Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in beauty and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Andrea Rodriguez, owner and founder of Glamorosa Nails, located in Alberta, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Glamorosa Nails is a beauty studio that aims to leave its' clients feeling, well, glamorous! Our customers come from every walk of life; we welcome all genders, race & religion and aim to help our clients practice self care.
Tell us about yourself
From a young age, I had a passion for all things beauty. I remember constantly getting into my sisters nail polish collection and painting my nails at age six. Our childhood was a humble one, and trips to any salon were a once-every-five-years kind of thing. Today, I vow to offer high end services at a price that mothers, students and so on, can afford. I love my clients, and I want to help them practice self care. As such, I continue to expand my knowledge and services in the beauty industry, putting my clients' health and needs first & foremost in every endeavor.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment as a business owner has been to build up a large clientele that has become very much like family, and to be able to offer them a safe space where they feel like they're at home. I believe that family is one of the most important blessings life has to offer, and throughout the years many clients evolve into lifelong friends whom support and grow with me and the business.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Faith. I believe in the power of the mind as key to success. Those who believe they cannot succeed will fail, whereas those who are determined to succeed will! Mindset is everything when you start a business. You must believe in what you do, and that what you offer to your client is valuable. Theodore Roosevelt himself said: "Believe you can, and you're halfway there."
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
1. Choose a product or service that you believe in. You cannot convince a client that they need a product or service, when you yourself do not believe they need it. How will your client benefit, and what will be their experience? These are things you need to show through your business.
2. Be resourceful. I owe my success to many friends and family who helped me along the way, as well as mentors and industry professionals who guided me along my path. Use what you have around you- is it a company that teaches the behind-the-scenes of building a business? Attend that seminar. Do you have a role model in your field? Take them out for coffee. Connect with those in your industry and you will be surprised to find out what you learn!
3. Have a positive mindset. If you encounter a roadblock, do not feel deflated. Instead, view every roadblock as an opportunity to learn and grow.
Anything else you'd like to share?
There are many successful entrepreneurs who are willing to offer advice and wisdom to those looking to start out on their own. Don't be afraid to reach out! You will never know who or what can be a great source of support unless you try!
Where can people find you and your business?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solopreneur that you'd like to share, then email email@example.com; we'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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