We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Kelly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I think in the beginning I thought I had a good work life balance however, when COVID came along I had to learn an entirely new meaning of this. I think that I constantly said yes to everything which drained me. Once you realize you don’t need every single client and to take every job you can really map out your balance. I think that balance means saying no to work you can’t or don’t want to do. It’s saying my family needs me more than I need work. Clients who respect and value you will understand and accommodate this request. Balance is thrown around so much and it really means making choices.
Please tell us more about your work. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
It wasn’t easy but I also wouldn’t say it was impossible. I think the key is to never, EVER give up! No matter what. Keep at it and invest in yourself. Educate yourself, surround yourself with other driven people. No one starts a successful business by doing nothing or letting someone else figure everything out for you. If that’s your expectation, go buy a franchise and be prepared to pay good money to a business manager. What sets me apart I think is that I’m in this because I care about people and I care about businesses. Money matters and so most business owners are not accountants, so they trust us with their businesses. Their livelihood and the financial well being of their families is at stake. It’s a big responsibility that I don’t take lightly. Lessons learned for sure! Probably the biggest lesson is setting boundaries and expectations. This creates a wonderful customer experience.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So I would totally go to La- Centera. Shopping, food, and entertainment. Check out City Center too same concept a little less family oriented. Since Katy is a suburban area there are parks everywhere. If you really wanted to turn it up head to the Galleria, where you will see the fanciest of fanciest things and people. Check out the World Champs- Houston Astros game or head to a Houston Texans Game.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my husband, Gavin! He certainly deserves credit. Without him I don’t know that I could have never started my own business and it has been so successful. He’s always encouraged me to start a business and he is a solid contributor to the business success!