Branding Do’s and Don’ts: Webinar

Branding Do’s and Don’ts

How to Build a Badass Brand

Andrea Beltrami is well-known for being a straight-shooting California girl that has unique brand vision and skills. In this webinar she shares her exclusive experience and advice in creating instantly recognizable brands. If you look for guidance to become a successful startuper - look no further.

Learn How to Create an Instantly Recognizable Brand

that Conveys your Passion, Purpose, Personality and Voice.

With Dre Beltrami the owner and heart of the Branded Solopreneur

“Branding is everything involved with your brand. From your voice and purpose, to your url and style. It’s not something ”nice to have”, it’s a MUST HAVE to attain success in the digital and social world we live in these days!” - Andrea Beltrami

What You’ll Learn

There will be no beating around the bush. Only straight and valuable answers to all your whys, whats and hows by Dre:

  • Why should I take care of branding from the very beginning?
  • What are the mistakes to fight on the way to achieving online success?
  • What are practical steps and strategies to follow in order to make most of your brand?
  • How to overcome all obstacles and give a fair fight to the leaders in the field?

Full transcript of the webinar

Jeff Bell: What is a brand? I’ve read you say it’s neither logo nor color scheme, what is it then in easy terms for beginners?
Dre Beltrami: A brand is everything that represents you. The voice, the experience, purpose, vision, as well as visual things like logo and your website. It’s every single thing that you put out into the world that represents your brand. So whether it’s text, voice, video – every single piece of that is your brand.

So brand is not one thing…brand is like your pantry that has all these individual things in it. You go to the kitchen and you cook this things and you always use the same ingredients. That’s really what branding is about. It’s about consistency, clarity and really understanding your brand from the inside out.

Jeff Bell: Is it important to do branding from the very start? Where should small biz owner start working on their brand?
Dre Beltrami: A lot of people do it incorrectly. They go and create a website, slap a logo up there and think they have a brand. When really brand is a development thing. A lot of people confuse brand development and brand design.

Development is getting things on paper, figuring out what your voice is, what your mission is, what are the exact topics that you’re going to teach on, it’s about the exact services or products that you’re gonna offer. There is so much to figure out before you even ready to work on visual side of things.

That is what a lot of solopreneurs confuse. A lot of them end up getting a certain amount in there, they start to blog, start to get some traction and then they feel the disconnect. Everything is a little over here and over there. And nine times out of ten what they need to do is go back to development, because they have gaps inside their brand.

So it starts in the development phase and then it goes on to an “inspiration” phase. Which is gathering everything together so that you had a clear idea of what you want your voice and your visual style to be. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done before you slap a logo up. Logo is not numero uno on the list.

Jeff Bell: How is branding online different from branding in real world?
Dre Beltrami: There are definitely differences between online world and real world. Differences go as far as how a business runs, how the back end runs, how marketing is approached and all that sort of thing. But really from a branding standpoint, from a development and a design standpoint is not that different. You have to have the same basic ingredients, you have to have the same foundation to work from. It starts to get different when you get to the logistics, the business model and marketing things. But if you’re talking about creating a brand it’s really not different.
Jeff Bell: If it’s a local business, say bakery, is online branding as important as it is for international online businesses?
Dre Beltrami: The huge difference is usually the size of team and amount of resources that you can devote to a brand. But you still need to understand who your customer is, where they hang out to go talk to them, to share value with them, share things that will get them to the bakery.

It’s the same way online. If you’re creating an ecourse or online membership site or something like that, like TemplateMonster, you still need to have all the same basics in place. You just operate it differently. The local bakery would go to colleges that are around or coffee shops. And if you’re online you go to Twitter, some forum site or that kind of thing. It’s just a different hangout, but all the basics remain the same regardless of what the business is. The difference is that every business is different.

Your approach is going to be different, your voice is going to be different, look is going to be different. But at the end of the day what separates a local bakery from Apple is the size of team and the size of investment but the clarity and consistency needs to be there no matter what size your business is.

Jeff Bell: What are the ways to put yourself on the map online? Move your brand to the online sphere?
Dre Beltrami: The one really big thing online is relationship building. So what you want to do online is figure out where the people you want to reach are and you want to start talking with them. Not to them – you don’t want to sell or market to them. Start listening to them, engaging them, start conversations and then you want to start introducing your business to them in a non hard-sales way. If you’re a bakery you can share some recipes, top 5 bakeries in the area.

You know, there are so many ways to share value. But to get online and make a splash you need to invest in your relationship, invest time to be really active in a consistent way no matter where that is. Whether it’s Twitter, some forum, Facebook…every day you have to be on it, every day you have to be talking, adding value, every day you need to be sharing things that do not directly connect to your business, because it all wraps around relationship building.

If people don’t trust you and like you it’s the end, it’s the deal breaker. If they don’t trust you and like you they will not go to the next level to become a client.

Jeff Bell: What tools do you use to socialize with your fans?
Dre Beltrami: There’s really only one tool I use and that’s Buffer. I swear by Buffer! That’s a scheduling tool, they have a free plan, and then they have these ten dollars a month plans and it’s worth every single penny. Because i can schedule all my stuff and I schedule a lot of content. And then every day when I go online to be active it’s not like I have to schedule this and in two hours do it again. No, now I can go thank people, start conversations with people who share and like my work. This way all of the time online on the daily basis is relationship building. And I’ve gotten this far just on that one tool.

It’s not like you need to invest a ton, but you need to be very clear of the “squirrel syndrome” when you’re like “I wanna be here, I wanna be there”. Like i said, get consistent, choose one or two platforms where you’re going to be really active with your people. Also I use Evernote. Every time I see something I want to share I copy that link and that’s the document I work from. Every Sunday I go and I schedule all my posts for all the social networks. All of it on this ten dollar tool. It takes me like three hours and that’s for seven days and now I have a VA that does that.

You don’t need a lot of tools, you just need to be organized.

Jeff Bell: Can anyone build online business or is there a certain skillset that not everyone is up to?
Dre Beltrami: Yeah, it’s not for everyone, let’s just be honest. But it’s not the personality type that won’t work – you can be dry, you can have no sense of humor, you can be funny or inappropriate, you can be anything you want. Who it’s not for is someone who’s not willing to put the work in. here’s the thing, I love this quote, I can’t even remember, who said it, but it’s like “Entrepreneurs work a hundred hours a week to not have to work forty hours a week for somebody else.

That’s what an entrepreneur is. It’s not less work, it’s not easier than going to an office and having a steady paycheck but it’s for those of us who have it in blood. It’s our dream and we’re ready to put the work in. If you’re not ready to learn the things that you don’t know…

Like I’m not a writer, I had to learn how to write. I don’t even know how to spell most of the time, I don’t know where the hell comma goes. You know, I’m not a writer. This is funny, I had a friend who’s like a PhD and was writing or something and he’s like “Well, really, back in the days, like in Biblical times, they used a comma when they took a breath. So you really do right this way.” So that’s what I do, every time I’d take a breath – that’s where I put a comma. It’s genius.

So basically you need to learn the skills that you don’t have. I have the design, but if you don’t have visual skills and you want to make your images yourself than you got to learn design. And it doesn’t mean that you have to go to a college and get a degree or study design for three years to be able to do what you need, especially in the beginning.

Later on you can pay someone to do brand refresh and help you polish it up. You can definitely get far by not doing something that’s an A+++ work. Nonetheless you have to be willing to do a lot of work and a lot of hustle. You can do it, you can learn it, you can figure it out. There are so many hundreds of people, who have proven it out there.

But like I said, if you’re not willing to do work for a hundred hours a week so that you don’t have to work forty for somebody else, then it’s probably not for you, because it’s massive, unwavering commitment. Sorry to burst your bubble but that’s the truth, I speak the truth. If you’re going to do that ten hours a week, it’s not going to work.

Jeff Bell: You mentioned before that you need skills to build an online brand. What are the required technical skills? Like HTML, CSS, PHP, Photoshop? What do you need to put a site online, make some basic design.
Dre Beltrami: You don’t need a lot of skills, you certainly don’t need PHP. CSS…maybe, but there’s so many things like WordPress that has so many amazing themes. Also there is Squarespace. A lot of these things are drag-and-drop, they don’t require technical skills, you don’t need coding to do websites. I used to do websites back in the Dreamweaver days like in late 90s, early 2000s. It was awful. And you don’t need Photoshop in the beginning, there are things like Picmonkey.

What you need to know are the basics of marketing, sales and branding, the actual technical skills will come and there’s a lot of tools out there to help you. Especially free tools. is free…you have to buy hosting and domain name…and I would definitely suggest using a paid theme because free themes are really buggy and they don’t have any support. So when you do have an issue, there’s nobody to go ask, but you really need to learn just the basics of marketing, sales and branding.

You don’t have to be an expert overnight. It’s a journey, it takes time. I’m a year into, I’m two and a half year into online business and I still…I’m just now learning how to do a sales page..I’m not an expert in everything.

I have my super powers and I learn the stuff I need when I need it and I’m launching a course, so guess what, now it’s time to go learn how to create a sales page. It’s not my favourite, but i want to do it myself, I don’t want to pay a couple thousand of dollars to a copywriter and designers to do it…so guess what happens? I got to buckle down, spend a week or two learning how to do a sales page.

Jeff Bell: Can you share your path to Branded Solopreneur? What were the projects and what have they taught you?
Dre Beltrami: I love that question because there’s this misconception that people have when they look at people who have their shit together…I started the Branded Solopreneur November 2014, I made a ton of progress and people think that that was the first brand.

What you don’t understand is that most people that you look at out there who you think have their shit together, like “oh they got all this traction in a year”, guess what, nine times out of ten there’s five brands before that failed and taught them everything they knew, and made them a success when they finally launched and got it right. And that’s the same case with me.

I had 4 brands before the Solopreneur. One was extremely successful and it was great, I was actually selling lanterns, candles, I manufactured all the stuff myself, it was a family business, we had some family issues and had to close the business down. That one taught me a lot about selling tangible physical products, about shipping process, so that was huge. But I also had two brands that tanked.

I did the mistakes that a lot of other people do. I chose the topic that’s so out of my wheelhouse(which was email marketing). But I didn’t believe that I could do anything about design or branding. I didn’t know how to monetize it, I was coming from corporate America where I was not really liked because of the sass and straight-shooting so I was really insecure about my voice and being able to be authentically me.

I ran that brand for a year and a half and I did nothing. No one knew who I was, I never really sold anything, it was awful. And that was the brand right before the Branded Solopreneur. And that was my “come to Jesus” moment, my “aha!” moment. I got real and thought that if I’m gonna do this stuff online, I got to be me or I got to throw in the towel. That one taught me everything. I was, what I call it, the marketing robot. I didn’t talk the way I talk, I didn’t teach anything that I knew, I thought I had to pretend to know everything to be in this “expert space”.

I bought every misconception out there and ultimately it made me a huge disaster. But those four brands before the Branded Solopreneur brought me here. It was three and a half years before I got to it. Three and a half years of fail upon fail, upon fail and learning upon learning.

It’s a process, you aren’t gonna come out of the gate successful. You got to learn, put in the time. Just like we did in corporate America, just like we did in school. We went to school for 12 to 16 years to get a degree…you can’t expect to become successful 6-figure entrepreneur in a year. It’s like anything else and it takes time.

Jeff Bell: What if you tried to create a startup several times and failed? How do you know your success is somewhere around the corner? Or should you settle and work like everyone else does? Can you combine creating a brand and having a full time job?
Dre Beltrami: Okay, here’s my thing. I heard it a million times, I wish someone would have tough-loved this shit on me in the beginning. No one is ever gonna give you permission. Permission to try it, permission to do it again if you failed 20 times. You know if it’s inside of you. For me this has been a life dream. I wanted to be an entrepreneur when I was a kid, both of my parents are self-employed, I grew up in that environment – I knew.

I didn’t know what I wanted to do or how I was going to do it, but I knew that I wanted to do it. Everybody fails. Every single person you see out there who’s hugely successful, I don’t care in what space it is, they failed and they heard “no” a million times. If that is going to stop you – it is going to be a long hard road. You’re going to have fails and really, you learn so much more from the fails.

Like i said, I had three brands that I massively failed and I nailed it with the Branded Solopreneur. Why? Because I f*cked up everything you could have done wrong and I learned from all of those. Nobody is going to give you permission to try again. It has to come from within. Also you have to get into community of people that are doing it. Many of us come from the families that don’t support us. They’d say, stay in the office, it’s so steady, you’re not ready. And it’s so hard to do if you don’t have the support system.

Now about combining the office job and entrepreneurship. Absolutely! A lot of people go that road. And they build the business while they still have the full time job. Make no mistake – that’s a lot of work, you have two full-time jobs. Don’t think that you can do an eight hour of your job and then do an hour of work at night for your business. You’re going to be up till one or two. And again, you need to be online connecting.

But you can do whatever you want to do. You can have 5 jobs and be an entrepreneur. But only if you’re driven and you want to do it. Nobody can give you permission and nobody can tell you you can’t. And if they do, use it to channel it. But be ready to fail even though you have everything planned perfectly, no matter how many courses you buy and how many coaches you listen to – you’re going to fail and it’s not going to mean the end of you. It’s going to teach you the biggest lesson you’re gonna learn and you’ll move on to making the next mistake. It’s gonna happen for the next 20 years, 50 years, however long you are in the business. It’s just part of being an entrepreneur. The ones that make it are the ones that keep getting up.

Jeff Bell: Is it harder to make a successful brand now than it was 5 years ago?
Dre Beltrami: I think it’s probably harder because of the saturation. There’s not really any niche now that hasn’t been tapped to, there’s not really anything that hasn’t been said or done online at some point but that’s not to say that it’s not possible. That is why branding, marketing and sales are so important because it’s all about standing out online, it’s all about finding place in it and being different in a way that only you can stand out.

Of course it’s getting harder. 15 years ago you could slap a website up, do some SEO and get thousands of traffic a day. It’s not that way anymore. You don’t build it and they will come. You have to do the work and get the exposure out there. So no, it’s not getting any easier but it’s not less possible than it was.

Jeff Bell: What is your vision of where branding is heading? How it transformed, What do smallbiz owners with a blog should prepare themselves for in terms of branding?
Dre Beltrami: Just standing out, being different. The common misconception is that you need to be the same. You need to look the same, you need to sound the same, being different isn’t okay. And that’s what I believed. I had a total trucker-mouse and this nasty attitude. There were so many things that I thought it was gonna separate me and people are going to hate me. But that’s what helped me stand out and that’s what you need.

You need a signature look for your website, you need something that doesn’t feel like everyone else. You have to infuse your personality into it. You have to be corky and silly or whatever it is that you are. You have to own it, to be unapologetic about it and fiercely consistent about it. You have to have it these days. You can’t just be a blogger and be like “oh I’m just gonna throw a link on Twitter, I don’t even have a color palette..”. You have to get your shit together.

Jeff Bell: Which platform if best from which kind of content?
Dre Beltrami: What you need to decide is where are the people that you want to reach and what you actually enjoy doing. For instance, I can be on Periscope, I know a lot of people are killing it there, but that’s not really my thing, I don’t enjoy it. I hate just talking to a camera, I need something like this. I love video, but not just talking to talk.

Pinterest is great for crafts and design and weddings and clothes, and mommy stuff and recipes. Facebook is pretty much for everything. Linkedin is more of a corporate side of things. It’s not really for a lot of bloggers. Twitter I’m still wrapping my brain around. I thought it was celebrity driven, like “where’s Paris Hilton this week?” I don’t give a shit.

So it’s all about where you enjoy spending your time and where your people enjoy spending time. Find what you have in common and that will be your sweet spot.

Jeff Bell: How are millennials different from previous business generation? Do you have any lifehacks for millennials like you and me for making brand successful?
Dre Beltrami: There’s a difference, because there’s always a difference in generations. Millennials grew up on technology, so there’s a lot more tech-savvy abilities, different ways that you can market millennials, because they’re always connected. But don’t discredits other generations, because a lot of them are getting in that place.

When you speak to millennials you can have so much text type talk like LOL cause they’re super hype to that. Whereas older know, a lot of my peeps from 20 to 45 and I use some acronym like that and ladies are like “I feel like an ass, but what does it mean?”. I do it to! I won’t ask and guess who goes and googles it. You got to talk to the people and talking to millennials is different. Every group of people is different.

Like a mommy blog, if you’re going for young moms, you’re going to speak certain way, and to older moms you’re going to speak another way. So it’s all about understanding who you’re targeting and understanding how they talk what they think about, what they hate, what they love… It’s all about getting in touch. As I said – marketing, sales, branding. That’s where you need to spend the time really diving into your skillset.

Jeff Bell: What were your milestones in marketing Branded Solopreneur, what techniques did you use? How did it get viral?
Dre Beltrami: I did make some pretty good traction in the first year and here’s what I did. I focused heavily on building a list. I created that quintessential guide that I’m known for – the Quick and Dirty Guide to Branding as an opt-in offer. It’s a good one. That was my flagship freebie, so I was like “I want you to get on my list”, here’s a totally free guide that’s going to walk you through exactly what branding is about, that will give you the overview of the process, all the tips. And then I promoted the shit out of it. Any time I do something like this, any time I’m a guest, all over social media, I just shared that link, at the end of every blog post.

Everything that I did during the first 6 month especially, it came back to that. I wasn’t selling anything in the beginning, I just wanted to build trust, to build my authority, to build the website, I needed to get some blog posts out there so that I really had a website from which you actually can take things away.

I have always led with list building. I believe the money is in the list, I believe it can help you build relationship. I think we can all agree, millennials or not, – our email is gold. I do not give it out. I’d give my phone number out before I give my email. If somebody is willing to give you their email to get what you’re saying – that’s huge. They are giving you access to them. It’s like me saying “you can call me and you can ask me questions.” You can go into my space and I’m allowing you access. And that opens the door to being able to build relationship. You can now email them every week, you can now offer more value, you can now teach and eventually you can offer your services or products. So everything I did surrounded building my list.

There were pretty much three things: there was list building, focusing on two platforms 8 month – I was only active on Google+ and Pinterest. I was not on Twitter, I was not on Blab, I was not on Facebook – I focused on two. I know all the main players on Google+, I know all the main players on Pinterest. I know who they are, I built a relationship with them, I emailed them, I shared their work. The third thing I did was I created a lot of live events. I created a lot of mini-courses, because I don’t like the word webinar.

So I created a lot of opportunities for me to talk to my people. I could help them, I could teach them and again those were huge list builders. Cause after I did it, I promoted the replay. For email address I gave instant access to the replay. And the fourth – I finally started my private Facebook group. And again it was huge for me, cause I could talk and engage with my peeps. So most important things are relationship building and email marketing.

Jeff Bell: I’m subscribed to your newsletter for a while now and each of your letters feels like it’s addressed to me personally. how did you achieve that, what is the secret of email marketing that makes people read the letter till the end?
Dre Beltrami: The deal was the other three brands that I failed. It took me a long time to find my voice, because I come from corporate America, where you’re not supposed to have a voice in email. I did a lot of exercises that I share with my people. Talking to my friends I’m very cautious of the words that I’m using. The secret sauce is finding my voice. It’s really a lot harder than people think. So when I write an email to my best friend – how do I do it?

My emails are exactly how I write them to my friends. I use slang, I use corky punctuation, I use parentheses and put all of those inner thoughts. So I write legit how I talk. And that takes really long to get to, it gets time, but that’s the secret of email marketing in a non-icky way. I have people telling me all the time “when I read your email I can hear your voice.” People hear me in my writing, but that took time.

Jeff Bell: Is there going to be more solopreneurs or less?
Dre Beltrami: I think in all of the world it’ll be more. What the Internet and technology have done is they created opportunity. 15 years ago you had to have a corporation behind you and significant amount of money to have your own business and these days it’s not the case.

If you’re willing to make an investment whether that’s time or money – you can do it. A lot of us in the US get really disillusioned with the corporate world. We want to live these lives of purpose and do stuff that we actually love not just work for a cheque. We don’t want to accept status quo.

Internet gives the opportunity to live your dream. And that’s why everybody wants to be an entrepreneur, because everybody has a dream. And for a long time you had to suck that dream up. That’s not the case anymore and that’s the most amazing thing that you can make your dream come true.

So it’s not going to slow down. I mean, look at the small business movement. 20 years ago there wasn’t a lot of small business, you had to be a corporation to do anything. The solopreneur world, the movement of the “solo” – that’s very new, but that’s so real that it’s only going to grow.

Jeff Bell: Do small businesses have a future without going online? Also there still need to be corporations, there needs to be industry, what about that if everyone goes solo?
Dre Beltrami: It’s going to be fine. I don’t have a single “real world” friend that wants to be an entrepreneur. They don’t want to work 100 hours a week, they want to work till five and party all night. I don’t think we’re in risk of that. There is a lot of people who don’t want this lifestyle.

They love going to work, love getting of work at 5 every day, love knowing that they get paid every other week or 15th and the 30th. So there’s no need to worry about factories and all the stuff, a lot of people don’t want to be an entrepreneur.

As far as small business goes, you don’t have to be online. There are tons of local-driven businesses. It depends on what your business is. Some of it doesn’t need to go too deep online, but say for the bakery example you might want to get people who come in to sign up to your email list. You can still talk to them, but you don’t necessarily need to be on social media.

With the email marketing for instance, you can put a pixel on your website and on Facebook do ads to everyone who visited your website. If people go to your website, they’re probably local, or they go to the store and you give them a postcard saying “visit this page to get 15% discount. As soon as they hit that page, there email is collected because of that code you added to your website and then on Facebook you can create ads that will target just those people.

There are always opportunities to leverage things online, but it doesn’t mean that you need to be social media driven business if you’re local type of thing. But there are all these technologies that can help you reach your local customers.

Jeff Bell: What kind of site building do you prefer? What the Branded Solopreneur is powered by? What would you recommend for a site owner that would be the easiest and most efficient way to create a website?
Dre Beltrami: I always say use the one that works for you best. Same is with design, I’m not saying that you have to use Illustrator or Photoshop. Whatever works for you. When it comes to a website, the two I’d say to look at and start with are Squarespace and Here’s the thing with You don’t need to pay anything, you create a website on their dashboard, on their platform. But if you’re really serious about business you do have to make an investment.

Getting hosting and a domain is usually less than a $100. Squarespace is so great, I know a lot of beginners that are overwhelmed by WordPress. And Squarespace hits it, they are growing fast, they have tons of plugins that make things easy like opt-ins and shopping carts, delivery freebies. Those are the two I’d start with. But you need to get a real website if you want a real business.

We have this huge movement over the last ten years. This whole hobby-blogger movement. That’s what Blogger platform is great for, is great for it. But if you want a business, you need to make an investment on the website side. That doesn’t have to be thousands of dollars by any means. But those are the two platforms that will grow with you, are beautiful, are very easy to use with no tech skills.

There is a learning curve, but you don’t need coding or any of the high technical expertise. And there’s so much support on both of them. If you’re stuck, there’s a million forums, every plugin has support. You’re not going to get in the corner where you don’t know what to do. There’s always avenues with those two platforms easily and for free. And I’m on WordPress.

Branding questions from the audience

Jeff Bell: Julia asks what brand impacts you most?
Dre Beltrami: I like brands that do things that are led by human behaviours. For instance Zappos, I love Zappos. They have free shipping, the most amazing customer service. I like brands that understand, appreciate and celebrate their customers. I also like Apple. I like a lot of local brands. I like brands that put us first. They lead with customer service. I think that customer service has gone south in the last ten years. People aren’t treated well. People don’t respond on social media.

I love this one winery and they are great. They respond to everybody who ever tags them, they give you free tastings. Brands that understand that if I’m hyping you on social media – thank me. Those are the brands that move me.

And I also like a lot of American-made stuff, cause I think too many things in this country are going to other countries and they aren’t putting money into the local economy. So I also like brands that employ people in our country and are putting things back into our local communities because that’s really important to me.

Jeff Bell: Christopher says: ”Hi Andrea, When it comes to branding healthy drinks, do you think that the consumers want to see the main ingredients depicted on the front to show what it contains or do just bright attractive colours for the brand name only matter? Thank you very much”
Dre Beltrami: That’s a very broad question, but here’s what I will say, absolutely, anything that we consume we want to know what the hell is in it. That’s my problem with all those big food brands is that they lie. All of the stuff is on the back on the little label.

And the other thing is if it’s organic and natural that’s also where your color palette should be. So if there’s spinach and carrots in it – yeah. Invest in a real good label. Make color palette for your organic brand very organic.

Look into the color of the ingredients, look into the manner that you grow them and take all of the ques of your brand. Look to the nature. A lot of people don’t know that, but you can take a picture on a farm or a garden and there are programs like Adobe Color CC. You upload picture for free and it will create six palettes for you out of the colors in that photo. And that’s a really good tip for people who are doing like a food brands and natural brands, organic brands.

I have a client that sells sea salts. We got the color palette out of taking beach theme and taking colors straight out of there. Think about it, mother-nature already created the palette, don’t recreate the wheel, get it from nature and it’s going to feel as organic as it possibly can because it’s real.

Jeff Bell: Oksana asks if it was hard to make a decision and become a solopreneur rather than being an office worker?
Dre Beltrami: Make no mistake – that was super scary. And I had ass-sweats for a good year and a half. But like I said this has been my dream. This is the dream that I lived, slept, eaten and I am the one that is happy to work a hundred hours so that I never have to sit in a cubicle again. If I’m going to sit in a cubicle again, I’m going to blow my brains out. It makes me miserable, it sucks my soul out, it made me sick, like physically and mentally ill.

It’s scary, but if that’s truly your dream, find the way to do it. Dreams are not these unattainable things. We live in a world where opportunity is in an abundance. If that means that for a year you have to work on the side and be in the office for a steady paycheck – do it. If this is your dream, connect with people like me and others out there who are willing to support and inspire you and share their own insecurities. If this is what you want to do – make it happen.

Jeff Bell: Can you wish something to the viewers as a farewell?
Dre Beltrami: I want to end on that same inspiring note. I’m just a real girl, I’m just a real one over here in little two-bedroom apartment with a big dream. I failed a million times. I want everybody out there to understand that it is not impossible. You don’t have to be born with a silver spoon, you don’t have to have millions of dollars.

What you need is heart, drive, soul, you need to be ready to make this work. And there are people out there like me who want to celebrate the shit out of you and we want to make this happen.

I’m ready to support anybody out there that’s hungry enough to make this happen. Never let anybody tell you that your dream is impossible. I would love to connect with anybody out there that wants real talk about this, that has any questions. I’m super transparent and I’m happy to help anybody that wants to get this done.

I think we gave a lot of good info and questions that hopefully I gave some actual tips too. I’m glad that we could make it happen for your peeps!

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