Today we’d like to introduce you to Latifah Bucknor.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Latifah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After graduating high school in 2003 my mother and I relocated to Atlanta by way of Houston. I had two choices, work or go to school. My original plan was to go to Prairie View University in Texas prior to leaving. Now, I needed a new plan in a whole new city. I worked for a seamstress while I looked but the job was way too quiet and boring for me. I’d dedicated two months and had enough. Quickly, I’d decided to visit a school that played many commercials that convinced me to check them out. Two years later, I graduated with an Associate’s degree in science for massage therapy. Gaining experience in wellness, spa and clinical settings over time. I also continued to occasionally do mobile massages through out my career after graduating. Nearly 15 years later, I was now married with children and, in a space in life that allowed me to make my business official.
In March of 2019, my husband and I both legalized our businesses and took off. I dived headfirst into how to build it correctly. I found a woman named Candace Holyfield also known as @Sixfigurespachick on IG. Her videos, stories and lives began to change my thinking. You never understand that your thinking is the biggest part of being successful. I continued to follow other women who would be experts in building all parts of a business. Today, I work at a day spa in Smyrna, GA, run my own mobile spa business and was recently offered a position at a chiropractic office. I’m always eager to learn and this opportunity presented a chance to learn the human body from a new perspective. It also opened up my schedule during the week to be off at 2 or 3 at the chiro and spa. Leaving the rest of my day to continue building my business and take care of home. I’m a wife and a mother of two so finding balance has been a test. My journey this past year has been a learning lesson, great Networking Events, Continued education, and Spa Expos.
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?
The road is full of twists and turns. Starting out your having to learn everything organically. I had struggles with web design, choosing the right photographers, learning social media from a business standpoint. All in all I didn’t allow the setbacks to take me out. I continued to search through different pages to find people who specialize in a particular need. Follow their pages, purchase things they sell to enhance your education in building your business. Go to networking events to build business relationships with other entrepreneurs/women.
We’d love to hear more about The Omega Experience.
I provide luxury mobile massage & spa services. I bring the spa to homes and massage services to events. I specialize in a massage that is comprised of a Lomi Lomi technique mixed with relaxation. It’s a Hawaiian style massage that consists of a rocking/shaking/friction which is compared to that of rocking a baby to sleep. As a brand, I proud of the reputation I have built. Customer service is huge. I pride myself on giving people a service that I would want someone to give me. What sets me apart is my actual experience. Also, my way of individualizing my services. My slogan is you can get a massage anywhere, but not this Experience.
What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Save your money to fund/build your dream.
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