HB: What are the major challenges in your role as an entrepreneur and what solutions have you deemed best to handle these challenges?
Stacia: When you are starting out as a business owner, the biggest challenge is usually money. Yet, you can change that with your mindset. When you do a lot of planning, then act fast on those plans you can change your financial situation quickly.
I believe you attract what you focus on and give your energy to. I often focus on making money easily and effortlessly. Every day I say, “making money is easy!” This simple act of saying what I want, instead of talking about the problem, has changed my entire business around. Staying balanced and positive is the other challenge. However I have learned that routines help create balance. You have to do what you have to do really well so you can do what you want to do later.
Saying daily affirmations and taking time to pray & meditate is my success secret for handling challenges. When you speak and believe that you will get a positive outcome, you will get what you expect.
Ariana: When I first started Superstar Nail Lacquer, a major challenge was trying to convince established authorities in the beauty industry that I could handle running a large lacquer company and do business deals at the age of 18 at the same time. I had to meet with beauty editors, salons, and store-owners about distribution of Superstar Nail Lacquer in their shops. Building my confidence was key so that I could speak with assurance about my brand. Prayer and preparation were the two things that boosted my confidence in being a business owner. Before every meeting, I would meditate the night before on what I would say, how I would say it, and see the meeting turning out in my favor. Whenever I did this, things went awesome for me and my brand and I felt comfortable meeting with individuals twice my age because I had seen the outcome before it ever happened.
HB: Describe how it feels to work together as a mother/daughter unit.
Stacia: It’s a huge privilege and awesome opportunity to work with your child. We’re building a legacy for our future. She allows me to push her to become better and I’ve learned to allow her to express her ideas and new marketing techniques. I love the broad perspectives we both have. Ariana and I are both very opinionated & creative. It’s awesome to merge ideas or even challenge each other’s ideas to make them really fit the overall vision.
Ariana: I love working as a mother and daughter unit! It is refreshing to have my mother around to ask for guidance in business. I respect her business expertise and marketing skills. They have helped me produce a mega brand in just five years. I also think the mature and young feel mix well! We keep each other relevant with what’s happening and what’s hot for the brand.
HB: What would you attribute your level of success to?
Stacia: I contribute my success to my late father, Alfred Scott, who was a serial entrepreneur. He taught me to read to succeed and get curious about learning and discovering different ways to see the world. Books open you up to “aha” moments, lead you into new territories, and connect you with purposeful people. My father also taught me to always have something to sell. Inside of us is our money-making moxie. We all have been gifted with a money-making skill. You have something around you, in you that can be turned into cash. Most of the time we don’t have a money problem but an idea problem. My dad always said, stop sitting on someone’s solution. Somebody needs what you are supposed to sell.
Ariana: I would contribute my level of success to hard work and dedication to the brand. I decided that I would sacrifice some fun now to live the life that I wanted later. It’s all about being focused and seeing the bigger picture. When you have a vision for how you want your business to be and you have goals, it makes the work fun because you know where you are going. That’s exactly what I did and still do. I have a vision, I have goals, and I have a plan for my business and for success. I know the reward is much greater than the sacrifice so I’m determined to win.
HB: Any advice for younger colleagues?
Stacia: Research your business ideas. Be sure it is relevant and can make a profit in your business. You are in business to profit. Set goals continuously. Always keep a vision of where you want to go before you and how you plan to get there. Enjoy the journey, take as much ground as you can and don’t worry about what others think, follow your gut instinct. Become a conscious entrepreneur. Do your business from your heart and learn to market and sell what you have consistently.
Ariana: I would say start by setting goals and getting a vision for your life. Where do you see yourself five or 10 years from now? Make a list, stick to it, tweak it as you grow and don’t stop until you accomplish what you’ve set out to do. I have three steps that I always tell young individuals who want to be an entrepreneur or who want success in any area of their life.
- Research your craft or industry. Make sure that it is something you really love doing. Ask yourself, would you still do this if you never got paid a day in your life? This is a key to what you really love and your purpose in life.
- Make a vision board of what you want for your life and business. Whether it’s to be an entertainer, a shoe designer, or run a Fortune 500 company, create a vision board of what you see for it. Cut out pictures of what you desire and paste them down on your board. It’s a fact that what you continuously see and focus on becomes your reality. So if you are focused and seeing your dream life, you have no choice but to attract those things to you.
- Find a mentor or success coach to guide you. It is so much easier to follow in the footsteps of those who have already succeeded then to try and figure it out all on your own. Find someone who will lead you in the right direction and show you how to make your business a success. Look up to those in your industry and follow their pattern by remaining teachable and watch your business soar!
Keep Up With Stacia and Ariana:
@StaciaPierce/ www. lifecoach2women.com
@AriTheHeiress / http://www.arianapierce.com
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