Welcome to a new post in my series called “Coffee Chat.” This series is focused on inspirational women who love their jobs and want to inspire other women to find their passions and transform their lives. Today’s coffee chat features Danetha Doe, who is passionate about economic empowerment, financial education and supporting women. She is the host of the Future of Accounting podcast and creator of Money and Mimosas. (PS don’t forget to sign up for her weekly newsletter!) Oh and did I mention that she is a regular volunteer for her local Humane Society, financial literacy programs in schools and bike coalitions?! Can we just pause for a moment and talk about what a badass this woman is? I mean, COME ON! Keep reading to learn all about her life and some great advice by this beauty herself!
1. Where do you live and what is one random fact about you to break the ice with our readers?
I live in the beautiful Bay Area of California. A fun random fact about me…hmmm…I love watching interviews. Any interview. I can sit and watch interviews on YouTube all day long.
2. What is the first thing you like to do before you start your day?
Drink a full glass of water and write in my gratitude journal! I know you said one, but I have to do both before starting my day.
3. What inspired you to go choose your career path as an entrepreneur? Is there a childhood memory that made you decide?
In 9th grade, I took an entrepreneurship class. I remember it like yesterday. Mr. Fox was my teacher and over the course of a semester we had to come up with a business idea, and write a full business plan. Then we got to present it to bankers for a loan. I loved the whole process! It made me realize that I could make a living by dreaming up a fun idea. All I had to do was put in the work and enthusiastically tell people about it.
4. What was your very first step to get you where you are today as an entrepreneur?
The very first step was quitting my 9-5 job. It was a huge leap of faith, and it forced me to start taking action, instead of overthinking and overanalyzing my business idea.
5. What was your big challenge you had to overcome to help you move forward with growing your business with new clients/customers?
My biggest challenge was confidence. As a young person in the financial world, I was initially insecure about my age and lack of experience. Overtime, I realized that no one knows everything and I have something unique to offer. Believing in yourself is the biggest key to being successful as an entrepreneur.
6. What are three habits you would recommend to someone pursing their dream career as a publisher?
- Schedule your day the night before.
- Always put your physical health first.
- Do weekly money dates!
7. How would you describe your support network? Who is in it?
My support network is incredible! It includes:
- My amazing man who has been with me through thick and thin.
- Other financial professionals and strong women – both from corporate and the entrepreneurial world. I can definitely be a lone hawk at times (which is an important skill as an entrepreneur), and still also appreciate my community.
- I’ve also started a BOSSBABE mixer at my home with my entrepreneurial gal pal, Emily Howe. Once a month, a group of 10-15 of us gets together to chat about taboo topics over champagne. It’s a great way to let our hair down and catch up on our respective businesses!
8. What’s one skill you are currently working on to be an effective leader?
I’m learning how to delegate! One of my support network buddies, Jennifer Cantero, has a saying that “you have to delegate to elevate“. My company is growing tremendously, and as someone who loves to take action – I am always tempted to do the work myself. But now I need to learn to delegate some of the tasks to others.
9. To balance out your work life, what’s your fitness and health regime?
I work out 5-6 times per week. Working out is very important to me! Usually it’s a combination of cardio and weight training. Occasionally, I’ll do a dance, yoga or pilates class. And my man and I always go on a hike on Saturday mornings!
10. What is one book that helped you on your career journey that you would recommend?
There are so many! Books are my best friends. If I had to choose one, it would be “Creating Money” by Sanaya Roman. My therapist recommended it to me. It’s a beautiful book about building wealth using feminine principles such as joy, passion, desire, creativity and collaboration.