We had the good fortune of connecting with Marquita Taplin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marquita, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started my business on a whim, literally. My previous job I was apart of the corporate hairstylist world and it got to a point where I felt as if my voice was no longer being heard and I wasn’t being appreciated. I ultimately got let go from there. No less than two weeks after that I made the decision to start my own business. I gathered all information needed, a budget, price list, rental fees, products etc. I also thought about how I would have more time to be available to my son. At first I was thinking that I wouldn’t be able to do it. But I just decided to go for it. At the time I knew I had clients that would follow me but I needed to stay on top of having a consistent clientele. I was on every local female group on Facebook promoting myself. I handed out business cards and even had promotions for services. I even created a groupon to try and drive traffic in my business. My first 4 days of having my own business, I made more money than I had made working for someone else. That in itself made me want to keep going but also I loved not having to answer to anyone but myself. That’s when I knew I needed to stay on top of it and keep the clients rolling in. Through my booking app I signed up for them to promote my page, in order to receive more clients. When starting a business you have to make sure it is something that you know you will love to do, not only make you money. You have to invest in yourself as well, that will be your biggest reward. If you can get investors, sponsors, DO IT. If you’re thinking about starting your own business, I say go for it! I have convinced people to venture on their own and though scary at first, they love it! I just celebrated 4 years of having my own business and i do not plan on stopping. I am currently working on my own product line and would love to expand in the future.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think what sets me apart from others in my industry is that I pride myself in being versatile. I want to be able to cater to anyone that sits in my chair not just be limited. My clients love that I can be versatile. I am also personable when it comes to my clients as well. I want them to feel their best. I got where I am today by continuing to push myself and never giving up even when I wanted to. I saw how creative I can be when it come to hair, i saw how happy it made me, I saw how happy it made my clients. That made me never give up. I have learned that no matter how good I may be at something, there is always room for growth and invest in education always. When you continue to learn something you are already great at, it makes you that much better. Know your worth. I never would’ve imagined being where I am 10 years ago and I wish I would’ve taken the leap sooner but I’m glad I did when I did. I want people to see my passion behind my work. I don’t do it for the follows or the likes or the clout, I do it because HAIR IS MY PASSION. I don’t know what I would do without it. I want others to see that they can take that leap of faith and create something for them. That you don’t have to be stuck somewhere you don’t love or even like to do. It is not easy and I will continue to say that over and over again, but if you put your mind to it and you believe in yourself, it will all pay off. My vision is when someone sits in my chair and receives a service, that they walk out feeling like a diva, more confident, feeling themselves all of the good stuff. And for the men that sit in my chair, I want them to feel great about themselves as well, knowing they came to a place that cares about their hair. You will see more of me so watch out.
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?
Oh my goodness these questions always get the best of me because I am a homebody. Here in San Antonio we have an area called The Pearl. There’s little shops and places to eat. I would definitely take them there because there is a great deal of throngs to do. There’s an area where music is played, there’s a food court as well. One of my favorite places there is Jazz,Tx; very intimate spot with amazing food and a live jazz band. I would also take them to Austin to the infamous 6th and the Domain area. I always enjoy myself when visiting there. As long as I’ve lived here, I am still trying to find new areas and places to hang out.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family always deserves a shoutout. They have stood behind me through everything and have always supported my decisions. My son is my number one reason to continue with my business. I also look up to others I have seen in the beauty industry take off, there is a long list of people. My CLIENTS! Without them I wouldn’t be as successful as I am, I thank them always.