Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in beauty and cosmetics but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Layla Majda Zekkami, Owner of Stella Luxury Beauty, located in Laval, QC, CA.

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

My business is an academy and a Beauty Salon that offers training in beauty services like eyelashes extensions, lash lifts, body contouring, etc., to anyone interested in becoming a lash technician or starting in the beauty industry. We also offer our customers all kinds of beauty services, like microblading, eyelashes extension, facials, waxing, etc.

Tell us about yourself

I first started as an inhalotherapeute at the hospital, but it was not what I wanted to continue doing for the rest of my life; too much stress, working the night shift, sometimes day shift. I decided to take a break from that and try something else. So I started lashing, home-based, and I loved that I could manage my time by working part-time, sometimes full time, and having time for my family. The clientele started growing after a few months, so I decided to rent a small place to offer more services and get more customers.

After one year, I decided to move to a bigger place and open an academy to give a chance to other people to discover this amazing profession of lashing and as well as a beauty salon to offer different services with a nice a big team. Seeing my customers following me from when I was home to my new location is a big motivation as I will always do my best to offer the best of me.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I started with a dream of having my own business, and the dream became true!

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

Having more responsibilities to manage.

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

  1. Dream big, and never be afraid to achieve it; life is a big risk, so take the risk and be confident that the impossible is possible.
  2. Make a plan of every step you will take.
  3. Don't be shy/snob to ask those who have more experience than you.

Where can people find you and your business?


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