Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dachelle McVey, Founder of Literary Adventures for Kids, located in McMinnville, TN, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
At Literary Adventures for Kids, we want your homeschool to be enchanting. Through the use of online book clubs, we help parents and students to dig deeper, go on rabbit trails, and add a little adventure, all while enjoying great literature. Our courses are a full-language arts curriculum that has everything your student needs: grammar, spelling, vocabulary, rabbit trails, hands-on exploration, critical thinking, writing projects, and connections to literature.
Tell us about yourself
I have always had a passion for literature. While teaching in a traditional setting, I realized that I could spend quality time with my kids if we were homeschooled. As a homeschool teacher, I was finally given the freedom to teach outside the box. We found great joy in learning through participating in the world and making connections to our studies. We especially loved book clubs that were perhaps a bit over the top. That is what inspired me to create Literary Adventures for Kids. I wanted to share how to transform a blah day into an enchanting day easily. I saw a need for someone to make it easy for homeschool moms to add that spark of joy back to their homeschool and ensure that their children receive a quality education.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Being able to meet other moms and see them change their homeschools for the better. And to watch the children who once had meltdowns about reading turn into children who love to get lost in a book.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Doing all the things. As an entrepreneur, you aren't just creating a product. You are creating a product, marketing that product, handling customer relations, and managing any other aspect of your business that arises. It's hard to wear all those hats and keep your sanity.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
First, do what you are passionate about. This can get hard and exhausting, but if you love what you do, then you can forge through the hard parts to get to the good parts again.
Next, make sure your family is on board with your business ideas. That doesn't mean they have to understand all parts of your business or participate. But, they need to understand the time and effort you will be expending in the pursuit of your dream business.
Remember that you CAN take time to recharge. You don't have to work 16-hour days. Maybe sometimes you do. But, you need to take breaks from work. Schedule it if you have to because you can't be creative and positive in your business if you don't allow yourself time to recharge.
Where can people find you and your business?
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