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Charles D. King Blueprint

“Charles D. King made history as he rose from the mailroom of William Morris agency to its first African-American partner, spearheading the careers of everyone from Oprah and Tyler Perry to Missy Elliott and Janet Jackson. Here, he chronicles how he left WME to launch Macro, a multicultural media company responsible for Fences, one of 2016’s biggest films.” – Complex

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Part I: Foundation

1. Pay Your Dues

2. Build Diverse Relationships

3. Be Proactive

4. Prove Your Worth

5. Take A Leap Of Faith

Part II: Second Story

1. Plant Seeds

2. Cultivate Strategic Contacts

3. Bet On Yourself

4. Set An Example

5. Find The Untold Story

Part III: Renovations

1. Listen To Your Compass

2. Know When To Say No

3. Capitalize On Disruption

4. Keep Your Word

 

Ronnie Fieg’s Blueprint

Queens-bred Ronnie Fieg infamously went from 13-year-old stockboy to brand mogul by mastering the limited-edition sneaker drop and trafficking unique products that feel special to KITH devotees. – Complex

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Part I: Foundations

1. Develop Your Style

2. Find Your Role Models

3. Start At The Bottom

4. Find A Connection

5. Use Your Relationships

6. Take The Risk

Part II: Second Story

1. Anticipate Demand

2. Create For Yourself

3. Follow Your Vision

4. Align With Allies

5. Keep It Special

Part III: Renovations

1. Understand Your Ambition

2. Expect Excellence

3. Know Your Flaws

4. Write Your Own Rulebook

5. Keep It In The Family

Will Packer’s Blueprint

“While Hollywood underestimated Will Packer, the self-taught super producer developed nine No. 1 films and pulled in $1 billion at the box office. From his Atlanta estate, he shows Complex how he proved the bankability of people of color and helped launch the careers of Kevin Hart, Idris Elba, and more.” – Complex

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Part I: Foundations

1. I Believe I Can Do Anything

2. Get It Done Any Way You Can

3. Let Passion Fuel You

4. Make Opportunities Bigger

5. Do Your Best In Any Situation

Part II: Second Story

1. Run With What You Got

2. Know When To Shift Strategies

3. Trust Your Gut

4. Find New Ways To Tell Stories

5. Appeal To An Audience

Part III: Renovations

1. Prioritize Business Decisions

2. Listen To Your Audience

3. Feed Your Base

4. Have Patience In The Journey

5. Build Your Legacy

11 Bench Pressing Mistakes To Avoid

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1. Having A Flat Back

2. Not Retracting Your Scapula

3. Elbows Too Flared

4. A Short Range Of Motion (ROM)

5. Pressing The Weight Towards The Wrong Direction

6. No Warm Up

7. Maxing Out Too Often

8. Training For Hypertrophy But Expecting Big Gains In Your One Rep Max

9. Not Enough Frequency (Based On Your Goals)

10. Neglecting Other Lifts And Muscles

11. Skipping The Negative, Dropping The Weight, Neglecting The Eccentric Portion

Angie Martinez’s Blueprint

“Radio icon Angie Martinez shares how at 16 years old she used her passion for music to kickoff her career with an internship at a local Miami station. “The Voice of New York,” would later surmount a career that spans over 20 years and includes two rap albums, a New York Times best-selling book, a Tidal podcast, plus more.” – Complex

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Part I: Foundation

1. Explore New Things

2. Do The Dirty Work

3. Learn The Business

4. Show Your Passion

5. Find Your Opening

Part II: Second Story

1. Don’t Fear Failure

2. Take The Initiative

3. Find Your Voice

4. Expand Your Vision

Part III: Renovations

1. Know When To Move on

2. Refresh Your Skills

3. Tell Authentic Stories

4. Empower The Youth

5. Define Your Legacy

 

Daniel Arsham’s Blueprint

“Daniel Arsham started design firm Snarkitecture to blend art and architecture, became the first visual artist signed with Adidas, and translated fine arts for the masses with creative installations seen around the worldwide.” – Complex

Part I: Foundation

1. Find Your Medium

2. Reimagine Form

3. Think Beyond Your Means

4. Tap Into New Skills

Part II: Second Story

1. Create Opportunities

2. Show Potential

3. Challenge Audiences

4. Embrace Limitations

5. Expand Your Reach

Part III: Renovations

1. Find New Mediums

2. Keep Creating

3. Pace Yourself

4. Work With Friends

5. Defend Your Ideas

Todd McFarlane’s Blueprint

Todd McFarlane opens up about his career as a comic book artist that includes making Spider-Man cooler and creating the Spawn character. He also shares his blueprint to launching Image Comics and McFarlane Toys. – Complex

“I’m In Business To Drive My Art”

Part I: Foundation

1. Find Your Passion

2. Learn The Details

3. Look For An Opening

4. Be Persistent

5. Make It Sexy

6. Fight The Status Quo

7. Know Your Weaknesses

8. Hit Your Deadlines

9. Entertain Yourself

10. Make Business Serve Art

Part II: Second Story

1. Know Your Value

2. Watch Your Back

3. Do The Math

4. Empower The Artists

5. Own Your Ideas

6. Have A Sustainable Plan

7. Create Stories You Don’t See

Part III: Renovations

1. Find The White Space

2. Demand Excellence

3. Always Say Yes

4. Diversify Your Brand

5. Get Help When You Need It

6. Learn From Pain

7. Know Your Limits

8. Finance Is Freedom

9. Stay Immature

 

 

Bobby Hundred’s Blueprint

“Bobby Hundreds explains how he channeled his love for music and culture into one of the world’s most iconic streetwear brands.” – Complex

Part I: Foundation

1. Identify Your Passion

2. Start Experimenting

3. Find Your Scene

4. Follow Inspiration

5. Make A Plan

Part II: Initial Design

1. Find Your Name

2. Know What Your About

3. Find The Right Partner

4. Do The Groundwork

5. Fake Till You Make It

6. Make Some Noise

7. Try Something Different

8. Encourage The Community

Part III: Renovations

1. Family Comes First

2. Enjoy It While It Lasts

How To Form An LLC

1. Choose A Name

For some, choosing a business name is simple. For others, the process of deciding on the perfect entity name takes time. What’s most important is that your LLC name is original and that you’ll be able to use it in business.

“In most cases, your entity name registration protects your business and prevents anyone else in the state from operating under the same entity name.” -sba.gov

Side Note: The fee for applying for an LLC is a nonrefundable $100, payable to the SCC.

 

2. Is The Name Available?

“Make sure the name isn’t already taken by registering for an account with your state. If for example you live in Virginia go to Virginia’s SCC and do a name search.” -howtostartanllc.com

Side note: “Your entity name must contain the words Limited Liability Company or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC.” – howtostartanllc.com

 

3. Is the URL available?

Once you’ve decided on a business name, check to see if the domain name is available. Even if you don’t plan to make a website today,

“You may want to buy the domain name in order to prevent others from acquiring it.”

There are several domain name providers, I recommend godaddy.com or bluehost.com for there ease of use an customer service.

 

4. Your License and Employee Identification Number (E.I.N)

Once you’ve applied for your LLC, you can begin building your brand. However before you run off toward your dreams of business ownership, I recommend opening a business checking account.  In order to do so, you will I recommend you apply for an E.I.N.

What is an EIN? The Employer Identification Number (EIN), or Federal Tax ID Number, is used to identify a business entity. It is essentially a social security number for the company.

Why do I need an EIN? An EIN is required when filing state and federal taxes. In addition, banks may require an EIN to open a business checking account.

Where do I get an EIN? Applying for an E.I.N is free on the irs.gov

 

5. Ready, Set, Grow

Now that you’ve got your LLC for your original business name, an E.I.N for tax purposes and a  domain to design your website; you should be all set, to begin growing your small business.

 

 

How To Write A Business Plan

Business plan

Traditional business plan

This type of plan is very detailed, takes more time to write, and is comprehensive. Lenders and investors commonly request this plan.

Business plan

Lean startup plan


This type of plan is high-level focus, fast to write, and contains key elements only. Some lenders and investors may ask for more information.