We are pleased to spotlight Kareem Hayes one of our October Community Educators
When did you start your business?
Where did you get the inspiration for your business brand?
KH: My inspiration came from the work that I did working with young men in the urban setting and helping them to graduate high school and prepare for college academically. This work is close to my heart and I believe that our black and brown boys have so much to offer to this world. How do I know this? Because I was that black and brown boy.
What makes you want to teach/do your business?
KH: I love to teach! Teaching is in my blood. I’m the type of person that loves to learn and share what I’ve learned with others.
For you how does what you do as a brand or business related to
KH: For my consulting business, I do a lot of work revolving around self-esteem, character-development and appearance. I believe that it is important to be healthy mentally because it affects how we view ourselves and the decisions that we make on a daily basis.
How do you stay healthy?
KH: I do my best to eat healthy and exercise. I currently have a personal trainer named Brandon Williams who is phenomenal.
What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of your career?
KH:The most challenging aspect of my career is managing my time. I am a husband, a father, an elder of my church, and I work a full-time job. My wife is a great supporter with helping me to manage my time and make sure I don’t burn out.
When you aren’t working what do you like to do?
KH: I love to relax, read and watch documentaries.
What is it that inspires you to keep going as an entrepreneur?
KH: What keeps me going as an entrepreneur is that there are people in this world who need my talent and services.
What is it that inspires you to keep going as entrepreneur?
KH:What keeps me going as an entrepreneur is that there are people in this world who need my talent and services.
What are you working on now?
KH: Currently, I’m finalizing my latest book, “Man Code” that focuses on the positive characteristics of men and who we are called to be on this earth.
What has been your best experience thus far in your business?
KH:Business has a lot of starts and stops in terms of production and cash flow, however, consistency is very important. Everyday I am doing something to push my business forward.
What has been your biggest challenge as a company? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
KH:My biggest challenge was sales! As a business owner, you are a salesmen whether you like it or not. Everyday I’m selling my business through conversations on social media, putting up pictures for my photography business, speaking at events and handing out my business card after and publishing literature.
What advice do you have for others interested in pursuing their own business.
KH: My advice for those who want to start their own business is to start their own business today! You will not have all of the answers at first and your business will not ever be perfect, however, you will grow as your business grows and things will start to shift for your benefit. I’ve learned this over the years and it has kept me grounded.
Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?
KH: We are all given a measure of talents and gifts and it up to us to reveal them to the world. There’s somebody out there that is waiting for you to offer your talent and gift to help propel them into their destiny.
Photo credit: Kareem Hayes
Register for Kareem’s class How to Self Publish Your First Book on Wednesday October 25th here
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