Samantha Charles


  1. Please introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?

Hi! I’m Samantha Charles, everyone calls me Sam. I’m a 30 year old single parent of two toddlers and proud owner of an online store – Trending Gifts and Things. I am from the Caribbean -Georgetown, Guyana and my passion is to inspire people in any way I can!

  1. What is your business about?

‘Trending Gifts & Things’ online gift shop designed specially to inspire, motivate and brighten your day. Offering exclusive designs that is sure to bring a smile to your face or courage in your hearts on those day when you just need a little reminder that you got this! It’s the perfect place to get your gift of inspiration from whether for yourself or someone you know. Designs are placed on a variety of merch such as tee shirts, mugs, tote bags, phone cases, pillows, canvas prints, etc. All of our products are made and shipped from the US and we offer worldwide shipping. We also have a satisfaction guarantee policy and on board customer service team. We are passionate about customer service and offering value for money hence we are always looking for ways to improve what we do and offer the best we possibly can to each and every one of our valued customer!

3.What made you get into this line of business?

My number one motivation was and still is my kids. The desire to spend more time with them, working with a flexible schedule and being able to be take better control of my finances were all contributing factors to my decision to open my own store. In addition, that desire to inspire others, more specifically mothers and female entrepreneurs such as myself, to be overcomers for any situation life throws at them. My business allows me to be true to myself and fulfil my vision of a society of strong, independent women. We even have a closed FB group called Strong, Independent Women that further allows me to fulfil this passion. Having experienced personal difficulties of my own I have a deep understanding and appreciation for the little sentimental things in life and how important it is to surround yourself with inspiration and positivity. Happier women will ultimately result in happier homes, happier families and a happier society! And it all starts with one girl, one woman, one lady at a time.


4. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?

The realisation that my cause is bigger than my current situation. My life, my purpose, my time here is so much grander than what my external factors denotes at the moment. Hence, the constant need to keep on thriving to do more, reach more women, inspire more lives whether on my good days and bad is ever present.  I’m a typical mom hence early morning routines entails getting my morning hugs from the kids before we come off the bed and then it’s all crazy trying to send them off to school…lol. However, after they’re off to school I do take some alone time to recharge and mentally prepare for the rest of the day. This sometimes include looking at atleast one motivational, inspirational video, listening to empowering music or affirmations. It’s never the same thing everyday …lol.

5. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

To limit my expectations of others. It’s not what people do to us that hurts us but rather our expectations of them that does. If we can manage our expectations we can manage how we react when faced with disappointments, rejection, desertion, deception, etc. It was the absolute best advice I ever got!



  1. What is a book you would say everyone must read?

Act like a lady, think like a man by Steve Harvey


  1. Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?

Promotions and offers are always ongoing at our store. Our business is still new however our objective it to have at least two promotions monthly. Hence we will always have something exciting happening.

  1. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?


Take a time out! Lol … It doesn’t have to be a long time out (depending on the situation). Sometimes just 10 minutes of quiet time to breathe, clear my mind and release any negative energy is all it takes to get back in the game and win!

  1. What do you love most about helping others?

Knowing that this gift of life that was given to me was not wasted and if I made just one person … just one… feel good about themselves during the day then I would have added value to my existence for that day. Doing good, being kind, sharing positive vibes always has a ripple effect and a good one. It’s like music while some are closer to the stereo and can hear the words some might be able to just hear the beat in a distance but dance all the same.

  1. Your favourite quote?

My mom, an advocate of integrity and hard work, made me memorise this one when I was a kid and it never left me:

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If you would like to see more from Samantha please go to her Website

Have a wonderful day x 

5 Tips how you can start earning money today!

I wanted to share with you today some new career options or side hustle options you can start today with little lay out and start earning straight away. In my time I have tried these and they do work.

  1. Arts and Crafts

Do you have a talent or skill you could put to use, there are literally hundreds of craft sites on Facebook that you can use to sell you work. Etsy is a great place to create a shop and get people buying from you on a regular basis and from all over the world, it is also really easy to set up and manage.

2. Dog Walking and Pet Sitting 

If you are like me and love animals then this is for you, this is also one of the cheapest businesses you can start-up. I had my dog walking business for a year and was bringing in a regular income each month. Most families have a pet of some sort and are always looking for reliable people to look after their pets when they are at work or when they go on holiday. Make sure you invest in some good water proof clothing, poop bags, treats, and good footwear too!

3. Network Marketing

Not everyone’s cup of tea but it is a very good way to make money and it can change lives I have seen it happen to a lot of people I know. I have also done this and if you do all the training and put the effort in you will be rewarded very well for your efforts. The investments can be anything from Free to £300, I would just say make sure you find a product and company you love, and look at the plan. Do the research and you will be fine.

4. Virtual Assistant

If like me you love organisation and writing this is for you. As we are in an age where so many people are creating six figure online businesses they are wanting to hire people to help them with their work. There is a great course and website for all VA advice The VA Handbook  as a virtual assistant you can charge hourly rates so if you get regular work his can become a very lucrative business.

5. Coaching & Teaching

Do you love helping people, maybe you are really skilled in social media. Then coaching could be for you, if you have something that can help change people’s lives or businesses people will pay you to help them. You can offer small courses, masterclasses and then one to one coaching. It is also a very profitable business and I know a lot of coaches which earn six figures a month.

I would love to know if you have any other tips or business ideas that cost little to start but you can earn big with. Have you tried any of the above?

Have a wonderful day.

Michele x