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Episode 9: Tahlia Gray, Founder of Sheer Chemistry discusses her hosiery business and getting her tights on the Kingdom Choir at the Royal Wedding.



Making Money Moves is a new podcast brought to you by Janet’s List, hosted by Janet Oganah and Adonica Simmons. The aim of our podcast is to open up conversations about money, mind-set, and the moves people have made to build successful businesses. If you are a female entrepreneur, a high impact woman or are simply looking for inspiration, this podcast is for you. We interview inspiring guests, mostly women of colour, who are building incredible businesses. Our guests will also share tips and strategies, which you can apply at any stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

We had a brilliant chat with Tahlia Gray, Founder of hosiery brand Sheer Chemistry, specialising in shades for women of colour. While working abroad in New York, the shock discovery that the cosmopolitan city didn’t have skin colour tights available for sale in her skin tone, Tahlia walks us through how the absence of an essential product led her to fill this gap in the market while representing and empowering black women in a way unique to the approach of other brands. Tahlia tells us how her love for travel paired with her business studies background empowered her to create her ideal brand, details intricacies of the manufacturing process and let’s us in on some bootstrapping hacks that helped her shave pounds off her marketing campaign.

Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:

  • Finding a name that represents the brand’s ethos (5:36)
  • Hanging out at makeup counters and using makeup foundation tones for inspiration, doing the research and budgeting for minimum orders (6:18)
  • Establishing contracts when dealing with manufacturers overseas, bridging the business-practise gaps and calling it a day when values don’t align (10:15)
  • ‘Wood and food?’ – flouting stereotypes to frame women of colour in a positive light (10:54)
  • How the W Hotel collaboration came about (14:19)
  • Getting Sheer Chemistry tights on the Kingdom Choir at the Royal Wedding (17:31)
  • Cash injection, the Virgin Startup loan process and the impact of the mentorship included (19:33)
  • Money well spent – the costs of a photoshoot and some bootstrap tips for saving costs marketing, packaging design and the importance of quality imagery (21:44)
  • Making the most of pop-ups, choosing a prime position and rough costs of showcasing your wares (23:16)
  • Tahlia’s Janet’s List spotlight – Colour Shot Cards (28:10)
  • Who Tahlia would like to hear next on the show (28:44)

Sheer Chemistry – @SheerChemistry Twitter

Janet’s List – @JanetsList (Instagram) and @JanetsList (Twitter)

Janet Oganah: @Janet_Oganah (Twitter)

Adonica Simmons: Global Style Services (Instagram)

The overall mission of Janet’s List is to connect consumers with women of colour in business. We want to close the gap between consumers and women of colour in business and to improve diversity in the business landscape. We also have a curated edit on Janet’s List where you can buy directly from fantastic brands by women of colour.

Podcast listeners! You can get a special discount of 10% off Janet’s List using the code: JANETSLIST10

Stay tuned and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and your favourite podcast apps


Ep 3 (Minisode): – Siobhan Kangataran, Founder of ToGetHer Further discusses the practicalities of building and maintaining a membership community



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Making Money Moves is a brand new podcast brought to you by Janet’s List, hosted by Janet Oganah and Adonica Simmons. The aim of our podcast is to open up conversations about money, mindset and the moves people have made to build successful businesses.

If you are a female entrepreneur, a high impact woman or are simply looking for inspiration, this podcast is for you. We interview inspiring guests, mostly women of colour, who are building incredible businesses. Our guests will also share tips and strategies, which you can apply at any stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

We loved our conversation with Siobhan Kangataran, Coach and Founder of ToGetHer Further, membership community and Facebook support platform. In part 1 of our podcast she describes how she redefined her career while creating a safe space online for other working women. In part 2 of our podcast (this episode) she revealed the practicalities of building, launching and running a membership community, how to monetise it in a way that makes sense for the business model and how to overcome fear of competition by recognising the ongoing need for new networks.

Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:

  • Letting creative energy manifest – birthing her blog and the inception of her
    business (1:05)
  • Clarifying the niche – understanding what’s different about what you have to
    offer and recognising the need for your own personal voice (2:44)
  • Keeping tabs on membership sharing – encouraging promotion in an
    authentic voice (4:58)
  • Working out how and when to monetise and membership community (7:00)
  • Automating your content posts for ease (8:49)
  • Utilising project management tool Asana to prepare yourself for delegating to
    a team 10:22

If you would like to connect with us on social media, you can find us all here:

Siobhan Kangataran – ToGetHer Further (Website) and Facebook community and Instagram

Janet’s List – @JanetsList (Instagram) and @JanetsList (Twitter).

Janet Oganah: @Janet_Oganah (Twitter)

Adonica Simmons: @GlobalStyleServices (Instagram)

We mentioned Janet Mock’s books: Redefining Realness and Surpassing Certainty 

The overall mission of Janet’s List is to connect consumers with women of colour in business. We want to close the gap between consumers and women of colour in business and to improve diversity in the business landscape. We also have a curated edit on Janet’s List where you can buy directly from fantastic brands by women of colour.

Podcast listeners! You can get a special discount of 10% off Janet’s List using the code: JANETSLIST10

Stay tuned and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and your favourite podcast apps.


Episode 3: Siobhan Kangataran – Writing a book in 8 days, leaving the corporate world & building a coaching practice.



Making Money Moves is a brand new podcast brought to you by Janet’s List, hosted by Janet Oganah and Adonica Simmons. The aim of our podcast is to open up conversations about money, mindset and the moves people have made to build successful businesses.

If you are a female entrepreneur, a high impact woman or are simply looking for inspiration, this podcast is for you. We interview inspiring guests, mostly women of colour, who are building incredible businesses. Our guests will also share tips and strategies, which you can apply at any stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

We loved our conversation with Siobhan Kangataran, Coach and Founder of ToGetHer Further, membership community and Facebook support platform. In part 1 of our podcast she describes how she redefined her career while creating a safe space online for other working women. We discussed how crying in the bathroom at her old job gave her the wake up call she needed to start her blog, and heard about the incredible process of writing her book in just 8 days! We also discuss how she planned her finances to prepare for move out of the corporate world as we as her growing coaching practice. Siobhan told us about how she gave up Christmas for a year and her experience with Escape the City.

Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:

  • Being honest with yourself – is your current experience of success really making you happy? (4:43)
  • Learning how to ask for help – being the hero of your own story with the help of a magical stranger (9:05)
  • Listening to the call of inspiration – letting the seed of an idea grow, and acting on the inspiration (11:55)
  • Reclaiming your time and achieving that work life balance (12:38)
  • Owning your story and the process of writing it in a week! (15:30)
  • Using Monzo for money management (23:59)
  • Getting clear on your outgoings – calculating cutbacks to bolster your business buffer (27:04)
  • Recommended reading for business (34:54) (She Means Business by Carrie Green, Mindset by Carol Dweck)
  • Who Siobhan would love to hear next on the show (36.40)

If you would like to connect with us on social media, you can find us all here:

Siobhan Kangataran – ToGetHer Further (Website) and Facebook community and Instagram

Janet’s List – @JanetsList (Instagram) and @JanetsList (Twitter).

Janet Oganah: @Janet_Oganah (Twitter)

Adonica Simmons: @GlobalStyleServices (Instagram)

Siobhan’s business coach is Helena Murphy

The overall mission of Janet’s List is to connect consumers with women of colour in business. We want to close the gap between consumers and women of colour in business and to improve diversity in the business landscape. We also have a curated edit on Janet’s List where you can buy directly from fantastic brands by women of colour.

Podcast listeners! You can get a special discount of 10% off Janet’s List using the code: JANETSLIST10

Stay tuned and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and your favourite podcast apps.