Kylie Marks’ deep love for dogs began when she got her first dog, Beau, when he was six months old.
Since Beau, Kylie’s affection for dogs has only grown and she now has two huskies, Kiba and Freja.
When Kylie was looking for ways to treat her sister’s dogs’ skin and tummy sensitivities and offer healthy treats to train her energetic huskies, she couldn’t find anything that wasn’t bulked up with fillers.
So, she co-founded ‘The Doggie Bakery’ four years ago with her sister Dennise.
All the products at the Doggie Bakery contains no sugar, salt, preservatives. They are hand-baked fresh with quality organic ingredients.
Kylie enjoys baking healthy treats, has a keen interest in learning about canine nutrition and rehabilitation. She believes in educating other dog owners about making healthier choices for their dog.
Who’s your favourite entrepreneur and why?
Oh, I can’t choose just one! Pat Flynn, Marie Forleo, Amy Porterfield and of course Suzi Dafnis! I love how they focus on serving the community by doing what they love and I aspire to be able to do the same.
What do you enjoy most about running your own business?
I actually just enjoy baking healthy treats, learning about canine nutrition (and rehabilitation thanks to being a human physio!!), educating other dog owners about making healthier choices for their dog and lastly, but most importantly, getting lots of puppy cuddles and kisses when we do local deliveries!!
What three pieces of advice do you wish you’d been given when you started?
- When you start a small business you will need to wear multiple hats, so accordingly you need to learn a bit of everything. In particular, I wish I’d been advised where I could learn more about marketing, rather than just learning about it now!
- Self care is crucial
- You’ve got this! I wish I was encouraged more!!
What advice would YOU give someone thinking about starting a business?
Designate some time on learning and growing as an entrepreneur. Whether you read books or listen to podcasts, there are lots of entrepreneurs who can teach you what to do, what not to do, and inspire you. There really are so many wonderful resources, such as HerBusiness, that are full of wisdom to help you grow professionally and personally.
What skills and knowledge areas would you recommend those starting out in business get acquainted with quickly?
Given I didn’t start focusing on marketing until recently, I would recommend those starting out, learn that quickly, particularly who their target market is (avoids time and energy wasted on trying to please everyone when everyone isn’t your customer) and how to relate to them.
What does your IDEAL business look like? Even if you’re not there yet, what would it look like if your business was ideal?
My ideal business would be one that allows me an increased audience so that I can help many dogs by providing education to their owners by increasing awareness about how poor food and treat choices contribute to poor health outcomes in dogs. Also, it would provide financial freedom.
What problem does being a Member of the HerBusiness Network solve for you and your business? And, how?
The biggest problem is isolation. When our business is only a partnership and neither of us is trained in business, it makes it hard knowing where is best to focus our limited energy on, what would be the most useful way to spend our limited cash, and where to go for practical help on certain topics. HerBusiness Network unlocks a community that has a wealth of knowledge and experience to help the business owner journey.