Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kenneth E. Carter Jr., Founder of Humble Homes Development, LLC, located in Woodstock, IL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Humble Homes Development, LLC develops affordable homes for our “active” 55+ senior population and our military population. Everybody deserves to live in a clean and affordable home. Housing costs continue to rise at an alarming pace, and in many cases, our veterans and our seniors are challenged to live comfortably; Humble Homes Development, LLC is here to help!

Tell us about yourself

The past 46 years have blessed me with significant professional opportunities as I’ve run several multi-million enterprises in retail management, sales, and, most recently, education management. Recently, I completed my MBA in Entrepreneurship, where the ideal of Humble Homes Development was born. I have always enjoyed empowering others to be their best self. As I encroach retirement age, the next chapter in my life is to give back to seniors and veterans and make a difference in their lives.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment is when I see a smile on the face of my residents as they move into their homes. I’ve always worked hard to empower my associates, and now I can empower my residents to treat their new home as if it was theirs.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Entrepreneurialism and Business Ownership are not easy; however, it can be quite rewarding if you create a great business plan, be financially prudent, and plan to operate lean and mean. They say that the first 5 years of any new business venture are the most precarious; plan well!

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. They say that you’re the average of the 5 people you hang around with, so take inventory, level up, and strengthen your professional network.
  2. Stay positive, believe in yourself, and understand that this is a journey, not a sprint.
  3. Leadership is essential in any business. Take care of your people, Hold them accountable, and empower them to be little intrapreneurs under your tutelage.

Where can people find you and your business?


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