of course if you hire a business mentor or a business coach that's, not a band-aid, solution for, success all a business mentor or a business coach is is guiding, you in the right direction opening. Those doors for you but at the end of the day you're the one that has to walk through them then the third major thing that happened in my that, I felt, really accelerated, my growth was when, I went to a coffee chat with another I would say he's a business mentor of mine I really look up to him his name is Wilson I'll, link his channel right here but, when, I was talking to him I told him what my revenue, goals were for this year and I said hey I want to replace my corporate income from last year I want to make at least 65, K in my business in 2019, and I. At first was worried I thought that he would say something like, Vanessa. That's a little bit too aggressive for someone who's just starting a business but.
Instead What he said was Vanessa that's. Way too low, dream. Bigger you got you got to go bigger aim for a hundred K next year and I, was like what what. Do you mean I was literally shook that even said that and when I learned from that conversation is, that if you have, 10x. Goals then you're gonna do Tennant's action to achieve those goals if I, had just told myself okay, I'm happy with 65, K this year then, I wouldn't, make the. Action, or I wouldn't take the massive action that, I needed to take in order to hit a 10k month if, I had just put my ceiling right here I would have just like stayed, stuck, but instead what Wilson challenged, me on was actually putting the ceiling up here so that I can actually reach, higher and, so that's kind of what I've learned from him and honestly if he never said that I don't think I would have made 10k last month and I, don't think I would have you, know motivated, myself to take more action and to challenge myself to, get, to that 100k, mark and so, those, were the main three things that I've done within, my business that, I think, has made me successful. Even, though my version of success I think is like I, think. I'll achieve it later but this is a great start this is more than a great start for me and so, that's kind of what, I wanted to share with you guys I really hope that by the end of this video everything. Makes sense because again I didn't script anything and it's all been done candidly, but. Yeah, next, time in the next video, what I actually want to teach you guys especially, for those who are interested in social media what, I'm gonna share with you guys is exactly it's a different ways that you can make money on social media other. Than the conventional ways like brand partnerships, adsense. Revenue I really. Want to give you guys more knowledge in terms of how you can actually make your, social media into. Something, that benefits your business the same way that it's done in for mine so make sure you hit the notification, bell and a subscribe button to, stay informed on when that drops anyways, guys from the bottom of my heart I am so so, so.
Grateful For you, following my journey up until this point hopefully we have more milestones, to celebrate in the future and again. I hope you guys or not again as always I hope you guys have a great day hope you guys have a great week and I hope you guys have a great life and I'll see you next time bye, guys. So. Really quickly these are all the goals that I have that. I put up, on my wall when I was first starting my journey so. Just. Once done this. One's done, this. One's done this one was probably one of the most happiest, times of my life when this happened, this. One I thought would never happen. This. One I, definitely. Thought would never happen so soon and then, this, one is the most recent one that just happened and it's ironic that I actually achieved, the 10k month before. I achieved the 10k follower, mark, and so a big, lesson there is that you. Know it's. Not always about the vanity metrics and it's possible, to make this, type of money without, this this. Was just a byproduct of, everything, that has been going on but, anyways. Hopefully one day I'll be able to achieve these things one. Day hopefully but, I know. In my heart that that day will come I just have to be patient.