Starting a business is no easy task, don't get me wrong. Just like anything else, timing is everything and you can't do it alone. I wanted to share with you all what it took for me to get my feet on the ground as well as encourage you to follow your dreams in your industry. It's daunting but not impossible and it's totally rewarding when you see everything finally fall into place.
The first question I needed to ask myself was if there was a need for my business in the area. I had been practicing my trade of eyelash extensions for a few years and found there was a lack of representation of lash bars/studios in the Richmond, VA area. This gave me an extra push to create a spa to specialize in this trade as well as create a unique environment to do so. In the past, I have worked for salons and studios that didn't make me feel welcome as an artist or as a coworker. There is natural competition in this industry but I've always believed that it's important to build each other up instead of tear them down. My dream to start a business was further fueled by my desire to provide a safe and encouraging environment for my future team as well as all of our clients. So I got to work.
Like I said earlier, it's important to have some sort of support or advice when starting a business. I am blessed to say that I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. My dad started his own business and watching him become his own boss inspired me to follow in his footsteps. Just like many others, I have always looked to my parents for guidance and advice and they were so supportive when I took my first steps toward Curly Willow Spa's creation. Additionally, I am lucky enough to have my dad share my business space half and half (But I will address that in another post).
Once I took that leap of faith and rented my first space, I was only able to move forward. Eventually, I started hiring the most talented and inspiring women who I am lucky enough to spend time with every day. I didn't have a mentor when I made the decision to leave college and pursue my passions. I encourage and push all of my team to learn new skills and expand their resumes. If I can help guide these women in even a small way, I will be fulfilling a huge goal of mine.
So there it is. If I can do it, so can you. Go out there and take that step. You won't regret it.