The Road From Journalism To Entrepreneurship: How Lana Boone Left Her “Dream Career” And Started Over

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April 23, 2016 • Career, Grow

Kurly Klips CEO Lana Boone was tired of glass ceilings, so she broke through them.

For episode 13 of the Dreams In Drive: No Parking Podcast, I spoke with Lana Boone, founder of hair extensions brand Kurly KlipsOne of the things that really inspired me about Lana was the courage she had to start over. Although she had NO business experience before launching the brand, she was able to get FOCUSED, learn everything she needed to learn, and release the brand in just 3 months after first getting the idea. Listen to my interview with her below and let me know what you think!

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MORE ABOUT LANA BOONE

In just three years, Kurly Klips has generated over a million dollars in sales, shipped to over 30 countries, collected over 100 on-site reviews and has been featured as the only hair extensions brands in Essence Magazine’s Best of Black Beauty 2016.

In today’s Dreams In Drive: No Parking Podcast, Lana shares her unique journey into entrepreneurship and the lessons she learned along the way. She chats what it was like leaving her journalism career, suffering through a horrible hair experience that set her back in her natural hair growth journey and how she stumbled into entrepreneurship! Even if starting a hair extensions brand is NOT on your mind, there is much you can learn from Lana’s story and the techniques she used to carve a new definition of success and create meaning in her life after hitting her head in world full of glass ceilings.

No matter what you may be going through, it IS possible to pursue your dreams. Sometimes, as we learn from Lana, the path to following one “dream” may actually lead you down a new and even MORE FULFILLING one.

IN THIS PODCAST YOU’LL LEARN:
– Why representation is so important for planting the seed of entrepreneurship
– WHY & HOW Lana switched careers from journalism to entrepreneurship (and the challenges she faced along the way)
– Strategies for coping when you feel like your world is crumbling around you
-Why writing a business plan before launching can help set you up for success
-How budgeting & having sales goals can help you manage potential profit loss
-How getting FOCUSED helped Lana launch Kurly Klips in 3 months
-A strategy for figuring out customer needs and creating a product that SELLS
-Why being aware of your strengths is super important when growing your brand
-Why you shouldn’t pay TOO much attention to your competitors
– How to use social media influencers to put your map on your brand
– The 3 keys to happy customers

LANA’S QUOTABLES:

“Sometimes our greatest challenges have the biggest rewards if you are willing to keep your eyes open to all of the possible opportunities and not stay in the gutter of your feelings. At some point, you have to be brave enough and see what else is out there.”

“I’m so much happier working for myself than I am going into a miserable [job] every day.”

“We all assign meaning to our lives. We can assign whatever meaning we want. Use that opportunity to find a meaning that will help you progress. I’m happy those jobs didn’t work out for me, because I find so much meaning in my life now.”

LANA’S KEYS TO SUCCESS (WHAT EVERY YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED IN YOUR TOOLKIT):

1.Business Plan

2. Solitude

3. Courage

CONNECT WITH LANA & KURLY KLIPS ONLINE:
Instagram: @kurlyklips
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kurlyklips
Youtube: youtube.com/kurlyklips
Site: kurlyklips.com
Twitter: @kurlyklips

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Rana Campbell is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Ranacampbell.com, a site dedicated to personal branding and helping people learn how to SHINE in their personal and professional lives.

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