Women Who Work: Business Consultant and Career Coach Kimberly Ryan
Kimberly Ryan—soon to be Kimberly Ruffo is the woman behind Hygge Inc., and Aalite—a hygge company. Think of her as a jack of all trades. Is there anything Kimberly can’t do? Not only does Kimberly consult with businesses, but she also works one on one with individuals through coaching sessions.
What made you want to start your business?
I wanted to return to helping people build businesses and improve their personal lives
How do you explain what you do to others?
I haven’t had much time to explain it to anyone except potential clients.
How long have you been doing this?
I have been a consultant since 2005 and practicing mindfulness since 2000.
What is a day for you like? What is your routine?
I work a full-time job with a government agency and after the work day is complete I work on my businesses. I take lots of mindful breaks (LOL)!
How did you go about starting your business? What were some of your initial steps that you took?
I started out with Shopify and found Julie during my e-commerce startup initiative. I signed up for The Digital Gangsta, and am currently studying directly with Julie.
What are your biggest responsibilities as an entrepreneur?
Making certain that my clients are served well.
What has been the hardest part of your transition?
Letting go of the full-time job. It is more comfortable to relax with the devil you know sometimes than the unknown of the devil you haven’t met yet.
What has been the easiest part of your transition?
Understanding that I am ready to move forward and focus on my business
What do you think is the most important characteristic to have for someone who wants to take a similar career route to yours?
Will. The will to make the move and then the will to see it through.
What do you wish you knew before starting out on your own path?
I have had my own company previously. Back then I wish I had better options to network. The options now are endless, but just 10-15 years ago there was nothing like we see today in terms of opportunities to connect with like-minded people
Did anyone help you in developing your own business?
Many people encouraged me and continue to encourage me to achieve my goals. Entrepreneurship is one of those goals.
What is your favorite thing about the industry you work in?
The dynamic nature of consulting and working with a variety of people around the globe.
What are some tools that you can live without?
My go to programs are Shopify, WordPress, and Adobe Indesign. I am happy to share my affiliate link for clickfunnels that I also use daily.
What do you have on your desk or working space right now?
Cold grapes, large ice water with lemon, coffee, my creative notebook, bug spray (I’m outside), iPhone, and gummy bears.
What do you want other women in similar situations to know about your chosen career path?
You will doubt yourself and want to quit. Don’t give in. If something isn’t working pivot and try something else. Get your income streams set and make sure to set up passive income streams to supplement while you are in transition. Don’t be upset when your friends and family members don’t all rush to purchase your services. They are usually the last ones to sign up, lol.