Written By : Samantha Cee
This Fashion Gxd Magazine feature I had the honor of conversing witha flawless event and design company . Entrepreneurship is the least thing but simple . However , KLK Events & Design are master's of flawless execution and astonishing events. with all the behind the scenes ciaos KLK Events and Designs , produces exceptional execution while leaving your even fashionable fabulous . KLK Events and Designs is an event planning and design firm that specializes in creating one of a kind events, innovative designs and flawless execution. they focus on bringing our clients dreams to life from beginning to the end. They offer full service event planning and provide an all inclusive experience from planning,coordination to décor and design. There isn't a doubt in my mind that in the Next five years KLK Events and Design will be an international an business . Honored as I am ; I had the privilege to speak with the Owner Lakisha Mosley.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How did the idea for your business come about?
KLK Event & Design: I had planned my 5 yr wedding renewal ceremony and had so much fun doing so that I decided that I wanted to do it as a business.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How do you find people to bring into your organization that truly care about the organization the way you do?
KLK Event & Design:That is a difficult task however you have to find people who truly have a genuine interest in what you do as well as your company. We seek out interns or individuals looking to go into the event planning or hospitality field that truly have a passion for serving others.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What three pieces of advice would you give to college students who want to become entrepreneurs?
KLK Event & Design:I would tell any aspiring entrepreneur to truly have a deep passion for what they want to pursue. Aspiring entrepreneurs must have tough skin and be resilient to setbacks and hard times. Last and certainly not least, have a strong connection with God because without Him none of it would be possible.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
KLK Event & Design:I would have started my event planning career sooner. I went to school and pursued a degree in criminal justice. So instead of chasing criminals I would have been helping people have all their event dreams come true.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
KLK Event & Design:The top three skills any successful entrepreneur needs are strong communication skills, discipline to be able to do what you are supposed to do, and motivation to carry out the tasks for the job.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them?
KLK Event & Design:My biggest failure was trying to do this alone. In business, everyone needs someone and I always say collaboration is far better than competition. Working with others doesn’t mean you can’t do it alone. It just shows you are mature enough not to.
Not charging what I was worth has been another failure. When we discount our pricing and not our services along with it, we give clients permission to not value or worth. I learned that people will pay for what they want as long as you ask for it.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :How many hours do you work a day on average?
KLK Event & Design:I work about 8-10 hours a day on various projects for clients.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :Describe/outline your typical day?
KLK Event & Design: My typical day starts with creating a task list for the day if I didn’t create it the night before. Once my task list is created then I do my daily devotion and prayer. I then brainstorm for 5 minutes. I just let my mind loose and write down anything that comes up. I then turn those thoughts into ideas for the business. I then move on to emails and social media. I spend about 15 mins per task so that I don’t get bored or burnout. I make phone calls or send out text messages to clients or vendors regarding events. My business partner, Kimberly, and I have regularly scheduled phone calls to update each other on various stages of our projects. My day typically doesn’t end until 9 or 10 pm at night. Depending on the workload, I’m up all night.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
KLK Event & Design:Being an entrepreneur has affected my family life positively and negatively. About a year after starting my business, my husband and I separated and divorced. Starting and maintaining a business takes a lot of time and sometimes if the communication is not great with you and your spouse being up all night or being gone all day can have a negative effect on your relationships.
Being an entrepreneur allows me the freedom to make my own schedule. I have two children and one is very active in sports. I am able to make every game because I either don’t work on those days or shorten the work day. My children are proud to say their mother runs her own company.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What motivates you?
KLK Event & Design:My family specifically my children motivate me. Everything I do is so I have a legacy to leave behind.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :How do you generate new ideas?
KLK Event & Design:I have 5 minute brainstorming sessions every morning. From those sessions, I develop new ideas for the company.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What are your ideals?
KLK Event & Design:My ideals are to always be the best that you can be. Tap into that inner strength that God has given you and push forward to your dreams. Strive for perfection and always slay your goals.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :How do you define success?
KLK Event & Design:Success to me is attaining goals you set for yourself. Having a family, being healthy and also attaining wealth are ways to be successful.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What is the best way to achieve long-term success?
KLK Event & Design:The best way to achieve long-term success is to always have faith that with God you can do and have anything you desire. But you must also work hard and be consistent about your grind. Success is on-going so you must be persistent in pursuing it.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :How do you build a successful customer base?
KLK Event & Design:Networking and consistent marketing are two of the best ways to build a successful customer base. You have to be out meeting new people and putting your business in front of people on a consistent basis.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?
KLK Event & Design:I don’t necessary believe that there is a formula or pattern to be a successful entrepreneur. I do believe that in order to be successful you must do certain things such as work hard, be consistent with your brand and always pray about everything.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :If you could talk to one person from history, who would it be and why?
I don’t know.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : Who has been your greatest inspiration?
KLK Event & Design:My mother was my greatest inspiration. She passed away recently and it’s been difficult since then. My mother raised me and my brother, Vance, as a single mother with lots of help from our grandmother. She made sure we had everything most kids had. She was very strict and big on discipline but she was loving and very caring; a nurturer. I look at all she did for us with the circumstances she had to deal with and that motivates me to work hard to be as great of a mother as she was.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What book has inspired you the most? (OR What is your favorite book?)
KLK Event & Design:The book that has inspired me the most and is my favorite book is The Woman Code by Sophia Nelson. This book gives women the keys to unlocking their lives and elevating to another level. It helps us spiritually, emotionally and relationally.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
KLK Event & Design:My favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur is that I can make my own rules and pave my own way to success.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :To what do you most attribute your success? What would say are the five key elements for starting and running a successful business?
KLK Event & Design:I attribute my success to my faith and belief in God that I can do all things with Him. I also attribute my drive and persistence
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
KLK Event & Design:My most satisfying moment in my business is seeing the fruits of my labor. When you see the accomplishments you’ve made, that is very satisfying.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?
KLK Event & Design:When you work for someone else, there is really no true ownership to the work that you do. You will never truly own that business and may never get the recognition you deserve for the work you perform. When you are an entrepreneur, you have to own your work every day. There are no days off and you can’t put things off. You must do what needs to be done for your business to sustain.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :How do you go about marketing your business? What has been your most successful form of marketing?
KLK Event & Design:I market my business on all social media sites; Facebook, Twitter, IG, etc. We post content every day. We attend vendor shows where we have a table or booth set up with our latest designs and information about us. We also have ads in some magazines that also help us promote our business. Our most successful form of marketing is Facebook.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur.
KLK Event & Design:Ambitious
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What are some of the biggest mistakes you’ve made?
KLK Event & Design: Some of the biggest mistakes that I have made is not managing my money correctly. Trying to do everything on my own without assistance is another mistake. The biggest mistake is underestimating myself. As entrepreneurs, we must always think to ourselves that we are the best that we can be.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time?
KLK Event & Design:Non-work time? There is no such thing when you are an entrepreneur!! I love to read and shop when I am not working. I love spending time with my children either by just hanging out at home watching movies or having dinner at a restaurant.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
KLK Event & Design:Sacrifices have to be made in order to be a successful entrepreneur. I’ve sacrificed time; when my friends wanted to go hang out or have fun I was home working on a plan for a new idea or working a client’s event. I sacrifice money; when I want to go buy a new handbag or new clothes I can’t because I need to invest into my business. Sleep is one of the biggest sacrifices. When God puts something in you to do, sleep is the last thing on your mind. You stay up all night working on that idea or coming up with a plan to make it work.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :Where you see yourself and your business in 10 years? 20 years?
KLK Event & Design:I see my company as one of the largest event planning and design firms in the world. We will have done events all over the world by then.