We had the good fortune of connecting with Krispin Watson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Krispin, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Since becoming self-employed, my work life balance has improved tremendously. When I was working in the corporate world, I always had to ask for days and time off just to participate in my kid’s school activities. Fortunately, I had employers that worked with me regarding allowing me to be off to do what I had to do with my kids, but the thought of constantly have to get permission to be an active parent didn’t sit well with me. Although they would let me off, it would come out of my paid time off days as well as my sick days. In the event that my kids got sick for an extended period of time, I would some times go over the allotted sick days and have to take a dock in pay to be home to tend to them while they were ill. Now that I am self-employed, I can take care of my family as I need to as well as still make the desired pay. I love being able to be a full-time mom as well as a full-time entrepreneur.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business, SLL Professional Services LLC, DBA So Lux Life is like non other in may ways. I provide professional real estate services around the state of Alabama specializing in the metro Birmingham area and host a worldwide podcast named So Lux Life Podcast. Regarding real estate, I offer services to help clients become homeowners with ease. I have flexible hours that allow me to work late nights or early mornings depending on the schedule of my clients. Even if someone is not in the position to become a homeowner, I offer services and resources to help individuals with their credit in order to become future homeowners if they are not in the position to buy at the moment they contact me. I am most proud about being able to assist families with one of the largest purchases they will ever make in their lifetime. I am excited to see them become new homeowners and purchase property that they can pass down from generation to generation. I got to where I am today by not giving in to the rejections I’ve received from jobs and individuals over the years and staying motivated with the end in mind. I’ve always wanted more income and the jobs I was landing was not providing me with the income I saw fit for myself, my family, and for the lifestyle I like to live. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had given up and not kept going. There was nothing easy about building my business. Truth be told, I actually failed my real estate exam the first time I took it. I could have easily let that discourage me and gone back to the corporate world, but I didn’t. I used that as motivation to keep grinding, study harder, and do my best the next time around. I passed the exam the second time I took it and it felt like a weight lifted off of my shoulders. I overcame the challenges of failing my exam to building a business from the ground up by keeping my eye on the prize. Some lessons I’ve learned along the way were that people won’t always support you, but you have to be able to gravitate and find the audience/clientele that does. No market is over-saturated to the point where there isn’t room for you. There is a place in your business for you to become successful as long as you put in the work and stay dedicated to the procedures that will take you to the net level. I started my podcast with a handful of listeners, and now I have thousands of guests that tune in weekly to my show. I want the world to know that So Lux Life has a mission to serve as well has be a positive reinforcement in society. Not only do I sell real estate and provide professional services, I also am dedicated to helping individuals become the best version of themselves that they can be by helping them enhance the mental, physical, and spiritual luxuries in life. I want the world to know that I built my brand as a single mother, and still found time to put in the work to get me to where I want to be in life. No matter what your story is, use it to your advantage and watch how things fall in place.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you were to come to Birmingham, there is so much for one to experience that you would have to keep coming back time and time again to get the full experience. If you like to eat, there are plenty of breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner spots that you could visit. One of my favorite breakfast/brunch spots are First Watch. I am a fan of their Floridian French Toast. It is french toast loaded with fresh fruits and a great glaze to go on top. For lunch, I would recommend Urban Smoke Bar & Grill. Their wings and fries are to die for. When it comes to dinner, I would suggest trying Michael’s Restaurant. They serve steak and seafood and have a rooftop dining area that overlooks the Birmingham Barons baseball field and downtown Birmingham. If you would like to have a drink, I would suggest checking out The Collins Bar located in the heart of downtown Birmingham. If you would like to just hang out and listen to music, there are plenty of bars like 3000 Bar, and the Vault where you can go to have a good time. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Stephen Wiley, my team leader/mentor, deserves credit in my story to becoming a successful realtor. He has encouraged me and helped me to become the motivated realtor I am today. Even before I got my real estate license, he was always checking in to see how my process was coming along. He has motivated me by his hard work, persistence, and positive attitude when it comes to growing in business as well as helping others. He has a kind heart and genuinely wants to see me succeed as a rockstar real estate agent. Even when there were moments when I wanted to give up, he would always encourage me to trust to the process, work hard and assured me that it would all work out, and so far, it has!
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