Story & Photos by Kessley Miller
What does it mean to be successful? Understanding this can vary from person to person. SomeAll people have a goal to fulfill in their lifetime, especially those who run their own business. The mindset of a business owner can make or break how fortunate they will be in their company’s endeavors.
Morgan Hatfield is a 20-year-old business woman who has created an empire base of devoted clients and customers who come to her Eyelash Salon located in Midwest City. This salon offers a variety of services including eyelash extensions, lash lifts and tints, even eyebrow waxing and eyebrow tints. Clients come from all over the state just to get pampered and feel beautiful.
Her passion for wanting to own her own business started from when she was a young girl. Her father is a business owner himself in Tulsa, which inspired her entrepreneurial mentality.
She also saw how her mother worked a typical Monday through Friday job, so watching the difference of dynamics between her parents helped Hatfield decide quickly of what she wanted to pursued as her career,. As time went on, she knew that she wanted to be her own boss and work for herself.
A little over two years ago in 2016, when Hatfield was only eighteen years old, she had recently just graduated from Choctaw High School, and was continuing her education at Rose State College as well as attending The Mid-Del Technology Center where she would receive her cosmetology license.
After obtainingwith her license, Morgan then, went on a whim, went to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to take an eyelash training class. She explained that if she never took that step, she would not be where she is today.
She then started doing eyelashes for people by renting a small room in a local massage studio in Midwest City until she could open her own salon. Over the course of two years and working tirelessly, she then saved enough money to be able to get her own space. do that.
“One thing I was really big on was marketing,” Hatfield continued, “I started having girls I graduated with come to me [for their lash extensions], then their Mom’s started coming to me., and sSocial media has been a huge influence on getting my name out there for new clients.”
Hatfield used marketing to her advantage by posting on her personal Facebook all the time, making business cards as soon as she started doing lashes, and even put her business cards in the local Midwest City restaurant, Pelican’s.
Taking risks and opportunities are and chasing opportunities is vital for becoming a successful for being a business owner, and if that person does not stay innovative with their ideas, their company will become stagnant.
“One thing I would say that has helped me in my career is going to Rose State. When I first started out, I was just a General Business major until I spoke with my business advisor,” Hatfield said.continued, “He then got me connected with the small business operations program which has been very beneficial in the sense that these classes are helping me in making the best decisions for my own small business.”
Understanding the risk of owning and operating opening up one’s business is not always going to be obvious. Hatfield adds that she believes most people do not realize the work that goes into opening a business.in to opening a business up.
“Honestly, you have to have a lot of money with owning a business,” Hatfield added, “There are first-time purchases that a person has to make when opening the business, and now that I employee three other women, we spend so much more on inventory than when it was just me.”
Being young and a woman, many people have doubted Morgan’s capabilities as a business owner.Morgan with her capabilities of owning her business. She explains just how many how many people will try to not take a young woman seriously for her dreams, but she must push through what the skeptics might say and remember one important factor – there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.
The 6420 is a student publication at Rose State College.