Arica Bryan is an Elite+ Mompreneur member based out of Brampton, Ontario. As the CEO and Principal Broker of Centum Regal Financial, she assists clients with purchases on residential and commercial property transactions, refinances, secondary mortgages, and construction loans. Clients can be self-employed, new to Canada, or not knowing the first thing about purchasing a home or commercial property; the mission statement at Centum Regal Financial is “Here to serve and walk you through it all”. We are excited for Arica as she has just opened her new location in Brampton, and we are thrilled to share her Success Story!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I wanted the financial independence of working for myself and controlling my own destiny. I have been in the mortgage industry for over 13 years and I started out with a company called Mortgage GTA. In 2006, I transitioned to Mortgage Alliance and acquired my Broker License in 2011. Then in 2013, I had the opportunity to become a part of the Centum family when I purchased my own franchise. This gave me more freedom for my family, friends and new ventures.
What is your “WHY” behind your business/being an entrepreneur?
My ‘why’ is my children, my parents, and the ability to have freedom.
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
The freedom to take my business to the next level. Inspiring and helping other women like myself to realize their own dreams. Building this business from the ground up has instilled within me a feeling of pride and accomplishment. I love knowing that I am affecting both other women and my children’s lives positively.
Can you describe a typical day?
A typical day in my life would be waking up about 6:00am at to give the creator thanks for seeing another day, then sending my children off to school and immediately looking at my day planner to see what meetings I have scheduled for the day. I think check my emails and voicemail to return any messages I may have received. I would then normally reach out to my team through our group chat, sending them inspirational quotes or messages, and proceed to my first appointment and/or the office. My phone never stops ringing throughout the day. A typical day would have me return home around 7:00pm to ensure my children have eaten supper and done their homework. My busy day ends with me in bed by 10:30 -11:00pm curled up with a good book or watching CP24 on television, until I fall asleep.
Who do you count on for help?
First and foremost God; and I also have a great team and an assistant that are always there to help, so we can all achieve our desired goals.
Have you ever had to sacrifice something at home for work? Or vice versa?
In life everything is a sacrifice, so yes I have sacrificed missing one of my children’s recitals or games in the past, but pros always outweigh the cons. Becoming my own boss has freed up much more time for my family and friends, giving me the flexibility to do more of what I love. Recently, my family home in New York caught on fire and I was able to rearrange my schedule and immediately get on a plane to help my mother and father during this unfortunate occasion. I have also had the opportunity to travel overseas with my kids to various school retreats and competitions.
What do you do on a day off? Do you even know what a day off is?
I clean up my home, spend time with my children and catch up with my family and friends. Mostly, I relax and hang out with my children. Then I begin to plan my next week’s ventures.
What does the future look like for you and your business?
My future looks very successful for both myself and my business. I know that the time and effort that I put into my business now, will determine how great my future will be. I believe that if you are passionate about something, then you will put in your best. The greatest achievement is how much you have inspired and help others.
Any tips for women thinking of starting a business?
Go for it! I encourage females to go for their dreams and take a leap of faith. You will never know where the road will take you if you don’t go down it. Every great business began with an idea.