What made Kaena Hines start her business? She just wanted to make her own money; she was sick of asking people for stuff. Having her business help her be financially stable, she explains that it isn’t at the moment, but she hopes it will once she really gets into it.

I asked Hines where she saw her business in five years. She answered that she hopes to have opened a shop to really get it off the ground, making enough money to feed her and her family. Kaena said she deals with fear and doubt by keeping going, and puts all that in her back pocket because she knows she can do it.

She gave advice for those starting their own business and said, “Don’t give up, keep going and don’t let anyone stand in your way of making your business successful. And don’t be afraid to ask for help because you can’t build it by yourself.” Her everyday routines are to continue to promote her business and let people know that she is really doing her business.

When asked how her business looks different now compared to when she first started, she said that at first she thought nobody was going to pay it any mind until she got her first customer, then more started coming.

Her favorite part of being an entrepreneur is making money. Her hardest part is not knowing if people will like her work and if her business will be successful. Her big sister is her biggest role model. She motivates her and Kaena admires her hardworking attitude. No matter how stressed or tired she is, her sister still gets up and handles her business. Kaena really admires that.

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