Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandyn Jenkins.
Hi Brandyn, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I was on my way to a party back in 2017, and on my way there, all I could think about was going back home. This wasn’t because I didn’t like the people at the party—but because I loved staying home so much. When I arrived to the party, I said hello to everyone but only stayed for about an hour (right when my social anxiety set in). Once I left the party, I felt a sense of relief and began thinking about how other people would feel the same way. It was that moment when I came up with the name “Homebody Friends”.
Homebody Friends started out as a small private group of Facebook. We talk about the joy of missing out to stay home, and our online community is growing. We now have an online storefront with the coziest hoodies, sweatpants, along with household items such as coffee mugs and area rugs. My goal is to take over the world one Homebody at a time.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It’s been a long continuous journey filled with ups & downs. I lost jobs, friendships, fell behind on bills, struggled to put food on my table, and even came close to losing my life in 2019 due to a medical emergency. I wouldn’t have gotten through it all without the love & support from my family and close friends. Despite my setbacks, I’ve still been able to come up with ways to put myself in the best position to succeed. Never giving up on my brand or the people it has an impact on is what matters most to me.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I work full time as a Marketing & Sales Manager at Facebook; where I get to lead a team of Marketing Experts who advise on effective marketing strategies based on client goals. I handle every aspect of my business, Homebody Friends. I also offer private consultations for marketing expertise. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset and that’s been helpful for maintaining multiple streams of income. I’m confident in my abilities and I know exactly what I bring to the table and I’m not afraid to eat alone. I’m very proud of where I’m at in life because I know what it took to get here. A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.
Who else deserves credit in your story?
MOM. First and foremost. MOM, Mena Davis. She definitely deserves credit for my success. Andy Warpigs was one of the first Phoenix Locals to believe in me and Homebody Friends. Every member of the Homebody Friends private Facebook group, Chris Frank (aka Pvpi Frvnko) along with the members of Brunch Collect (local music group). I’m sure I’m missing some names—if you’ve ever supported me, thank you.
- Email: Info@homebodyfriends.com
- Website: www.homebodyfriends.com
- Instagram: @homebodyfriends
- Facebook: @homebodyfriends
- Twitter: @homebodyfriends
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