We had the good fortune of connecting with Maggie Carvalho and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maggie, hoe does your business help the community or world?
I like to think of my business and skills as a conduit into making people feel good about themselves. Whether it’s a client getting their hair done or a student taking yoga, a small break from our reality can make a big difference. My hope is that I allow people to be themselves and enjoy their time while in my space. I think finding these moments of joy and esteem are what life is all about. Even if temporary or small. Yoga creates community and connection with like minded individuals. While my eco-friendly hair products keep my business’s carbon footprint small as well as provide a safe alternative to traditional hair color and products.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I own a small hair studio as a hairstylist and teach yoga on the side. Hair I sort of fell into when I was young and was lucky enough to grow a business on my own without ever working for a salon. I started renting a chair very early on and built a solid business in the first few years. I opened my first hair salon when I was 26 and a collaborative wellness center when I was 32. Yoga started as just an interest. Growing up as a dancer, movement always felt pretty natural to me so it was no surprise I quickly fell in love with it and started teaching 8 years ago. Working for myself always came natural to me. It wasn’t necessarily something I’ve always dreamed about, it was more that it was just a fit for the lifestyle I wanted and I just so happened to pick an industry where that was an option. I often think about what sets me apart from others. Aside from one’s personality traits, I think my constant need to grow, move forward, and experience life is what’s appealing to people as my brand. Im always wanting to make things more efficient or run smoother. I love innovative ideas that make things easier and more appealing. Drive is what entrepreneurs are. It’s not something that can be taught. It’s something we are born with. What excites me most about it is the freedom and flexibility to mold time, cost, hours, etc. It’s just never felt right to work to make someone else a profit. Having the ability to attend school or travel while I work, is what’s fulfilling me right now. But getting here wasn’t easy. I’ve walked away from 2 brick and mortar businesses which followed me with massive amounts of debt and a dampened spirit. I’ve been at this game for 20 years so my resilience has grown stronger with time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh my gosh… So many people contribute to our process everyday. It’s impossible to name everyone that has stuck by my side through the entrepreneurial ups and downs. This includes my amazingly supportive family, clients, students, professors, colleagues, therapists, coaches, friends, all of the incredible researchers writing books that inspire me, and of course, the innate drive that keeps me waking up motivated everyday.
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