Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in beauty and cosmetics but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Melissa Barcelos, Founder of 6ixLashes, located in Toronto, ON, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I created a brand of strip lashes inspired by my hometown Toronto. My customers are females that love makeup just as much as I do!

Tell us about yourself

One day I was sitting and thinking to myself that I wanted to create something of my own. I brainstormed and came up with the idea to start my own strip lash brand. After deciding what I wanted to do, everything else came naturally. I love the city I'm from (Toronto), and I wanted to base my brand on the city itself.

What motivates me every day is the fact that my brand is so unique; I love the reactions I get when new people hear about my brand!! I love making my customers feel beautiful when they wear my lashes!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment is that I was able to do everything on my own! I built my Instagram, my website, and my brand by myself. The only thing I didn't do on my own was my logo!

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

One of the hardest things I would say is when people try to negotiate your prices with you.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Find something you are passionate about.
  2. Be creative; at the end of the day, it is your brand!
  3. DO IT!!!!!

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Follow any dreams you have, no matter how big or small it is. You can achieve anything you put your mind to!

Where can people find you and your business?


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