We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyla Morris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyla, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I graduated High School, I was working in a restaurant, deciding my path for college, and starting a social media marketing internship. I have always enjoyed staying busy, but I quickly found out that the traditional college route was not for me. I was lucky enough to have supportive parents that wanted me to be successful even if that meant choosing to not go to college. My internship taught me so much about marketing, but I felt like I had no room to grow, I wanted to be helping every client that I could. I continued waitressing at a local restaurant and loved connecting and serving other people, but I always knew it was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I became exhausted working early mornings on my internship assignments and then clocking in from 3PM-1AM at the restaurant every night. I decided that I was done working for someone else, requesting time off work, etc. I have a big passion for travel and quitting my “normal” job just felt like the right thing to do. I left my restaurant job, spent the next three weeks in Europe, and came back to start my business. There was really no hesitation that this is what I wanted to do and nothing was going to stop me.
What should our readers know about your business?
I own a local marketing company that helps small businesses elevate their social media presence with digital marketing. One thing that set us apart from others is our passion, eye for design, and personal business practices. I personally hear dozens of marketing horror stories from clients when a previous designer didn’t follow through with a project, dropped off of the face of the earth, or even took their money. I like to bring a personal touch to taking over social media for a business. Constant contact and updates, follow up calls, etc. That little extra step that makes clients feel like they are the center of our attention at all times. Getting to where I am today was not easy. There was a lot of trial and error, waiting, and frustrations when clients would pause their services. With any business you will find clients who think prices are too high, don’t understand the value, or believe they don’t need your product or service. These are the clients that built my business and helped me learn how to shape what I do. Keeping a constant, positive mindset is key in your everyday work life. Appreciate the clients that you do have instead of dwelling on the clients you lost. These are all things that are so important with any business.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start off with a fun brunch and mimosas at Hash Kitchen in Tempe. This is one of my favorite vibrant, cool new spots that has amazing food and drinks. Next up would be a quiet day shopping at the outlet mall for all the good deals probably with a Dutch Bros. iced chai tea in hand. To wrap up the day, I would then head over to Alamo Drafthouse in Tempe to watch a movie, grab a drink, and enjoy some amazing food. I am a total foodie so anytime I can get my hands on a new, unique food spot, I’m in.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe a lot of my success to my mom Misty. From a young age, I was surrounded by the world of entrepreneurship. My mom owned her own business for my entire life and I got to experience it first hand. It wasn’t always easy, but she was doing what she loved. When I graduated high school, she was the first person to push me towards starting an internship. She also encouraged me to not attend college if I did not feel like it was the right fit for me. Her only condition was that I had to start my own business. She helped me get started, pushed me to grow, and never let me doubt myself.