Zenobia Reed says she's been an entrepreneur for as long as she could remember. She says she first started out by selling snacks and trendy items while she was just in high school. A star track athlete in school as well, she always possessed the tenacity and gumption that sustained her seat for leadership. Zenobia sites that same spiritual calling again after becoming a single mother and also after seeing the instabilities of corporate America.
After seeing the trends in the economy fluctuate after the nationwide Pandemic, Zenobia says she felt the need to invest in something that was sustainable and essential that her children could enjoy and grow. This urgency heightened after also being dealt with the blow of losing the only stable parental force she'd known of the matriarch. Her grandmother died after a lengthy illness. She realized after this happened that she felt that she was faced with an important decision. She knew that she could either wallow in depression and continue to be overwhelmed by the weight of anxious feelings or she could show her children and herself about the power of preservation.
Zenobia says that she reached a new level of maturity overnight. She knew that she had to be strong for herself and more importantly her children. The single mom says she also didn't want to take her kids through the battle of seeing her go down a tunnel of "doom and gloom" so she decided to revisit her love of entrepreneurship once more by researching businesses that were growing at a rapid rate. She learned through her research that the vending machine business was one that was known to be a sustainable investment with a low overhead that could possibly yield a quick return. Coupled with the fact that she and her children were "experts" in choosing the best snacks, she knew that this was the business for them hands down!
Soon after her case studies and research, she and her children started their own vending business called "T&J" snacks. It's affectionately titled after each of the children's first initials of their names which are Tianna and Journee. Zenobia says she decided to go "all in" and invest in starting and maintaining the business. Being adamant in making sure she didn't dive in blindly though, she began doing the work and realized that the vending business is not as "passive" as social media and other outlets portray it to be.
While it's a business that makes money while you're not present, you must " work the business" to maximize your earning potential and profits. The Houston resident offers these tips to those who at interested in seeking to pursue a similar start-up.
•Keep in mind that you are the C.E.O, manager, inventory specialist, accountant, and complaint department.
•Vending is a "people first" business. Remember to respect that fact and handle all questions and concerns in a timely manner.
•Remember that you won't be able to please everyone and that's ok. Do your best every day, even if the profits seem to be down. (There are seasons in this business as well.) You adjust and keep going no matter what.
•Take breaks often. (You need time to recharge and remain efficient.)
•Do your research. (It's a lot of misinformation out there. You have to "work the business" to maximize your profits.
•Brush up on your communication and customer service calls.
•Set a budget and keep the faith.
Zenobia says that her children are active in almost all parts of their business journey. They are also taught to understand the most important facts of how to be in charge of their financial destiny. Through her fervent and steadfast example, they are clear on the fact that having their own business is not only a good move professionally, but it's also essential.
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