Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashlynn Cubbison.
Ashlynn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been asked to share my story before, and I always struggle to narrow down specific events that put me on this entrepreneurial path. I started in the real estate field when I was only 18 years old, and I fell in love with it. From 2007-2010, I worked at First American Title’s corporate office in Orange County. My passion for real estate only grew during that time, but also, it was there, I realized I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life working for someone else. During the time, I worked at First American, I helped my husband (boyfriend at that time) build a swimming pool business. It was the first taste I had at starting and running a company, and in 2010, I quit my job and became an entrepreneur full time. Now, I’m a real estate broker and own a real estate company, my husband and I, still own Diamond Pool and Spa Care, an online store slimsdepot.com, and my debut novel, “Chasing Beverly” is set to be released this year!
Has it been a smooth road?
I’ve been very blessed in business and life, but it hasn’t always been an easy path. I’ve had huge successes, but at the beginning of my entrepreneurial journey, I had a couple of failed companies, too. Which I lost money on. I used those experiences to grow and recognized where I went wrong.
My biggest struggle used to be my age. I was young when I first started real estate and boy did I look it too! On several occasions, other agents spoke to me condescendingly, and I felt discouraged. But, I flipped the script and started marketing myself as an innovative real estate agent. I used my age to my advantage and started using cutting edge marketing strategies. Not to mention, I also grew a thicker skin and stopped allowing anyone to treat me poorly.
Currently, one of my biggest struggles is balancing my time. I have two young children, and they’re my top priority. However, I can’t seem to silence the crazy idea wizard who reigns in my head. This year, especially, I’ve had to prioritize my work. Real estate comes first because it contributes the most financially to my family, and I’m on strict deadlines with escrow. Then, comes my passion, writing. Being an author is something I never would’ve thought possible, and now I’m living my dream. Then, I work on all my “babies” which are my start-up companies and online store.
My advice for anyone who is starting, no matter the age because frankly, I think being young has several advantages in this day and age, is believe in yourself. Nothing will get done if you’re not your own cheerleader. Being an entrepreneur, you have to be able to motivate yourself, each and every day. Surround yourself with people who have similar aspirations and bounce ideas off of each other. Then, of course, do the work and if it’s something you love, never give it up. But most importantly, don’t wait until you think something is perfect! Perfection is stuffy, and perfection is overrated, try your best, put out great work, but just make sure you’re putting yourself out there, in whatever you’re doing.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m probably most known for real estate, but I hope in the next few years my family, friends, and clients begin to think of me only as an entrepreneur. I never want to limit myself to one business, and I have too many dreams I want to share with the world, to cram my creativity into one tiny box.
The thing I’m most proud of is becoming an author. As a child, I struggled with reading and spelling, and I never would’ve believed my life would lead me to a writing career. It’s been intense, a lot of work, and I’ve had to address some significant childhood insecurities, but I’m really proud of, “Chasing Beverly” and I hope my readers will love it as much as I loved writing it.
Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well positioned for?
Sadly, there are still many challenges women face, and I’m grateful the media is covering it and bringing it all to the surface. However, women have a big opportunity right now. There’s a vast movement happening amongst ourselves; women are looking for other women to support and celebrate. And I’m so excited about it! I think the time of insecure women, tearing each other down is on it’s way out. Now, it’s all about cross-marketing, supporting one another, building up our businesses and ideas, and uniting as women.
- Website: www.ashlynncubbison.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ashlynncub/
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