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 Angel Salter — we hope you enjoy her story.
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Q: What inspired you to start your own business?
A: I started in the service industry as a banquet server while I was in college. I used to watch the bartender and I would say, “I want to try that.” I began training behind the bar at a hotel. I got a job at a local nightclub, then a sports bar. Post-graduation, I continued bartending for supplemental income at different restaurants and family parties. I grew tired of working the wee hours of the morning. I decided to bartend on my own terms — I combined my passion for creating concoctions behind the bar, with my love for serving people and set sail.
Q: What keeps you motivated day-to-day to keep working on your business?
A: I have to finish what I started, or at least create something that can be passed along, a legacy for my family. I also consider how the idea and name of my business just came to me effortlessly. I believe that was GOD. I never wanted to give up on something that I believe GOD gave me.
Q: How have mentors and other entrepreneurs played a role in moving your business forward?
A: Having advisors has helped me to control my ideas, creativity and be more productive. Mentors have helped with accountability and helped me to draw a line between the grey areas and focus on the black and white.
Q: What’s the #1 challenge you’ve faced, and how’d you overcome it?
A: A challenge I've faced is identifying my target audience. I have overcome this by assessing my value and creating packages specifically for that audience.
Q: How did you approach funding for your business?
A: Initially, I used personal funds. Now I am tapping into grants and contests for funding.
Q: How do you manage your time between working on your business and other aspects of your life?
A: Balancing life outside of my business consists of prioritizing, planning, setting alarms, meal preps and execution. Turning off social media to focus helps as well. I’ve also learned that doing things right away and not always having to set a meeting can help to prevent pile ups.
Q: Any words of wisdom or inspiration you’d give someone just starting out?
A: Focus and start with a solid foundation. When things get tough, you can remember your why. Get a mentor and coach if possible. They’re both different. Don’t get discouraged because you don’t have it all together. You learn and grow as you go. But you must start and be consistent. Don’t be afraid of small beginnings.