What advice would you give to someone who is looking to start their own business?:
When you own your own business, you will most likely work many more hours than if you worked for someone else, but it's a labor of love and something you can feel extremely proud of. Build a cohesive brand and connect with your audience using social media. Make your posts and comments as honest as possible so your customers don’t feel like they’re constantly being advertised to. If something feels like it's not working, don't be afraid to change and adapt. Set goals and celebrate the milestones you achieve. Always look ahead to discover ways to grow and develop your business.
What inspires you?:
Travel, Instagram, and people's stories.
What's one thing you can't work without?:
My planner! I'm the last person on the planet who hasn't caught up with the times and is still using a physical planner to write my to do lists. I love crossing things off so I'll probably never move to an e-planner. If I lost it, I wouldn't know what to do that next day.
Coffee, tea or neither?:
Coffee! I love the smell of it, but I will also be wired the rest of the day.
What would you say is the most challenging thing about working for yourself? And what is the most rewarding?:
The most challenging and rewarding thing about working for myself is not having someone to tell me how to do things. I do the buying, advertising, emails, etc. (the list is long) for the shop, so there are a lot of decisions that need to be made daily and many that I've never encountered before. I am naturally not a very decisive person so it's tough when I second guess myself. Is this style coming in or going out? Will this color do well? Should we bring in this new designer? How do I handle this customer's issue? I don't have someone else to tell me how it's done so I find out by experiencing it for myself. At the same time, this aspect is the most rewarding thing about working for myself. I love that I'm growing as a shop owner and a person. I'm learning how to tackle new situations and growing from them. I love it when I follow my intuition on something and it blossoms.
And just for fun, what's something people don't know about you?:
I love to karaoke but am extremely terrible at it (at least that's what Snapchat says). In my head, I'm Beyonce!