We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Barrow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, how do you define success?
Personally, success means that I am impacting other women, I have attained some wealth so that I can take care of myself and others. Success is also being able to travel on a whim, not work for anyone else, and also being able to grow my business from the ground up. Success has many different meanings to me, and there’s not one destination where success happens. Anytime I get a salary increase in a new role, secure new ecommerce clients, or make sales with my online business, I feel successful.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Before I explain my career path, it’s important to note that I was a terrible student in college, and I only made good grades in classes that I found interesting and actually helped me build the skills to have the career that I have now. I think my graduating GPA in college at UNT was like barely enough to walk the stage. Haha. With that being said, you don’t need a 4.0 to have a successful career in ecommerce or get amazing job opportunities. Internships & other job experience matters more when you’re in school. Once I graduated by the grace of God, I landed a site merchandising role at Michael’s corporate, I left after a year, went to be a site merchandiser at Helzberg Diamonds where I worked from home. After I completed that three month contract, I secured a Site Search & Promotions Specialist role for Sally Beauty HQ. After experiencing amazing growth, I decided I wanted to make more money so I left and now I am working as a Digital Merchandising Manager for a multi-brand company. My biggest lessons working in a corporate setting are that: 1. I don’t really fit in with people in that culture. I’m more of an independent thinker & love to share all my ideas with no red-tape. 2. Most ecommerce companies do not believe in work/life balance. Online shopping never sleeps, so if the site needs attention, you have to fix it. 3. Moving jobs when you no longer feel happy is so necessary. That’s when you get a salary increase as well. It’s also the fastest way to move into more manager roles. I love working in ecommerce because there’s so many opportunities, and the industry is growing at an insane rate. I want more people to know that they can get really cool jobs in this space, most of which are remote now. I’m proud that my job has directly impacted my company’s growth and I can use that as leverage to learn strategies I can apply to my own company I am building.
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?
Ooh, so many good spots. I grew up around Dallas so I have my favorite places to go. Uchi is my go-to sushi spot, I love SER or Nick & Sam’s for steak. I also love to meet my friends at cute bars like Paridiso, and the Virgin hotel bar. Another cool spot is AKAI, it’s a speakeasy inside Musume. Highland Park Village is another regular place I go, especially when I want to be surrounded by other successful people.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Someone who plays a major role in my drive and ability to think beyond my wildest dreams is my grandpa. He always tells me to “go for the big thing” and not think with a limited mindset. He’s also very smart & tech-driven, as am I, so he’s had a big impact on the direction of my career path and business goals. My grandpa always jokes with me and says, “have you made your second million yet?” That really pushes me to keep going and never quit, no matter the circumstances. A book that has had a major impact on my mindset and how I approach life in general is, “Everything is Figureoutable” by Marie Forleo. I honestly believe you can do anything, and I am a solutions oriented person. The book has aided in my resiliency and ability to overcome whatever hardships that I’ve faced, and I have faced many, trust me.