I can’t begin to express how much I’ve lived by the statement, God Is My CEO, because He truly is. For those who don’t know me, my name is Kelsei LeAnn and I’m the CEO and founder of Kelsei LeAnn Studio which is a graphic design, website design, and digital marketing studio. Being a business owner is not easy, but the transition from side hustle to full-time business owner is one for the books. Since I’ve turned 16, all my jobs have been in fast food or retail, and quite frankly the only fast food I've worked at was Chick-Fil-A, and the only retail I’ve worked at was forever 21, and GAP. October 2017, I was working at GAP and my position was seasonal, so I knew it was time for me to start looking for another job. Looking for jobs are a hassle, so I decided I was going to start a clothing business, which was an epic fail, I’ll never sell clothes again. I found a vendor that I liked, that would supply my clothes, and I made my website, and now it was showtime. My clothing line lasted a month before I knew this wasn’t for me. I had a roommate my freshman year in college that asked me to do a website for her because she loved mine. At the beginning I was like straight up no, I’m not doing this, but then God told me to do it, so I did. I created her website and it turned into people contacting me all the time about a website. I’ve been designing/building websites since I was 16 and never would've thought I'd be here. I finally decided to transition into website design, but it was still a rocky road. I had rent to pay, and me charging $65 per website wasn’t cutting it. I decided to “take a break” from websites and start looking for a job again. At this time it’s the end of December, coming into New Years. I went to 5 interviews a week and nothing. I applied to over 70 jobs in my city, but still had no job. I was so hurt, confused, and just ready to give up. I started doing website designs again, but this time I was doing consultations calls to ensure that my time wouldn’t be wasted. One of my good sisters in Christ was one of my clients and we were talking on the phone She said, "Kelsei before I get off this phone, God won’t let me end this call without telling you to do your business full-time." I cried on the phone, shocked, and even more confused. Why would God tell me to run this business, and I don’t know the first thing about this business, OR have enough money to pay my bills? Nonetheless on February 20, 2018 I took a leap of faith and started doing my business full-time. I researched for weeks, how to price my packages, how to do coding, how to design on every platform, and I made $14,000 from January to July 2018. How did this even happen? God is my CEO. God is good. He took care of my needs AND then SOME! How did I get here though? Simple principles:
You will only go as high as your confidence allows you too. Raise your confidence, your position will rise.
You are the prize. Someone needs what YOU have to offer.
God is the supplier, stop worrying about WHERE and HOW and focus on WHAT you need to be doing in this very moment.
You have to work even when no one is watching or paying you. Build up your confidence, become saturated in knowledge so you can move forward.
Help people who want to be where you are. What’s the point of knowledge if you can’t help others?
If you desire to be a business owner and be a successful one at that, the most important thing I’ve learned is that “If you take care of God’s house, He’ll take care of yours” I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve skipped some Sunday’s on tithes being selfish, or just not trusting God fully with my finances. I viewed tithes as a burden instead of a seed. If I put a seed in good ground, it has to reap a harvest for me. Every Sunday, faithfully I plant seeds, regardless of how much I have, or what bills are around the corner. God takes care of me, my family, my bills and more. He’ll do the same for you.
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