Another one for the women out there, for the nail artist kind!
We chatted with a power girl who’s not only proud of being a woman but loves helping others feel beautiful as well.
She has found a way to turn a childhood passion into a business that is ready for growth and success…
SO, TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR BUSINESS?
Hi, my name is Alannah Riley. I own and run a nail bar in New York. I recently moved from Minneapolis. It’s a very small business right now but I do hope it will grow.
Also, What do think are the challenges microbusiness owners and startups face nowadays?
For me right now it’s competing with those businesses who have their regular clients. Nails are a personal thing for women so it’s not easy to get new clients.
What sounds more appealing to you, a beach vacation or a tour of the city vacation?
I haven’t been on many vacations but I love taking in what new places offer so I’ll go with a tour of the city.
What made you start your own business?
I always had a thing for painting nails when I was younger, no one was spared, not even my brothers and when I got older I learned how to do nail art which would give me a little spending money. I think it’s just been my passion all these years.
What does the word success mean to you?
If you can do what you love everyday as a choice career you are a successful person.
are you a cat or dog person?
Neither, I have a parrot so I am more into birds.
If there is one celebrity who has had an impact on your life that you could meet, who would you choose?
Oh okay, it definitely will be Maya Angelou, she seemed so wise and I lived off her poetry in college.
What was the first thought that came to your mind when you got your first client?
Well, my first client was a friend of my mother’s. I was excited but really thought she would be happy with my work and tell everyone. What excited me most was getting paid, it was an adrenaline rush that made me smile for the rest of the day.
Finally, What advice would you give to female entrepreneurs and microbusiness owners like you?
I’d say that you are so much more than your dreams. Give things a try. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and always listen to the part of you that tells you that you can.
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