We had the good fortune of connecting with Brianna Barrow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brianna, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I always knew I wanted to do something more with my life, but I didn’t quite know it meant becoming an online e-commerce coach or founding an online business school. I was in search of freedom, but I wanted purpose driven work, and I wanted to make an impact using my God given abilities.
What should our readers know about your business?
I worked in the retail industry for 17+ years and was never truly satisfied. I got promoted easily and changed companies alot, which kept things exciting, but I was in search of something I thought I would find at the next ‘best’ job but that never happened. After experiencing burnout that resulted in me blacking out on a flight, I finally made the decision to leave my job, step out on faith and build life on my terms.
While I figured things out, I got licensed as a realtor and began working in the Real Estate industry and at the same time I started my first Dropshipping store. After awhile the store became more profitable than Real Estate, go figure, so I took this as a sign to explore Dropshipping even more. I left Real Estate and began to focus on Dropshipping full-time and got so good at it that people started asking me for help. I loved helping people in my spare time, and could get caught up for hours talking about this stuff so it was divine timing when I was asked to provide coaching services to students in one of the leading online social ads programs.
It was during this time that I began to cultivate the coaching spirit, and my dreams began to align. It was so fulfilling watching the transformative experiences of those students and I knew I wanted to experience more of ‘that’ which is when I launched The Ecom Maven, a digital resource library for beginner entrepreneurs looking to get started in Dropshipping.
I now offer courses of my own, private coaching and free resources on my website: www.theecommaven.com.
I’m most proud of stepping out on faith and my comfort zones and for never giving up. Entrepreneurship is not easy and I had no idea it would require as much mental strength that it does. I spend time with God everyday and that helps provide the clarity I need to move forward. Whether you’re a believer or not, getting connected to the source of your strength is what will keep you going.
I’ve learned to recognize every win, big and small, to trust myself more, to never stop learning and more importantly, that if I’m not failing, then Im not trying.
I truly hope that through my platform Im able to assist female entrepreneurs achieve the freedom they desire. I want women to feel confident and inspired to do something different, to take on challenges they once feared, and to grow beyond what they thought was possible.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My husband and I moved to Austin, Texas two years ago and of course, because of the Pandemic we weren’t able to explore our new city like we wanted to, but since the world opened back up, we’ve had a great time getting acclimated.
If my best friend was visiting we would for sure eat really good, spend time with nature, catch some live music, and we may even turn up on famous 6th street, haha!
My itinerary for the week would include brunch at Fixe, the biscuits are the best and dinner one night at Lamberts, they have the best macaroni and cheese. I’ll make sure to hit up, Down south Cajun Eats, the whole situation is a vibe. Its a mix of live entertainment and southern comfort food, it’s so yummy. And since Texas is known for bbq, we’ll visit Tony Vega’s BBQ which is the best spot in all of Austin! My favorite bakery is Galaxy bakery, in Georgetown, they have the most amazing sticky buns, oh my goodness! And I almost forgot about Tex-Mex, which is one of Texas’ oldest cuisines. My fav restaurant is Masfajitas.
For outdoor activities we would definitely hike Mt. Bonnell, they have the most amazing views of the Colorado River, and Texas has some of the most beautiful parks for recreation. We have to float the river, which is a Texas pastime or we could rent a plush boat and spend the day on the lake. Regardless of what we do outside, a water activity has to be included. And finally before my friend leaves, we have to take the famous Ghost and Bat Segway tour. This is a spooky city!.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Everything I’ve been able to accomplish in business is because of God. Period! Faith has become my most essential tool in navigating entrepreneurship and I don’t know where I’d be without Him!
I’m also very grateful for my husband, who has been my biggest inspiration and greatest supporter and motivator. He had been an entrepreneur for many years before I even considered the idea of starting a business of my own, but I owe a lot to him. His patience, his wisdom, his love all help me be a better version of me which enables me to be a more effective leader.
My son is my ‘why’ and everyday I get to spend with him is a reminder of who I’m doing this for. I also want to shout out my father who has always seen potential in me that I didn’t see in myself. And lastly, I have a host of friends and other family members that continue to support, encourage and uplift me and I’m super grateful.
The encouragement I receive from my tribe is incredible and everyday I feel super blessed that I get to use my gifts to make an impact on those around me.