We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Stewart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought process behind starting my own business was simply that it was time for the next challenge in my life. I wanted to take full ownership of the skills and talents I have to offer to children who are my number one, most important customers. I am not a big risk taker, so I never thought owning my own business would be for me. I slowly grew into being ready for a very calculated risk.
What should our readers know about your business?
What sets my business apart? Of course a bus is what sets me apart from other gymnastics facilities. Gymnastics on a bus makes the experience extra fun for little ones. I’d also like to believe that my coaching sets me apart. I truly care about each child loving the sport and truly learning each time they are with me. Every child learns at their own pace, but I love and celebrate each inch of progress my students make whether they’re finally brave enough to go upside down on a forward roll or they’re standing up a cartwheel for the first time. To get the business rolling, I sat down with a mentor, my former coach, who was doing the same business model. She taught me everything she knew about the business and her passion was just as contagious as when she coached me. I tried to copy her on everything she did and put my own spin on it. Was it easy? Of course not! But easy is boring. It’s overcoming the challenges and solving problems that has made this such an amazing journey. I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way starting with always expect the unexpected, and be ready to solve the problems. We have education at our finger tips. Need to service your generators? Google! Need to get your LLC? Google! Need to learn about business taxes? Google! The only thing standing in our way of learning how to do something is a keyboard. What do I want the world to know about my brand? I’m not sure I want the whole world to know about my brand… But I do want my little neck of Cypress, TX to know. Serving the families in my community is my greatest pleasure within my business.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend visiting me for a week, I’d take them to some of the breweries in the Houston area. These are some of the family friendliest businesses around. Saint Arnold in Houston, No Label in Katy, and Lone Pint in Magnolia are just a few of these places that we spend hours at when we visit. We play games like Corn hole, Bocce-bal, and board games. It’s always fun for the whole family.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family! From the moment I brought this up to my husband, he didn’t flinch. He believed in me more than I believed in myself. My brother did the same and jumped right in to helping me transform a school bus in to a mobile gymnastics gym. And my mom, dad, sister and daughters listened, loved, and encouraged as I told them about my steps along the way. And a whole lot of friends supported me by sharing posts and saying such kind words about their experiences with me. My boss, who is also one of my dearest friends, allowed me to transition out of full time with him, so I could build my business slowly but steadily. It’s never just one person, is it? We are all surrounded by a village of people who will love and support when we’re ready to do big things.