We had the good fortune of connecting with Miki Riley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miki, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My mother planted the seed of entrepreneurship in my heart when I was about 15 years old. I was asked what my business would be and to provide a business plan. Because of this, I have had a small business since I was 16 years old. Although over the years my business endeavors have changed, the thought of being self employed has never.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I have several entities that all intertwine. First of all, I must say how happy and privileged I am to have made a living doing the things I love in life. Being a professional MUA and fashion accessory business owner has given me the opportunity to style and beautify many women. It also compelled me to write my 1st published book entitled “The Fabulous 40 & Over Club,” which talks about what truly defines being Fabulous from a mature persons perspective. The Fabulous 40 & Over Club is also an organization I’ve started that’s growing in numbers. It’s purpose is to help beautiful women inside and out as well as a host of other things. And last but absolutely not least, since I have laid my brushes to rest (and mainly instuct makeup for mature women periodically) as an insurance professional, I’m able to help educate and protect peoples future with coverage for Cancer, Critical Illnesses, disability and more. These products are valuable to women over 40 (and everyone). And because my own mother passed away at the the age of 45 with cancer, I felt it was my duty to offer this coverage to others when I found out it existed. This is why I say I do what I love and they intertwine. This journey has not been easy. Not long after moving to Georgia and penning my book, I had a suspected mini-stroke. This affected my mobility and caused me to halt my business and book marketing plans. I had to work very hard to keep a positive mental attitude and stay determined to make a full recovery so that I could get back to my purpose. With prayer, the support of my friends and family and a determined mind, I have made it through. I have republished my book, my group numbers are growing, I’m insuring people along the way and things are moving in a positive direction. Always remember no matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up! Also make sure you have a solid team of supporters and make sure you reciprocate. These are 3 very important keys to success.
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 wish I could say more about Atlanta & Georgia. Prior to the Pandemic, I did not get a chance to explore as much as I would I like. I did recently go to Atlantic Station (it was awesome) as well as Ponce City Market and I loved them both. My best fried Leslie will be visiting here soon. I will definitely take her to The Book Boutique in Atlantic Station, to the Ponce Market and we will explore some new places together.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout out to The many women who have supported me through my business journey. The women who are still rocking with me and have not lost the faith or enthusiasm in support of my grind. The names that come to mind most vividly (although I’m sure there are others) are my big cousin/mother Mickin Perkins. She took care of me before and after my mother past away. She purchased my products to support me in business even though she didn’t have to (I would have given them to her). Leslie Cooper, my bestfriend/sister, she always promotes my business to her friends and family. Lisa Moore-White my a one since day one.. She started off as a client and is now a business partner and loyal friend. And last but not least Eddra Harrington. Eddra has been a support since the day we met and she’s shown me she’s not just in it for the money. All these ladies have contributed to my book entitled “The Fabulous 40 & Over Club”. All these ladies are much appreciated by me. We shall rise together ❤
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