Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Krystal Sharp, Owner of Krys the Maximizer, located in Kissimmee, FL, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My business is coaching and education to help women intentionally spend money by budgeting, couponing, and meal planning. My customers are women and families who need help being intentional and saving money.
Tell us about yourself
I am a mom who's always been frugal. I knew my whole life that I would have a business. I didn't know what that business would be. At ten years old, I made fans and sold them in my neighborhood. At 12, I started a snowball stand and sold candy with my eight-year-old sister in our neighborhood. We were making $20-$30 a day for two summers. I got my first job at 14 and have been making money ever since.
At 18, as a freshman in college, I watched an episode of extreme couponing and was hooked. I thought if they could do it, so could I. I had watched my mom coupon for our family as a kid, so I decided to do it to stay afloat as a college student. I completely fell in love with couponing. I always have a stockpile of what I want, like, and need.
So in 2018, after couponing for over ten years, I started a YouTube channel, Krys the Maximizer, and it took off. I then began coaching women and teaching classes. On my first YouTube anniversary, I was fired from my corporate 9-5 job and went full-time as Krys the Maximizer.
I am motivated every day by the freedom of being my boss and helping women where they are to reach their financial goals. I love all things saving and making money. I love helping others with their money even more!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is making multiple six figures in just three years. I never thought that doing something I love so much, helping people with their money, would lead me to make money. I have been able to support my family and live a life I love while doing what I love every day. It brings me so much joy!
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
The hardest thing about being a business owner is the highs and lows. The highs are high and great. But the lows are low and hard. Having a business as your primary source of income is complex. Plus, my services can be seen as elective, so as the economy changes, my clients change too.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
My top 3 tips for anyone starting a business are to start before you're ready.
Once you start, you can make changes and tweaks. But there will never be a perfect or right time. Take action with what you have and build as you go along.
The second is to get a coach and support systems. Entrepreneurship can be lonely if you don't have any other business owners around you. A coach will help guide you as you grow and scale your business.
The third is the only person you can compare yourself to is you. You are running your race. You are not behind at all. You are exactly where you need to be. Remove it if anyone or anything makes you feel lacking in business or life. Comparison is the thief of joy and everything. It will hurt you more than helping you.
Where can people find you and your business?
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