Source: CVDaily Feed
Sage Killian wants to help others, whether that’s helping them to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle or to lend encouragement to entrepreneurs. Sage is a Junior at Utah State University majoring in International Studies with an emphasis in Peoples and Nations. But she is also a young entrepreneur who is passionate about pursuing opportunities.
At the age of 18, Killian started a business with her mother called My Base Products out of their home in Cedar Hills. The women saw an opportunity to draw on the family’s generational experience with alternative medicine to help people take more control of their own health care. They developed a line of accessories to make essential oils easier to use, more effective and last longer.
The opportunity has empowered her and she wants to let others know that starting a business isn’t as difficult as it may appear.
“I would really love to help people start or have the courage to go after things they have passions for,” Killian exclaims. “In Utah County and in Cache County we have huge opportunity and there is an idea for almost every passion out there that you could use for a business idea that could end up being successful in so many different ways.
“It benefits everyone; it’s super beneficial for the community as well as establishing a sense of success in yourself and helping the economy. It helps on tons of different levels.”
She has learned many different lessons about starting and running a business along the way and has received useful advice through USU’s Entrepreneurship Club through the Jeffrey D. Clark Center for Entrepreneurship.
She recognizes that starting a business can seem intimidating, but assures that it’s not as difficult as it looks.
“Everyone thinks ‘I can’t be a business owner. I don’t know business tactics’,” she says. “I was 18 and had just graduated high school. You kind of have to take that first leap but a lot of it is learning processes, just taking a jump.
“It’s a learning process and as you go you learn so much more than you thought, about yourself and the world around you. It really changes you. It’s really beneficial in a lot of different settings.”
Not only has Killian been associating with other young entrepreneurs through USU, she has been talking to the organizers of the Cache Rendezvous Startup Series which also highlights entrepreneurs in Northern Utah. Generally speaking, Killian just wants to be a resource for anyone else who may be considering starting their own business.
“I would love to help out however I can. I’m not going to know all the answers but I’m more than willing to help them find the answers if we don’t know it, or to be there for them to let them know they can do this, you’ve really got this.
“I’ve had a ton of amazing mentors who have helped me exponentially so connecting them with people is important as well. I want to help people find that empowerment so they can say, ‘I can really do this.’”
Killian’s greatest satisfaction is seeing how her business is helping people. While it’s gratifying to see how the business has grown, hearing reviews from people who purchase her products is the most satisfying for Killian. In the future, she would like to transition into a more philanthropic business that can help people around the world who don’t have the same situation as she has, hence her emphasis of study at USU.
Killian didn’t have a mentor when she first started her business. But she hopes she can be one for someone else going through the same process.
“You have to take that first jump. If you’re going to fail, fail quickly because it will just show you what you need to do to pivot or find another way to approach the situation. It just shows you that there is more out there for you.”
Killian invites anyone who is considering starting a business, but may have questions or reservations, to email her at email@example.com.