Originally published by Canadian Small Business Women.
Kelly Farrell is the Founder and Chief Facilitator of Teach Me Social, a visionary company that has a mission to empower small business entrepreneurs to take control of their own online presence and manage it in-house to maintain an authentic voice for their brand. Teach Me Social has been providing valuable Social Media and online marketing support to small business owners for 3 years now, while Kelly’s personal experience in the marketing and Social Media realm extends over 15 years.
Kelly has been teaching elementary school professionally for over 10 years, 7 of those have been teaching Middle School at Star Academy in Mississauga where she also manages the school’s online and community presence. Before teaching in Ontario, Kelly taught Grade One for 2 years at an International school in Colombia, South America, gaining an international perspective on curriculum, child development and early engagement in internet communication to keep in touch with family and friends back home!
A well-travelled and well-read individual, Kelly is also an independent mother of an ambitious eight-year-old daughter. As such, Kelly has a unique perspective to offer her clients, gaining participation and attention in her sessions by energizing participants and inspiring them to dive into the Social Media world while providing valuable skills, tips and strategies they can use to construct their online presence at their own pace.
Teach Me Social was launched in 2012, providing 1:1 tutorials and advice to small business owners to manage their social media on their own. The need for Kelly’s unique approach to teaching the ins and outs of Social Media was quickly evident and she began facilitating group workshops and seminars to a wide range of audiences. Teach Me Social continues to grow, offering small business owners a chance to understand and take ownership of their social media strategies, adding authenticity to their online presence.
Our Q & A with Kelly Farrell
*What inspires you?
I am inspired by the achievements of others. I love sharing in the success of others and revelling in the joy that achievement brings. I have always fed off the energy of others, and having a business where I constantly can help bring about growth and success for my clients energizes me to continue to do what I do.
*As a small business owner, what achievements make you most proud?
I am incredibly proud that my business has reached its 3 year anniversary! What began as a friendly endeavour to help fellow Mompreneurs gain control of their Social Media has bloomed into a unique approach to Social Media learning that has become sought after. Presenting at the Canadian Small Business Immigrant Women’s Expo was a huge milestone for me, as it was a diverse audience, full of new faces eager to learn and listen to what I had to say. I was humbled by the support and encouragement from the room full of passionate, driven business owners.
*What advice would you give to other aspiring small business owners?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a similar village to run your own business! I would never be where I am today without the valuable support and guidance from friends and family. Attending networking events has provided incalculable support and advice for growing my business and staying on track in a realistic, yet motivated way.
*What new things can we look forward to from your business in the upcoming year?
Teach Me Social will continue to bring cutting edge support and advice on Online Marketing and Social Media to small business owners in the form of group workshops, seminars and large group presentations. Stay tuned for announcements on a special “Boot Camp” style series of workshops coming in Spring 2015, with the possibility of online accessible workshops coming in the summer!