Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in clothing but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Valdoshia Hunt, Founder of Thumbs Up Scrubs, located in Fairburn, GA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Thumbs Up Scrubs is an online and concierge medical apparel business. Whether you are an individual looking for a pair of quality scrubs, an office, spa, hospital, or facility, Thumbs Up Scrubs will service you with quality scrubs that will enhance and upgrade your #scrubstyle. For our business customers, we offer options like payroll deduction and discounts for group orders.
Tell us about yourself
I started the business two years ago because I was at a point in my life where I wanted to gain control of my own destiny and reach my full potential. Owning my own business has allowed me to use my skills and knowledge in an area I find interesting. I’ve been a manager for many years, but when you manage, you operate under the leadership of an organization. As a business owner, I am able to control this. You can either wake up every day and support someone else’s vision or support your own vision. I am at a place in life where I take joy in supporting my own vision.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment as a business owner was when I received my first international customer. The customer was in New Zealand. I felt a sense of pride that my hard work to build my business has not gone unnoticed. To reach recognition in another country takes brand awareness to another level.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Challenges will come. There will be times when the telephone is not ringing; projects may not go as planned. During those times, it’s important to remain laser-focused and determined to find the solution to the challenge instead of dwelling on the problem.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
First, I would say get a coach for each stage of your business. As your business grows, you will need guidance. With each stage of your business, you will have different levels of obstacles. You need someone to coach you through each level.
Second, stay consistent. You never know who is paying attention and watching your business.
Third, network, network, network. Build business relationships and get your brand in front of diverse audiences.
Where can people find you and your business?
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