We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimbreli Flournoy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kimbreli, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I just finished graduate school and started my new career in the government as a webmaster (web developer). After 3 months of just going through the same everyday routine and watching the people around me whose positions I thought I wanted to be in, I knew this was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I kept having the same lingering thoughts. There is no way I was put on the earth to work 40 hours a week for 40 years just to retire off 40 percent of my income, there was just no way! My thought process behind starting my business was that I needed to create a change if I wanted a change. I didn’t want to be the 9-5er who came to work complaining about my circumstances or the employer who had million-dollar ideas but was too afraid to take action because they got too comfortable in their position. I knew I wanted to do something that involved helping others, but I wasn’t quite sure and really didn’t care to be honest. My thought process was to start searching for your true passion, which led to me starting a business.
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 am the proud owner of KFI Web Design and Marketing and I help 9-5ers turn their side-hustle into full-time income without losing stability and income through the strategic web and brand design. My business is heavily inspired by life experience whether it’s from playing collegiate basketball, working a 9-5, or something as simple as taking a vacation. I put my life into what I do.
It was not easy for me to get where I am today, in fact, I am still arriving. However, I do believe that things don’t get easier, you just get better and that’s exactly what I have done.
I got to where I am in my business by constantly wanting to get better. Everyone will experience failure, but being stuck and settling is a choice. Investing in myself was just as important as investing in my business so I had to make sure I did both. I had to get rid of some limiting beliefs and fear that kept me stuck in my business and took that leap of faith. when you’re working a 9-5 and running a business, every day presents new challenges. I have to always remember my why and my reasons behind doing what I do.
The biggest lesson I have learned in my business so far is that I can do anything, but I can’t do everything. I tried to be everything to everyone and I felt burnt out and stressed. I had to learn that just because I can do something doesn’t mean I should. I had to learn that my business is not a buffet where people can pick and choose what they want. It’s a 5-star restaurant where I value quality over quantity,
I want the world to know that your biggest struggles will be your biggest victories. My business was started from struggles, my business grew because of struggles and I will win because of my struggles and so can anyone else. Instead of being embarrassed by your struggles, try to embrace them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in the DMV area in Richmond, VA and there is so much to do! So if my best friend is coming (which she is) this is what I would do to show her a great time.
First I would have to take her to Carytown for good food and drinks. Carytown is full of restaurants owned by small business owners. It’s a vibe and you can’t go wrong no matter where you go. Then since I’m so close to DC we will definitely be taking a day trip for some brunch and sightseeing. We will go to my favorite brunch and happy hour spot, the Madhatter, then hit the African-American Museum. DC is also known for their day parties so depending on how we feel we may have to stop at Ozio Rooftop for some fun.
I’m all about balance so I would have to throw some chill days in there. The Riverfront Canal Walk in downtown Richmond is perfect for a nice walk along the water. Richmond is known for dope art around the city and along the canal is where you can find the instafamous murals that everyone takes pictures in front of. Then grab some ice cream at the Nightingale ice cream for the best ice cream sandwiches. We will also go to Short Pump Town center for some shopping and dinner at Cooper Hawk’s Winery and Restaurant.
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?
Whew! There are so many people and things that have attributed to where I am in my life and business. I definitely want to give a special shoutout to my family who has been my rock during my darkest and hardest times. They keep me grounded and encouraged. I also want to shout out my amazing business besties who have constantly poured into me. From answering the most simple questions, giving me sound advice, and never making me feel alone during my entrepreneur journey. Last, I want to shout out my favorite verse Philippians 4:6 ” Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” This is my go-to verse whenever I feel overwhelmed and stressed. I take it with me wherever I go.