Welcome to Sky’s the Limit’s Limitless! Blog Series. Read exclusive interviews with some of the...
Sky’s the Limit’s LIMITLESS! Event Spotlights Founder Alain Justilien
Welcome to Sky’s the Limit’s Limitless! Blog Series.
Read exclusive interviews with some of the most inspirational and motivating entrepreneurs and mentors around, featuring the stories of people who inspire us and encourage us to think differently and #BeLimitless every day. This month spotlights Founder Alain Justilien — we hope you enjoy his story.
And, if you’d like to hear more from Alain be sure to join us for Episode 6 of the new live Web Series Limitless! Register Today!
Q: What inspired you to start your own business?
A: Started out to retire my wife, but has developed into a way to be financially free if I so desire.
Q: What keeps you motivated day-to-day to keep working on your business?
A: Knowing that I have a family to live for (new baby girl included) and to impact my generation for people who need to see an example of someone who's done the work and is becoming successful.
Q: How have mentors and other entrepreneurs played a role in moving your business forward?
A: Sky's the Limit Accenture Mentors have been key along with other community individuals from 100 Black Men and Rotary Club who have helped give feedback and acted as a sounding board for key business decisions
Q: What’s the #1 challenge you’ve faced, and how’d you overcome it?
A: Getting funding while starting out during COVID was very difficult. I had to utilize credit cards and use my bonuses to pay them off as starting capital. Eventually, my income grew to where I started to qualify for lines of credit with terrible rates. Then, I just finally got into lines with good rates after staying consistent for cash flow.
Q: How do you manage your time between working on your business and other aspects of your life?
A: Planning weeks and days in advance. Every day needs a strategy. I leverage Trello and my calendar heavily.
Q: Any words of wisdom or inspiration you’d give someone just starting out?
A: The biggest mistake a small business can make is to think like a small business.
You need a good foundation of mentors, test out your MVP to really solidify the need before you pour a ton of time into it. You need people who are doing better than you and have expertise in your circle that you can learn from and gain motivation from.