We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Leyva and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
Quitting my full-time job has definitely been the most difficult decision I’ve ever made. It wasn’t until last year when the pandemic started and I had this job at a company that was draining my energy to the point that I was exhausted to work on my own business at the end of the day. At first it was a bit scary not knowing if I could continue affording my lifestyle, but being an entrepreneur often means that you’ll have to take risks and make decisions that are uncomfortable. If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t have realized that I had the potential to go full-time on my own business. I now push myself harder to find new leads and clients, but I do it at my own pace.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I never thought I was going to be doing this 10 years ago. I worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry since I was 17 years old and I believe that industry prepares you to deal with all type of client personalities. Working at fine dining restaurants in Houston made me learn about the market I was going to target for my business and I became very detail oriented. My degree in Marketing also prepared me with the right tools when it comes to approaching prospects and techniques to sell. I wouldn’t say I am right where I want to be yet because there’s a long way still to accomplish, but the path has definitely not been easy. It takes patience, perseverance and dedication in order to see the results you want. You don’t build a business in one day thinking it will be successful right the next day (and if you do, please share the secret)
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?
There are lots to do when it comes to Houston, but my favorite things about this city is its food scene and art. When friends come visit I love taking them to my favorite restaurants, some of them including Hugo’s, La Table, Coltivare, Bebidas, Cuchara, Oporto, etc. If I’m feeling artsy I usually visit The Menil Collection or MFAH (Museum of Fine Arts Houston) as they’re constantly bringing amazing exhibitions from all around the world.
Besides food and art, I love the diversity of this city. It makes it easy to meet friends!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to the people that have been following me in this journey, including my family, friends and loyal clients. I wouldn’t be able to expand my business without their support and word spreading.