Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kerri McKinney, Founder of The Self-Love Movement, located in Cedar Park, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
The Self-Love Movement, I serve women who are working on their own personal growth and self-love journey.
Tell us about yourself
I struggled for more years of my life than not with things like alcoholism, codependency, and depression. After an alcohol-induced diagnosis and ten years of burning myself out in the corporate tech world, I took a leap of faith to quit my job and follow my heart to help other women who I knew were struggling like me.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Starting a blog to share vulnerable stories from my past, which turned into a full-on business - the Self-Love Movement now has multiple offerings and reaches individuals and companies all around the world.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
The need to be patient. Most of us who start our own business are always go go go and want to see results immediately! It takes time to get things up and running and really start seeing the fruits of your labor; push through the really hard times and know that it will get easier on the other side.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be consistent. Even when you start sharing your message or product, and it seems like no one is listening, keep sharing anyways. People may not respond or react at first, but I promise you they are listening.
- Do it from your heart - not for money. If you're going to start your own business, make sure it aligns with who you are and what you are passionate about. When your job is all about bringing your passion projects to life, you'll never feel like you're working a day in your life again.
- Always remember that you are not your business. This was some of the best advice I was ever given - you are not your business. The success of your business does not define who you are as a person, and it's important to never forget that. If your business fails, that doesn't mean that you've failed - just that it's time to pivot.
Where can people find you and your business?
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