CHILLICOTHE – Even as a youngster, she knew what she wanted to do – sort of.
“I had a very blessed and busy childhood,” recalled Kendra Scott. “I played a lot of sports, was very involved in 4-H and FFA, our small country church, and participated in several other organizations. Of course, I wanted to be a jockey (until I got too tall) and a professional volleyball player. However, realistically, I was interested in being a journalist of some sort.”
“I always enjoyed reading,” she continued. “However, I started criticizing everything I read from published books to soup can labels. Over the years, friends and family would ask me to review their written material, like school and/or work projects. And friends with businesses would ask me for advice, etc.”
“I noticed there was a need for proofing and editing,” she summed up. “I think it’s an important and overlooked part of written presentations, and I had a passion for it. So it made sense to start a business helping in this area.”
Today, Scott has a Chillicothe-based business called iRedPen.
“I write marketing content for businesses,” she explained, “edit copy for businesses and individuals and proofread final copies of written material.”
Scott grew up in Marysville, graduated from Marysville High School in 1991, then earned a BA in English from Georgetown College in Kentucky in 1995.
“I met my husband while interning at WKYT-TV in Lexington, Kentucky,” she related, “and we decided to be adventurous before we had kids. We put our house up for rent, sold everything, and headed west. We lived in Montana, then moved to Colorado to work at Beaver Creek Ski Resort for four years. When our son was ten months old, we decided to move back to Ohio to be closer to family.”
They moved to Chillicothe in 2009. Scott became a newspaper journalist and language arts instructor. But, she said, “I was laid off as an instructor.” That prompted her to launch iRedPen in 2013.
“I turned my editing skills into a business,” she noted.
Chris Gray, owner of HR Medic LLC in Chillicothe, is glad she did.
“I started working with Kendra when I was doing work for my PhD,” said Gray. “I quickly understood that she was someone who cares deeply about the success of the project and her customers. She even took the time to write a ‘thank you’ note for partnering on the project – that’s something that’s always stuck with me. I enjoyed working with her so much I still partner with her in my current role at HR Medic. Kendra is a fantastic writer, editor and partner.”
“When I’m doing any of these projects,” Scott responded, “I never feel like I’m working. It’s fun. I take on the project like it’s my own and it feels good to polish it, because I know I would want someone to do the same for me.”
“I’ve had many challenges, but only with God’s grace I am where I am today,” she concluded. “I believe He gave me the skillset and passion to make something of iRedPen. I would never have thought of it on my own. iRedPen is absolutely from the heart.”
For more information, log on to www.iRedPen.com
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