Today is the day! The first part of my Small Business series! Let’s get right into it…
Kendro, age 24 Chicago resident and UIC graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in History. Owner of two businesses, an art business: KLT Art by Kendro you can visit here, and a vintage clothing store: KLT Vintage and Retro you can visit here. And a Lifestyle blogger at thekendroshow.com .
I was so honored to be able to interview this amazing woman for this series! I sent over a series of questions and she happily answered, giving us a little behind the scene information as well as some tips to help out any future entrepreneurs out there! Let’s jump right in!
Q1: How long have you been in business?
A1: “I’ve been in business for 2.5 years. I opened KLT Art by Kendro in June of 2004 and I opened KLT Vintage and Retro in May of last Year.”
Q2: What inspired you to start your business?
A2: ” Looking back at my childhood, I always knew I wanted to be a business owner even before I knew what it meant to own a business. My grandmother owned two businesses, so I guess it runs in the family also. I think it’s just been my destiny that the Most High wanted me to fulfill and now I’m living it live and in color.”
Q3: How do you market your business
A3: “I market my business on social media and the old school way. I use Etsy for my online stores and it’s a great marketplace for customers to search and communicate with shops. I find the advertising option on the site very helpful. Social media sites like Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter are also helpful. Just as business owners did prior to the days of social media, I create flyers and place them on public boards. Never underestimate the power of marketing in numerous ways.”
Q4: What motivates you?
A4: “I’m motivated by my natural creativity and living in my truth. I always knew I was put on this earth for a special reason and I’m here to live it out and create a legacy for not only my future generations, but for anyone who has been inspired by my work.”
Q5: What are your hobbies when you aren’t working?
A5: “When I’m not working, I love to sleep haha. I love watching YouTube videos and old school movies and television shows. Of course thrifting and creating art also my hobbies. When you’re doing what you love, you don’t even see your hobbies as work.”
Kendro also Gave some tips for aspiring business owners!
- Be confident in everything you do when it comes to business and be content with stepping outside of your comfort zone. I know this may be super cliche, but it’s an essential part of the foundation of being a business owner, Creating and owning a business is about taking a chance, accepting, and being comfortable with possible failure. Like life, business ownership and growth is a learning experience and it’s important that business owners have this mentality down packed.
- Always be open to learning. No matter how great of an artist people tell me I am, I still know there’s room for improvement and being better at my craft. That’s why I still research tutorials and information on how to become a better artist. When it comes to my vintage business, I’m always looking to learn new ways to market and engage with customers. Our society is constantly changing and we have to move with the times in order to stay relevant and flourish. Learn to balance this with staying true to yourself. “
As you can already tell I have some amaing business owners lined up for you! Check out Kendros amazing stores in the links above.
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