Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal care but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Julie Nhan, Owner of Brow & Lashberry, located in Montreal, QC, CA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

My business is to unlock the beauty and confidence that each person has. My beauty salon is where good prices meet good quality. We specialize in Semi-permanent makeup, paramedical Tattooing, Lash treatment & Korean Bridal makeup in the heart of Montreal. We will also offer all the skincare treatments & facials from Korea to enlarge services for our Asian community in the City.

Our treatments are for men & women of all ages, from 18-80 years old, who need self-care and think that it is important.

Tell us about yourself

My name is Julie Nhan; I'm 30 years old. I've always wanted to be an artist in the beauty & fashion industry. Art has always been a big part of me since I was little. As I grew up, I started to understand that life wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. I was scared to not succeed and glow among other stars out there, so I took a totally different path. I went into health care, the path that would make my parents proud. I admit it, I didn't have the guts to pursue my dream. At the age of 25, I finally realized how my life would be so meaningless if I didn't even try to touch that dream of mine. This thing that I called a hobby is now my real work. I am proud of myself. I wanted to use my talent to enhance people's beauty and boost their self-esteem.

Being a beautician – Microblading artist and lash technician has changed my life. I use my talent to enhance people's beauty and boost their self-esteem. Giving out what my hands can do to others is just so rewarding and heart-warming.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment was when I got my first 100 google reviews after two years in the business. I felt so grateful to all my dear clients who took their time for me, and I was so glad to know that they genuinely love my work.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

The hardest thing is that I'm the only one working at the studio at the moment. I might need some help eventually, but for now, I can manage everything alone outside of my business hours. Besides being a beautician, I'm also a secretary, content creator, marketer, accountant, etc. I constantly think about the business all day, every day, even on vacation, but I don't hate it; it's time-consuming.

Eventually, I will have three friends working under my brand, and I think the hardest part then would be being a boss and controlling the quality of the services, making the right decision as a business owner and not as a friend.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Do it before you are ready; just follow your heart. If you wait until your product or service feels perfect, someone else will already be doing a better job out there.
  2. Use every Social media that exist to market your business! Free Platform such as Instagram is a wonderful start to put yourself out there.
  3. Never stop building meaningful relationships with customers and others in your industry. Choosing to instead view competitors as potential partners and collaborators can positively impact your business in a big way, as it has been for me.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Make sure you are consistent and persistent in what you do.
Never compromise the quality of your services or products

Where can people find you and your business?


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