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Episode 5 (Minisode): We chat with Josephine Otuagomah, Founder of The Black Hair Book and we discuss our worst black hairdresser experiences (and Janet’s favourite hairdresser).



**Our new Janet’s List / Making Money Moves Facebook Group is here – to join, go to: http://bit.ly/JanetsListandMakingMoneyMovesFBGroup **

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 Josephine Otuagomah, the founder of The Black Hair Book. It is an online directory that helps you to discover the best Afro hair salons in London. We discussed the idea and how this came about, how she researched the idea, what she did to set it up.
In this minisode, we had a fun chat where we discussed some of our worst black-hairdresser experiences (yes relaxers/perms get a mention).  Janet also discusses her favourite hairdresser.  Have you had any absurd/insane black hairdresser experiences?  Tweet us at @JanetsList. If you love your Afro hair hairdresser, tell us about them as well!
If you would like to connect with us on social media, you can find us all here:
Black Hair Book: (Website) and (Instagram)
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.


Episode 5: Josephine Otuagomah, Founder of The Black Hair Book, discusses setting up her business, what its like to be on a pre-accelerator programme and her financial planning



**Our new Janet’s List / Making Money Moves Facebook Group is here – to join, go to: http://bit.ly/JanetsListandMakingMoneyMovesFBGroup **

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 Josephine Otuagomah, the founder of The Black Hair Book. It is an online directory that helps you to discover the best Afro hair salons in London. We discussed the idea and how this came about, how she researched the idea, what she did to set it up.  She also discussed her experience of being on the Fast Forward pre-accelerator programme.
Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:
  • What the Black Hair Book is and why it exists (1:45)
  • The first steps she took to bring her idea to life (2:45)
  • Do women in the beauty industry have to pay a beauty ‘tax’? (4:39)
  • The one thing she knows now that she wished she knew when she started (7:18)
  • Her experience of being on the Fast Forward pre-accelerator programme and the power of networking (8:56)
  • Educating potential investors about the need for the business (12:28)
  • We discuss money – bootstrapping her business, how much she’s invested in the business and her revenue streams (19:13)
  • Her favourite brand on Janet’s List – find out which brand it is here (26:38).
If you would like to connect with us on social media, you can find us all here:
Black Hair Book: (Website) and (Instagram)
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.


Episode 4: Tania Diggory, Founder of Calmer – mental health & well-being for entrepreneurs including a discussion on anxiety, depression and burnout.



**Our new Janet’s List / Making Money Moves Facebook Group is here – to join, go to: http://bit.ly/JanetsListandMakingMoneyMovesFBGroup **

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.

It is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and we were delighted to have Tania Diggory on the podcast.  She is the founder of Calmer as well as being an NLP practitioner and mental health trainer.

In the podcast, she describes how she set up her businesses, how she subsequently dealt with burnout, anxiety and depression as a business owner, how her experiences led her to set up Calmer (a platform which supports creative entrepreneurs on their start up journey and helps them manage anxiety and uncertainty.  We also discussed her book ‘This is Calmer’ (look out for a free giveaway soon).

As always we discussed money and how she planned financially for both her businesses and dealt with money challenges.

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

Tania DiggoryCalmer (Website) and her Twitter / Instagram 

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

Janet Oganah: @Janet_Oganah (Twitter)

Adonica Simmons: @GlobalStyleServices (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



**Our new Janet’s List / Making Money Moves Facebook Group is here – to join, go to: http://bit.ly/JanetsListandMakingMoneyMovesFBGroup **

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.


Episode 2: Denise Rawls – Launching a greeting cards business, leaving the Civil Service, starting a subscription box business and a strategic marketing business.



**Our new Janet’s List / Making Money Moves Facebook Group is here – to join, go to: http://bit.ly/JanetsListandMakingMoneyMovesFBGroup **

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 Denise Rawls, the founder of Hue Boxx and Hackney Hive. We discussed her greeting cards business and how a chance meeting with Theo Paphitis and Tamara Mellon equipped her with essential start-up advice. We also get an inside scoop on her involvement in launching London’s premier dance venue the Ministry of Sound.  We discuss her most recent business, a subscription gift box business called Hue Boxx which we love.
Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:
  • Organising your day to balance your job with your side business (7:00)
  • Common sales mistakes to avoid when targeting your customer base (19.06)
  • The importance of trademarks and protecting your company name (21:22)
  • How to make the most of mutually-beneficial collaborations (22:48)
  • ‘Don’t marry an idiot’ – how to choose a relationship that compliments your path (25:30)
  • Learning to balance logistics and cashflow – value buying in bulk versus budgeting for lead-time
  • Business book recommendations from Denise to help move your business forward (33:38)
  • Who Denise would love to hear next on the show (spoiler alert – it is Alison Sadler!)
If you would like to connect with us on social media, you can find us all here:
Denise Rawls – Hue Boxx and Hackney Hive (Website) and @HueBoxx (Instagram) and @Denise_Rawls (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.