Inspiring Women: Kelly Killian

By catherine | October 24, 2013

Have you ever had one of those moments when you randomly pop into a place you’ve never been before just because you have a few extra minutes? And, as an unexpected result, – have you discovered the perfect dress, found a new favorite haunt, or made a new friend? A few months ago, I had one of those moments. Over coffee, at a communal table- at a new-to-me coffee shop, I overheard a conversation about marketing, struck up a conversation, and was connected to our October’s Inspiring Woman – the awesome Kelly Killian.

Kelly began her career in finance as a financial planner and analyst in the Marketing Department of Neiman Marcus. After quickly realizing that marketing was much more interesting to her, she began taking on small marketing jobs on the side. Once she got a taste of the marketing bug, she was hooked and has been promoting and branding businesses big and small ever since.

We sat down with Kelly, and here is what she had to say.

Kelly Killian Photo

What inspired you to start your business?
A few months before my youngest daughter started kindergarten, I realized that I needed a more flexible work schedule.  The best option I came up with was working from home and using my years of marketing experience to help small businesses.
Biggest challenge you face as a woman owned business?
It’s so trite, but it’s a work/life balance.  I really enjoy working and learning from other businesses, but I want to make sure I’m spending enough quality time with my family too.  It’s a constant struggle to keep myself in check.

Best piece of advice you ever received? From who?
I will butcher the actual quote, so I will paraphrase:  I once heard Karen Katz, CEO of Neiman Marcus, say that if your new job doesn’t scare you, then it’s not challenging enough.  That sentiment has really stuck with me – every time I’m ready for a new professional challenge, I remind myself that it’s okay to be scared and uncomfortable.

What’s your morning routine?
I wake up about 30 minutes before my daughters, so I can have a quiet shower.  My daughters usually dress themselves and eventually all four of us meet in the kitchen and have breakfast as a family, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.  Sometimes I have to put on my make up at the kitchen table or throw my hair in a ponytail, but I love having a few minutes to visit before we all head out.

Calendar: paper or electronic?
I’m a freak about my electronic calendar – I use it for everything, so I need to always have access to it.  I have a personal calendar, work calendar, one for each of my daughters, and I even have another calendar for meals with links to recipes.  Thankfully, my husband is nice enough to share his calendar with me, so I know when he’s not going to be home.

How do you tame your email inbox?
Unfortunately, I’m not quite as disciplined about my email as my calendar.  I immediately delete the emails I know I won’t read, like spam.  I keep everything else in my inbox until I’m finished with it.  Then, I either delete it or file it.

Favorite organizing tool/trick for business?
I have a recurring calendar entry in my work and personal calendar called “To Do.” I keep daily tasks, phone calls, errands, etc. in the notes section and have it set to send me an email reminder every morning.

Words you live by?
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
(I think it’s from Dr. Seuss.)

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