We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashlee’ “Floetyc” McHenry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashlee’ “Floetyc”, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was very experimental and scattered, to be honest. I realized I was operating as a business, brand, and artist but I failed to keep up with the legal administration of it until quarantine. Having this extra time to reflect gave me the push to look into what being a business owner means legalistically, and I am so happy I did that. It made my mindset shift from a person that does art to more of a professional and well-known business owner that sells art. I tried new things, learned new things and even now I consult other business owners. Overall, my thought process was “it is better to try something than nothing at all.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a self-published writer, researcher, educator, content creator, Deaf advocate, virtual assistant, and consultant. I specialize in writing overall and I am known for self-publishing my poetry as well as helping others to do the same through consultations. I am very proud that my business constantly supports individuals in different communities such as the Deaf community through interpreting services as well as upcoming writers by encouraging them to publish their work. I believe the kind of values such as support, inclusivity, and open-mindedness of my business sets it apart from others. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my best friend Surreal Surmani @surreal.only on Instagram for always pushing me to keep going.