Introduce yourself and profession to our readers:
My name is LaKisha Irby and I'm an entrepreneur. My businesses include an early childhood facility, home healthcare agency, real estate investments, mentor, and recently an author.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest?
I remember receiving a prophetic word years ago while in college that God anointed me for business, but at the time I didn't understand what that truly entailed. I then formed my businesses in 2009 and worked them through college and graduate school, but discontinued them and became a housewife when I married and moved from Charlotte, NC to GA with my then husband in 2011. I stayed in a dysfunctional marriage only one year before I moved back home to SC in 2012. Through my separation, I was unemployed and not to mention several months pregnant.
During my marriage I was told I could not bring a large bin with all of my business and healthcare material into our home or into storage, so I rode around with that very bin in the trunk of my truck the duration of my marriage. Needless to say, all of that healthcare material I rode around with was what I reopened my business with one month after leaving GA to SC and I'm still in business to this very day. I gave birth to my daughter on a Wednesday in November and literally signed my contract to provide statewide services the very next week in my office on a Wednesday, three days after being released from the hospital from a C-Section.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit?
I would say to never lose hope and don't give in. You must declare war and fight for your life. God told me I didn't have time to fall apart because I was about to give birth. That for me was both literal and spiritual.
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it:
A professional challenge I personally experienced was going though my divorce and the separation process while building my businesses. I experienced threats, false accusations, and harassment from my ex and his family members in many forms. All of that boiled down to one thing and that's distractions. The most important advice I would give is to make sure you protect your mind. Wise counsel, healthy relationships, renewing your mind with the word of God, and stress relievers will get you through anything. Knowing that no weapon formed against you will prosper and casting down every imagination against the word God has spoken over your life will keep you.
What is next for your brand/business?
I have several businesses I'm going to birth this year in coaching, real estate, and expanding my writing ability as an author.
How can readers connect with you online and through social media?
You may contact me through instagram @lakishamirby or email firstname.lastname@example.org