I have probably told this story 1000 times but here goes again, lol.
I have ALWAYS been a hustler. Always. I love making money, I love innovation, and I’m obsessed with creativity. In the days of AOL, dial-up, road runner, LimeWire, and CDs. Cassettes were still around at that time, too!!! The first hustle I can remember was making CDs with my dad’s CD burner and selling them. $5 per CD, just like the CD man. I would take $4 but anything less than that was a no-go. I was in the 4th grade then. My dad used to say “Burning CDs is illegal” lol like SIR. I’m grinding.
I was in highschool when I started selling candy. My mom used to buy the big boxes of assorted candy from Sam’s Club. Like Skittles variety packs, assorted Hershey's, and Jolly Ranchers. I sold the Jolly Ranchers 4 for $1, everything else was $1. It was a good business, no overhead, and I sold out frequently.
My first big-girl business was Kween Kare Cosmetics which I started in November of 2016 and I loved everything about it. It was confusing, liberating, enticing, fun, scary and enjoyable all at the same time. I had no clue what I was doing but I taught myself how to make skin care products, tested them on myself, family, and friends; got a logo designed, created a website, and got started. I was selling the products before I created a site and when I added it; directed the traffic there. This platform came about during that time because in 2018, I started having events called “Self-Love Saturday” where I would do a skin care presentation, let people try a few products (namely the sugar scrub and body butter), and then allow people to ask questions and purchase products.
When people would ask questions about self-love, self-care, self-discipline; it made me aware how many people needed that guidance and support. The Kween Kare brand operated until Jun 30, 2021; and Hanging Out With Love became a full fledged consulting company with books on feminine strategy, consultations on relationships, and group confidence coaching services. Safe to say I’m thoroughly obsessed with this platform and all the accolades, speaking engagements and connections it has brought me.
Love Watley,MSW, LCSW-A, AKA The Self-Love Guru XOXO