We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaitlyn Bailey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kaitlyn, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I think deep down I always had this desire to become an entrepreneur because I was attracted to the freedom. I wanted something more for my life than the standard 9-to-5 job where I was required to follow another company’s policies and experience a lack of power. I was sick of feeling like I had no voice when change was needed so instead of remaining “stuck,” I decided it was time to break free. And to be honest, the pandemic was just the push I needed to get started with my own business. I remember thinking after I graduated school I would go work for someone else and absorb as much experience as I could before jumping out on my own. Why? Because I didn’t feel ready enough to start. Thankfully due to the pandemic, I wasn’t able to get a job very easily and it forced me to chase my dream a little quicker. Looking back, I realize no one ever feels ready enough to start a business. Instead, you do it anyways. Throughout this journey, I’ve allowed my purpose to drive me forward to continuously figure it out when I’m not sure what I’m doing. I don’t have to have all the answers, but I have to have the ability to adapt and desire to move forward. I truly believe that is the reason my business has been successful and now, less than a year of opening my business, I realize how being a business owner has provided me with the freedom I had initially been seeking. Freedom to create, build, and grow; both personally and professional. And for the first time in a very long time, I feel fulfilled.

What should our readers know about your business?
I previously worked several years in the mental and behavioral health field where I gained valuable therapeutic skills. 

From my clients’ break ups and health issues, to pregnancies and new jobs, I’ve been able to build these strong connections with my clients that goes well beyond skincare.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hiking for sure – I really enjoy hiking in Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Pitch – delicious brunch and cocktails
Attic Ale House – beautiful view of Camelback Mountain while trying a flight of beers
Buck and Rider – the best oysters for a little happy hour
Steak 44 – fun atmosphere for dinner. Their beignets are a MUST!
Little Woody – dancing and late night drinks
Old Town Scottsdale for shopping and socializing. If you visit in the spring, check out a spring training baseball game too!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people I could thank for their never ending support and love as I embarked on this journey, but ultimately I want to shoutout other like minded business owners within my industry that I have networked with since starting. I think a big part of being successful is to realize you are not in competition with anyone else. We can support and encourage one another without feeling like they are stealing our business. When you have this mindset, you can really connect with others in the industry and learn from one another and I genuinely believe there is power in knowledge. So I want to thank all the other solo esties that have offered me love, knowledge, and support. Much love!

Website: https://www.vagaro.com/theestiebabe

Instagram: @the.estie.babe

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