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Meet Coy Kindred

Today we’d like to introduce you to Coy Kindred.

Coy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I built my very first website when I was 16 years old. I learned HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Database Management through a tech program at my high school. Suddenly, this newfound knowledge of coding opened up a door for me in the digital world; I started creating custom coding for MySpace and BlackPlanet pages. I soon learned that people saw their online profiles as extensions of themselves. I began to understand the connection between code and community – between presentation and perception.

When it was time for college, I decided to pursue Computer Information Systems at Georgia State University. I was eager to have my own UX Design Studio. After a couple of years, however, I chose to halt my web development dreams. I traded them in for love, marriage, and the opportunity to build a family.

Things were great… until they weren’t. Three years, two children, and one failed marriage later, I was left feeling unsure about my future. I switched to a career in banking and made the necessary sacrifices to go back to school and earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Business: Finance. At this point, there were only two things I knew for sure: 1) I still wanted to be an entrepreneur; and 2) I now wanted to be home with my children. This crossroad led me to my first business venture: a home daycare. I took child development courses, researched curriculum, built a website, put up a few ads on Craigslist, said a prayer and waited. Within months I was fully enrolled! I was able to successfully run that business until both of my children were school age. That small taste of success made my dreams feel concrete and gave me the confidence to later launch the business true to my passion: Coy Kindred Consulting.

Fast forward to today: I’m a homeschooling mother of four who built a business on the idea that you can thrive without sacrificing funds, family, or freedom. I’m grateful that I can bring my dreams into fruition from any location, surrounded by my children in an environment full of love, laughter, and learning. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Has it been a smooth road?
Hardly anything worth having comes easy. Oddly enough, I’ve often been my greatest obstacle in business. Whether it was perfectionism preventing me from putting myself out there, or the fear of rejection causing me to lowball my pricing, I’ve had to learn to get out of my own way when it comes to business.

One of the most vital factors in my success or failure comes down to mindset. When I first started, I was operating with a scarcity complex – this idea that there wouldn’t be enough. I felt like I had to be everything to everyone. I offered every service imaginable and took every client who looked my way. This is NOT the way to approach business. Since I’ve learned to niche down, offering only the services I’m passionate about, I’ve experienced less burnout and greater fulfillment with each client.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Coy Kindred Consulting is a web design and blog-building business. I’m passionate about helping solopreneurs establish their brands by creating their custom online presence. I’m known for my mantra that you can thrive without sacrificing funds, family, or freedom. I’m most proud of how I’ll be able to help more moms and solopreneurs manifest that statement in their own lives through the new podcast, blog, and Facebook Community.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I love that my business is completely virtual, but there is nothing like face-to-face networking and in-person workshops. Atlanta is a great launchpad for someone starting out and an excellent source of entrepreneurs willing to share their knowledge for anyone continuing to invest in themselves and the future of their business.

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Javon Renee Portraits

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