My teen age son is going to be 16 years old soon and it’s hard to believe that I was only 4 years older than he is when I opened my business. The kids today have such a different kind of work ethic. It’s funny for me to see the 20 year olds of today and imagine if I were born later if I would have still opened my spa.
I remember it as if it were yesterday. We did not have the technology we have today to do research. I had to depend on trade journals, publications, trade shows, and traveling to do my research. When I recently built the new “Green” Complexions Spa for Beauty & Wellness, I not only used the previously mentioned resources but I also used the internet a great deal.
My research led to the development of my business plan. I had to figure out how big of a space I needed to design enough treatment rooms that would generate enough income. All of this was done with pencil and paper and a good calculator. From there I went to the bank and solidified my first business loan for $50,000. Because of my age and the fact that I had no collateral, my father had to co-sign my loan. He had a lot of faith in me and has always been my biggest fan. He taught me a great deal about working hard and doing what it takes to make things happen.
From there, construction started and we opened for business on November 27, 1987. Since then we have expanded 4 times and are finally in a beautiful new “GREEN” facility. It only took me more than 21years to get here but we made it and I love it!