Neoshi Yaki is the Founder/Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of MMIA Magazine, a digital publication for mompreneurs with readers in over 13 countries. Her mission is to inspire, support, and create 1 million new entrepreneur moms worldwide. Neoshi’s first business, Green4Lyfe.com, started 4 years ago as a way to earn extra income as a stay-at-home mom and is now a profitable six figure business with clients throughout the U.S, Caribbean, Canada, and Europe. Named one of StartUp Nation’s 2014 Top 100 Leading Moms in Business, awarded 2014 High Achiever Award by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz (activist and daughter of Malcom X), featured in many radio, talk shows and blogs, a happy wife and mom of 2, not only is Neoshi Yaki walking in her purpose, but she encourages other moms to boldly do the same.
Q. What do you love the most about being a mom?
The hugs, kisses, and love notes. My babies are the best. They keep me smiling and they teach me so much about my strengths as well as my flaws. Gotta love it all.
Q. Who was most influential person in your life growing up?
My parents. My dad kept me in line and away from negative influences. My mom was like my best friend. I could tell her almost anything. They both have always encouraged me to be not just a successful woman, but someone who serves from the heart. They are my 2 biggest supporters.
Q. What is M.M.I.A.?
MMIA, Million Moms In Action, is the premier digital bi-monthly publication for ambitious moms who are transitioning from employee to CEO mom. In each issue we feature 20 CEO moms who are balancing family and entrepreneurship. We also provide inspiration, support, and actionable tools and info to help aspiring mompreneurs on their journey.
Q. What inspired you to create an online magazine?
Well the funny thing is I was in the middle of writing my first book and couldn’t decide on the topic I wanted to focus on. So I was talking to a friend one day and I told her about a movement that I wanted to start and the vision that I had for it. I asked her for advice on how I could get it done and her answer was “why don’t you start a magazine”. The moment she said that it was as if everything made since and 4 months later the first issue was released.
Q. How did you know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
I’ve always known. I used to tell my parents that I’m never going to do the dishes when I’m a grown up because I’m going to have my own business and hire someone to do them for me lol. I’ve had a few jobs growing up and I could never see myself working for someone else long term.
Q. Are you working on any other projects right now?
Yes. I’m working on quite a few, but the one I’m probably most excited about is a mentorship program I’ll be starting with local moms who are ready to take a step of faith and start their own business. It’s going to be epic. Really looking forward to it.
Q. What advice do you have for other Sporty Mommas that may be thinking of starting their own business?
Just do it. Start where you are. I know we all have grand visions but when you start with what you have the road becomes so clear and all of the obstacles you thought were there immediately disappear.
Q. How can our readers connect with you?
They can go to www.neoshigreen.com or connect with me on all social networks @NeoshiYaki !