We had the good fortune of connecting with Asha Yi-Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Asha, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Consistency. There are many factors but most importantly for me was being consistent. You will go a long way with being consistent with your work/products. You have to be dedicated and determined, and not just looking at another dollar going into your pocket. It takes time but the process is well worth it. Till this day I’m determined to do better with my business. When I first started my hair extension business at 14 years old, I honestly had no clue on where to start. Even though I was not making much profit from selling weave extensions due to me always trying to expand my business and inventory. I was well determined and kept going by posting my products each and everyday & doing things to satisfy my customers. I work day and night 7 days out the week, I’m passionate about my business and knowing I will have a successful business. Being consistent will have people love what you do and clients wanting to support you because they see how passionate you are about your business. I will say this hard work pays off. Keep being consistent and putting in the work,and you’ll see how far it will take you.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am proud of how far I’ve came with my business. Starting a hair business young as I was, it was a lot of pressure on me. Running a business,going to school and trying to live my teenage life was a lot. People are counting on you each and everyday. I got to where I am today by taking my business serious and putting in the work. I missed out on a lot of fun things but it was worth it. Having a business is not for the weak, you are not on a clock but you are working overtime all the time. Perfecting your craft etc. It’s always something new to do when having a business, so the answer to your question is no it is not easy. It’s easier in the beginning than it is now. I overcame a lot of challenges by looking at the brighter side. When I fall down,it’s better to get back up and try again. The lessons I’ve learned along the way is don’t let social media trick you, it’s a lot behind having a business than just making money.There are a lot of obstacles to jump along the way and you won’t wake up have a booming business.Move at your own pace and you will get there at the right timing. I want the world to know my brand and I have a couple of bruises but we always come out head strong.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First, I would take them downtown and have lunch at Itta Bena. It is a great place to eat at, also the drinks there are the best and it’s a top 5 restaurant. We would eat outside on the balcony with a pool view with live music, It’s such a vibe! They also have a spa we could relax and get mani and pedi. We will go for a chill vibe over a party any day! Downtown has a lot to sight see, I would take them to the riverfront, for a walk and a boat ride to view the river and see the stars. We would also checkout the escape rooms,with different mazes and adventures. Of course there is plenty more things to do but this is my ideal girls hang out day.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I owe the success of my business to God. With out him I wouldn’t be where I’m at or where I’m headed. He has something huge in store for me. I also would like to dedicate this to everyone who has supported The Ashaadior Collection in the beginning and still do. The love and support that everyone gives my business is remarkable . The loving friends and family that keeps me going when things get rocky and helping me when sometimes I need a push. One quote that my dad told me was “How are you going to let 300 dollars, stop you from making 300 million dollars”. It was up from there and that will forever stick with me.
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