We had the good fortune of connecting with Tierra Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tierra, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
As a child i always had the desire to be a business owner. Starting my own business in the hair industry was always my vision growing up. When i became an adult i start wearing extensions and I absolutely fell in love! I’ve had thoughts of starting a hair business but never moved forward. In 2018 my friend Iesha CEO of Pretty Cosmetics had a event to launch her makeup line. Iesha pushed me to be a vendor i was nervous i declined at first, then i gave in and after that i went full force with progressing with my hair extension business iSlayTierraExtensions.
Shortly after my a 7 year old daughter Kennedi became a entrepreneur. Kennedi Kollection was established in 2018 as well. 2019 I started a sunglass business iWearbyTierra and also became a travel agent! I didn’t think i could do none of this but i did.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
ISlayTierraExtensions is my hair extension business that was established im 2018 shortly after i graduated from Henry Ford College with a Business Management degree. I’m proud of myself because i took the risk to start a hair business. The hair business is a popular business but, that never stopped me. It’s never about how many people doing the same thing you’re doing it’s always about how you run YOUR business. My business is innovative. I add new products to my brand. I want everyone to be able to purchase even if you do not wear hair extensions I have hair products and hot tools. In 2018 i also established iWearbyTierra which is my sunglass business and my daughter also started her business Kennedi Kollection at the age of 7.
Starting a business and maintaining it is not easy, you have your good days and you have your bad days. Starting a business is a risk. At the beginning you have to learn from your mistakes, you may take a loss here and there but, it gets better and better with your learning process. Business owners should look at taking risk as a cost of opportunity and innovation.
I want the world to know never give up on anything. You can succeed in anything you put your mind to. Stay consistent, confident and have gratitude. As a business owner you have to be kind, grateful and believe in yourself, push yourself and know exactly what your capable of.
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?
Friday- Floods Bar & Grill for food and drinks
Saturday- Martius Park to enjoy the downtown scenery and eat then Greektown Casino
Sunday- Cracked Egg for lunch then The Pose Experience (Selfie Museum)
Monday- The Motown Museum then dinner at Vertical Detroit
Tuesday- The Arcade Bar at Grandriver Ballroom
Wednesday- Belle Isle Park to Grill and chill by the water.
Thursday- French Toast for Brunch then spend the day at the Detroit Zoo
Friday- Eat at The Coney Island before her flight!
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?
First and foremost i want to thank God, i want to thank my parents for always believing in me an motivating me. Thanks to my Fav Iesha for referring me to even have this opportunity and always supporting me and motivating me from day one. Thanks to my bestfriend Cortney for being there since the beginning and rocking nothing but i slay. Thanks my Foreva Vanessa for supporting me like no other helping pick my business name i had so many names lol..Thanks to my sister Valencia who was buying vendor lists for me at the beginning making sure I was searching for a good vendor i love you sister.
Thanks to anyone who ever shopped with me i love you all on so many levels.
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