Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal care but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Anna Leigh Halldorson, Founder of Banana Peels Studio, located in Dover, NH, USA.

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

Banana Peels Studio is a facial and reiki studio in Dover, NH. My goal is to have women feel comfortable in their own skin.

Tell us about yourself

I love being able to relax my clients' parasympathetic nervous systems. It's such a wonderful thing to be able to watch your clients' skin and energy transform in front of your eyes. To have someone walk into a safe space and drop everything at the door for a moment in time. I love being able to provide that.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment of being a business owner is that I even took the risk in the first place, haha!! Opening my own business and working for myself was hands down the best decision I ever made, and it was also the most terrifying.

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

Being a mother and a business owner is definitely difficult. I feel like I'm always wearing two hats, but as overwhelming as that can feel, working for myself has also allowed me to be able to make my own schedule so I can be with my daughter as much as possible.

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

  1. Hire a CPA you trust and save your money.
  2. Don't compare yourself to anyone else.
  3. Know you'll make mistakes along the way, but fail forward and keep dreaming.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I'm just really grateful for all my clients. I really do love going to work every day.

Where can people find you and your business?


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