Welcome to “Meet Brazen Member” an exclusive Brazen series featuring our Brazen Growth Group Members. We are excited to share a little bit of their professional and personal stories with you!
Crystal Dyer is the CEO of Gone Again Travel & Tours, which offers exceptional international travel packages. Her solutions are customized according to the individual or groups preferences and budget. Crystal aims to simplify the process so travelers can stress-less and travel more often. Crystal recently became a member of Brazen Chicago.
What is the inspiration behind your business?
Helping people stress less and travel more often. I was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in the Bronzeville community. I was the middle child and very shy. I loved science and always visited the Museums of Science & Industry or Natural History and wanted to be an archaeologist and discover ancient relics and worlds. Guess being a travel agent is close enough huh!
What do you love most about being the boss?
Which of your personal attributes do you think equips you the most to be an entrepreneur and why?
I’m a great listener, sales and marketer, open for advice. These have really helped me excel.
What is your favorite app/software that helps you with productivity?
TravelJoy CRM saved my life in the first few months opening my store. Perfect match to keep up with my client data.
What is the hardest part about being a female entrepreneur and how do you overcome it?
Time management. I set my phone alarm so I can leave the office on-time.
What is your favorite piece of business advice?
The business plan is a living thing open for adjustment.
What is your preferred accounting software?
What service does your company outsource?
After-hours answering service, social media marketing.
What is your favorite business / startup podcast?
What is the first position you hired?
What is your favorite book?
One skill you’d like to learn this year?
What business woman or woman-led business do you admire and why?
WVON Talk Radio Host Perri Smalls, a little lady with a big voice for awareness of injustice.
What is your favorite non-work related hobby?
What is your favorite quote?
“Water your mind to grow your soul.”
Who from history would you most like to meet and why?
Mahatma Gandhi, a soul of peace
How do you relax after a long day? Is there a small luxury you treat yourself to?
Besides social media and news sites, what website do you check often?
Travel Weekly and Crain’s Chicago
How did you hear about Brazen and why did you decide to sign up as a member?
Have you become more bold since becoming a Brazen Member?
What is the #1 benefit you feel you receive as a Brazen member?
Expertise of all the members.