“Learn That You Have To Give Up Control If You Want To Scale” With Katie Melissa Ryan

Marco Derhy
Jul 1, 2018 · 7 min read

“This is something that was difficult for me: learning that I had to give up control. I wish I knew from the start that this was part of the process if I wanted to scale. At first, it was challenging to loosen the reigns and allow others the chance to work on my business. I loved being at the stage where I had full control, knowing whatever mistakes happened, or success experienced, was because of me. Eventually I had to face this fear and hire other people in order to grow. Teamwork is essential at a certain point.”


I had the pleasure of interviewing Katie Melissa Ryan, an internet entrepreneur who has created e-commerce stores generating up to six figures per month. She began her journey in entrepreneurship modeling for local brands, then discovered and studied online business. Her first successful venture was starting to sell on her Amazon store 2 years ago at the age of 22.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company.

Another funny experience to mention is after my first e-commerce store became prosperous, a few people I went to high school with started asking if I was hiring.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

Are you working on any exciting projects now?

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

Do you have a favorite book that made a deep impact on your life? Can you share a story?

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

2. Another thing I wish I knew was how to scale a business from the start. Of course, I learned as time passed by, because I was forced to if I wanted to grow and improve. It would have been so nice to have a clear plan laid out on the table beforehand.
3. Third, I wish I was told to have daily goals from the start. In my early days of entrepreneurship, I didn’t have a set goal to work toward every day. I was still figuring things out and overwhelm took over some days. Currently I have goals and tasks I write on my phone weekly so I know what my focus should be for that week.

4. I wish someone told me how complicated it would be. People see travel and inspirational pictures on my Instagram, e-commerce sales and profits, but no one knows what really goes on behind the scenes. Success doesn’t happen overnight, well, not for most. All the time spent learning, practicing, and working eats up most of my time. When I was 23, I had to hire three virtual assistants to assist me with my workflow.

5. Lastly, this is something that was difficult for me: learning that I had to give up control. I wish I knew from the start that this was part of the process if I wanted to scale. At first, it was challenging to loosen the reigns and allow others the chance to work on my business. I loved being at the stage where I had full control, knowing whatever mistakes happened, or success experienced, was because of me. Eventually I had to face this fear and hire other people in order to grow. Teamwork is essential at a certain point.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. :-)

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

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Marco Derhy

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A Positive Influencer | Author | 19 years publication industry |Created unique series….| Founder @ Derhy Enterprises, a boutique international consulting firm.

Authority Magazine

Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film, Sports and Tech. Authority Mag is devoted primarily to sharing interesting feature interviews of people who are authorities in their industry. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

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