Stephens is filled with confident, ambitious and creative young women, and many have a favorite hobby or a certain niche. While some girls prefer to use their skills just to keep busy, others may turn their hobbies into profit.
Take roommates Tatiana Evans and Tiara Saddler, for example. Evans really enjoyed learning to do her own nails, and soon her love rubbed off on her roommate, and they were both doing their own nails regularly.
A few weeks into the school year Saddler, Evans and some of their friends decided to have a nail party. They both put their nail polish collections together and during their party were continually asked how they did their nails.
Hearing that everyone was so interested in their nails really got them thinking about what they could do with this hobby. After a few weeks they came up with a plan.
“We sat down, talked, calculated and planned. We had to make sure we had the time. We planned out who would be taking care of what, depending on our schedules,” Evans and Saddler said.
Soon after the planning, the Double T Nail Spot was born in Pillsbury room 112.
“Our dads were both so excited and they were really pushing us to do this,” they said. “They were so excited they even helped us pay for most of the supplies we needed to get started.”
At the salon the women do acrylics, acrylic fill-ins, nail polish designs and just regular polish. Evans specializes in more intricate nail designs. Both of the girls are very dedicated to pleasing all of their clients.
“Doing other students nails give us motivation to do a really great job on them, I don’t want to have to see girls around campus and know that they weren’t totally happy with their service. I also want girls to tell their friends good things about our services so we can get new customers and people will keep coming back,” Evans and Saddler said.
Freshman Victoria Vitale is also using her creativity to make some money. Vitale has created her own company called Bowfection where she makes hair bows and decorative bows.
She has been making these bows since middle school but didn’t start Bowfection until about a year ago. When asked if she thinks other young women should try starting their own businesses, Vitale said, “go for it, because there’s no harm in trying, and I’ve had a lot of fun doing it!”
Kim Stonecipher-Fisher, assistant professor in the SOLSC program, is a very successful business owner. She owns her own financial planning business and is the co-owner of Tryathletics.
“My advice to young women entrepreneurs is to know yourself. The words we use to describe an entrepreneur, self-reliant, risk-taker, strategist, persistent, motivated, must come from within. These are common entrepreneurial traits that can’t be taught. However, if these don’t describe you don’t be discouraged. Many entrepreneurs (especially women) are born from within a previous position of leadership. Find a position where you can hone your skills from the best and then launch your own entrepreneurial endeavor from those learned experiences,” Stonecipher-Fisher said.
Maybe something you love to do will inspire you to start your own business. Just as Stonecipher-Fisher said, “be brave, be a risk-taker and work hard!” You never know where or how far it could take you.
Story by freshman Samantha Dorman