For this blog post I wanted to do something different. I’m very big on supporting other women and collaborating sooooo….I wanted this post to embody both of those things. Lately, I have had this “Boss Up” mentality and I decided that I wanted to do a post on it, but I wanted to bring in someone who really embodies what it means to be a GIRL BOSS. At that point, I knewwwww I had to call on my sis Olamide Abimbola.
I met Olamide or “Lami” in 2013 at a church retreat and we’ve been cool ever since. She has become something like a big sister to me. She is such a great person with a pure heart, but what I respect about her most is her grind. Babyyyyy, she emulates what it means to hustle. From doing hair, to singing, to owning her own fashion company, she does it all!
Lamide is the CEO and founder of her company Wardrobe798. Wardrobe798 is an online store created to find unique fashion statements to make your outfit pop. It is the perfect combination of African culture and Miami style. She started this company almost a year ago, and sis has been Bossed up ever since!
In this post, we talk about her business journey and what it means to be a Girl Boss!
Me: Okay, so first tell us a little bit about yourself!
Lamide: “So…..My name is Olamide but most call me Lami… I am 26 years old born and raised in Miami, FL but of Nigerian descent. I graduated from Florida A&M University, where I received my bachelor’s degree in healthcare management. I’m all for a good vibe. I love music, fashion, dancing, good food, creating, and praising God just to name a few. Some call me the social butterfly. I started my business Wardrobe798 a year ago, and I thank God for the growth ever since.
Me: Great! Now that we know a little bit about you, what does it mean to be a Girl Boss and how do you become one?
Lamide: Listennnnn, my definition of being a girl boss, is being independent, making a purpose or solving problems. A strong woman with leader characteristics and skill. It’s not just about the title or money, its being inspirational and having some type of impact on others. Some women are naturally born leaders/bosses and some learn how to be…..let me teach you.
To be a girl boss, you have to constantly educate yourself (be open to learning), you have to be strong, and be ready to stand out. When having this mentality, you have to learn how to take some losses and charge it to the game #PERIOD. Expect it. Don’t put anything past anyone or anything. You also have to have a million dollar mindset, great thing start from inside-out. It’s so important to love what you do and have a passion for it. Most important, keep God first in all things you do he is the ultimate creator.
Me: Okayyyyy sis, feeling your energy! What inspired you to start a business?
Lamide: My love for fashion! I love dressing up and putting things together and my love for it pushed me to start a fashion brand. I wanted to own a business I would enjoy doing while inspiring people. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m literally the”Jane of all trades”, I do it all. My love for learning also inspired me. I watch and try to teach myself things and I just really love to create! Oh yeah, and my mom! She inspired me. She’s a hustler! She goes out and she gets it. She can sell you the shirt of your back. I took that mentality and I ran with it.
Me: Why did you chose the business you chose?
Lamide: What inspired me to start Wardrobe798 was the compliments of many people on how I put my outfits together. I always had my own style. Wardrobe is a touch of my culture and pieces to make simple outfits pop. I just love fashion because it’s all about the individual. I felt like that was the perfect business for me to own. Not only do I love fashion, but I love my culture. My culture is so rich and royal and I wanted my brand to embody that. My brand represents royalty and the appreciation of diversity.
Me: What has been some setbacks in relation to your business, and how did you overcome?
Lamide: Setbackkksss? HEYYYYYYYYYY. Let me tell you!
Number one setback I would say is procrastination. This business will be a year since its official launch next month. Prior to starting, I would say “I want to start a fashion business, but everyone is doing it” or honestly, I was fearful of actually putting it out there. Due to this, I put off my plans and kept procrastinating. I would find an excuse. I made a lot of excuses. I was being my own setback so yeah for me it was procrastination.
Now? I’m on it! Haha, sis, what is a setback? Can’t stop me now, Thank God
Me: Haha, what motivates you?
Lamide: Sis, Im trying to be an international business babe “laughs”. What keeps me going is the drive and the hustle! I love the game of this business. The fact that I get to own/run a business is so gratifying! I will be on the Forbes list one day known for greatness and success! I claim it. I read a lot & listen to music that moves my spirit, it helps me create. What keeps me going is becoming a better me.This isn’t something just for hype, it’s my legacy and my future. In addition, GOD is a big key factor to staying motivated. It’s very important when it comes to having faith and praying. One of my fav bible verses is Genesis 1 vs 28.
Me: What are three things every entrepreneur should have to start a successful business?
Lamide: Number one, a plan. Number two, quality. Whatever you’re doing, whether it is a service or an product, make sure its quality. Don’t sell ppl BS. Number three, I don’t have a particular word for it, but JUST DO IT. Stop the excuses and start now. Whatever you have on your heart to do and accomplish, start now. JUST DO IT.
Me: What are three things every entrepreneur needs to maintain a successful business?
Lamide: First, consistency. You have to be consistent. I cannot stress that enough. I don’t care if you have two followers (customers). If you have two followers, post till you have three! Keep going. Don’t look at the numbers in the beginning. Understand that great things take time
Second, Investments. Investing in yourself and your business is so essential. You have to spend money to make money. When running your own business, there will be things that will hurt the pocket, but you have to make sure it’s worth it. For example, paying to protect your business.
Lastly, preparedness. When you make the decision to become an entrepreneur, understand anything can happen. You just never know. You have to be prepared for whatever comes your way. You have to mentally prepare, but always maintain a positive mindset. Be ready for the ups and the downs (because they will come) and be ready for lack of support. This is very important, because not everyone will support you like they say they will, and as a business owner, you can’t take it personal (one of those things you have to just charge to the game).
Me: Is having a 9-5 while being an entrepreneur Ideal?
Lamide: YES. It all depends on the individual and their circumstances. I currently work a full time job and run my business at the same time. It can get overwhelming at times, but you have to make your 24hrs work for you. Eventually business will get to a level where you can go fulltime with entrepreneurship, and not have to work for anyone, that’s the goal.
Me: As far as branding and marketing goes, what inspired you. What do you go for?
Lamide: When it comes to branding, it is important to start off with self, and that is exactly what I did. I started off with myself, I make sure to reflect what my company represents, royalty. Then I started rocking my own product. If I can’t wear what I’m selling, how do I expect people to buy my stuff? I started wearing my merchandise without telling people to see if they had interest.
When it comes to marketing, you have market yourself. Trust your own brand, post yourself, and utilize people around you. I use my sisters, my friends, and social media. I started using these outlets for my business rather than “just for fun”. Although social media is a very important tool, I also don’t get stuck on technology. You actually have to go out. I marketed in hair salons, events and pop-up shops.
Me: What advice would you give to anyone that wants to start a business or has quit on their dream to start one?
Lamide: Do whatever you want to do but it starts with your mindset. You have to be patient. Understand good things take time. Never give up. Someone can work hard for 2-3 years and the fourth year blow up! Don’t give up!
When owning a business, don’t just look at the dollar sign, make sure it is something you love.
Be original. Don’t fake it! Do whatever you want to do, be confident, and believe in yourself. If one don’t work move on to the next great thing.
For those who quit, it is never too late. We all get distracted and want to quit, but keep going. I have my days, but you have to shake it off and get on track. You got this ❤
Life is about taking chances and risks, and so is business. I hope this post inspires all my Girl bosses to just go for it! Boss up. Educate yourself, plan, execute, and have patience. Most importantly put it before God. I hope that this helps you and pushes you to make that first move, go out and do it!