We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimmie Price and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kimmie, what do you attribute your success to?
Short Answer: Embracing my humanity, resting, and accepting that I wont get to do everything my mind thinks up. I made a vow/mantra to myself that I would never forfeit my family, my friends, rest, and life enjoyment for the sake of a successful business.

Long Answer: As a young entrepreneur I often feel the pressure of the 
“grind never stops” and “you can sleep when you die” culture. I tried it and because of the way I’m wired, that led me to running very unsuccessful businesses. My ability to create was limited because I was creating from an “empty cup”. I was exhausted, taking on too many clients, working until 3 and 4am for a check. It was a habit I could never maintain, so I would burn out and drop the ball for weeks on end. Clients would be reaching out to me wondering what’s going on with their projects and I literally had no answer. My body and my brain were just over it. So, I went on a journey of understanding my limits, my boundaries and I became a woman of routine. I work a 4 day week and I’m dedicated to those days. 4 days on 3 days off. It’s a rhythm I can sustain and it has made me successful and I find myself actually accomplishing more in 4 days than I would in 7. I now cary a load of 4 clients, 2 business, and I’m a part time pastor. It all gets done and I’m not killing myself. I know that seems crazy but just contact me if you want to chat about this.

What should our readers know about your business?
My Dad is an entrepreneur. Growing up, I watched him run multiple businesses at a time and be super successful at it. In fact, my very first job was being his office manager at 15 years old. My dad always taught me the value and the power of owning your own businesses. A question he often asked me was “what can you create or what skill do you have that you can charge people $10 for?… What about $100.” He taught me to think like an entrepreneur. Besides that, I always loved the amount of freedom he had to set his schedule but he was so dedicated. I admired that and that’s how I became an entrepreneur.

When I was 22, I started my first business and from there I’ve dabbled in maybe 4-5 businesses. Not all of them were successful but I would say that’s what has gotten me to where I am today. I’m not afraid to take a risk and I know full-well that failure is part of the process.

My most recent business endeavors are different than anything I’ve tried before. They are passion projects, things I really deeply love and have more of an emotional/spiritual connection to:
* Pretium Papers began out of a love for words of affirmation and an obsession with all things stationery. Paper, pens, words… omg it’s heaven. What’s cool about this business is that we create non-typical greeting cards. What’s even cooler is that I’ve been able to empower the people around me who have a gift for written words and speaking to people’s hearts. Together we’ve created something so special.
* Kimmie Price Strategy is my heart. Something in me has always been attached to pushing people to step out in their ideas, even the crazy ones. I have this unique ability to hear an idea and create a money-making machine out of it. Even more than that, I believe that after people sit down with me, they feel emotionally and practically empowered to do things they’ve never done before or in ways they’ve never done it. Every single meeting I have I ask questions and get to know my clients and as I get to know them I build a roadmap for their brand/business and deliver them a complete strategy for business filing, launch, marketing & branding, and sales. I get so much joy out of doing this.

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.
Oooooh I’m not an itinerary girl but I love a good vibe and even better food/drinks so I would simply submit a list of places to go for just that. Here’s my list in no particular order:

* Perch LA – Rooftop Dinner DTLA
* Castaway Burbank – Patio Dinner Burbank that overlooks the city
* Sip & Sonder – A very cool black-owned coffee shop with a banging pistachio milk matcha latte
* Stevie’s Creole Cafe – A southern girls DREAM, they have the best creole pasta
* The Coffee Company – A breakfast spot that remind me of home (Texas)
* Etta Culver City – The Brunch is speechlessly good

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When I read this question, I really thought of like 5-7people I could dedicate this shoutout to and I think that’s the power of community and asking for help. I think so often the culture can be “every man for himself” but I really pride myself on bringing people along the journey with me and being able to ask for help.

The people in my life are an integral part of my success. I wouldn’t have it without them and I wouldn’t want to. First, my amazing Husband, David Price. He’s the reason I have the freedom to create and build businesses. When we met I was stuck in a creative funk and I couldn’t figure out how to just do it and he empowered me to just do it, even if I failed. He helped me to take the next step in business. He really makes me feel like a boss. Secondly, my parents. I mentioned my dad, Ray Lewis, already but he really is my role model in the business and success space. He’s a man of the people and he’s never once put money or success above the well-being of his family and his community. My mom, Janett Lewis, equally impacted me because she is a business mogul I tell you. The brain I have, I’m CERTAIN I got it from her. She is a strategist, a builder, a thinker and I’m just a Janett Jr. Thirdly, I’d have to dedicate this shoutout to my dear friend DeShawne Edwards. DeShawne taught me how to truly love myself, embrace my weaknesses, live vulnerably and love the people around me. This sentence is the key to my success. I had all of the tools and doors I needed but this key unlocked it all for me.

Website: https://www.kimmieprice.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimmiepricela

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimmiepricela/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/kimmiepricela

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimmiepricela

Other: Pretium Papers Website: https://www.pretiumpapers.com Pretium Papers Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pretiumpapers

Image Credits
Leanne Cantelon & Sam Scott

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