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

Hi Meishel, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I decided to get into brand coaching to help other women start and grow their online businesses. I help women avoid the same mistakes I made, which almost led me back to a 9-5.

When I originally started my graphic design business in 2018, I had no leads or connections, and I failed more times than necessary. And while I knew I wasn’t owed anything, I still believed if it were me in a position to help another fempreneur, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

I almost quit, it burdened my marriage and ate me up with mom guilt.

It wasn’t until I reached out to a woman in my industry who took me under her wing. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long, but the short time I had with her is invaluable, and I will always appreciate her time.

After working with her, I knew I wanted to build a career around helping women scale their online businesses. I also felt it necessary to work specifically with women, because we have such a competitive nature, and we can often be our own worse enemies.

I believe it’s important to not only preach this message but to also do my part, which is being a positive resource for other women and supporting them on their entrepreneurial journey.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Never let up. The thing standing between you and success is discipline and patience. I see so many people on to something so good, and give up because it isn’t happening “fast enough”. You have to stay the course and never stop applying pressure.

As I gained more experience and was exposed to more, I began to shift my focus to helping clients understand their business was more than a logo and pretty graphics.

In mid-2020, right in the middle of a pandemic, I filed for my LLC and decided, I’m going to be the go-to person for branding. Creative Journey LLC was born!

My main goal is to always see a client and not a dollar sign. In my first year of business, I had a lot to prove, so I often found myself accepting less than I deserved.

When I began enforcing policies and prices, the traffic my business was seeing slowed all the way down. I started attracting fewer, yet more intentional clients. It was the best thing

I could have ever done for my business.

Getting to where I am today, is an accomplishment for me. I don’t have 10,000 followers, I don’t even have 1k, but I still get up every day and operate like I have 1 million followers to bring value to.

I will always remain humble, genuine, and honest. This is how I’m able to stay away from the 9-5 and keep my freedom as an entrepreneur.

It wasn’t easy getting here. I almost lost my marriage, I still have family asking when I’ll get a job (haha), but I’m so happy now and it was all worth it.

A major lesson that I learned was discipline. You get back what you put out. I wasn’t seeing success because I was operating at 20%. What a difference it makes when you apply yourself.

If I had to share any gems from my journey, I’d highlight the importance of consistency, discipline, and patience.

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’m not really an out on the town person, but I definitely love brunch, beaches, and bars.

I’d definitely take a friend hiking, then head to brunch, get massages, and head to dinner for shots!Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely want to recognize Dejhanie, owner of Brandedd Creative.

She literally picked me up from the ground and did more than mentored me, she also instilled confidence in me, taught me, and sent clients my way.

I’ll always acknowledge and appreciate, Dejhanie.

Website: meishelbrands.co

Instagram: thebrandcoachshel

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