We had the good fortune of connecting with Chiara Cammarata and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chiara, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Being a business owner is not an easy endeavor. Every day you learn something new. There’s a general feeling of “you should or could be doing more.” But what? And how? Without the help or knowledge from others who have some experience, business owners hit a wall. I wanted our business to be the (cue the “Superman” theme song) the ones that can help save the day. Diving in to find the pain points in a business’ everyday operations and then problem-solving and handling those issues or processes that can be improved. Helping business owners run their business. I geek out on business operations. I find it immensely fulfilling to find and fix problems, improve processes, and identify and implement more efficient ways to do things and do them right.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Being a planner my entire life and following “the path,” it was heartbreaking when I got laid off from a company that dissolved. A startup that I poured my blood, sweat and tears into. I dove head-first into the job market, spending the equivalent hours of a full-time job applying for position after position. It was taxing to say the least. To be frank, I felt undervalued and unwanted.
After five long months going through the job search process, I dabbled in offering some of my job experience remotely. In what can only seem in hindsight as a fortuitous confluence of events, I offered my advice and received an unexpected client! Around this same time, I finally heard back from a job application and was offered a position over 80 miles away and was low-balled on salary. But it was my only offer in months!
After making multiple charts of pros and cons, my partner was the voice of reason. “You’re worth more than that, you can do this on your own.” This was a HUGE risk; turning down the only job offer I had obtained in five months to instead move forward starting a business with one client..but that is one more than zero. I took the leap of faith, turned down the job offer and within a day started a website, created business cards, legally registered my business and never looked back. And here we are. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Renting bikes in Coronado during the summertime is a must. Coasterra on Harbor Island for happy hour! Take the time to see the seals and sunset in La Jolla.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The encouragement from my partner and the doubt from the doubters. Thanks to both!