I am Kayla. I started in business in a non-traditional way. I didn’t go to a fancy college. I am entirely self-taught in every aspect. I am struggling with my sobriety when I was younger and started my early adult years couch surfing and trying to find my way in this world.
When I was 19 years old, I started my photography company (Clever Candid Photography LLC) to give myself a creative outlet and control back to a part of my life. Over time, I grew my photography company into a full team of Wedding Photographers that I love and can’t wait to work with every season.
When I was 24 years old, I put myself up for adult adoption after having a toxic relationship with my biological family and learning that I needed to heal and let go before growing as a person. As an adult in the USA in some states, you can put yourself up for adoption if you have someone willing to take you into your family. Step-parents do most adoptions, but you can put yourself up for adoptions to a family outside your circle on rare occasions. It was that rare occasion for me when I went through my adoption. I put myself in a family that wasn’t in my “circle.” This started my shift in my businesses and my life. This showed me that I had it in me to grow and make life-altering choices.
When I was 25 years old, I went overseas to live for six months in Cambodia with my husband for a business opportunity that fell apart within the first six weeks. I had to move fast and figure out what I need to make money to keep things rolling. I started making connecting and figuring out how I could serve the ex-pats living outside their home countries and trying to make a living. This was when my online presence company was born (Kurkowski Business Management LLC). I also have added a virtual assistant agency since opening the doors. It has been a crazy three years, and I would never have thought that a failed business opportunity would have extended these kinds of doors for me.
In late 2019 I wanted to expand my reach and start to help those that were in the same spot I was at one point. I opened the doors of Busy Building My Empire LLC. I began to help photographers build their photography companies and understanding of photography. Over the next year, I began to evolve Busy Building My Empire LLC into a coaching company that would help build the foundation of their business and teach things like making the backend of a business and how to have structure and stability to grow. In February of 2020, I started recording a podcast to document my path in business and life. Later in 2020, I expanded my reach in the coaching part of my business and started Building Your Empire Academy. I opened the Academy up to not only photographers but small business owners also. Since then, I have had over 1,500 students enrolled in the academy, and each month we are still growing.
“It is not about the hand that you are dealt it’s about how you play it.
“I will share my journey and knowledge to help others in the photography industry. I will get you out of panic-mode and get you confident and successful AF in your own business to help you achieve your dreams to be able to turn your hobby into a full time career in no time!”
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