Today we’d like to introduce you to Kerry Ben-Joseph.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kerry. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve had a very unique and varied history in terms of my career since high school. I think I first got bit by the entrepreneurial bug at age 10 with my lemonade stand in front of my home. I’ve taken on all sort of projects that I’ve had to build from scratch since then, and I haven’t been afraid to really try anything including making a cross country move (or several) by myself.
Currently, I am a WordPress developer and visual designer and have been working with WordPress since 2009 and working solely for myself since 2012. As a mother, and a business owner, I’ve juggled so many things at once (including PPD and not having a maternity leave) that I was compelled to create a safe, supportive space for female entrepreneurs to share their human experiences.
Ideally, my community would have been in person, but practically speaking, it made sense for it to be online. So, using my web development skills, I created an online platform for women entrepreneurs to connect, network and support each other. A place where we celebrate our wins and lean on each other when we need our community the most. This platform is completely independent of existing social media platforms so it is completely private!
Has it been a smooth road?
Being my own boss has not been a smooth road. When I first ventured out on my own (without a full-time salary and benefits) to work for myself, I set out to start a business with my husband. This was fun for the first few months when we could “cut out” of work early and have long lunches discussing the business, but when realities set in and boundaries were blurred our husband and wife venture suffered. We had a lack of clarity when it came to vision. We didn’t agree on where our time should be spent and how our limited funds should be invested. Ultimately, we tried to compromise on everything and we were both trying to be “The Boss” but we instead decided to part ways (in our business) and each does our own thing.
For a long time before we decided to run our own businesses, I told my husband that I wanted a husband and not a business partner. Some couples can and do make it work, but we could not. I would advise other women, who want to start a business with their romantic partner, to really consider the effects on their personal relationship with their partner. If there are clear boundaries, clear role parameters, and one “boss”, I think it can work.
I really enjoy the freedom of not having to compromise on my vision in my business. When you have a business partner, either one or both of you have to compromise on the ultimate vision of your business for it to succeed.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Honey + Hive Community for Female Entrepreneurs – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
My Honey + Hive Community is scheduled to be launched August 15th of 2019. My vision for this community is for it to be the best online community that caters specifically to female entrepreneurs. Women can host groups within the community and we’ll have lots of opportunity for face-to-face communication and connecting in order to keep an intimate feeling within.
As a WordPress developer, I develop beautiful, modern, and conversion-ready websites for female entrepreneurs. I believe that each website should fully allow for an experience that tells a brand’s story and puts the brand’s target audience member as the main character in that story.
100% of my work is from referrals as I don’t really advertise or market my own web design services, so I have a responsibility to wow my clients so my referral sources look good. I am proud of that fact that I am self-taught in WordPress and website design and have completely mastered the platform. I know the WordPress framework on the backend, how it functions and enough code to completely customize my client’s sites.
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
Yes. I was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, and most of my peers from back home have not experienced the world outside our region and have not expanded their world view beyond what’s in front of their noses. Growing up, I had the opportunity to travel domestically all over the country with my grandparents, and with my science club (yes, I was a science nerd) for national science fairs. This expanded my world view and gave me a taste of the world at large that was much bigger than my hometown. I think this aspect of my childhood has given me the boost I needed to be able to take bigger risks as an adult.
- Website: honeyandhive.co
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/honeyandhivecommunity/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/honeyandhivecommunity
- Other: https://kaybeejay.com/
Mariah Ehlert Photography (photo of Kerry Ben-Joseph), Kay Bee Jay, LLC (websites)