Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in beauty services but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Chelsea McCurdy, Owner of Makeup by Chelsea & Co., located in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

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

We are a team of hair and makeup artists who do bridal and event beauty.

Tell us about yourself

I started in the beauty industry when I was 19. I was bored of doing reception jobs and wanted to do something more artistic. I'd always loved expressing myself through makeup, and I always had people asking me how to do their makeup. Walking through a Sephora, I thought to myself, "I can do this!". I then went and got my certification and started at MAC a couple of months later. After a number of years at MAC and bouncing between counters, I finally decided to freelance on my own. Eight years later, I am still freelancing, but I have a small team now, and I still love it!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Being patient and consistent enough to make progress and keep growing. Hiring a team was a big accomplishment!

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

The hardest thing is having to wear all the hats. As a business owner, I am the bookkeeper, customer service rep, sales rep, social media marketer, photographer/videographer, etc... not just a makeup artist.

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

Be patient, be consistent and be kind to yourself.

Where can people find you and your business?


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