The Budgetnista Interview
Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche / On a plane and Newark, NJ
1. What is your passion in life?
To live a purposeful, passionate life and to help others along the way. Oh and traveling.
2. What is your current job?
I’m self employed as a fun, financial literacy coach (heavy emphasis on the fun).
3. Do you own your own business? If so, what is the name and the mission?
C.L.D. (Control, Lead, Develop) Financial Life / The Budgetnista
The mission and vision of my firm CLD /The Budgetnista is to teach all of my clients how to Live Richer (to purposely and passionately pursue your ideal life). Personal finance is one of the tools I use to achieve this goal.
4. Did you have any fears when first starting your business?
– Not being able to make enough money to support myself
– Lack of knowledge
– The opinion of others
– Making mistakes and their subsequent consequences.
– My unknown future
5. Did you have any insecurities when first starting your own business?
Yes, I was insecure about my abilities. I wasn’t sure if I was capable of delivering on the promises rendered. I’ve since learn to under-promise and over-deliver.
6. Describe your brand in one word.
7. Do you have any past failures that you can tell what you did to learn from them?
Yes. I was fired from my very first speaking engagement because of a tweet. After being hired by the company to do a series of financial literacy seminars, I excitedly went on twitter and tweeted the details of the job in a reckless and arrogant way. I’m ashamed to say it but I tweeted:
“___________ company in _____, NJ just hired me to speak & I’m getting paid doctor rates!!”
I can laugh about it now, but they weren’t laughing. Someone in their corporate office found the tweet and faxed it to the location were I was to speak. I was immediately un-hired and told that I was a security risk and that I showed very poor judgment in bragging about the rate we agreed upon. Needless to say, I felt terrible.
The lessons I learned from that embarrassing experience are, the power of social media and the importance of humility.
8. Who are your target consumers? Would you want to change this?
My target consumers have chosen me, so no, I wouldn’t want to change them. Although I have customers from every demographic imaginable, the overwhelming majority are professional women of color ages 21-40.
9. What inspires you?
My motherland; Nigeria, Africa
My failures, my successes
10. Who inspires you?
Dream Catchers: My entrepreneur friends
My 4 sisters
11. What is always at the back of your mind?
There is NO plan B.
I was not built to be ordinary
12. What do you want to change about your job or career right now?
Although I have a long way to go, I’m just were I should be. To me, success is just as much about the journey as it is the arrival. And I’m thoroughly enjoying the ride.
The only real change that I’d make right now, is that I’d really like an active mentor.
13. What advice do you have for others?
Live Richer: purposefully and passionately pursue your ideal life.
It doesn’t make sense to wait to live ideally “one day”. Figure out how you can get your Happy now, and do it.
14. How do you motivate yourself?
I read A LOT. A good book can be a reprieve to help me recharge, give me new ideas, and push me to stretch my abilities.
I also study successful people. Some well known and famous, but most are not.
15. Did you have any obstacles that you overcame to get to where you are now?
Yes, the biggest one was convincing clients to take a chance on an unknown brand, The Budgetnista. Finances are difficult enough to share, but especially with someone you don’t know.
Another obstacle was writing and self-publishing my book, The One Week Budget. I cried so many times!
When you self-publish you have to do EVERYTHING; write, get the cover and inside pages designed, market yourself, figure out printing and pricing, and pay for everything.
It was one of the hardest times in my life because I didn’t have a road map and no one I knew had done it before me so I stumbled around in the dark. It was also one of my most rewarding experiences and I now help coach other authors on how to navigate the process.
16. Where can we find you on the web?
On my site: http://thebudgetnista.biz/