Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in beauty and cosmetics but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Aris Howard, Owner of Aris Monyette Beauty, located in Pikesville, MD, USA.

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

Aris Monyette Beauty is a multi-cultural boutique salon & spa. At the same time, I provide various esthetic services. My sister and another team member provide hair services. We are able to accommodate our diverse clientele of all ages and genders. We have 20+ years of experience working in the beauty industry. The readers should support my business because we provide an excellent service experience, and we take pride in time management. Your time is valuable!

Tell us about yourself

I have always been passionate about beauty, health, and wellness since a teenager. I started my career as a salon receptionist, and by 18, I was managing a full-service salon of 20 employees. I am very passionate about my craft. My motivation comes from my client's reactions at the end of their service.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is for the past five years; I've always been excited about my financial goals. Not to mention my business continued to thrive after the pandemic.

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

One of the hardest things that come with being a business owner is finding good support. Sometimes you just need an extra hand to get through your day. Because I pride myself on giving my clients the best service experience, it's hard for me to share some of the responsibilities with someone that I have to trust will take care of the client as I do. Having additional team members would make servicing clients and running a business much easier. I would love to delegate some responsibilities, but I haven't found another Me. Lol.

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

  1. Identify you are passionate and create a plan to become your own boss.
  2. Once you are in business, set weekly, monthly, and yearly financial goals. Decide what you need your salary to be for you to become financially independent. Money is a HUGE motivation.
  3. Continuing education is very important. Although you might've mastered your craft, you should always stay informed by taking business management classes.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Work smart, not hard. Have a plan for your future. After you have successfully owned and operated your business, what does retirement look like for you? Don't just save for vacations or a rainy day. Save for your retirement.

Where can people find you and your business?


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