We had the good fortune of connecting with Mia Bui and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mia, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Our thought process behind starting Haus of Kimia revolved around passion and autonomy. We wanted to wake up everyday and do what we love on our own terms.
Being a single mom-preneur, for me it was always about being able to pick up my son everyday from school and be present … all while running a business . That’s the dream.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Haus of Kimia is brand development and marketing agency. We help entrepreneurs structure their businesses from start to finish. We offer a variety of services from branding, marketing (social, email, text, paid ads), website development, business development, product sourcing, logistics, and everything in between. We help build, start, and scale businesses- specifically in the ecomm beauty, health/wellness/supplements world and expanded into the service space of fitness, interior design, and recently events/weddings. If you can dream it up, we can help you build it.
I’d like to think our passion is what sets us apart from most. We’re very selective on who we take on- while making a profit is always nice- we dont say yes to everyone, and want to make sure its a synergistic fit. The prospective client has to be equally as passionate about what their putting out in the world- shaking up the space, changing the landscape of the industry they’re in, etc. We LOVE working with the movers + the shakers- that passion is extremely contagious so it’s a must.
When we first embarked on this journey, we were really just focused on what we knew the best, e-commerce because it was a large portion of our experience. When brands in the fitness space started reaching out to work with us – we were excited to tap into a new challenge and space. The fitness space is something we’re both very passionate about- Kim was a fitness studio director for years before entering the ecomm space and I, myself am very active and always trying to find the newest fitness class to change up my regime so its been so fun to apply things from a consumer standpoint while leveraging our existing experiences to help scale their businesses. And its been huge success, all of our fitness clients have seen massive growth and have even tapped into e-commerce themselves. All of it synergistically fits and there’s something to learn from both service and consumer goods industries.
I would not say its been an easy ride by any means. Lots of ebs & flows. Good ol hard work, goal setting, and perseverance. I think one huge take away for me was that we always believed in ourselves – we were pulling up our own chairs to sit at the table so we can be apart of the conversation, trailblazing the way. Its still something we do. We talk shop all the time and we genuinely enter spaces wanting to lend a helping hand – and it shows. As much as we want to work with the movers and the shakers- we ourselves try to embody it. “Closed mouths dont get fed.” Majority of our clients have have been referred to us or found out about us through word of mouth. A saying we live by is if you wont talk about your business how is anyone else supposed to. SHOUT IT from the rooftops, if you believe in it bad enough people will too. Years prior to us starting our business, we were unknowingly laying a foundation down by just being us genuinely – when you enter rooms- shine, you never know who you’re going to meet.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a major foodie and a total girls girl. We are shopping and eating.
If my bestie is coming into town we are going to a cute restaurant with all the vibes.
I’ve recently discovered the cutest farm to table restaurant called Solstice in Irvine, likely pop on over there for drinks, dinner, and the yummiest ricotta donuts.
I love a good loungey spot – anywhere with pretty cocktails and great 90’s/00’s music and I’m in. Or, I’m a sucker for live music- Mastro’s always has the best bar area with live music. It’s moody and the musicians are always so talented.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My business partner Kimberly Brooks – none of this would be possible without her not only from a business standpoint but as my best friend.
She’s the friend you need in your corner. We’ve relied on each-other not only throughout the process of running our now 3 year business but leading up to it. Constantly providing words of encouragement, brainstorm sessions, shopping dates, love and laughter – all good needed energy. 8 years in the making – we’re here now running a very successful marketing and brand development business together, with a growing and talented team to boot!
A book we both found extremely helpful through the process is by motivational speaker- Cara @thechampagnediet called Girl on Fire- its cheerleader vibes in a book- you need a friend in your pocket this book is it! Cara helps you eliminate self doubt and constantly reminds you “if not you then who”. Like many entrepreneurs, we have struggled with “imposter syndrome” and self doubt pretty often, and we didn’t recognize it as such until we both dived into this light read. Its a quick easy to digest read that really ignites your fire.