I'm a multi-passionate creative, dreamer, educator and entrepreneur. Whether through buzzing creatives, where I helped creative women entrepreneurs grow their business online through the power of social media and providing them with a community or now through my own personal brand, Tript Johal, I have used my position, knowledge, and passion to elevate other women of colour or of minority.
What inspired you to start your business?
After finishing my Master's Degree, I needed a break from academia.I have always been passionate about empowering women, especially women of colour. In fact, my Master's Degree was exactly in this light, Gender and International Development. My friend had a social enterprise, and I helped her grow her social media and increase her visibility via social media.
This is when I realized I had a skill set that can really help female entrepreneurs. I was inspired to help women who oftentimes, were at home moms, or didn't speak English well, or were of colour, or minorities. I saw how empowering it was for them to be part of a community and also to see their business grow and hence their confidence grow.
I want to create an inclusive space online where I can empower women and provide them with educational tools and community to grow their business online and build authentic, supportive relationships that allow them to live the lifestyle they desire. I am now transitioning into coaching / mentoring for women of colour and first generation-ers (children of immigrants born and raised in north america) - helping them overcome any limitations that they feel they face because of not having a sense of belonging along with trying to balance two cultures, or of the colour of their skin or their culture. I am focusing on letting their authentic self come to life, embracing it and finally letting it seep into every aspect of life - personal and professional.to be proud of who you are and let your uniqueness be your strength.
What is something you would say to someone who is struggling in their first few years of business? Is there something you struggled with and learned from in those first few years?
The biggest struggle for me in the first few years was patience! I had to really learn to be very patient.Just hang in there! I would say focus, pivot, and persist. I also found it very important to surround myself with people who believed in me and reminded me of what I was doing and why I was doing it.
What hobbies, causes, or activities are you passionate about aside from your work?
I'm passionate about giving other people who grew up "living in-between" (being a child of immigrant parents) a place to own it! I'm an intersectional feminist. I love reading, listening to podcasts, traveling, and I'm a true foodie at heart (I have been a vegetarian my entire life)!