Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in beauty and cosmetics but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Vannesa Camarillo, Co-Founder of Lash Love Beauty Bar, located in Johnston, IA, USA.

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

A professional lash and brow salon specializing in eyelash extensions, lash lifts, and eyebrow services such as waxing, tinting, lamination, and semi-permanent brows.

Our customers are of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

Tell us about yourself

I was motivated to start Lash Love Beauty Bar because I had a passion for the beauty industry and loved getting my eyelashes done. I also wanted a life where I wasn't restricted to a certain schedule or routine. The beauty industry gave me time and freedom, and I love what I do every day and the clients I get to meet. My motivation would definitely be my family. Making sure they are taken care of and again the ability to have time freedom.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I would say my biggest accomplishment is starting a business without any funding. I did all the funding, and I didn't have much money. Building a business from the ground up with your own money and seeing it flourish to what it is today. That's being self-made to me.

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

The pro is definitely time freedom, but also, you are working 24/7; being a business owner never shuts off. Even if you're on vacation, you are still working. That's the hardest; you can never clock out.

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

  1. Don't let money stop you from pursuing your dream or idea. If there is a will, there is a way. If you really want it, you will figure out how to get started with barely any money.
  2. Prep your mind for failure and how you will overcome it because you have to have a strong mind to overcome the failures and struggles. Be ready for war. Once you train your mind to have tunnel vision, you'll find a solution to every problem.
  3. Once you've made it, make sure to take care of yourself. Make sure to make time to live life with the fruits of your labor. It's okay to rest.

Where can people find you and your business?


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