Whitney Eze, Owner, The Glam Mafia, Houston, TX
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Whitney! Thank you for allowing us a few moments of your time to interview and recognize your many accomplishments in the community. Would you mind answering a few questions for us?
Tell our readers who you are.
A. My name is Whitney Eze. I’m from Houston, Texas and I am the owner of The Glam Mafia the number one hair company in West Texas.
2. What ignited the spark in you to start a new business venture? How did the idea for your business come about?
A. People are always asking about my hair because I like to wear long hair extensions. I’m known for rocking 30 inches of hair. Because my hair was always a topic of discussion, I was like ‘I’m going to start selling hair’. So, I started selling hair and we took off. I’ve been selling hair since July, 2019. Something I never thought I do but I’m glad I’m doing it.
3. So then describe/outline your typical day?
A. I am a fulltime college student. I start the day with waking up and getting ready for class. I do my homework and once I finish my homework it’s my business time. It can vary depending on the day, but majority of my business things are done on the weekends when I have the most time.
4. What motivates you?
A. Having the title of being Number one in West Texas is my motivator. I know how hard I cried to be able to start this business. I know how hard I was working trying to save up. Now that I have everything I prayed for its motivating. You just must continue to stay on track. Pray and work just as hard the next day!
5. How many hours do you work a day on average?
A. Too many hours in a day. I’m always working. It’s always some sort of task I must do.
What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to become entrepreneurs?
6. What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them?
A. I wouldn’t like to call it a “failure” but I was to easy going with giving out so many free things and discounts. When your friend buys the latest makeup product, she pays full price so, your friends should pay full price. Especially with being young I was trying to please everyone with discounts but at the end I realized I wasn’t making as much. So, I stopped doing friends and family discounts.
7. How do you build a successful customer base?
A. My branding does it all. My customer base appeals to young woman that are glamourous its an open stage of variety when it comes to my customers. It can be ‘Jane’ the girl that plays basketball to ‘Sara’ the head cheerleader. Anyone can wear my hair extensions and you will feel so glamorous in them.
8. What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
A. The only sacrifices for me with being so young is that I can’t have everything. I want the latest bag, shoes and clothes but, I can’t have them. Instead I have to use my money wisely. I must pump money into business ideas instead of clothes and other things. I use my money to buy things that will take my business to higher level.
9. What makes you happy?
A. Seeing my customers in my hair makes me so happy. ‘You are looking so gorgeous in my hair’ it is a big flex of mine to now I am supported by so many people. It’s a wonderful feeling.
10. With all of this success, what advice could you offer someone reading this who also has a dream to start his/her own business.
A. If I could give anyone advice the advice would be to believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, you can’t go anywhere. Work hard and stay focused. I’ve missed parties and social events because I was working on building my company. Those social events will always be around. The club isn’t running anywhere. Never change the price of your service or products if people can’t afford it. They can go somewhere else, but your time, service and products will be respected.
“Be original, show off your style, and tell your story.”
11. What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
A. Being the owner is the best aspect. You make up your hours of operation and everything runs on your own time and no one else’s. Just overseeing and being in charge of something you like to do.
12. What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
A. The money it might sound cliché but it’s a good feeling to know that your world so hard. After working hard, you get to enjoy your money.
13. To what do you most attribute your success? What would say are the five key elements for starting and running a successful business?
A. I give all my glory to God he is the attribute my success. Being self-made as well. I built this whole business from the ground up. With no free hand outs. Just me, myself and I.
14. Where you see yourself and your business in 10 years? 20 years?
A. In 10 years, I see us being up there with a lot of leading hair companies. I see us on top of the world. I am so excited for what the future holds.
15. In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur.
A. Self-control. Entrepreneurship is no joke. You will cry and still continue because there’s always gold at the end of the journey.
Whitney we want to thank you very much for your time with us and all that you shared. We want to wish you continued success in all that you are doing. You are our Entrepreneur on the Muuve!
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