When we came back to Singapore this time round, there were a few things that really striked me. One of them was the constant fascination and emphasis placed on our jobs or what is it that we do for a living. For example, when my husband and I were introduced to new acquaintances, the second thing they will ask after “what’s your name” is “soooooooo, what do you do, Aida/Karim?” As opposed to Morocco, where they would ask you “How are you? How’s your family back home, Aida? Are they well? What about your Sisters?” etc etc. To be honest, the “what’s your job” question stumped me a little as I never really cared to put a label or a title to what is it I really do, I just do it because I love doing what I do.
In the beginning, my answer to them would be, “I run my own business”, which should really be said as matter-of-factly and proudly as possible but I would always find myself hesitating to give that answer (and at times, was really close to just answering “oh, Im a housewife”). There would be two types of reaction following this: it’s either “oh. how do you survive/ can you even make any money out of it????” or “Wow! Tell me more! I’ve always wanted to start my own business but have no idea where to begin!”
Don’t get me wrong, the assumptions that the first group of people hold are very legit and justified (I was also part of this group for a very long time) but the question I get from the latter is really the one that makes me all excited, and alive, and beaming, and passionate and it is the question that I am really happy to answer! And Ma Sha Allah, I get this on a daily basis, be it via emails, or fb messages and in person which really made me realise that there are plenty of girls who do want to have something they can call their own and who do want to work for themselves and are willing to take the path less travelled to be successful and more importantly, to try to be the best version of themselves by investing on and working on themselves, and not for other people.
And if you are one of them, then I am just like you. I want all that for myself too. Because I know what it feels like to wake up every morning, dragging yourself to work, and I know how bad the commute to the work place is that it just takes all the energy out that you don’t even feel motivated to do anything when you reach work. I know how it’s like counting down to 6pm or to the week-end or to the next get-away and the daily routine of doing the same thing, in and out – oh how the routine breaks me! But complaints and moanings will never change anything so I salute all of you who recognises that this is not the life you want to live and that you do want to change things and do something about it.
I did and if I can do it, you can do it, better.
Rasulullah (peace be upon him) said, “Trade, because rizq has 10 portions, of which trade consists of 9 portions.” -Ahyaul-Uloom.
My gut instinct (tip #1, always listen to your gut instinct!) tells me that this is the best time to develop and launch a new and one-time only course called For Heroes & Lovers: An 8-week, Interactive Video Course on ‘How To Start An Online Business From Scratch & Do The Work You Love For A Living‘. It is a BETA version, and I will only open it to 30 girls as I would like to work closely with each Sister, In Sha Allah.
I fully believe that every one of us should be given equal opportunity to learn about things that matter (and this include everything and anything, not just about business) and because of this I decided to make the 8 week course as affordable as possible, at a one time payment of SGD39, which only makes it to be less than $5 a week. I also wanted it to be flexible and not cumbersome or boring, so short videos are the perfect medium for this - you can watch it at your own time and at your own pace, reflecting and digesting all the information that I will be sharing comfortably.
The curriculum and schedule is as follows:
Week 1 / September 1st: The Foundation – Knowing Yourself
Week 2 / September 8th: Finding Your “Why” And Telling Your Story – Your Big Idea and The Different Business Models
Week 3 / September 15th: Validating Your Idea
Week 4 / September 22nd: Building Your Brand And Finding Your Community
End of Week 4: Q&A + Individual 20 Mins Skype Call to Each Participant (at her convenience)
Week 5 / 29th Semptember: Let’s Talk About The Website
Week 6 / 6 October: Growing Your Audience And Getting Yourself Heard
Week 7 / 13 October: Creating Awesome Products And Hitting Financial Targets
Week 8 / 20 October: Genuine, Authentic Marketing
End of Week 8: Q&A + Individual 20 Mins Skype Call to Each Participant (at her convenience)
You will also receive weekly PDF Workbooks that will be complimentary to the video courses. You will also be part of on an exclusive online community on FB with other fellow participants and aspiring women-preneurs where we can share, encourage, inspire and ask for help so no one has to feel that they are in this all alone!
What to do next?
If you think this course will help you and is for you (and In Sha Allah, it will and it is!) you can register for it by clicking on the button below. Registration closes by Friday, 12PM Singapore time, and is only open to 30 ladies. Once you have registered, we will be emailing you shortly with a confirmation and more information regarding the course! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’ll be happy to answer any of your queries/questions or to hear any suggestions from you! And if you have someone in mind that may benefit from this course, do share it with them as well!
Looking forward to meeting all of you potential women-preneurs soon!
PS: If you do not have a PayPal Account, fret not, you can always email us to make payment via iBanking!
UPDATE: Registrations are now closed and all slots are now full! Alhamdulillah :)