Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in education but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Nayjuana Stephens, Founder of Creative Learning Service, LLC, located in Wyncote, PA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Creative Learning Service exists to provide reading and math services to learners in grades 1st-8th grade, the foundation of all other subjects. CLS seeks to transform our local schools into world-class learning facilities that promote the success of teachers and schools.
Tell us about yourself
My journey started when I was 9 years old, as someone being ostracized for helping those who do not look or act like the average "normal" person. At that moment, I knew that my role was to be a friend to the friendless, to help those who were considered different physically, mentally, and academically, even if that meant I had to walk alone. As a child, I would always "play school." I would pretend that I was the teacher. Excelling in academics enabled me to escape my reality that I did not fit in with the popular kids who wore the latest fashions and who were socially accepted by my peers. By the time I am in high school, I am battling low self-esteem and asking about my purpose and why I don't measure up to everyone else's standard of success. As an adult, I realized I could not fit into everyone else's mold of who they thought I should be because I was set apart for a specific plan and purpose. Today, I am helping students achieve higher scores on state standardized tests, helping others see value in themselves through inspiration and encouragement, leading workshops and trainings, mentoring other teachers and students, pursuing another Master's Degree (in Education and Leadership), and the founder and owner of Creative Learning Service, LLC.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is seeing lives that have been changed through the services we provide and the relationships that have been built.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
One of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner is having to operate in many roles when you first get started.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Seek professional help from experts in coaching, finance, marketing, and planning.
- Treat customers the way you would like to be treated.
- Map out your time so that there is a balance in spending time with loved ones, self-care, and your business.
Where can people find you and your business?
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