Entrepreneurship resembles freedom to me. Free to be myself and set my own pace. Also, to never have to punch a clock or for someone else to determine my worth in regards to pay.
Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it?
Entrepreneurship found me. My mom is a worker bee and I followed suit. I learned early on that I didn't like the politics of working in corporate America and wanted so much to have my own business. I just didn't know what. Switching careers from Accounting to Property Management, I found my niche and it came so easily. One day one of my tenants came in inquiring about property management for one of her properties and the rest is history.
As a business leader, what’s some of your greatest challenges?
Relinquishing control. I have to have my hand in everything and I still do, but I learned that in order for myself as well as my business to succeed I must allow others to help me or else I will stress myself to death. It's been challenging and I have gone through a few people, but learning that my system is mine and as long as the work gets done to my approval versus how I would necessarily execute it is what's more important.
When you’re not in business mode, what do you do for down time?
This year, I learned that I love to travel. Just getting away from it all because if I'm not physically away I'll always be in business mode. Outside of traveling though, I enjoy spending time with my children, family and friends. They keep me level with any activity that we are engaged in.
As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry?
What sets my company apart from my competitors is that its personable. My clients are able to connect with me as I with them. I am committed and willing to see their goals through in whatever way I can. We all become a family after the ink has dried.
What your number one advice to a fellow CEO chick or aspiring business leader?
My advice would be to remain. Remain present, consistent, knowledgeable and real. Its very easy to get lost in the shuffle, but checking in with yourself at the end of it all to make sure you remain is key.
What’s three things you would tell your younger self in business?
Jump, check your emotions and balance. Fear and self-doubt crippled me for years (I can't begin to tell you how much) and if I could do it all over again, I would have listened and implemented those dreams and visions. God gave them to me and I am so very grateful that even when I was hard headed, those visions remained.
What keeps you creative in business?
Knowing that I am not at the end of the road with my business and ventures keeps me looking for new ways to remain current. I used to joke that I have professional ADD because there are so many things that I want to do and succeed at doing. Knowing that I haven't begun to scratch the surface of my list keeps me going.
What can we expect next from you?
Busting out of my shell...lol. I have been so closed off from the world so I am eager for everyone to get to know me for real. That includes publishing my first book that speaks on domestic violence which I was a victim of and purchasing my own multi-unit properties versus just managing those of others.