Leighton: Beauty Product Blogger, Cofounder of Protein Bar Company

Name: Leighton Kohlmann

Age: 30

City: Denver, Colorado

Main Hustle: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for oncology and bone marrow transplant

Side Hustle: TinisTips–an Instagram account about beauty products. 

I am also starting a company called Kubeba; this is a protein bar company that I am starting with two other women. These bars are low sugar and free of the top 8 allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, soy, eggs, fish, and crustacean fish).

How did you get started?: I have always been interested in beauty products. People ask me all the time for suggestions on what products they should be using or which products I like. I decided to start Instagramming about it. 

As far as Kubeba (my protein bar company), I am allergic to peanuts and almonds. I live in Colorado, where I live a very active lifestyle. I love to ski and hike. In addition, as a nurse practitioner, I work 14 hour shifts.

For people with nut allergies, it is hard to find a nutritious protein bar that is low sugar, nut-free, and has a decent amount of protein. I could not find what I wanted in the market, so I decided to create my own.

When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: Both of my side hustles are out of my house. I do this in my free time. 

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: My TinisTips is just a fun hobby. Obviously Instagram makes it hard for your posts to be seen, gain followers, etc., but this is just a hobby. 

As far as Kubeba, we have had a lot of setbacks in the production process, but we should be going to production soon. In addition I have a medical mindset, so learning business is all new to me. 

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: I enjoy getting free products, but I really enjoy helping others figure out what products they need. I love that people take my opinion seriously.

Kubeba is not on the market yet, but I am excited to provide a protein bar that is safe for people with food allergies.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: My sister; she is an amazing entrepreneur.

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: For Kubeba, I want to reinvent the protein bar. I want this to be the protein bar that everyone talks about and buys. 

For more information about Leighton and her side hustles, follow along on Instagram for beauty product info, as well as updates on her protein bar company, or reach out via email to connect or collaborate.

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