We had the good fortune of connecting with Sahara Bryant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sahara, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started my own business because I wanted to explore a new challenge. I have expertise that has supported professionals for years and I needed to leverage that knowledge to create a living. I also wanted to create a schedule that would allow me to be present for my family. Prior to starting my business, I was a classroom teacher for 10 years. As I completed the 21-22 school year, I realized that education was headed in a direction that I no longer wanted to go in. I’ve always enjoyed a challenge and starting a new business felt right.
I took about 3 months to research how to start my own business, consulted other business owners, decided on the services I wanted to provide, developed a marketing strategy, and here I am.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the proud owner of The Bossy Pen, LLC. My services focus mainly on resume writing, but I also do grant writing for small businesses and nonprofits. I love supporting professionals who need a stellar resume to be competitive in the job market. I also optimize LinkedIn profiles to help people develop their professional brands.
On the grant writing side, there are a ton of small businesses that need financial support and I research to find grants that fit their needs.
I develop funding strategies and work with business owners to hunt down the top grants to pursue. I do the same for nonprofit organizations, by writing Letters of Inquiry and grant proposals.
I wake up every day excited about the projects I have to complete. My business continues to grow because of client referrals. I do spend time on LinkedIn and other social media platforms marketing, but there is more power in building trusting relationships. I love that my clients know that they can call me when they are filling out job applications and are stumped by a question. I write to help people take ownership of their careers and confidently apply for roles that may be intimidating.
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.
My family is from up north and what we love most about Atlanta is the food. I live in the Metro Atlanta area and for breakfast, I always take friends to a restaurant called Flavor Rich in Suwanee, GA.
Heading into the city, we visit Piedmont Park if the weather is nice and do Fellini’s Pizza or The Brown Bag Seafood (in Colony Square) for lunch.
We have endless options for dinner, so it really depends on what we have a taste for, but my go-to spot is Six feet Under. I love eating on the balcony on a summer night. If you are looking for family fun, check out Skate Escape a bike ride rental place. For late night, Pin and Proper is great, or head to The Battery and enjoy Punch Bowl Social.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to Shoutout my baby sister, Sascha Gibson. She is my project manager and my inspiration! She constantly serves as a mirror for me because she reflects my hesitations, fears, and goals back at me. Whenever I second-guess myself or overthink she, very directly, pushes me forward. Sascha doesn’t allow me to back out or back down! Without her guidance, I would have been stumbling around in the dark when I decided to start my business.