Never Be Afraid To Ask For Guidance with Kelly Vaughn

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Kelly Vaughn

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Kelly Vaughn, a frontend developer and founder of The Taproom, a Shopify Plus agency rooted in Atlanta. She and her team have helped hundreds of Shopify merchants build successful marketing strategies, map out customer journeys that convert and provide the insight, experience and tools businesses need to keep growing. She’s passionate about all things, ‘entrepreneurship’. Since building her first website for a client project at the age of 14, she has built up a strong customer base over the past 15 years and grew her solo freelance business from a team of one to an always-profitable team of ten in just one year.

And when she’s not coding or co-hosting the Ladybug Podcast, you can find her traveling the world with her husband and sampling all the wine and whiskey she can get her hands on! Kelly talks about the importance of reaching out for help when we need it, and how it can positively impact our knowledge base. Kelly also discusses why it’s so important to keep a record of your IT journey, and how it can help to not just advance you, but act as a career diary.


Kelly Vaughn

Resources – Check out the Ladybug podcast website! – Check out Kelly’s personal website! – Check out Kelly’s business website!

2 Top Career Tips

1) Never be afraid to ask for help. Do not be afraid to look stupid. Everybody has to start somewhere on their journey to knowledge. Accept that you don’t know everything and learn from the best.
2) Try to keep a record of things you accomplish, no matter how small. These accolades will help to advance you when the time comes, but can also act as a reminder of the journey you’ve taken.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Taking on too much can be a sure way towards failure. Kelly has become far better at learning to say no, even when the proposition sounds attractive. You always end up paying for it in the end.

Career Highlight

After founding The Taproom, Kelly finally relinquished the reins of control at the organization, allowing both the company and Kelly herself to prosper.

The Future

IT is constantly evolving. This keep the challenges fresh, and allows for personal growth at every opportunity.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

After building a website at 11 years old, Kelly found herself hooked by the possibilities of IT.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Trust your instincts. If your inner voice is trying to guide you, then there’s probably a reason why.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

If you’re young, then you should charge less for your services!

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Kelly would immerse herself in the community much sooner. You can grow much faster with the help of others.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Building and reinforcing education, in order to give herself the tools to diversify.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

Being able to talk to people, establish rapport, to deal with conflict in a healthy way, and being able to deal with negative feedback.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Kelly is constantly looking for new opportunities in order to stay challenged and learn something new.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Travelling is a passion that has been interrupted by the pandemic, but which Kelly is itching to get back to.

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