I feel like lighting some candles and playing Lauryn Hill in the background. Education is key! When you left school, you thought learning was over. WRONG! *Trump VOICE*
I honestly felt that I needed to use this as my weekly food for thought. I just want to see everyone win and walk in their grace. Over the past weeks, I’ve seen a lot of people get scammed because of the lack of research or knowledge. I get it. Instant gratification is a mother $#*__, but will the need to please your IGS cost you thousands. Please take your time and do your research.
Here is a list of things I’ve seen people pay for that are FREE.
Registering your business in SAMS. Click here. You are going to see FREE!
CAGE Code: You will get one through the sams registration or you can to here and guess what the cost is $0
WOSB (woman-owned small business) certification: this is a heavy one for me. As a WOSB, I know people tend to prey on WOSB; however, you guys don’t do your research. With WOSB (Government Certification) you can self-certify for FREE. The process is changing soon; however, there will still be a FREE option. Here is the biggie! The government only has 4 approved companies as 3rd party certifiers. 4 companies! With them, you do have to pay. Click here for more info.
DUNS Number: Click here. Caution: The company that currently runs this program will try to sell you, lol! They are a business; however, if you are just starting out…Save those coins!
Let me break it down to you. If you pay someone to do this, do you realize the information you told this person for $500+ is the same information the application is most likely going to ask you? I need a confusion GIF here!
As a small business, I would want to save as much money on the front end so I can use those resources to pay for marketing materials, networking events, booths, classes on how to respond to bids, RFP training, etc. Do you see where I’m going? Do you see why this gets me? We have to stop being got! (did I say that right) I understand that everyone wants to “help” you but think about it. Are they helping or hurting you?
My grandmother would always tell us don’t let everyone pray over you. To this day, I stand by that. I’m the person at the altar who does the matrix when someone reaches out and touch. LOL! Be careful who you let feed your mind, soul, body, and business. Hit the Matrix or before you hit buy…do some research! If you see my browser history, you would laugh. I research the #($(#&$ out of something. It’s not saying that I’m cheap, but I was once the shiny object syndrome girl or instant gratification girl. But this Woman is oh so much wiser.
There was a young lady on Twitter who did a thread on the scam of the Girl Boss/Boss Babe movement. Babyyyyyy she hit some valuable points. I had to get some popcorn. Try paying thousands of dollars for a PDF course, lol. These internet streets are crazy.
I’m not trying to discredit anyone’s business or stop you from leveling up. I just want you to make wise decisions when it comes to your personal and business life. I know you are thinking, well, I don’t want to miss out! What is for you is for YOU! No one can stop that. God got your back. TRUST ME! During this unprecedented time, there will be more “gurus” than actual business owners. I’ll say that again. During this unprecedented time, there will be more “gurus” than actual business owners.