We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Jozwiak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The thought process behind starting both our businesses began by trying to find a solution to several problems- being limited by an income cap, being required to work a set number of hours, being away from family so frequently, and having to seek approval for money spent on donations or other charity work such as volunteering during working hours. More than anything I wanted to be my own boss, set my own hours, make my own decisions, and have more control of my future. Time is money and having more time with my family while having two successful businesses and an awesome business partner, my husband, is an incredible blessing.Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Owning your own business is never easy. It requires risk, sacrifice, commitment, discipline, and a lot of hard work. When things go wrong you only have two choices- to quit or keep going. We have faced many hard times since starting our journey, there has been much “blood, sweat, and tears” shed – literally. But despite the hardship we have persevered and it’s been worth it. I’ve learned a lot about myself, how resourceful I can be, how hard I can push myself, and I’ve seen what I’m capable of. I’m thankful for the experience.If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston has a ton of great places! I would take my friend to as many places as possible including a sports game, the galleria, Chinatown, City Center, The Rustic for a concert, MKT, Hub Cap Grille, and City Acre Brewing or No Label Brewery are also some cool spots.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely have to credit my husband as the mastermind of both of our businesses. He’s incredibly smart, resourceful, determined, and committed. He had a long term vision that kept us on track meeting our goals even when times were tough. We are also a part of the FIRE community, which believes in being Financially Independent and Retire Early. This community has helped us keep our eye on the prize and the subgroup of FI Business Owners has also been a great resource.