We talk entrepreneurship with Reese, the founder of yes supply collective.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
We’re an online platform that empowers + inspires females to create a life and business they love, and only take yes for an answer to create it!
I’m the founder of yes supply collective. We’re an online platform that empowers + inspires females to create a life and business they love, and only take yes for an answer to create it!
We’ve been featured in NYLON Magazine, Flare magazine, the Globe and Mail and Elite Daily for supporting ambitious and driven women in creating their own yes.
There’s so much working against us that can stop us from reaching our goals in life, even though we deserve it- Pay inequality, depictions of what ‘ideal beauty’ is bombarding us on TV and social media, self-doubt, and the pressure to fit in and be the same as everyone else.
I hope to empower as many women as possible to break the mould, recognize that they can create the life that they want regardless of their current situation, and practice self-love on their way to creating a fulfilling life.
What is Yes Supply and what inspired you to start it?
The yes supply collective is full of motivation and inspiration needed to create the mindset and confidence needed to build a life of YES, plus REAL actionable business advice and tools to take the steps to make it happen.
There are so many areas of my personal experiences that intersected to make yes supply the way it is, but I know that even if you have all the strategies to create a successful business, if you don’t have the right mindset, and you are trapped in negative self-talk, you won’t be able to push forward and put everything you have learned into action.
I aim to help women become their most empowered selves, as well as give them the tools straight from inspiring female mentors who have done it, to help them create the steps to success.
I remember years ago, I really wanted to be a fashion stylist. I spent hours scouring the internet looking for real advice from people who had done it, and I came up with nothing. When I did find interviews, they were from successful women whose only advice they had to share on landing a dream career was “I just fell into this job”
I knew there had to be more to it, and I wanted to create a way for women who were just starting out on their journey to get actionable advice to help them find their way.
I had a lot of things driving me to start yes supply. In my own life, I’ve dealt with really low self-esteem, being surrounded by toxic people who tried to hold me back and bring me down, and I’ve seen it happen to too many women around me.
I wanted to create something that empowered women, and gave them permission to be the strong, opinionated and powerful female they know they are, but may sometimes be fearful to show it.
Society tends to look down on women who are opinionated, and want to fight for what they want in life. When it’s a man, it’s I want to prove that it’s important and valuable to be opinionated, and it’s leadership.
It was something I really needed to do and now that I’m doing it, I realize that it’s more than an online business or a platform, it aligns to my life’s purpose.
What has been the hardest part of entrepreneurship thus far?
The biggest challenge is knowing where to learn what I need to know to do next. When you’re first starting out on a new business, there is so much information out there, and you can get everything you need to grow. But once you reach a certain level, good quality education is really hard to come by.
You get to a point where you need a mentor, or help. I’m always looking for people who I can learn from, and I’m always investing in myself to get the best knowledge so I can make sure I’m creating something amazing for the members in my community. I’ve invested in the right courses, coaches and mentors to help me get to the next step, and help me grow faster. I know that the better I am, the more I can help the members in my Collective, and the people that I work with reach their goals faster!
I’m fascinated with learning about personal development, and how the mind works, so learning for me is fun. I also see such a huge issue today with people spending so much time on social media, and not realizing that it’s holding them back from living their fullest life, as it’s so easy to get caught up looking at everyone else’s. I am constantly reminding the people who I help to ‘create over consume’ because the best feeling ever is using your creativity to the fullest and seeing what happens when you put your heart into creating something amazing.
A thought that kept me motivated when I was first starting yes supply was the thought that maybe sharing my own story could help one person.
Now we’ve helped thousands, and my goal is to help a million women around the world.
What are 3 tips/advice that you would give to someone who is thinking about starting their own business?
My path was that I listened to my intuition, and when there was something I was unhappy with in my life I never settled. I was always willing to shake things up to live the life I wanted.
When I couldn’t be creative at work, I set up a blog so I could have an outlet to say and do what I wanted to and challenge myself. It was by following what felt good and right to me that helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my life.
My advice would be to follow your passions and put your ideas and point of view out there.
If you want to start a business, there’s a lot of information out there and it’s hard to know what’s good info and what’s not. I’ve invested in myself for courses, coaches, and mentorship to help me get to where I want to be. I think committing 100% and going all in for your dreams is a necessity to see the results you’re after.
I’ve created a free 5 day course for women who want to learn how to start a business and create consistent income with active and passive income products. If there’s any one reading this who has launched a blog or website, but does not know how to monetize it, this free 5 day course will give you exactly what you need.
I created it because it’s what I wish existed when I first started out.
I break down what products you can sell in your business, how to get clear on your strategy, create a website that works for you, and grow your following.
Sign up for the FREE 5 day course The 5C’s of Creating Consistent Profits at www.yessupply.co/5C
If you can give one piece of advice to yourself when you were starting out, what would it be?
When I was first starting out, a big thing I struggled with was making a jump from ‘employee’ mindset to being an entrepreneur, and most importantly a leader.
Being that person who says what’s on their mind, speaks before spoken to and can handle being seen as an expert isn’t a simple mindset shift.
You really have to change how you look at yourself, and have a thick enough skin to know that you are determined to go after your mission, regardless of what people might say or think. Most people overlook the mindset shifts that it takes to launch your dream business, but it’s important to realize that your mindset is THE MOST important thing in seeing the success you want!
My morning ritual includes daily positive affirmations in my daily Good morning beautiful routine that gives me the mindset, motivation and focus needed to keep growing my dream business.
A huge thing for me was stopping looking for external validation. Instead of worrying or wondering “Do people like me?” and instead asking myself “Do I like me?” and taking action based on what I need to do to feel really proud of myself, and feel like I’m leaving a positive impact on the world.
I try to create something that I needed when I was first starting out feeling lost, confused, overwhelmed and with little direction and the women who are in the Collective are making huge strides in building their businesses and creating a life they’re obsessed with because of it.
Were there any challenges or obstacles that made you feel like giving up?
I’ve dealt with a lot of tough things in life. I can’t say one is worse than another, one painful memory is my mom being with an abusive partner while I was growing up.
Seeing someone who was ambitious, independent, and beautiful be brought down for many years by a toxic person, the person who was supposed to be there for her, was so many emotions.Coming through this on the other side, it helped me learn that you need to have self-love, self-worth and confidence if you want to live your best life.
Once you value other people’s opinions more than your own, it gives toxic people an opening to come into your life and tear it apart.
This is why mindset and empowerment is something I teach, and inspire women to put into their daily practice with the Good Morning Beautiful daily routine: www.yessupply.co/goodmorningbeautiful
Is there a quote that you live by? If yes what is it?
The secret to getting ahead is getting started.
I printed out this quote that the talented Jasmine Dowling hand wrote and had it around my apartment while I was building up the courage to start yes supply, and creating my first few posts.I’m so glad I had it. It was a daily reminder that it didn’t have to be perfect, I just had to get started and see where it took me. I think it’s important to remember that it’s as much about the journey as where you plan on ending up.
Time is going to pass anyways, might as well work on something you’re excited about. Don’t let perfection stop your progress.
Another quote I always go back to is:
“Create over consume”
There is SO much content online, and it’s important to make sure you are only taking in the content that will help you get closer to your dreams, and then create the things that help you align to your purpose and create the impact you crave to make!
Where can people connect with you
You can connect with me by joining the FREE facebook group: www.yessupply.co/freefacebookgroup
Instagram at instagram.com/yessupply.
I post daily inspiration, motivation, and tips for women who are launching their dream businesses, and I give incredible tips that will help you make serious moves in creating your own yes supply life!