27: How One Woman Ditched Her 9-5 To Launch The First Crowdfunded B&B on Kickstarter

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27: How One Woman Ditched Her 9-5 To Launch The First Crowdfunded B&B on Kickstarter

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Today’s guest, is Kalisa Martin, The Co-Founder of The Runaway Experience, a global travel pop-up designed to foster cultural discovery through unforgettable dining experiences, personal connections with local communities and meticulously curated adventures. Kalisa and her better half Jeff, a New York couple of Caribbean heritage, left the 9-5 city grind to pursue their passion for food, culture and travel. They stated with the creation of a community-oriented luxury bed & breakfast. After becoming the first and only successfully funded Bed & Breakfast on Kickstarter, they have quickly become the go-to destination for adventurous travelers seeking an authentic immersion into island life. Now, building on the experience they’ve begun in Jamaica, Kalisa and Jeff are expanding to new destinations around the world.

On this episode, Kalisa shares:

  • How she and partner Jeff initially launched The Runaway Jamaica, a community-oriented luxury bed & breakfast
  • How she got the courage to quit her 9-5 and pursue her entrepreneurial dreams
  • What she learned from creating the first and only successfully funded B&B on Kickstarter
  • Why The Runaway Jamaica has expanded into destinations across the world as The Runaway Experience
  • How she differentiates The Runaway Experience in the market
  • What happens when you pivot from your initial idea to one that is more fitting of your long term vision

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Nicaila Matthews-Okome

Hi! I’m Nicaila, the Creator and Host of the Side Hustle Pro Podcast. I started Side Hustle Pro when I was a side hustler myself. I was a digital marketer at NPR by day, side hustler by night. Through the powerful stories shared on this show and the courage to launch my own initiatives, I was able to quit my own job and go full time with Side Hustle Pro.

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