Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Barclay Saul, co-founder and president of Kyrgies, located in Richmond, VA, USA.

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

Kyrgies is a brand of ethically made, responsibly produced slippers that are sold throughout North America.

Tell us about yourself

I was a music teacher for most of my career, but apparel is in my blood. We were introduced to the factory through a colleague from the pilot cohort of The Good Work Institute. Within weeks we were working with our partner factory.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Helping our partner factory hire and maintain steady employment for dozens of women, all at a living wage in healthy conditions.

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

There's always risk in owning a business. It can be a stressful life.

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

  1. Make sure your brand has a story. That's what draws people.
  2. Make sure the product differentiates itself from the competition in quality.
  3. Make sure you enjoy who you work with.

Where can people find you and your business?


If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solo or small business entrepreneur that you'd like to share, then please answer these interview questions. We'd love to feature your journey on these pages.

Turn your craft into recurring revenue with Subkit. Start your subscription offering in minutes and supercharge it with growth levers. Get early access here.