Business Profile: Kara’s Nails

Name: Kara Evans
Business: Kara’s Nails
T : 07856495035

Can you describe your business?

I am a fully qualified nail technician and an international ‘Crystal Nails’ educator for Northern Ireland. I have a nail salon based in Omagh Enterprise Centre, where I specialise in hard gel extensions and various types of nail art. I also run various training courses throughout the year. I offer a private room where sun-booths are available.

Why did you start your own business?

Nails started out as a hobby for me. I was always changing and doing my own nails. I did my first nail course in April 2012 and it all started from there. I started out working from home, which at the time was perfect, as I could easily work around my part-time job. But as time progressed, I started to build up a good reputation for nails and a good client base. I felt it was becoming too busy to continue working from home. So I finally decided to take the plunge and open my own salon and leave my part-time job and I have never looked back. My salon will be open two years this May and was the best decision I’ve ever made.

What are the best things about running your own business?

Being my own boss is definitely the best part, as having a young family I can arrange my work hours to suit family life. Also being an educator, I get to pass on my skills and knowledge to my students and watch them grow. It’s the most rewarding feeling ever. To say that I played a part in my students becoming amazing nail technicians, makes me feel honoured and is the best part of my job.

What are the main challenges facing the business?

Just like any other beauty business, you have to stay in trend and keep up to date the with latest designs and products. The key is to always be one step ahead, and have everything available to ensure you can always offer what the clients want.

What advice would you give to someone starting a business?

If it’s something you are passionate about and love doing, go for it. But do be prepared to work extremely hard to make your business a success. My favourite quote is, “If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow. Never give up on your dreams.”

Can you describe your experience of running a business in three or less words?

Motivating. Rewarding. Challenging.