We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Monay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, what inspires you?
My inspiration comes from helping others elevate. When I started my business, being creative was a way to dive in deep to express the brand my client was trying to bring into the world, but it also allowed me to share and give advice when starting a business. As we all know, starting a business can be a struggle, and I love helping where I can. I feel inspired by being able to help so many businesses become household names and brands.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I was always creative and artsy as a child. I initially wanted to be an actress. So art has always been my calling. Working as a banker helped me to get familiar with the corporate industry. Things are run a lot differently in corporations. Things are structured and in place. There is protocol and processes. Learning these things as a banker gave me insight into my own business. Even more than that, being fired helped to give me the push that I needed to start my own business. When I first started Brandifi, I started it with only a few hundred dollars. My goal was to grow Brandifi without having to rely on any investors. Starting my business on a small budget was one of the biggest challenges I faced while growing my business. This is a challenge that most start-up companies may face. What helped me was my focus and determination. I focused on my “why” and let my creativity flow. Our work speaks for itself, and our clients choose to work with us because of this. Starting with so little initially makes the achievements so much sweeter.
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?
I love to take walks in Peidmont park and around Atlanta. I am new to Atlanta, as of a few years ago, but some of my favorite places to be are in the heart of Atlanta. It really reminds me of when I lived in New York.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this to my mom and my grandma. My Grandma is my biggest business role model. She did what she had to do throughout her life to make sure not only was she okay, but her kids were fine as well. She sewed clothes until her late 70’s. She inspired me in so many ways. My mom always allowed me to express my creativity and dreams no matter how crazy they seemed to others. She still does this with me as an adult. She is my number one fan, cheering me on the whole way.