We had the good fortune of connecting with Kayli Nicole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kayli, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I always knew that working for someone else and having to listen to someone dictate when I came to work, when I left work, how long I was at work, etc. was not in the cards for me. I didn’t know until I was a manager for a restaurant that I wanted my own business. I was the YOUNGEST and only African American WOMAN in the “top dogs” of the company. I was one of the few people that the owner came to for advice and took constructive criticism from whenever it came to running his business. It really dawned on me that this man was the most powerful man of the company and everyone had to do what he said and make it happen when he wanted it to happen. He didn’t need to be in the building and he didn’t have to be there working with us. All he had to do was show his face twice a month, watch the cameras, make some phone calls and everyone knew that they had to do what the boss said to do. One day I said I want to be like him (except more personable of course) and run my own business, and from then on, it’s been just that. Of course, I’m not running a restaurant and I’m a cosmetologist, but my dream goes so much further than providing services for people. In the end I plan to teach and provide jobs for people within this field and continue to pour into the beauty industry.
What should our readers know about your business?
On July 8, 2019, I was on my way to work, to a job I’d worked at for 2 and a half years, I had a talk with God. He and I both knew that I’d fallen into a depression constantly going into this job knowing that I no longer wanted to be there, but I felt stuck because I was used to the company, my coworkers and the money. Within this talk, I told God, “If this is for me, let me know and if it is not, show me when to step away from it.”…I did not know that in 45 minutes he would literally put his hand on my shoulder and help me remove myself on that very day. Was it easy? No, but by the grace of God, I knew that I would be just fine. Did I know it was going to be challenging? Yes, but for some reason, I always work best under pressure. On that Friday, July 12, 2019- Love, Kayli Nicole was born. The main lessons that stick with me is 1. God is with me at all times and 2. If it was easy, you wouldn’t want to do it. Lastly, I want the world to know that Love, Kayli Nicole started with a little girl that had a dream and she made sure she did everything necessary to make that dream become reality.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I would take my friend to Uptown Dallas. It’s such a fun and relaxing area of Dallas, yet we’ll still be able to enjoy the right amount of “turn up”. First, I would start off the night by taking us to Invasions for dinner. It’s a new black owned burger joint AND it’s named after Cardi B’s album “Invasion of Privacy”. After dinner we’d head to Longshots, a bar on McKinney Ave to pregame and get prepared for the night ahead of us. Once 11:45 approaches, we’ll head to Stars N Spirits. It’s the perfect nightclub for everyone. They play amazing music and the customer service is great. Once 2 AM hits, we’ll head home and enjoy the rest of the night with each other just catching up on all of the crazy things we did in high school!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout my mom. If it was not for her, I literally would not be where I am today. I wouldn’t have been able to go to Cosmetology school, I wouldn’t have the drive to GET TO THIS BAG AND RUN UP THEM BANDS (LOL), and I wouldn’t keep pushing myself harder. For most of my life she was a single mom, she had me whenever she was 22 (something I definitely could not do) and never looked back. We never had our lights cut off, it was never a “get it out the mud” type situation, but she just always knew how to makes things happen with little to no help. She is one of the highest paid nurse in the health industry and I just always told myself that whatever I do (because I did not want to be a nurse), I need to make the same amount, if not more than my mom does, while also being happy with what I’m doing. She has proved that you can be independent, happy, successful and wealthy by doing EXACTLY what you wanted to do.
Image credit for personal photo D. Porter
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