We had the good fortune of connecting with Karli Hausman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karli, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When I first started Lyte Up Clothing, I never imagined I’d be where I am today. I am in the process of leaving my full-time job to take on the Lyte Up Clothing company to the next level. While there is a risk everything could crash and burn, I have done everything in my power to map out every single step. Some business owners build the plane on their way down after jumping off of a cliff and others build the plane before even taking the leap. While I loved what my career was, I even went to school for it, I always had this in my DNA to pave my own path. If my vision to change the world is to ever come to life, I’ll first have to put it all on the line to make it happen.
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?
Lyte Up Clothing gets our customers noticed as they stand out from the rest on the night of their event. I started off my hand making my products that light up using el wire. I hand stitch the wire on to make designs and light up the night. This has transitioned from festival goers to now having full bachelorette and wedding line. We have about 300+ new ideas on the horizon that we will be introducing to the Lyte up Clothing line in the next 2 years.
Long term, I want to change the world by having a portion of proceeds benefit specific diversity groups. For example, our Pride line we will come out with every June, donations or proceeds can go towards the lbgtqia suicide prevention. We project to get this off the ground within the next 5 years.
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?
We are based out of the Philadelphia area now so we of course have to hit the city of brotherly love! Reading Terminal Market is a must for out of towners to get a bite to eat. Then we’d have to fill some of the day with some historic learning so we can head over to the Old City area to check out the Liberty Bell, which is free admission. It always helps to save a few bucks! Then we can head to the Philadelphia Art Museum to run to the top of the Rocky steps. After that we could stop by one of the tourist cheesesteak places for a photo, but keep on driving over to where the REAL cheesesteak places are such John Roast Pork. We could wrap up the night by bar hopping along the all so lively South Street.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There is not any one person who has helped me make this leap to lead a successful small business, rather a lot of small influences along my journey. My sister is first and foremost who took the leap about 7 years ago from leaving her job to working on her side hustle full-time. She’s now one of the top ETSY shops. From the first second my sister laid eyes on my hats, she told me to leave my job and do this full-time. It only took 8 years to listen to her!
My uncle, who also left his computer tech job 20 years ago who now flips houses, invests in projects and just bought his first big time business to run called Roadrunner Glass in Northern California. He showed me the importance of believing in myself and listening to my inner creativity.
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