Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Karen Avital, Founder of Barefoot Atelier, located in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Barefoot Atelier is a Child Care Center located on the West Side of Los Angeles. We offer a variety of programs for children ages 2-6.5. Our educational approach is based on the principles of social constructivism. Rooting from two core Early Childhood Philosophies from Europe. The Reggio Emilia Approach (Origin Italy) & RIE (Origin Hungary). Our Community is eclectic, inclusive, and diverse.

Tell us about yourself

I've always gravitated to working with children. My mom is a preschool teacher (over 35 years), and I've always been around children. I started my career in a different field, Biotech. I gradually made my way into the classroom and quickly became the Director of my school. The walls at our school really speak for themselves. The passion and love for what I do are all over the place.

I design our spaces with intention and love. Every child that walks into our school inspires me to create more and grow. Working with children is one of the most purposeful and meaningful jobs. Especially the early years it is such a delicate time at the beginning of one's life. The foundation and beginning of one being. I mean, what is more, meaningful and valuable than that?

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment, other than starting a business throughout the 2008 recession and then a global pandemic, is making parenting more tranquil for parents. Parenting can be challenging, and at Barefoot, we work with parents to make the beginning of their journey relaxing and enjoyable.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

The constant roller coaster ride. At times the challenges can be good, that's how we grow, and sometimes it is simply exhausting.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. You will fall many times, that's ok, keep going.
  2. Remember you are doing what you love.
  3. Be a good human.

Where can people find you and your business?


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