We had the good fortune of connecting with Kijana Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kijana, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was I wanted to be in control of my time, and how much money I could make. After moving to Atlanta in 2006, I was loyal to a job that was not loyal to me. I dedicated 5 years of my young adult life with a company that made it clear that they were ok leaving us in the positions we were in (no room for advancement). I applied and was denied countless other positions within the company, and we rarely got pay raises, no matter how great of work we were doing. Prior to that particular job, every other position I’d ever had was in management, so to look up years later and I wasn’t much further than when I started was a HUGE problem for me. Interesting enough, my husband was pretty much going through the same thing on his job. Both of our grandfathers were entrepreneurs so I guess it was in our blood to be business owners. I was laid off from my job “temporarily” in 2011. During that time, I prayed to God that the job didn’t call me back. Well God answered that prayer, because I ended up being the only person not called back to work!
What should our readers know about your business?
What sets my business apart from most others is the fact of, the more people I help, the more successful I will become. My income is a direct reflection of how many people I serve. Therefore, this keeps me in a mind frame that it is not all about “me & mine” and what we can gain. So because of that, I want to always have myself position to be of service to others. I am most excited about the future of course! God has given me so many visions throughout my life. When I think about the ones that have already come to fruition, I cannot help but to be excited about what is next to come. I got to where I am in business by being open minded, always willing to learn and grow, as well as consistency! Being successful in business is NO overnight thing. It takes time and much dedication. It takes you showing up when you don’t feel like it or don’t feel good. It takes late nights and early mornings. It takes the willingness to invest back into your brand, self development, etc. It has not been an easy journey, however, it’s been very rewarding. I overcame many challenges by showing up and not quitting. I also take time to master my craft. In my industry, there’s so much to learn, so I never get to a point where I feel ‘I made it”. I remain a student of the business and study other successful people who’ve come before me! What I want the world to know about me and my brand is that we are just getting started!! I have some big goals from the end of 2020, going into 2021. Everyone should just stay tuned 🙂 The absolute best is yet to come!!
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?
If my best friend was in town for a week, it’s a lot of eating happening! LOL We would definitely have to hit up Piedmont and/or Centennial Park. We’re eating at Woody’s Cheesesteaks, Cafe Agora, and Busy Bee! I haven’t tried RocSouth yet, so we’d have to hit them up too. I love Little Five Points because of the culture so that of course is a must. Apache cafe, too!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, Kelvin! He has been my rock through everything! He is the one who pushes me to be my authentic best self. He encourages me when I’m feeling down on myself, and he helps me to always remember why we started our businesses in the 1st place. My husband is such a selfless person, and literally the hardest working man I’ve ever known. I would not be where I am if it wasn’t for him and his dedication.