It's Black History Month, and we couldn't think of a better way to spend it than introducing you to entrepreneurs who are grinding today to make history tomorrow.
Today we're honored to expose you to the motivational force that is Elisha Reed, of Versatile Bodies Fitness & Personal Training.
Share your journey! How did you become the entrepreneur you are today? What inspired me to become an entrepreneur was working for other gyms. I wanted to have a facility that gave not only what people needed in a fitness program, but also peace of mind and a supportive family oriented atmosphere.
Versatile Bodies provides fitness classes, nutritional guidance, and customized training programs.
What do you do? Are you a full-time entrepreneur, or are you balancing a job and a business? How do you feel about that? I am balancing a job and business. My ultimate goal is to be a full time entrepreneur. I feel like if I continue to work my plan, that will soon come to fruition. Fitness is a forever growing industry. So it offers so many avenues to explore. You're not confined to just doing one thing for life.
The first year of business can be the hardest, but the most fun and educational. How was your first year of business? My first year was definitely a learning experience. I had a lot of long days and nights of work with very little compensation. However it taught me so much about clients, advertising, marketing strategies that even though I didn't get much money - the time I invested yielded return in other ways.
As the old saying goes, "Never forget where you come from." Where are you from? Has your hometown had an impact on your entrepreneurship journey? Be sure to give a shout out to anyone who has helped/supported you during your entrepreneurship journey. (106&Park style shout-outs are acceptable as well. This is a safe space!) Well I am from Greenville, Mississippi by way of Rosedale, Mississippi. The Mississippi way of life definitely inspired me to open a business in my home state. I love Mississippi and my Mississippi people, so it was natural for me to open a business and offer a service that would benefit them and myself long term.
My support system was deep. I would like to shout out my husband for helping with my vision even though it took a lot of sacrifice. My 3 best friends for investing and believing in me. Big, big shout out to my mother , brother, and father who have always had my back no matter what. Lastly, to all my customers and clients who continue to trust me to help them improve the quality of their lives. I wouldn't have survived the first year or made it to today, which is our fourth year in business, without the above mentioned people.
Black culture is often idolized for portraying an image of trend-setting fearlessness. How has being Black impacted your entrepreneurship journey? Being Black comes with a sense of pride in itself. The fight that's in you from the day you're born and the unwavering will to win comes standard. That hustle though - that's a mentality you just have to tap into and use it to your advantage.
What advice do you have for Black entrepreneurs who are thinking of starting a business? Just do it!!! The possibilities are endless and you are only bound by the limits you place on yourself.
The year is still new! What can we expect to see from your business this year? More growth, more training results, and more client success stories. I run specials and hold a variety of fun classes all the time! I have packages that suit any budget. The best thing to do is set an appointment and discuss the option that work best for you.
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