We had the good fortune of connecting with Toni Covington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Toni, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
The one piece of conventional advice that I disagree with is the thought process of “risking it all”. Rather it be leaving your full-time job, giving up a % of your company in the first 5yrs or using all your savings. I believe running a business requires action item goals and realistic strategies; that will in turn not allow you to “risk it all”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am Toni Covington, Facility Project Manager/CFM and the Owner and Founder of Just A Sip Shop. I’ve been in the facility management field for over 10yrs. I started out as a facility admin for GE Capital. I ran my first corporate relocation move and was soon promoted to facility technician. Over the next few years i found it necessary to polish my skill set as an FT. After working with government contractors and DoD I would get my chance. I got the call from Microsoft to lead a field office as the Facility Manager. In the midst of taking this opportunity I was also developing my hair and skin care company Just A Sip Shop. 2018 Just A Sip Shop launched and i soon realized I needed more funding for production and taking out a loan or going into debt was not an option. I landed a new position with a higher title as well as higher salary. It was an over all win. As Just A Sip started to take off, I realized that my skill of balancing would have to be just as strong. It was not an easy feat. I stopped competing in the NPC and my time management shifted for my household. There are so many proud moments, but the ones that stick out the most would be my role as the Lead Facility Manager for the Alternative Care Site for HSEMA ( Covid-19) in Washington DC. And Just A Sip Shop receiving its Leaping Bunny Certification. What I want the world to know about me and my story is that you can wear and develop many roles for yourself. Don’t be afraid of your own strengths and depths.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to my close family and friends. They have played an enormous role in my business success. From allowing me to vent and cry to brainstorming my next collection release. I especially want to shoutout my partner. He has undoubtedly helped me evolve my company to great heights. As well as keeping me focused on the the overall goals yet in the living moment when I catch a win.