Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal care but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Tocarra Owens, Founder and CEO of Npowered Hand Sanitizers, located in Columbia, SC, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Npowered Hand Sanitizers are the antidote to preventing the transmission of germs and any other microorganisms. We're created to sanitize, cleanse and heal the human mind, body, and spirit. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of products and services to our customers, helping them to live well & stay safe in their everyday lives. Our products are alcohol-based, 99.99% effective, and handmade with all-natural essential oils that come in various types, such as gel, liquid, and wipes. We are a safe, trustworthy, spiritually led brand that’s on assignment to do the Lord’s work.
We believe that every human life has value and no soul is worthless. That’s where we strive to be the change the world needs. Our customers vary from healthcare professionals, flight attendants, retail workers, small business owners, and even a few supermarkets. While dealing with everyday life challenges, our customers can feel more confident knowing their lives are safe and secure. This is why we’ve invested in building a brand and product line that meets the need of every life and be the change that the world needs. One person, one spirit, and one drop at a time.
Tell us about yourself
I’m a woman of God, a mother, a motivational speaker, a serial entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a lightworker that seeks ways to bring healing to the people of the world. I’ve spent over a decade working in the medical field, pursuing my dreams as a nurse but with the help of the Lord and using the tools that he’s given me; I strive to make a difference in every life that I’ve encountered. In 2019, in the midst of one of the world’s deadliest viruses (The Coronavirus), God gave me the assignment to create a product that will bring healing, security, and comfort amidst broken hearts. Our products are like no other in the market. Sanitizing your hands and the human spirit from within. This is what fuels the fire within me to press forward every day. Spreading God’s love, compassion, and healing power amongst those in the world.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
One of my biggest accomplishments is pursuing a career and building a business that has value and purpose. Knowing we are sincerely increasing peoples’ quality of life in ways I never would imagine is truly rewarding and gives me great joy. Over the years, I’ve learned that anything worth having is worth fighting for. I believe if it came too easy, the reward wouldn’t be worth it. That’s my intention behind it all is to be a blessing to others.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
One of the hardest things has been getting funding for startups in the middle of a global pandemic. It’s been really difficult raising money and operating during the pandemic, where it seems as if everyone’s competing for the same spot. We are determined to build, promote and grow as a successful brand that will hold one of the three top companies in our industry.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
The top three tips I’d give any entrepreneur would be to put God first in every decision that you will need to make, simply because he’s your answer to every problem. The second would be to never give up on your dreams no matter who doesn’t support or believe in you. Keep believing in yourself and go for what you want. Lastly, always give the same respect that you want to receive. Be pure and intentional in all that you do. Building strong relationships with your customers is how you’ll stabilize a strong foundation.
Where can people find you and your business?
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