Note from Kayla: Today’s blog post is from one of my team members, Kim.
Let’s talk about online companies that celebrate diversity.
As a multi-racial woman, I’ve had a hard time finding companies and businesses that look like me, hire people that look like me, and work with people like me. There have been many times where I went to a job, and I’d be the only person of color there. It’s actually one of the many reasons I started my own business. It’s also why I believe in and fight for diversity in the workplace.
And while we have a long way to go to achieve true inclusivity and diversity in corporations, many women of color have decided to strike out on their own, or join up with companies that provide what we so desperately need and deserve: acceptance of ourselves and our cultures, in all forms. And some businesses and companies are doing it right, so they deserve to be highlighted.
Here are some of the online companies we want to highlight for their celebration of diversity in all of its glory, differentness, and light.
- Stock Photo Companies That Celebrate Diversity
- Consultants, Coaches and Entrepreneurs
- Online Tools and Companies
- Other Special Mention Names You Should Know
- Online Companies That Celebrate Diversity
Stock Photo Companies That Celebrate Diversity
I don’t know about you, but our team has had a hard time finding women of color in the stock photo industry.
I’ve personally scoured the internet for hours trying to find just one image of someone who looked like me working in tech, finance, or something of the like. But these photo sites changed all of that.
1. CreateHER Stock
CreateHER Stock is a free stock photo gallery and subscription-platform catering to the creation of stock photos for women of color. As soon as you log on to their site, you see the tagline “Your Destination For Images Featuring Melanated Women”.
They offer free high-resolution stock photos in their freebie section, and if you want even more photos, you can subscribe to one of their plans. They start at just $10 a month, or you can subscribe for a whole year for just $99.
Nappy.co is another stock photo website dedicated to providing free, beautiful, high-res photography of black and brown people to creatives, startups, brands, and agencies.
The site has just about everything stock photo idea you can think of, from food to office photos. And the best part is you can use them, royalty-free, for free. So if you’re just getting started in the blogging or website world, you don’t have to pay a small fortune to get access to good stock photos.
You can also submit your own photos to add to their collection. This could be a great way to build your portfolio while also providing a highly-needed service.
HauteStock was actually the first stock photo membership that I signed up for. When I started blogging in 2015, they were one of the few stock photo sites that offered photos and graphics of women of color.
While they do have free stock photos if you sign up for their email list, I highly recommend signing up for their membership subscription. You’ll get access to over 4,000 stock photos, with new collections added every single week. HauteStock also offers marketing materials like quotes and social media graphics, so you don’t have to plan out your content alone.
Membership for HauteStock starts at $99 a month, or $299 for the entire year.
Consultants, Coaches and Entrepreneurs
Our next section highlights some of the best consultants, coaches, and entrepreneurs we’ve personally worked with, or at least crossed paths with online, who promote diversity.
4. Nicole Walters
Need a business coach that actually knows what they’re doing? Work with Nicole Walters. Not only does she light up a room wherever she goes, but she has years of experience in the game as a corporate consultant. She got her start as a top-selling executive at Fortune 500 companies. But even with making 6-figures a year, she wanted more.
That’s why she started her own brand, and her program called 1K1Day, where she teaches entrepreneurs how to go from $1,000 a month to $1,000 a day using corporate strategies. And, as a black woman in business, Nicole shows up and provides guidance for other black women who may not have the same background or opportunities she had. She’s been known to mentor and answer tons of questions, even in her DMs.
5. Bianca S. Robinson
I’ve bought just about every product and training Bianca Robinson releases, and for good reason. She is a project manager who teaches you how to run a business on your own time and terms. And she’s one of the first women that I saw that preached it was okay to love making money, especially as a woman of color.
She’s no-nonsense, curses, and regularly calls people out, and I love that about her. She’s not afraid to stand in her truth, while also being an awesome business owner.
Bianca is an MBA graduate and project manager who has helped over 700+ businesses. She’s all about making a profit in your business from day one. She has numerous trainings and products that can teach you how to manage your business. You can also work with her one-on-one.
I haven’t been following ErinOnDemand for long, but from what I’ve seen on her YouTube channel, she’s a force to be reckoned with. Not only does she have her own digital marketing agency, but she’s also the co-owner of Black and Goald, a black community empowerment company. And, she also runs her membership program, the eBrand club, where she teaches women of color how to stand out with digital marketing.
7. Social Ink Co
Ericka, the owner and creator of Social Ink Co, is all about transparency and authenticity on social media. And not only does she talk the talk, but she also walks the walk, and makes other companies do it as well.
She’s been outspoken about companies who do not have or preach diversity and she also takes the time to praise those that are doing right. And she also teaches her audience and followers how to be on the right side of inclusivity with their branding.
8. Baab Writing
Apryl Beverly and her company Baab Writing offer communication and copywriting for many businesses, including those owned by women of color. And, Apryl has trademarked some of her most famous words, including “smack the buy button” and “Word Stylistz”.
Apryl is also the first woman to create a flat rate copywriting service agency, where she serves small businesses that are also owned by women and people of color. She’s well known as the “Tyler Perry of the internet” and for good reason. She’s created marketing campaigns and ads that have made her clients thousands, and hundreds of thousands, of dollars.
She also teaches boundaries and how not to burn out as an entrepreneur, which are all lessons many of us learn the hard way.
9. Six-Figure Chick
Talk about inspiring! Cici started her business in the midst of a cancer diagnosis and while working full-time for just $11 an hour. And now, she’s a 7-figure business owner.
While she supports all women of color, she’s big on offering black women grants in order to build their businesses. And that’s a big deal. Studies have shown that black women have the highest decline rate when it comes to seeking business funding and Cici wants to change that.
When she’s not offering grants, she’s teaching women how to market and sell their digital products, and how to build passive income with her own line of digital products that are affordable and have real, actionable information.
10. LaTisha Styles
LaTisha Styles is THE go-to coach for coaches. She’s not afraid to be a strong black woman, and she teaches you how to not be afraid to be you.
As a coach, she teaches her audience how to sell high-ticket programs and offerings so they can make more money for their expertise. She also offers a ton of free and affordable content so you can make more money at whatever level you’re on in your business.
Online Tools and Companies
This section highlights a couple of online tools we recommend from companies that promote diversity.
Dropbox has actually won awards for their work in diversity and inclusivity, and recently, they’ve become a huge contender in the BLM movements and protests. Where many companies stayed silent or offered one line support posts, Dropbox is actually doing the work to ensure that their black and brown employees and followers know that they matter. And, DropBox is also one of the tools we recommend for virtual assistants.
If you’re looking for a company to store your digital work, important information, and more, Dropbox is an easy one to support. You can get started using Dropbox for FREE here.
Just like Dropbox, Adobe has declared its support for people of color. In addition, the company has also made changes in its company messaging to ensure that its employees and audience understand and take advantage of all the support Adobe has available for them.
Because Adobe is a huge company, supporting them also means that you’ll have quite a few tools at your disposal. From Photoshop to InDesign, Adobe is a dream tool for many creatives and graphic designers. So it’s great that they’re inclusive and diverse.
Other Special Mention Names You Should Know
The above companies and entrepreneurs are great places to start if you’re looking to support people of color. But, there are a few other names that I think are important to mention as well.
The Budgetnista, aka Tiffany, helps educate black and brown people and companies on financial diversity and inclusivity. She was also one of the major contributors that helped pass a law in New Jersey that made it mandatory to teach financial literacy in schools. Learn more about her here.
My Debt Epiphany
Chonce, the owner of My Debt Epiphany, started her business as a single mom in debt. Now, she teaches women of color how to side hustle and start their own businesses with freelance writing, while managing their personal finances. Read more about her story and her course here.
Tela is all about the money, in a good way. She teaches you how to trade the stock market, in plain English with her online courses and programs. She’s helping the black community build wealth, one trade at a time. Learn more about Tela and her many resources here.
Short Stuff Photography
Not only is Kishia from Short Stuff Photography a talented photographer (she’s even shot Kayla a couple of times!), but she travels too. If you’re looking to support a woman of color in the photography industry, she can help shoot your events, wedding, corporate retreats, and more. Learn more about Kishia and book her services here.
Online Companies That Celebrate Diversity
As a woman, especially a woman of color, I know it’s hard to find online companies that celebrate diversity. However, there are so many black and brown owned businesses and companies that take diversity seriously, and they deserve to be supported.
We can’t grow a community if we don’t take care of each other. So, if you’re looking to diversify your business or support people that look like you and know what it’s like to be you, these are some of the online companies we recommend.