I always had a strong passion for the beauty industry. I knew it was something I wanted to pursue at a very young age. I was the first to sign up for beauty school in my class, and in the back of my mind I knew I was going to be a salon owner one day. Fast forward to age 27. After being the District Manager for 8 salons and a partner in a small chain of salons in West Palm Beach, FL, I decided it was time to branch out on my own. I have such incredible mentors. They truly taught me everything I need to know about being an entrepreneur and a business owner. I moved back home to Bethlehem, PA in 2005 and in 2006 , my dream came true. I opened Anthony Ashley. I loved having my own business. I had a team of 6 talented team members and my business became my everything and my team became my kids. Leading and inspiring my team was so rewarding.It filled me in a way i cannot explain. After 11 succesful years in business, I decided it was time to sell and move on to the next journey in my life. I wanted to take all of my knowledge and passion and continue to inspire others to grow their own salon business. I started my coaching business in January of 2017. And it has honestly been one of the best decisions for me. Inspiring others and watching people succeed, is the best feeling in the world. Working one on one with other salon owners, truly takes what I love the next level.
What three pieces of advice would you give to college students (young and old) locally or internationally who want to become entrepreneurs?
Do something you are extremely passionate about
Be prepared to work incredibly hard and No matter what happens along the way, always stay true to yourself! Always remember where you started, remember that first client, the day you opened your doors for the first time, or sold your first product. Stay humble!
If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
I’m not really big on looking back. I like to look forward and move forward. However, I wish I would have take the time to enjoy the little moments along the way. I was so busy building a business and coaching a team that I didn’t stop to smell the roses as much as I could have.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
Clear vision on the future of your business