In addition to coaching and designing, Kory also runs a successful blog that I've had bookmarked since day one. She shares biz tips and sneak peeks into her latest creative projects making it the perfect go-to for inspiration.
Maybe I'm a bit biased (Kory designed my blog, after all!) but I'm convinced that everything Kory touches turns to gold.
Here is her story...
1. Tell us what you do in 2 sentences:
I help passionate women create businesses and lives they love on their own terms through creative coaching and design!
2. What gave you the confidence to forge your own way, ditch the 9-5, and create your own business?
I started out in college and saw that there were other women working for themselves, a few that had even gotten started straight out of college. Since I had already been building my business up a bit, I felt a lot more confident making the jump straight into working for myself after I graduated.
3. What did you do next?
After I graduated college, I took my business full-time and never really looked back. I’m fortunate to have a great support system in my husband, family, and friends so I just kept working hard to make sure I was making enough money to be able to sustain living with my income.
4. What was the hardest part?
The hardest part was probably worrying that things would eventually dry up, and I’d have no work. I still worry about that in some months, but I know I was really worried about this - especially since I was working to prove some professors wrong about freelancing!
5. You’re a very talented designer - how did you get your start?
I went to school for design, which helped me really define the style of design that I like and create best. After tinkering around with the design for my own websites, I started offering design services to others. It sort of took off more than I thought it would!
6. What are some of the things that you struggled with in the early stages of self-employment? Is there anything you still struggle with?
Time management when I was just getting started was ridiculous. I was balancing school, my blog, and my business and I would batch my blog work as much as possible yet would still find myself staying up late for school or client projects. To this day, I struggle with maintaining a balance between following the “rules” of what we’re supposed to do as bloggers and business owners versus what I see as more important.
7. What has been the most rewarding part of being your own boss?
Being able to define what my day-to-day and big picture look like are for sure the most rewarding parts. On the small scale, I can work for three days a week or seven if I feel like it. On the larger scale, my husband is in the military, and it’s really nice to know that I always have work no matter where we go!
8. In addition to your blog, you also offer branding and design services. How do you stay organized and manage your time?
It’s all just about staying organized and keeping a to-do list handy! If I don’t write things down I’ll forget, so every time something comes up I just jot it down and then try to work as effectively as possible to get everything done during the day. A great incentive is knowing that if you’re not great at managing your time then you’ll lose time with your spouse or family. That always kicks my butt in gear ;)
9. What would you tell other creatives who are looking to build a career for themselves outside the 9-5?
Don’t be afraid to try it, even if people are telling you that it’s the craziest idea ever. Also, work hard and stick with it. It’s taken me years to get to where I am, so don’t give up if things don’t work out in just a few months!
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10. What are your plans for the future?
Mostly growing my course and reach while helping women on their journeys while just enjoying life!