We had the good fortune of connecting with Fanae Walters and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fanae, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
How can I do what I love and make money was my initial thought behind starting my business. I have always been an entreprenuer so when Sacred Care was birth it was no doubt that I was destined to be my own boss. During the beginning stages of my business I was on fire. All I thought about was making money and Sacred Care. I would read a bunch of business books, researching my industry non-stop and formulating my ideas into a business plan. When I decided to take a leap of faith with being a full time entrepreneur I remember feeling nervous but excited at the same time. My faith is what balanced my thought process to keep me focus on the goal- TO BE MY OWN BOSS.
What should our readers know about your business?
Sacred Care is a non-traditional personal care service that caters to individuals who requires observation and care from a medical professional. Sacred Care offers personal care services, cosmetic surgery aftercare services, mobile care and a host of other services that is tailored to meet the needs of the individual that requires care. What sets Sacred Care apart from other home care services is that we provide individualized care, case management and put preventive care measures in place to reduce risk of injuries, accidents, illnesses and hospitalizations. I am excited and looking forward to adding value to Sacred Care by investing in a sector of nursing that is overlooked and undervalued which is the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). Where I am today took a great deal of patience, dedication, perseverance and hard work. I had to cultivate a mindset of never giving up no matter what. Life seems to always throw us a curve ball to try to distract us from starting that business or elevating our business; in those times we have to be committed to the dream. The most valuable lesson that I have learned is there is no such thing as failure. In starting a business or scaling your business you will have errors. Errors are good. Making mistakes are good because it gives you an opportunity to learn and find a way to do it better. We have to make mistakes and learn from them in order to move to the next level. In addition it is important that you do not get stagnate or be hard on yourself when you do make mistakes. In those times asking for help is ok. It is ok not to know everything. It is important that you learn to invest in yourself and your brand by outsourcing services that you may not be good in.
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.
One of my reason for living in Georgia is that this state has so much to offer. If I believe that you can thrive in Atlanta I am always trying to recuit people to add to the value that Atlanta has to offer. My itinerary would consist of the following: -Alpharetta Greenway: Is a place I visit often when mediating, praying or needing a space of stillness. The greenway offers nature and quietness. It is a great place to run when needing to let go of stress. It is a great place to be one with nature which allows me to get my thoughts together whenever I feel overwhelmed. -Atlanta Beltline is a place that I like to walk with the intentions on having some lunch. I love that the belt line has murals and art and a ton of restaurants to check out. -Wolf Mountain Vineyards is one of my favorite places to treat myself. The drive is peaceful and the views driving up the mountain to vineyards is so beautiful to me. The vineyards is a all day trip. I am a wine lover and I love participating in the tour and tasting. I often sit on the back patio for the views and wine. Poor Calvins, Busy Bees and Peter Street are a few of my favorite restaurants. Parlor is a great place to hang and converse over some good drinks and music. A comedy show, a museum and lounge for me to dance is a must when I have visitors.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
When I think about my story I am always grateful for crossing paths with Celisa N. Celisa was my boss while working for an assisting living company. While working under Celisa I always respect her for providing constructive criticism and being a educator in her field. When I look back on my time working with Celisa she exposed me to so many different entities of the business that have been valuable when operating Sacred Care. I would say that Celisa was one of those people that I was meant to cross paths with because she was a blessing. Celisa poured knowledge and skill into me and put me into a increased paying position to demonstrate what I have learned into practice. In result of that opportunity I became more marketable. I started to see myself as an asset to companies that I have been interested in working for. By 2012 I had already made my mind to focus on being my own asset for my own company. I am so grateful for Celisa for being a leader and building leaders.
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