Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal care but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Mary Craig, Founder of Parlour 17, located in Cupertino, CA, USA.

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

We are a relaxed luxury hair salon. Our guests are professional women and men who like to experience a luxury salon and receive quality hair services.

Tell us about yourself

I have been a licensed cosmetologist for 20 years and am deeply passionate about elevating my industry and the professionals within it. I have always had a love for hair, fashion, and art. So naturally, I was drawn to the beauty industry. When I joined cosmetology school, everything just clicked and I knew from then on that I had found my purpose. I am deeply motivated by the connections I make and being able to change the lives of both my guests and my team.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment is opening up my own salon, making it through being closed for seven and a half months during the pandemic, and bouncing back better than ever!

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

The weight of knowing you have the lives of your team members in your hands. That every day, it is your responsibility to ensure that the business continues to grow so that they can achieve their life's goals and dreams.

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

  1. Know your numbers. Numbers tell a story, and they will get you to where you want to go.
  2. Have clear goals. Goals keep you growing and moving toward greatness.
  3. Pour into your team and let their talents help you grow your business.

Where can people find you and your business?


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