What was the most surprising thing about becoming a business owner?
I’ve always been an overachiever and hard worker. In November 2021, I decided to resign from my engineering career of seven years due to burnout and focus solely on Back To Me Skin Care. To my surprise, that was the best decision. No matter how tired I get from juggling my many roles as a small business owner, I’m always fulfilled when I go to sleep at night. This confirmed that my business is in alignment with my passions.
What is an aspect of running a business that you needed to learn more about when you started? How did you learn about it?
When I graduated college with a mechanical engineering degree and launched into my aerospace career, I learned what core systems are needed for a business to run properly. But I had a gap in knowledge of the beauty industry culture and successful marketing strategies. So I spent a lot of days and nights researching, asking professionals questions, and signing myself up for courses and workshops to learn more.
How does running your own business make you feel?
Running my own business makes me feel free. I’ve had some incredible life experiences and sat at some really important tables. But, as a black woman, I’ve never felt fully seen, respected, or regarded in some of those spaces. Building my own table has empowered me to authentically lead through my strengths and establish a culture built on valuing and championing the voices of those who look like me.