Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in fashion but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Chantell Hayes, Founder of Bankshayes40, located in Fresno, CA, USA.

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

We are Bank Shayes, a small but motivated company specializing in women's and men's clothing, kids, and much more. We believe passionately in great bargains and excellent service, which is why we commit ourselves to giving you the best of both.

If you’re looking for something new, you’re in the right place. We strive to be industrious and innovative, offering our customers something they want and putting their desires at the top of our priority list.

Tell us about yourself

What got me started was wanting to set my own business hours and make extra money on the side! Also, what I realized is that family time is very important while your kids are still young; I knew I wanted to make money and smell the roses at the same time. What motivates me is family right now. My twin girls are 8 years old, and it seems like every day with them is something new, so I wanted to watch them grow and make money on the side!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is being able to have the power to give discounts whenever I want to, selling things that I know everyone needs, or selling things for all ages and pets! Starting a business can be tricky, but if you at least try, you can do it!

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

The hardest thing that comes with being a business owner is the start-up of marketing your business, such as Ads and shipping fees, because you want to be reasonable when charging fees to your customers and equipment costs. You want customers to find you, so you market on Tik-Toc, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

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

Apply for a business checking account, register your new business, apply for a business credit card or business loan to help yourself out, and build your business credit. When you first start a business, you have to realize that a personal account and a business account are two different things, just like personal credit and business credit are two different things!

Where can people find you and your business?


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