We had the good fortune of connecting with Kylie Strawn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kylie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Starting a business is always a little scary. When I started my business, I knew I wanted to not only make an impact in other people’s businesses but I also wanted to help people be more successful. I saw a need for my services after hearing the stories from many small business owners saying, “I have been creating content all day and I still don’t know what to do!” or “I want to grow my business but I don’t have social media.” I started working with realtors and interior designers and I realized that I could take social media and marketing off their plate and be able to give them the chance to focus on other things like growing their own business.
What should our readers know about your business?
In the marketing industry, there are so many other businesses that are amazing and everyone has a special talent. What sets my business apart is the customization and the dedication that I put into my client’s work. Social media is not a one size fits all and sometimes many people forget about that. I have built my business on creating content that is unique to each client, each niche and each personality. Growing up in a home of realtors I was always interested in real estate and I learned a lot about what my parents were doing. I LOVED seeing their passion for helping others find their DREAM HOME and though it was something I wanted to pursue as well. I was on the path to getting my license and falling in line with the family business when it hit me… I wanted to help others find their dream home, but I didn’t want to do it in the way that I initially thought. Rather than showing homes and writing contracts, I realized I could use my skills with social media to connect others with the right realtor who could help them find their dream home. Now, I partner with realtors and designers to help them boost their visibility and attract new clients through social media marketing. Owning a business is hard, but I wouldn’t want to change anything. I have had to learn a few lessons the hard way, like when to put my laptop or phone away and be present and relax and to take a break from working. I had this idea that if I didn’t work every day my business was failing. Within the past 4 months, I have realized that if I take rest days it is okay. If anything, I am showing up more now after having those rest days to be able to create the content for my clients and be creative. My advice to others is that if you are thinking of starting that business, do it now! If I had waited any longer to start my business I would have probably never done it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If you have someone visiting, head to downtown Gilbert and grab lunch or dinner at Zinburger or Joyride Taco Shop. Then hit one of the many trails at Superstition Mountains or San Tan Mountain Regional Park- the views from both of these are amazing! After you’ve worked up an appetite, stop at Protein House in Gilbert as they have some delicious acai bowls. After that, go hang out at a local coffee shop- Press Coffee is a great place (they have a Chandler and Gilbert location, among others). The Art house in downtown Gilbert is a fun place to take a cookie decorating, painting on canvas or watercolor class and create something fun to remember the trip. For dinner, CHOP Chandler has a great drink menu and fabulous food and DC Steakhouse in downtown Chandler is a local favorite. A shopping trip to Scottsdale Fashion Center, exploring Old Town Scottsdale (stop for a sweet treat at Sugar Bowl) and Scottsdale Quarter is always fun.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like give a shout out to my parents. Without them, I probably wouldn’t have even started my business let alone see it grow the way it has. I’d also like to give credit to Hannah Nieves. She has helped me grow this business to where it is today and without her support and guidance I would be lost.
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