We had the good fortune of connecting with Alisa Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alisa, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I have had many different jobs at many different places. At every one of these jobs, I worked hard and became a trainer. I taught people the skills that I was taught and the skills that I learned on the job without a pay increase. But while working for corporate America my schedule just always seemed restricted. I was hardly able to take vacation or spend time with my kids. I felt overwhelmed with trying to maintain a corporate America job, eat healthy, maintain my weight, be a full-time mom, and a full-time sister and daughter. I finally found an IT job that I loved and came natural to me. I still bartended and waitressed on the side but I loved this IT Job the most out of all my “corporate America” jobs. But after I got into a niche and comfortable, even though I could not take off when I needed, I was laid off. Instead of looking for another corporate America job I decided to take a risk and bet on myself. So, one day I am scrolling through Instagram, and I see Lori Dior offering a Body Sculpting Class in August 2018, so I pull my resources and took the class. I must say this was the best decision I ever made. I decided to BET on myself for once.

What should our readers know about your business?
What was your thought process behind starting your own business? I have had many different jobs at many different places. At every one of these jobs, I worked hard and became a trainer. I taught people the skills that I was taught and the skills that I learned on the job without a pay increase. But while working for corporate America my schedule just always seemed restricted. I was hardly able to take vacation or spend time with my kids. I felt overwhelmed with trying to maintain a corporate America job, eat healthy, maintain my weight, be a full-time mom, and a full-time sister and daughter. I finally found an IT job that I loved and came natural to me. I still bartended and waitressed on the side but I loved this IT Job the most out of all my “corporate America” jobs. But after I got into a niche and comfortable, even though I could not take off when I needed, I was laid off. Instead of looking for another corporate America job I decided to take a risk and bet on myself. So, one day I am scrolling through Instagram, and I see Lori Dior offering a Body Sculpting Class in August 2018, so I pull my resources and took the class. I must say this was the best decision I ever made. I decided to BET on myself for once.

Risk taking: how do you think about risk, what role has taking risks played in your life/career?
Starting your own business is a risk in itself; not knowing if you would have enough money to pay bills and not realizing how much time it takes to get a small business up and running. I had already lost my job, so I didn’t think I had much to lose. The only problem with starting TastiBody was that I did not even have enough money to take the body sculpting class.

I had to humble myself, take a risk, sit my family down, let them in on my business idea, and hope they invest. I had all 4 generations of my family staring at me as I ask them for money; asking them to randomly bet on me without proof of what I could do. I really could not believe how willing and open my family was to help me start Tastibody. If I would not have taken the risk, I would not have Tastibody Sculpting Beauty Spa.

Where are you from and how did your background and upbringing impact who you are today?
I am from Southwest Atlanta, Dill Avenue to be exact. Growing up, I watched my parents hustle and sacrifice so much of themselves to provide for us. My mother had several side hustles, she made pillows, custom greeting cards/wedding invitations, made holiday baskets, and even sold plates. Watching and even helping with my mother side hustles, I always have been a hustler. I always make it work! Tastibody is a way to build up a legacy for not just me but for my family as well. We are creating generational wealth.

What is the most important factor behind your success / the success of your brand?
The most important factor behind the success of TastiBody is my family. After I moved into my current spa space, I needed help. I realized that I couldn’t do it all myself. I started hiring people, mostly students that took my body sculpting class. After two months of disappointment, I decided to hire my mother Inita Thomas and then eventually hired my twin sister, Tynita Thomas. They have helped me out tremendously and I started to become busier and busier. The support from my family is what has helped me the most. From my mother coming to help me, to my fiancé helping with my daughter and son, to my all my family that invested in me, and to all my family and friends that always repost Tastibody on social media and from all the referrals. Thank you tremendously.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There is always something to do in Atlanta! The morning is definitely starting off with Waffle House. My favorite spot to take visitors is the Georgia Aquarium and the Botanical Gardens. The great thing about downtown is there are so many restaurants to try. And after that a lounge with great music and a great vibe.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my family, my husband, and my kids.

Website: www.tastibodybeautyspa.com

Instagram: @tastibody

Facebook: Alisa Twin Thomas

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