We had the good fortune of connecting with Karmy B. Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karmy B., how do you think about risk?
When I think of a risk, I immediately define it as a possibility of an outcome not being favorable. It’s the thing that the many won’t do without a full understanding of what’s on the other side. A person like myself, who is risk tolerant, is one who considers the risk to benefit ratio, but doesn’t allow the potential of failing to stifle them from taking leaps. Taking risks has been apart of my daily routine in my career in entrepreneurship as a web designer and brand strategist.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I own KBS Multimedia where I help women led businesses show up as their best self online on the first try with clean, modern and responsive website designs and brand strategies. I am most proud of myself for starting my entrepreneurial career as it was something I never sought after. I’d always been content with working my way up the corporate ladder, because that’s what had always been presented my entire life, right? Starting my business was a no brainer after being fired unexpectedly from my corporate job after college due to changes in management and a company merger. I’d never wanted to fear a company letting me go at their will with no remorse, reason or money to look to. I have been in business for close to two years full-time and I’m experiencing freedom, steady income, repeat clients and brand awareness that I couldn’t imagine before starting. It was surely not easy getting to the point of consistency in the business. It takes a lot of investments and faith. When I speak of investments, I don’t mean solely monetary. There is a great investment of time that goes into running your own business that most people don’t highlight. You have to wake up daily and set your mind to complete tasks as well as show up online to market yourself and network in order to gain more clientele. I’ve learned that life is truly about choices, especially in entrepreneurship. You wake up everyday and must decide to devour your goals to accomplish them. It’s almost like they tell you when you’re transitioning from high school to college, “no one is going to make you do your homework.” It’s the exact same concept in entrepreneurship. You have to want it, everyday! I want people to look at my brand and feel inspired to do the impossible or what may seem impossible. I want them to see themselves in me and feel hopeful to believe and reach higher heights for their own life.
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?
I’m new to the Frisco-Dallas area, but I would definitely take my best friend to the Common Table in Frisco for brunch to start the day. They have great music, brunch and of course mimosas to die for. Once we finished, I’d go to Little Elm beach to enjoy the scenic views and canoe on the river. We would probably end the weekend with a dress up dinner at Nick & Sam’s or XOXO Dining.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my mom, Tracey Shine who always encouraged me to live out loud and lead from the front. She taught me how to be fearless and trust myself. I love her! A special shoutout to my immediate family, my dad Melvin Smith, sisters Tamia & Quashia, my younger brother Melvin Smith Jr., grandparents Pastor & Sister M.L. Smith and of course my best friend Levelle Davison who has been there for me in more ways than I can count.
I’d like to shoutout my grandma, Shirley Shine and my aunts who’ve sowed tremendously into my dreams. I can’t forget my Uncle Mike and my cousins who I’m so proud of and do all of this to potentially put our family in a better position.
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