We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay L Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay L, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Sink or Swim! Those are thoughts that come to mind. My venture into entrepreneurship was of necessity. I lost my job in 2012 and searched for jobs for an entire year. I needed a miracle. I am thankful that someone took a chance on me to ask me to run their social media.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Jay L Harris Creative Werks is a digital branding firm specializing in graphic design & social media management. Our mission is to help entrepreneurs find clarity in their brand & establish a stunning online presence by teaching them how to brand themselves with social media while providing eye-catching digital content. What sets us apart? Teach.Create.Inspire *Teach- We teach clients about social media branding and the 3 M’s (iMage, Message, & Methods) needed for standing out online. *Create- We create stunning graphics, written & digital content for clients *Inspire- We inspire our clients to be authentic in their business by teaching them the basics of social media branding. When we strip down to our core values of Teach, Create, & Inspire, we knew we had to share our principles with others. We believe clarity comes when we are authentic with our message and approach branding with simple but effective strategies. We’ve learned over the years sticking to the basics is the best approach for building a brand. What am I most excited about? We’re expanding our creative bandwidth to launch an ezine called Pretty Smart Chics. Our goal is to help women renew their lives spiritually, personally, and professionally, particularly in the areas of health, wealth, and style. We saw a need to help women between the ages of 35-50 to renew themselves, so they can be free to live a life they enjoy! How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? By accident, I needed to eat and pay bills. No one was calling me back for interviews, so I had to be creative. My journey has been rough. I faced many hardships like being on food stamps, working at Moes, & misunderstood by people. How did I overcome obstacles? I credit having a strong faith. I believe entrepreneurship is a calling. Over the years, I surrounded myself with people who can uplift my spirits. If I didn’t have a spiritual practice, I would have quit a long time ago. What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way? Learning how to make income. I tell people often if you can make $10, you make $100! Then keep adding zeros! What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story? I live by three words; Inspire. Empower, & Serve. I want someone to look at me and say if she can do it, so can I.
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?
Ooh! This good. Metro-Atlanta has many wonderful places to visit. Especially some hidden gems people may not think to visit. I would start by taking my friend on a hike to Sweetwater Creek Park. It is one of my favorite spots to visit. It’s an awesome place to reconnect with nature. We’d venture up to my favorite winery Yonah Mountain Vineyards in Cleveland, Georgia. Next, we go to a candle-making class at Candlefish located at Ponce City Market. We would eat at my favorite local spots in Douglasville Gumbeaux and Kuumba Coffeehouse. Oh yes! Shopping! I love Atlantic Station, Ikea, and Battery Park! 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 shout-out to mentors Taydra Mitchell-Jackson, Karla Beedles, Jennifer Lester, & Dawn Washington, who helped me build confidence and gave me opportunities to grow in my profession. I never want to forget my Mother & family, who support me 100%.