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Episode 4 (MINISODE): Alice Gbelia, founder of Ayok’a, discusses business pop-ups.



Welcome to Season 2!  If you love what we are doing, please sponsor us on Patreon! 

Making Money Moves is  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 loved our chat with Alice Gbelia, cultural activist and founder of African art e-commerce platform Ayok’a. A trailblazer of digital enterprise, Alice tells us how her curiosity has led her to discover and share her passion for culture, both in the workplace and through former events website Catchavibe. Alice talks us through her journey of planning, launching and refining her creative business, breaks down the importance of knowing your audience and reveals how she has leveraged her networks to bring about media coverage with Glam Africa, Black Ballad and BBC Afrique.

In our MINISODE we discuss practical tips and tricks if you’d like to have a pop up for your online business. 

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

Alice Gbelia, Ayok’a @ayokadeco Twitter – website

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: Alice Gbelia, founder of Ayok’a, discusses launching an e-commerce platform, cultural activism and leveraging your networks.



Welcome to Season 2!  If you love what we are doing, please sponsor us on Patreon! 

Making Money Moves is  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 loved our chat with Alice Gbelia, cultural activist and founder of African art e-commerce platform Ayok’a. A trailblazer of digital enterprise, Alice tells us how her curiosity has led her to discover and share her passion for culture, both in the workplace and through former events website Catchavibe. Alice talks us through her journey of planning, launching and refining her creative business, breaks down the importance of knowing your audience and reveals how she has leveraged her networks to bring about media coverage with Glam Africa, Black Ballad and BBC Afrique.

Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:

  • 5.50 – Seeing a gap in the market beyond the clichés – creating what you’re looking for when you can’t find it
  • 9.15 – Selling a concept without a product – gaining client trust and sign-ups
  • 11.28 – Essential marketing online: launching an online product, promoting it seasonally and coping with the ‘January Cemetery’
  • 12.40 – How to build an e-commerce platform on Shopify
  • 13.50 – Knowing your customer, building an in-depth customer profile and advertising where your audience will see you
  • 15.35 – Time management: separating your side hustle from your main hustle
  • 18.00 – Using Instagram as a high-power portfolio research tool
  • 18.55 – the importance of newsletters and showing your audience that your brand is alive
  • 19.20 – retaining the customers who already have an interest in your brand, then utilising SEO to attract new customers through passive traffic
  • 20.30 – utilising your networks for PR opportunities, compiling a media list and letting platforms know why they should cover your story
  • 25.50 – the value of spending on PR and marketing
  • 26.20 – balancing passion and cashflow, being realistic about money management and prioritising what to invest in (not over-investing in branding)
  • 28.10 – Janet’s List spotlight – Beautiful by Shoko Press
  • 28.55 Business book – Seth Godin: The Dip, and The Business Canvas

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

Alice Gbelia, Ayok’a @ayokadeco Twitter – website

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 2: Dr Maggie Semple OBE, of Semple talks to us about starting a fashion label, receiving an OBE and her millennial mindset



Welcome to Season 2!  If you love what we are doing, please sponsor us on Patreon! 

Making Money Moves is  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.

In this episode we spoke with the incredibly inspiring Dr Maggie Semple, OBE.  We discussed her early childhood, her initial career in education, her role in writing the dance curriculum, being the Director of Education at the Millenium Dome and eventually launching her businesses.

She talks to us about how she acquired her prestigious business premises, how she funded her businesses, how she balances three different businesses and revenue streams, her Semple consultants (if you are a stylish woman with an incredible network and an entrepreneurial streak look into this), how you get princesses from the Middle East to pay up ‘money talks, wealth whispers…”   

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

Maggie Semple – @MaggieSempleLtd (Twitter) @MaggieSempleLtd (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 1 (part two): Kelechi Okafor on building her brand, her studio business & her revenue streams.



Welcome to Season 2!  If you love what we are doing, please sponsor us on Patreon! 

Making Money Moves is  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 an epic chat with Kelechi Okafor (are you ready for the receipts?): pole dancing instructor, studio owner, actress, public speaker, letter writer extraordinaire and a baby girl. 

In part two Kelechi lays out her journey from teaching pole dancing classes to establishing her very own studios in North and South London. Kelechi speaks about overcoming small thinking with the support of her partner, maximising the potential of her first studio and making a profit while keeping prices accessible, and raising her profile through features in Time Out, BBC Three’s Twerking Through Trauma and a Gal Dem live event at the V&A.

Kelechi speaks about the safe space she’s created in her classes where women feel comfortable enough to take their wigs off to get down, as well as the importance of sensuality and eroticism for maintaining a form of sexiness that hold humanity at its core.

Make sure you also catch our minisode where Kelechi break’s down the benefits of crowd-funding.

Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:

  • Its interesting how dedicated we are to being small’ [4.17]
  • Finding a location for her studio and working out costs [6:45]
  • Using social media, video and geo-tagging and other tips and tricks to drive business [7:05]
  • Using wedding funds as a start-up budget? A partner who supports your dreams [9:05]
  • The myths around interracial relationships, and the man Kelechi does not hide [11:28]!
  • Breaking and even and making profit in the first few months while pricing inclusively [13:00] 
  • Business branding, and deliberate presentation of a sexiness that retains humanity [22:34]. 
  • Focusing on the clients experience as a marketing tool – giving the audience images of themselves to attract them to your services [26:20]
  • Counting Kelechi’s revenue streams [27:23]
  • Negotiating your pricing – recognising your worth and seeing the bigger picture invoicing as a love letter to yourself [29;32]
  • Investing in a signature feature for your brand [36:08]
  • 42.00 – Janet’s List spotlight – Jim & Henry, A Life More Inspired and Equi Botanics 

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

Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:

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

Kelechi – @Kelechnekoff (Twitter) & (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 10: Jeanette Young, founder of Jeanette Young London, talks to us about her role as stylist of the Kingdom Choir at the Royal Wedding



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, 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 loved talking to Jeanette Young, expert personal stylist; garment technologist and creator of fashion label Jeanette Young London. Starting out crafting a bespoke wardrobe for her Barbie dolls as a little girl, Jeanette breezed through her fashion degree with flying colours and has carved out a niche for herself boasting bold designs that mix simple lines with a dramatic twist. Jeanette talks to us about how working for the best of the high street retailers helped her to build a list of go-to contacts, how being in the right place at the right time has paid off, and the importance of combining fashion design with commercial practises to make the most of every pound. Jeanette speaks to us about her input in Beyonce’s Ivy Park collection, how Paloma Faith fell in love with one of her signature dresses, and walks us through the exhilarating story of styling the Kingdom Choir for the Royal Wedding.

Here’s what you’ll learn this episode:

  • 3.10 – designing clothes that don’t wear the person – the dress Paloma Faith saw and loved
  • 4.48 – learning about the whole fashion business to provide scope for multiple career paths 
  • 5.50 – garment technology 101 – learning the production process in a nutshell 
  • 6.33 – an input into Beyonce’s Ivy Park collection 
  • 7.22 – the advantage of working for retailers in building your production contact book 
  • 9.07 – making the move to freelance fashion consultancy and dictating your pay
  • 9.51 – networking for launching a new business, and declaring a minimal budget 
  • 12.02 – The Janet’s List Jeanette Yong London Hotlist 
  • 12.49 – cost effective design – commercial design and fashion design combined 
  • 13.45 – the importance of getting it right the first time to minimize costs
  • 14.36 – maximizing the return on surprise bestselling items
  • 15.38 – being your own customer profile  
  • 16.10 – Jeanette’s celebrity styling wish list
  • 16.42 – styling the Kingdom Choir for the Royal Wedding
  • 24.11 – designing a dress fit for purpose and catering to a dress-size outside the mainstream
  • 26.50 – millionaire revenue streams 
  • 28.46 – saving for a new business  
  • 29.28 – managing cashflow, getting an accountant and new freelance rules around tax
  • 30.38 – the best place to invest a fashion seed-fund 
  • 31.31 – Jeanette’s Janet’s list pick – Sheer Chemistry
  • 21.31 – Who Jeanette would like to hear next on the show – Marcia Dixon and Moiso London

Jeanette Young London – @JY_London 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


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