Rylan Jade Kelly is an inspirational young entrepreneur. She joins Neva Lee Recla to talk about entrepreneurship for kids. At the age of six Rylan started her first business called Jade’s Journee. She makes bows and accessories for young girls to empower them with sayings to help them love themselves and to dream big. That is pretty cool! The two young entrepreneurs had a great conversation talking about speaking and doing business at a young age. Listen in as Neva and Rylan share their insights about how kids can have a fun life and business.
Hi, everyone. This is your Super Power Kid, Neva Lee Recla. I am so excited about today’s interview. We are talking about fun entrepreneurship for kids, and I think this is really important in our lives because sometimes we forget to play in our businesses, and we go back to our regular lives, and it just.. When we have the chance to make our businesses super fun, and it’s our responsibility as kids to show adults to have fun and have that child-like nature in their businesses.
And so my guest today, her name is Rylan Jade Kelly and I’m so excited to talk with her. At the age of six, she started a business called Jade’s Journey and she makes bows and accessories to inspire young girls to love themselves. I think that’s pretty awesome. So without further, ado, will you help me welcome our guest? Rylan Jade Kelly.
Hi, Neva. How are you doing?
I’m good. Thank you so much for coming on.
Thank you for having me this is a huge opportunity.
I love your hair.
Thank you. I really like your bow.
So what are your super powers?
One of my superpowers, I really like is that I have a creative mind so I make a lot of crafts and I’m also a good designer so I like to sketch a lot too.
That’s really cool. It is important to have that creative mind because sometimes people lose their creativity and so we just live a blank life.
But it’s really cool because some people don’t, they’re too scared to be creative almost and so that’s really cool.
What inspired you to do business? Because some people just want to do it. Some people get inspired by a person. What inspired you?
Well, I was in school a lot on the weekends and stuff like that. So when I go to school, almost every day I got bullied and sometimes my mom would tell me stuff to help me feel better and I will say at school, but sometimes I would forget. That’s how we started my business, it was based on bullying and then my mission got even bigger.
That’s really cool. Sometimes I find that going through hard experiences can help open you up. For me at least, if I go through a hard time, it helps me want to make it so some person doesn’t have to go through the same thing. I want to do everything in my power to stop it.
Who do you look up to in your business? Are there people who inspired you, helped inspire you to do it? Or, do you just want to do your own thing?
Well, one person that inspired me to do it and that asked me the question if I want to start my business was my mom. Ever since then I looked up to her and my dad also has some business, so I look up to him too.
That’s really cool. When I was two, I wanted my own business cards because my parents had them and I was like, “What is that?” I decided, ‘You know what? I want some business cards.’
I finally got some and then we realized I needed to start something like a business.
So I’m not just handing out a blank card.
Yeah, that happened to me. My mom, my dad had their own businesses at the time. Sometimes I felt like, “’Oh my gosh! I want to talk about other stuff too.” So I would try to pretend I have my own business. When I had my own it was pretty exciting, seeing my cards come to life, it was pretty cool. My dad designed them. Yeah.
That’s really cool. So what advice would you give to a kid who wanted to start a business but they weren’t really sure how to and they didn’t really know what to do for a business?
Yeah, I would say to find something that you really like to do and start doing it more often. Then that’s almost like your business right there.
As for me, I like designing. I started to sketch and started designing my own dog clothes and now I make my own bows with my mom.
That’s really cool. That’s what I tell people. Find something you love. Don’t just go off and do something because you feel that’s the only thing you can make a business out of. You can do so many things. People make great ideas and turn them into great businesses out of something that they love.
Yeah. There are so many kids out there that have businesses and they started firstly, sometimes it started at rough, but they always kind of smooth it out so yeah.
Yeah, and starting a business can be intimidating sometimes. I’ve gone through times in my life where I’ve had people tell me I’m too young to start a business or maybe I should do something a kid my age would be doing.
And I’ve had people ask me, “Well don’t you want to do something that a kid does?” Then I say, “This is what a kid does.”
This is what I want to do.
Yeah, you don’t have to wait to start your own business when you’re 20 or 30. You can start your business at any age you really want. So even at a baby age, your parents could make you do it but I wouldn’t wait until you grow up. I’ll do what you want to do.
Because by the time we’re in our twenties this is gonna be so much easier for us.
Yeah, because we have so much experience with pitching and making them. It’s going to be a lot easier when you’re vending and stuff like that.
Exactly and I’ve met some really amazing kids who have done business and we’ve talked about how it’s scary being.
Because I’ve been the only kid at business conferences and meetings before and it’s weird just sitting there and everyone else around you is an adult.
Yeah, sometimes it feels well when they’re talking about stuff you don’t really know, it feels uncomfortable asking them what does that mean? Because you’re a business owner and you don’t want to make herself feel, “Oh I’m not smart and stuff.”
Luckily, I have my parents sitting right next to me, so I’ll just ask them what it means.
Have you ever had somebody tell you who’s an adult tell you that maybe you should stop because you’re a kid?
No, actually I haven’t and I’m surprised I haven’t because I started my business at a really young age, so nobody really told me I couldn’t have my own business.
It was fun at six but it was also hard because you’re six years old and your mom’s helping you trying to make you bows or sometimes you don’t understand what they’re saying and sometimes, it gets confusing about what you’re supposed to and what you’re not supposed to do and what you’re not supposed to touch and stuff like that.
Yeah, exactly. Sometimes I feel like being the only kid, I feel sometimes people want to make me less than them because I’m a kid at a business conference, but then we have the same potential as they do. Just because we’re a little shorter and a little younger doesn’t mean that we can’t do as much.
Yeah. I have two sisters and I can tell you that it’s a challenge having your own business while also having to take care of your sisters. So if you want a brother or sister just so you know, it’s always going to be a challenge right there if you have your own business too.
I have two older siblings, they’re 22 and 18 and so I’m the baby of the family and don’t necessarily have the same interests but it’s still fun.
Yeah, I am actually the oldest and kids are part of my family so sometimes it’s annoying having my little sisters around. But, I can tell you that your big sisters or your little sisters will only look up to you. If you’re having a problem like this. You say one of your sisters at 20, right?
My brother’s 22 and then my sister’s 18.
Okay, so you’re a brother or your sister, they can actually help you with your business because they probably work for somebody. If you have a question to ask them and you can always ask your mom, your dad, your brother, your sister or something like that.
Yeah, and it’s good knowing that I have someone older than me to teach me.
Yeah, on my mom’s side, her mom actually has a lot of pets. She’s a dog person, more than a cat. She’s more of a dog and when with her puppies or something has babies, she’s always giving them away. That’s pretty much what she does and she also works with somebody, so I sometimes I ask her questions, but yeah.
Yeah. So we actually need to take a quick break, but I would love to keep talking with you. Can you tell our listeners where they can go to find out more about you?
Awesome and definitely go check her out because she’s such an inspirational young entrepreneur. So we have been talking with Rylan Jade Kelly about fun business, fun entrepreneurship for kids.
We’ll be right back.