In today’s Entrepreneur in the Triad blog, I get to showcase a real foodie and wonderful female entrepreneur. I’ve known Nikki Miller-Ka, of Nik Snacks, LLC, for a while. In fact, she even did a private cooking lesson with me & my daughter – back when Sarah was in her she wanted to be a chef when she grew up phase. Nikki is not only an amazing chef and food connoisseur, but a very patient teacher! Read on to learn more about life as a professional blogger and food writer (a.k.a. an entrepreneur) for Nikki!
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“A look through all of the professions I ever wanted to pursue is a look into all of the hobbies and passions I’ve ever had. I didn’t know your job could be something you were passionate about. I thought it had to be something you did to make the most money possible in correlation with your aptitude. I wish someone would have clued me in earlier. I wanted to be a fashion designer, police sketch artist, radio host, English teacher and I finally settled on writer.”
What is your favorite part about being an entrepreneur?
“Being able to set my own hours and my own professional boundaries. I get to choose who I work with, and I get to dictate my rates. It’s very freeing.”
How is writing important in your business or as an entrepreneur?
“It’s 100% of the business. If I couldn’t or didn’t write well, I don’t think I would be able to have a career as a blogger. The writing is the end user product but it’s important in every step of the process from the initial email to the contract to the actual blog post.”
How do you overcome obstacles that being an entrepreneur throws at you?
“I take it all in stride. Some obstacles are easy to step over and others require a little more finesse but every single one is an opportunity to either learn something or turn something around to benefit you and your business.”
What is one piece of advice you would give future entrepreneurs?
“Blaze your own trail. Don’t live your professional life through someone else’s lens.”
What does being an entrepreneur mean to you?
“It means freedom, it means immense responsibility, and it means answering at 8 pm so you can get a jump on the next days’ tasks.”
How do you manage to wear all the hats an entrepreneur is required to wear? Do you have tips for staying organized?
“When starting out, it was difficult. I was constantly letting things slip and slide because I was a one-woman show. Nowadays, Google Calendar and my assistants help everything go smoothly. Pay people who work for you… with money. Quantifying your appreciation for them goes a long way.”
What educational experiences helped when becoming an entrepreneur?
“Honestly, I have no answer for this question. I jumped in feet first and hoped for the best.”
Learn More About Nikki!
You can book a food tour or cooking lesson with Nikki, read her blogs and recipes, or simply check out her amazing food and drink photos with the links below!
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