How to Make an Extra $10,000 Per Year…On the Side

rosettaasukeynoteRight now, I’m at a business retreat in San Diego learning and connecting with some amazing women entrepreneurs from around the world.

In the midst of powerful masterminding, eating incredible food and drinking fabulous wine, we’ve been talking a LOT about how we can all make a bigger difference in the world with the work that we do.

So here’s my question to you today…

Do you believe you were put on earth to make a BIG impact?

Are you uniquely gifted at teaching?

Then you might be a natural professional speaker!

Here’s the good news about speaking:

As a keynote speaker or workshop leader, you can make thousands of dollars, even with a day job and even if you’re terrified of getting on stage (more on that in a minute).

7 years ago, I hated public speaking.

But one of my mentors told me something that changed the direction of my life. 

Here’s what he said:

“Rosetta, if you want to make a REAL impact on people’s lives, you gotta get out there and start speaking at conferences and events in your industry.”

Now, I’m an EXTREME introvert.

That means I get “in the zone” by putting on my headphones and listening to music, writing in my journal or just sitting by myself reading a book.

The idea of holding a microphone… on stage… entertaining an audience at a conference? I shook my head NO.

Fast forward to today…

Professional speaking is the reason I was able to quit my job in 2010. 

That sentence is so important, allow me to repeat it:

Professional speaking allowed me to QUIT my job.

I took an unpaid gig at an industry event, and it was far from perfect.

But a funny thing happened after that event. 

Nonprofit leaders from all over the country began to invite me to their organization’s events for PAID speaking engagements! 

The opportunities were coming so fast that I had to start using my vacation time to travel on the speaking circuit as a sought-after keynote speaker and workshop leader.

I started earning between $10,000 to $20,000 in extra income every year – on TOP of my 9 to 5 salary.


Are you still unsure about how to start your business?

Do you want to earn more money, grow your current side hustle, and take a massive leap toward creating your ideal life?

Then you NEED to be speaking.

I just updated my  “How to Become a Professional Speaker” Virtual Workshop. It’s one of my most popular trainings and you don’t want to miss it.

Register Now and Start Your Speaking Career Today

This could be the missing link you need to finally get your business off the ground.

In this workshop, you will learn exactly how you can earn a great income and make a big impact, simply by sharing your message!

In this value-packed training, you will discover:

  • What kinds of companies and organizations hire speakers
  • The 4 different kinds of speaking you can get paid for
  • How to come up with compelling speaking topics
  • How to develop content for your speeches
  • When to start charging money for speaking
  • How to market and brand yourself as a speaker
  • What organizations are looking for in a speaker
  • How much you should charge for speaking (especially if you’re just starting out)
  • The right way to handle travel expenses so you can maximize each speaking engagement
  • How to start charging money if you’ve already been speaking for free (or raise your fees if they’re too low)
  • The easiest way to get your first paid speaking gig

To be honest, this is the information I WISH I’d had when I started my professional speaking career back in 2008.

Register Now and Start Your Speaking Career Today

I can’t wait to share it all with you!

Leave me a comment: What are you good at teaching other people how to do? I give you permission to brag. What are your friends and family always asking you for advice about? This should give you some ideas on topics you can speak about…and get paid for.

The Top 3 Resources to Become a #1 Best-Selling Author in 2015

OK so this is for all my Happy Black Woman book authors and authors-to-be…

Unless you just recently joined my community, there is a good chance you’ve heard of my awesome book publisher, friend and fellow location-independent traveler Jesse Krieger.

Jesse rocked the stage when he spoke at our last Launch Your Business LIVE Boot Camp in Atlanta and also published my latest book Launch Your Business (it was #1 on Amazon while he was speaking at our event!)

Launch-Your-Business-Live-in-Atlanta-1024x768Over the past six months or so, I’ve been really impressed with what Jesse has been doing to revolutionize book publishing and marketing.

His publishing company, Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press has launched 7 books in the last 7 months and ALL of them have gone to multiple #1 best-seller positions on Amazon!

Well, he’s created a useful resource guide and has offered to share it with our Happy Black Woman community – The Top 3 Resources You Need to Become a #1 Best-Selling Author in 2015

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Travel Diary: My First Day in Israel – Tel Aviv and Jerusalem


My first night in Israel! Enjoying delicious vegan food in Tel Aviv, photo courtesy Vibe Israel

My international journey continues…

I’m excited to announce that I was selected as one of four participants for the 2015 Vibe Israel Women Entrepreneurs Tour!

Vibe Israel is a nonprofit organization based in Tel Aviv that hosts week-long, all-expenses paid tours of Israel for online influencers and bloggers to meet the people who make up the local scene in the fields they write about. In return, they share their experiences with their millions of followers.

Israel has actually never been on my list of places where I wanted to travel, but when I received the invitation to apply for the tour, I became instantly curious about this small country that I only knew for its religious significance among Jewish people.

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Meet Our 2015-2016 Happy Black Woman Mastermind Members!

On Monday, we kicked off the June 2015 cohort of our yearlong training, coaching and mentorship program for entrepreneurs who want to build a business helping others, all while creating a life of happiness, success and freedom.

Today, we announce and celebrate the exclusive group of women who will be working with me over the next year in our 2015-2016 Happy Black Woman Mastermind!

We are welcoming 20 new members into the program and I’m so honored to be working with these amazing women over the next year.

I’m excited to introduce them all to you!

Click the link below to meet the newest members of our Happy Black Woman Mastermind program:

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My Launch Your Business Book is a #1 Amazon Bestseller!

11263053_10152988654308022_7043659218144004178_nIt’s been an exciting few weeks here at Happy Black Woman headquarters!

Last week, we launched my brand new book out into the world, Launch Your Business: The 5 Step Solution to Do What You Love, Quit Your Job and Have the Freedom to Travel and Live Life on Your Own Terms.

And together, we co-created a #1 Amazon bestseller in the “Starting a Business” category!

This book is a compilation of everything I’ve learned about creating freedom through online entrepreneurship over the past few years.

It also explains the simple 5-step process I’ve used to take my current business from side hustle to 6-figures, all while traveling around the world and living out of one suitcase!

To be honest, when I sat down to write you today, all I could think of to say was…


I’ve been glowing with pride after reading messages like this one from Bekki:

“I recently picked up your book, Launch Your Business and I connected with it as soon as I started reading it and I immediately started to take notes and make a work schedule for myself regarding my life coaching business.

Which, as I read your bio is one of the reasons I felt that I could trust what you were going to be telling me and as I read on my heart was like YES!!

I appreciate you sharing your experiences and knowledge of what you want other people to experience for themselves. As I move forward towards creating the life I want to have and work with others, reading a book like yours gives me helps me to understand that I CAN and that I AM creating the life I deserve right now!”

My heart is so full right now and it’s all because of YOU.

Thank you for being the reason WHY I do this work.

You make it all worth it.

Thank you for sending the link to your friends and colleagues.

Thank you for reading and sharing and taking the time to leave such wonderful reviews on Amazon.

Most of all, thank you for helping me spread the word about what becomes possible for your life when you say YES to yourself and your dreams.

Get Your Copy of My New Book!

Now if you didn’t grab your copy during our special launch promotion last week, don’t worry!

You can still get the goods on Kindle when you go to the link below on Amazon:

Get the Kindle Version of My New Book

If you’ve already snagged your copy of the book, would you be willing to leave a review on Amazon today? It will take just a few minutes of your time and it would mean SO much to me!

Here’s how to submit a review on Amazon if you’ve never done one before.

Ready to Launch Your Business? Get My New Book – FREE Today Only!

It’s finally here!!!

Today, I’m excited to announce the release of my brand new book:

Launch Your Business: The 5 Step Solution to Do What You Love, Quit Your Job and Have the Freedom to Travel and Live Life on Your Own Terms!

And guess what?

To celebrate, I’m giving you (and all your friends) a complimentary copy, totally FREE!

Get the Kindle Version of My New Book for Free (today only)

You can grab the Kindle version of the book for free today only (Tuesday, May 12).

This book covers, in-depth, everything I’ve been teaching about entrepreneurship over the past eight years since I launched my first business as a speaker, consultant and coach for nonprofit leaders.

It also explains the simple 5-step process I’ve used to take my current business from side hustle to 6-figures over the past few years.

In a nutshell, my new book is all about helping you STOP procrastinating and START getting paid to do what you love!

Don’t wait to grab this valuable resource – download your complimentary copy below and then tell a friend who could use my step-by-step process to finally get their business off the ground.

Remember, the free Kindle version is available TODAY ONLY:

I invite you to help me spread the word about the book by sharing the link with a friend who needs some motivation to launch her business!

And after you download the book, please take a moment to leave a review on Amazon :)

Event Recap: 2015 Launch Your Business LIVE in Atlanta

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Professional photography by Lynsey Weatherspoon

I’m still in a daze from our 2015 Launch Your Business LIVE 3-Day Boot Camp! We had an amazing 3 days in Atlanta and it was so powerful to see our Happy Black Woman community come together in person for a weekend of training, networking and support for their business.

There were almost 100 women who joined us from all over the country to learn practical strategies for getting their businesses off the ground!

As usual…we laughed, we cried, we danced, we learned, we connected and of course, we feasted on delicious food and drinks along the way. I loved our signature tropical cocktail, the “Happy-tai!”

When I made the decision to shut down my nonprofit consulting business in 2013, I had no idea Happy Black Woman would grow so fast.

Just two years later, it’s amazing to see my vision turning into a reality. All I’ve ever wanted to do since I was a little girl was teach and now I get to do that on MY terms.

At the event, we enrolled a fantastic new cohort for our yearlong Happy Black Woman Mastermind Program, we pre-launched my second book and coming full circle to my nonprofit days, we were able to raise over $5,000 to support the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta!

I’m grateful to have an awesome team helping me build Happy Black Woman so I can serve this beautiful tribe at a higher level, plus give myself permission to take more time off this year!

Right now is one of those moments when I can’t believe this is my life.

I keep being reminded, over and over, that this work is so much bigger than me.

And that whenever I let go of my fears and just follow my purpose, miracles happen.

Here are just a few of my favorite photos from the event! 

Note: If you want to experience this powerful event for yourself, grab your copy of the Launch Your Business LIVE 2015 Deluxe Audio Program, available now for a limited time.

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Giving Back to the Next Generation of Women in Business


I just wrapped up my 2nd annual Launch Your Business LIVE 3-Day Boot Camp in Atlanta! To be honest, I’m still processing the magnitude of the transformation that our Happy Black Woman community experienced this weekend.

It’s hard to pick my favorite moment over the course of 3 amazing days, but at the top of my list is what we were able to do together to give back to the next generation of women in business.

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How to Build a Great Virtual Team for Your Online Business

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As a location-independent business owner, I thrive in an online environment so my team has to be virtual as well! I get questions all the time about staffing and what kind of people you should hire to help you run your online business.

I’ve just gone through a process of adding new staff members and upleveling my team here at Happy Black Woman, so I wanted to share some ideas and resources you can use as you begin to hire your own support staff. Click here to learn more about our incredible team!

When I first started my nonprofit consulting business part-time back in 2008, I didn’t see the need to have anyone helping me. And I definitely wasn’t keen on the idea of paying someone to perform tasks I could do myself.

But as I learned more about what it really takes to run a business, it became painfully apparent that I could not grow without having some additional help with scheduling client appointments, organizing my speaking engagements, helping me implement marketing strategies, customer service, etc.

I started off with grad student interns who worked 5-10 hours a week and then I moved up to virtual assistants with more advanced skills. I found my first interns through my own network of colleagues by simply posting an ad on my blog. It worked out great!

Years later, at this stage of my business, I have identified my “dream team” organizational chart of four core team members, plus a handful of what I would consider “as-needed” contractors and freelancers.

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Are You Walking Your Talk as a Coach?

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As we prepare for what will be an EPIC Launch Your Business LIVE 3-Day Boot Camp in Atlanta, the word “possibility” has been heavy on my mind.

Because what my team and I have been hearing a lot lately is:

I wish I could come to the event, but I can’t take off from work.

I know I should be there, but I can’t travel to Atlanta.

This is exactly what I need right now, but I can’t afford it.

It got me thinking about something one of my mentors, Valorie Burton, told us at her Coaching Training Institute many years ago.

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