Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Barclay Saul, co-founder and president of Kyrgies, located in Richmond, VA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Kyrgies is a brand of ethically made, responsibly produced slippers that are sold throughout North America.
Tell us about yourself
I was a music teacher for most of my career, but apparel is in my blood. We were introduced to the factory through a colleague from the pilot cohort of The Good Work Institute. Within weeks we were working with our partner factory.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Helping our partner factory hire and maintain steady employment for dozens of women, all at a living wage in healthy conditions.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
There's always risk in owning a business. It can be a stressful life.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Make sure your brand has a story. That's what draws people.
- Make sure the product differentiates itself from the competition in quality.
- Make sure you enjoy who you work with.
Where can people find you and your business?
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