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Conversations with the Inspiring Aniyah Harbin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aniyah Harbin.

Aniyah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Well, my idea starting with SuperStarFramezz was in high school. I use to always come to school with sunglasses like literally all the time. I used to get complimented all the time with my different pairs of shades. My favorite pair of sunglasses were boxy shaped, this pair covered kinda my whole face but I loved it. And after I started wearing them every day, I started seeing people picking up my trend & I was digging it. By the way, I would literally panic if I left my sunglasses at home, omg, I hated that. I always thought about making it a business but of course, I was not as confident. Right after I graduated, that’s when it all started. I came up with the name SuperStarFramezz, my nickname in high school was SuperStar because I am one, lol so I just thought of the other half of my business name and decided Framezz instead of SuperStarShades or SuperStarGlasses. I educated myself on business, I did my research YouTube was really a big help & I started promoting myself as much as possible. People started to notice my business & I started to network with them. My dad passed from cancer in late 2016, I turned that frustration & hurt into positive things that will help me along with my future. Also, a big shoutout to my mommy for helping me & pushing me. I’m super grateful that God blessed me with my business. If it wasn’t for Him, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, absolutely no! Starting a business will never be easy, it doesn’t matter how small or big, it is you will have struggles & it’s normal. I even had struggles when I first started & even till this day! When I first started, I didn’t have as many customers and supporters and that will happen unless you’re extremely blessed. Having a business, you will always have bumps on the road but you will eventually go over those bumps! I also use to expect people to support me as in close friends & family but I had to learn that everyone doesn’t have the same vision as me. If you’ve been thinking about starting a business, DO IT, don’t overthink or talk yourself down even if people think your idea is ludicrous, KEEP PUSHING! Your idea might be the next big thing a year or two from now! Don’t give up when your sales starts to slow down, keep promoting your craft! And get out of your comfort zone, meet different & new people that fits YOU. “I look at it like the game gonna test you. Everything gonna test you, if it’s worthwhile and you gonna make decisions based on what you care about more. And without even being conscious that you’re getting tested, you’re gonna be getting tested, so you’re gonna have decisions to make. Should I continue this lifestyle? Whether it’s shopping, clothes, whatever your lifestyle is? Or do I gotta sacrifice a bit ’cause I really really care about this music? It really is important to me. So, whatever I gotta do, I’ma do it and that’s gonna be them distinguishing decisions that separate the ones that end up getting it from the ones that don’t.” -Nipsey Hussle

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into SuperStarFramezz story. Tell us more about the business.
What I’m most proud of as an entrepreneur is that I kept pushing. Every day I see growth physically & mentally. I love it when I meet my customers face to face & also my online buyers. I knew I was actually doing something good was when I started to get orders from different states and that’s all God I swear. And I’ll get customers waiting for a certain pair of Framezz that will restock. I’m highly great full that 2018 Aniyah actually put in the work, I’m also grateful for all the headaches & bad days that I had because it made me a stronger individual.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
To be honest, I always wished I had a mentor someone that can tell me the rights & wrongs and the good & bad. But I don’t and I’m happy that I don’t because I learned off myself and I also network. So now, I can be a mentor to other young entrepreneurs & give them the opportunity to learn & get great business advice. To network, you have to get out of your COMFORT ZONE, you have to! Open your mouth, start speaking first, follow other small businesses & ask for shoutouts. Post great content in today’s society based on social media take advantage and post great content. Even if you feel like no one is watching, trust me someone is always watching.

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