Uh Oh! Don’t Fall For These Google April Fool’s Day Pranks…
It may technically be March 31, but April Fool’s Day is alive and well already on the world wide web. You know what they say, the early bird gets the sucker.
The cheeky search engine’s first 2014 stunt is, in a word… fun! Earlier today they posted a job listing for a Pokémon Master. You know, due to all the wild Pokémon that are running the streets these days, visible on Google Maps.
To see if you have what it takes to apply for the coveted position, make sure you have the latest version of Google Maps downloaded on your iPhone or Android phone. When you open up the app, hit the search button and tap the little Pokémon ball next to the words “Press start.” Little Pikachus will pop up in your hood. Catch ‘em while you can and follow Google Maps on social media for hints and tips.
Gmail is getting in on the chuckles too. They launched a suspicious new feature today: the Gmail Shelfie. It’s a twist on Gmail’s custom themes that lets you SHARE the selfie you uploaded as your email background. “Gmail Shelfie is built on the idea that you shouldn’t be selfish with your selfie,” they write. Instead, you can share it with the world/at least all of the people who email you. While “Shelfie” is a little catchy, we’ll file this one under Early Pranks. Well played, Google.
Stick with Brit + Co. tomorrow. We’ll keep our eyes out for any inter-pranks waiting to bite while you’re surfing the web on April Fool’s Day. And we promise — pinky promise that we won’t trick you ;)
What do you have up YOUR sleeves tomorrow? Fill us in below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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