We had the good fortune of connecting with Danita Hayes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Danita, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am from Norfolk, VA. I grew up in a single parent home raised by my Mom. My grandparents helped as well. We didn’t have much growing up, but my mother gave us a lot of love and she taught us how to pray. I always say one of the best gifts my mom ever gave me was her teaching me how to pray. My upbringing has impacted my life today because when you come from not having much, it requires you to hustle. I have always found a way to make money, even as a kid. I believe that my hustle instincts is what sparked my entrepreneurial spirit. Also the fact that I pray daily and learned this from my mother.. it gives me the strength, wisdom and power to be able to do all that I do without breaking. I understand that my strength comes from God. It keeps me grounded and humble.

Today I own and run multiple businesses, I am a wife, mom of three and now an author. I know that God gets the glory and I just partner with Him to get things done.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I got my start as a real estate agent and then became a real estate broker. I currently co own Victory Allegiance Realty. Real estate was the catalyst to my start in branching out into other ventures. I also co own a coffee shop called Wall Street Cafe and we have two locations in the city of Suffolk, Va. we currently have two locations for our real estate office as well. I am also a real estate investor and own a real estate investing company called Women Flip Houses Too. This company is special to me because in addition to me investing in real estate, I also teach women how to invest as well. I have created a coaching and mentoring platform to teach women how to invest in real estate. I love to empower women and inspire them to follow their dreams. I also created an interactive journal called 21 Days of Encouragement for Women Entrepreneurs. It gives them a Bible verse, daily affirmation and an action step to get them closer to achieving their goals in business. Lastly, I just recently became an author and wrote my first book called “ The Kingdom Entrepreneur”. It is available now on Amazon and it was released on May 23rd as an Amazon #1 Best Seller.

My book talks about how I was able to partner with God to Dominate the marketplace. It talks about my upbringing and how it impacted me today. I tell about how I became an entrepreneur, some of my pitfalls and how I overcame.

Being an entrepreneur is not for the Faint of heart. It takes a lot of hard work, drive and determination.

Most entrepreneurs are the first to do something. Being the first you will always experience push back and nay sayers. It’s important that you keep your vision in front of you and don’t allow the opinions of others to stop you from executing your vision. When I became a full time entrepreneur many said it wasn’t smart because I would be giving up a steady paycheck and benefits from a 9-5 job. Looking back, if I would have listened to them, I would not be where I am today. The salary that I was paid back then for a year.. I make that in a month as a business owner.

Was it hard? Yes. Did I have days where I wanted to quit? Absolutely. I had to push past my pain because I kept my vision in front of me and my why was more important than my pain. My biggest why was my children. I didn’t want them to experience lack and I wanted to build a legacy for them. I want to build generational wealth so my children and their children will have a better life.

Here are a few lessons I’ve learned along the way as an entrepreneur:;

1. Don’t be afraid to takes risks.. No risk, No reward.
2. Be ok with stepping outside of your comfort zone. Comfort zones are detrimental to growth.
3. Always remain a student. Read books and gain as much wisdom as you can..
4. Wake up early in the morning and pray before you start your day. When you wake up early. You get so much more done.
5. Put yourself in a daily schedule. It’s important as entrepreneurs that we have a daily routine. Income producing activities should be a top priority on that schedule.
6. Consistency is key. The small things that you do consistently will eventually bring you great results.
7. Stay in your lane and don’t compare yourself to other people. God gave you your specific gifts and talents, so use them to the best of your ability. Your tribe is looking for you. So be you and don’t try to be like anyone else.
8. Examine your circle. Who are you spending time with. If these people are not like minded or headed in the same direction as you.. find a new circle. We are a direct reflection of the people we hang out with.
9. If you want your business to grow, you will have to duplicate yourself. At some point you will have to add more people to your team who can do what you do. Eventually you will be able to scale your business. One of the best things a business owner can experience, is being able to see money hit their bank account and they don’t have to be present or lift a finger for it to happen.
10. Lastly, trust your gut! If you feel it go with it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m from the Hampton Roads area born and raised. I would have to say that I am a beach girl. I love going to the beach. One of my favorite restaurants would be Ruth’s Chris and my favorite coffee shop hands down is Wall Street Cafe.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout my Mentor Dr. Lenika Scott. She is known as the Millionaire Mom and she is like a sister to me. She prayed for and with me She also poured into me about growing my business and growing spiritually.

Website: www.danitathayes.com

Instagram: Thedanitahayes

Facebook: Danita Hayes

Youtube: Danita Hayes

Other: www.womenfliphousestoo.com

Image Credits
Kaaron Holloman

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