Katie Valade is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Cambridge, Ontario. She is an Independent Consultant and Group Director with My Steeped Tea, and we are excited to share her Success Story!
What is your business/company all about?
I love that my business is about the art of relaxing! We connect friends, family, and neighbours back together again over great conversation and a beautiful cup of tea. I love educating women on providing healthy, incredibly delicious iced tea for their family to replace juice, as well as doing lattes at home to save you even more money! Every day, I get to make tea, relax, meet new people and celebrate not just the versatile world of loose leaf tea, but the ones that we share it with in our lives.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I was never looking to become an entrepreneur – this is the job that I never knew I wanted! I only became an entrepreneur because I was tired of living paycheque to paycheque and I knew that it seemed like the thing that moms did – find another part-time job that can be done in a very flexible way! I quickly realized that being an entrepreneur was in my spirit and it was perfectly meant for my life and my future. I could see the aspects of my personality that were thriving in the role of an entrepreneur, and the ways that previous jobs had showcased entrepreneurial roles and I had really gravitated towards them. When I began as an entrepreneur, I thought that I had stumbled upon this whole new world of business, but in reality, the world of entrepreneurs was meant for me!
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
I am absolutely in love with the incredible opportunities that I have in owning my own business! I think that the flexible nature, the ownership of my schedule, and the personal growth are the greatest surprises in this job. I love that I can both rock out a sales day, meet with clients, do a coaching call, go to the gym and volunteer at my kid’s school in the same day. I love that no what matter time of day my kid is going on a field trip, I can be there! I love that I can take my kids with me to some meetings, that I can do coaching calls while they are napping, that we can do facebook live videos together to promote a new product, and that as I host team meetings in my home, my kids can be a part of what I do and get excited for the opportunities that have.
I love that I am in control of my schedule! I can volunteer every Wednesday night and no one gets to tell me to go to work. I can work the first half of the month heavy in sales to meet goals, and then focus the second half of the month on coaching and customer service. I love that I get to make the decisions about how fast I grow my business, how busy my calendar is, where I travel, who I visit and how I allocate my time and money. I love that I get to grow my leadership through making the big decisions, but that I also get to be part of a bigger picture in my company where I am learning and growing alongside other like-minded, driven people. Continue reading Katie Valade – Steeped Tea Inc.