Women In Business: Kelly Terranova

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In celebration of Women in Business day, Desk Cowork brings you wonderful interviews with our creative souls that make up the Women of Desk Cowork.

Welcome to today’s Women in Business Spotlight! Tell us who you are?

My name’s Kelly Terranova, and my business is the Bees Knees.

And what is it the that Bees Knees does?

Well, I’m in the process of developing the brand at the moment. So, I guess an overall umbrella is it makes people see the extraordinary in the ordinary. I have positivity journals at the moment. I’m developing a kid’s journal, which is out just before Christmas. But there’s a whole host of other things that are about to come into play too.

What do you love most about your work?

What I get back from what I do! It makes a massive difference to everyone that comes into contact with the business, and any money that I make I feel like it’s a good thing, because it’s giving something back as well. The rewards are not just monetary, they’re for the people that they help too.

And I believe you’re supporting a charitable cause as well, right?

Yeah, definitely. I donate £1 from every journal to Huntington’s disease, and do various other fundraising, which is something that my mum has. We’ve done fundraising all of our lives, but it’s just nice to be able to weave it into the business. And the best thing is, it’s raised awareness too. It’s not just the money, a lot of people now know the name of the disease, and what to look for, and how to support people. So that’s really good too.

And do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

I think the one that comes back into my life all the time is “He who says he can, and he who says he can’t are both usually right.”

I just think that I live my life in that way. I think that if you think you can do something, then you will. And if you’ve got the attitude that you can’t, then you won’t. It’s a simple one, but it’s one I like to live by.

Love it, very nice. And what are your plans and ambitions for 2019?

Well, to go global. I have this vision of the Bees Knees being a well known brand across the globe, because finding the extraordinary in the ordinary things is an international language. It’s something that we can all appreciate no matter where we come from. So, yeah, that’s the goal.

And how do you achieve a work life balance?

Through the concepts of the journal. It’s by making sure that each day I do one thing, even if it’s tiny, just as much as sit and having a cup of tea without any interruptions. I do one thing that’s for myself, and then I write it down. And I always list all the things that I’m grateful for every day, and that allows me to be positive in all of the rush and chaos that is being self employed, and pushing forward and forging forward with all your dreams and inspirations. But without hating the moment that you’re in. You can then appreciate the moment that you’re in, so you’re not coming from a place of desperation, you’re coming from a place of happiness.

And what advice would you give to other young women who want to succeed in business?

Just go for it. I get messages all the time from people that say, “How did you get started? What do I need to do?” Just do something, make a phone call, read up about it. Go on YouTube, just educated yourself. No one needs a qualification to be successful in business, you’ve just got to have the belief and the passion to do something that you love. Just do it, just crack on.

What’s your favourite breakfast food?


And what do you want to do when you grow up?

I don’t know. Astronaut.

Tea or coffee?


Instagram or Facebook?


And you just hit how many followers on Instagram?


Congrats! Apple or Microsoft?

I don’t know, Nintendo.

What time of day are you most productive?


How do you wind down from work?

Tea and Peep Show.

Coworking is … finish the sentence.

A great place to be.