Kishka Gooden

by Terry Watson | January 24th, 2020
Kishka Gooden

Kishka Gooden

Kishka Gooden of Richmond, Va. describes herself as a unique person. She is married and a mother of two children. She was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to North Carolina when she was three years old. She attended North Carolina Central University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. “Back then I had high hopes of becoming a Probation Officer but God had other plans for me,” she says.

Later, she would receive her Master of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. Her husband is retired from the US. Navy and currently works as a Probation Officer. She is also very family oriented and was raised in a close knit family. “Everyone that knows me know that family is very important to me and I consider my close friends as family,” she says.

Kishka loves giving back to the community and helping those in need. She pours this same love into her business, Kishmon Services, LLC. With her venture, she provides administrative support to other small businesses. She is also a Notary Public, Travel Agent, and completes photo inspections for Insurance Companies. She also has a blog called, The Diary of the Hustle Queen, where she interviews entrepreneurs on their transition from corporate America. She recently became the secretary for the Board of Directors for the 501(3)c nonprofit, United Vision.

Kishmon Services began in accordance with Kisha’s lifestyle. “I have always been organized, so family and friends would come to me to help with travel or just random things needed. In 2013, I was looking for part-time work while my oldest was away for the summer. One day, I was on the phone with a friend who has a cleaning business and mentioned I was looking for work. He told me he needed someone to help with an administrative task and I jumped on the offer. I was able to make money from home and set my own schedule. At first I was not familiar with starting my own business so I just worked under my own name as a contractor for him. Then in 2015, I opened my first LLC and started marketing myself for more clients. I also started another business that focused on travel and was doing very well handling working full-time, family, and my businesses. In 2017, I got married and welcomed my second child and I stepped away from it all to focus on my growing family,” she says.

On March, 8th, 2019 she decided to leave her job of over five years at the Insurance Company and work for herself. She started a new LLC and had a new vision and jumped with both feet in the water. “I initially started with all types of services but over time, I knew I couldn’t do it all, so I cut back and decided to stick with a few services,” she says. In 2019, she rented out her first rental property with the help of a management company. She called herself the “hustle queen” since she had so much going.

Being an entrepreneur has its perks. “I love the freedom it has allowed me. When I was at my job, I suffered from anxiety and migraines. I decided to put myself and my health first. With the support of my husband, I was able to make that change in my life. I love being available for my family if they need something and spending lots of time with my busy, two year old as well. I am home everyday when my 12 year old comes from school and I can make dinner at a decent time. I can take off if needed and don’t have to report to anyone but myself,” she says.

She is inspired by successful entrepreneurs that have come before her. “I love hearing stories of how they made it and it keeps me going. I am also inspired by my children. I want to teach them that there is more out there than working for someone else. I want to build a legacy for them that includes financial freedom and independence,” Kishka shares.

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