We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandria Norman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexandria, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks has made a major impact on my life and career. I used to work a 9 to 5 and that job could barely cover my bills. I also worked in a salon after I got my cosmetology license where I worked on commission. That job also could barely help me pay all my bills. But it definitely helped me to build a strong clientele base. I decided to take a leap of faith and go into business for myself. It was the scariest thing I ever did, to rely fully on myself and my talents with no management! Taking that risk has changed my life for the better for me and my family. I never worry about falling short on anything anymore and I’m able to build my business up every year making more and more money. I encourage anyone wanting to take the risk of business, to learn your industry, be business savvy and learn to build business credit. Be consistent with yourself and your craft and take the risk! I wouldn’t change my decision for anything in the world.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I believe what sets me apart form others is that I am a very diverse hairstylist. And I have experience with all different hair types so I’m always up to the challenge. I pride myself on being professional and consistent in all that I do in my work. The way I was able to get where I am today , I think are from those contributing factors as well as taking the time to perfect my craft and expertise. I never had the attitude of I know it all, and I still don’t. In the beginning of my career I didn’t make a lot of money because I needed to build my clientele, so it wasn’t a overnight success, and with patience and learning I built my business up. After 4 years of never giving up and following my dream, I finally saw my hard work paying off. What I’ve learned along the way is to never give up on your dreams and to be a risk taker. Also What I’d like the world to know about me is that I’m the owner of Inclusive Hair Studio. I also sell hair in my studio and on my online site. I am engaged and a mother to 3 girls. I love doing hair and it has been a forever passion for me since childhood. I love my clients and my career. I wouldn’t have chosen a different life path.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I thank my mom, my fiancé, my family and friends for always being supportive and encouraging on my journey of success. Even when it seemed impossible at times my mom definitely kept on me and gave me a few extra pushes when I had moments of wanting to give up. I couldn’t be more thankful for all the support I’ve had over the years from the amazing people in my life.