Name: Brittany Campbell
Business Name/Occupation: Sunshine Makeup Artistry and Spray Tanning
When did you know starting a business was right for you? Tell us about your business: I own Sunshine Makeup Artistry and Spray Tanning, and recently opened up a new store front in downtown Fayetteville, NC. Since 2006, I have been a freelance makeup artist, doing makeup applications for weddings and special events. During this time I attended Methodist University and received an undergraduate in marketing and a masters in business. I continued doing makeup but could not put my full attention on my business. However, recently I have expanded my business to airbrush spray tanning services along with my makeup artistry. Because of this addition my market has grown, and I have been able to reach a greater clientele base. Though I have a brick-and-mortar studio, my business is also entirely mobile and I am able to travel to my clients, making it very convenient for those very busy individuals and those with children.
What is the most amazing thing you have experienced in business?: I love everything about what I do. I love when a woman looks in the mirror and feels stunning and confident in her own skin. I am passionate about making people feel beautiful by magnifying their already beautiful selves. Everyone has a reason, has their own personal beauty, and I love being able to highlight their features and make women shine.
What is the most disheartening thing you have encountered in your career as a military spouse?: Not being given an opportunity because an employer doesn't want to take the chance in case you have to move.
What advice would you give a military spouse, interested in starting their own business?: GET INVOLVED! In the past month I have met so many powerful and successful business women. I decided to take advice from a fellow military spouse and join Fayetteville Young Professionals, the moment I did that was the moment that made me believe I could truly turn my business into a full-time career. There are so many women out there that are willing to help you network and put you in touch with the right people. After joining FYP I joined Milspo Project and have continued to meet wonderful women who have been guiding me along this new journey.
What is the most challenging thing about being a military spouse and business owner? What is the most rewarding thing?: The most challenging is making time for both my business, my full time job, and my spouse. Like many other spouses I have so many things on my plate and I often get overwhelmed with how much I have to do. When my spouse is out of town or deployed I feel as though I can get so much accomplished and stay entirely focused on business but when my spouse is home I want to spend so much time with him because often times he will be leaving again. Because of this I always feel torn between my two worlds of being a spouse and a businesswoman.
The most rewarding thing about being a military spouse is being able to meet so many other ladies in the same situation helping one another. I have made amazing friends that I can turn to for everything, whether it be business related or just a shoulder to cry on. It is amazing to have formed these relationships and know that no matter where we move that I can always reach out to these very special women.
How did it feel when you made your first sale?: After my very first sale: well I felt accomplished and very proud of myself. Because my business involves how people look, I'm often nervous at first because I want my clients to feel their absolute best afterwards, and if for some reason they are not satisfied with my work that means I have not done my job correctly. So after each sale and each thank you I feel that sense of accomplishment and pride all over again.
What is one obstacle you have faced as a business owner, or on a personal level, as a military spouse, that you would have never expected?: The first thing that came to mind was maintaining our very beautiful but old house. While Andrew was gone I had to hire someone to put on a new roof and that was very challenging for me. When I saw the water starting to come into my bedroom, at first I wanted to panic because Andrew was deployed. I knew it had to be fixed and had to be fixed quickly, I was worried that I was going to be taken advantage of, and not be able to find a reliable company. Luckily I was able to take care of the roof and I had some amazing friends that helped me through the process.
What is one business goal you hope to accomplish by the end of this year? Currently I am creating small goals to lead up to my one-day large goal of quitting my full-time marketing job so I will be able to have my business as my full-time job.
To do this, I am setting up monthly milestones. This month my goal is to get my website up, and reach out to as many gyms and bridal shops as possible to promote myself. Next month my goal is speak with doctors' offices about discussing the benefits of spray tanning and encouraging patients to reach out to me if they want to be tan, but also want to avoid tanning beds. As the months go on I will continue to make these goals in order to end up where I want to be. I do not know if I will be able to reach my goal of my business being my full-time focus by the end of the year, but I know these little goals will help lead me to that place.
As a military spouse, or business owner, I know one thing for certain. It is . . . Anything can happen. Life tends to throw curve balls at anytime and you can not plan everything out completely. Because of this, you have to be able to roll with the punches. I am still learning this. I do not do very well with change, but I know it is important to relax and just keep going when things get difficult.
What strengths do you possess, that you did not know you had, until you became an entrepreneur? Time management. Throughout my life I have always been very busy with being involved with multiple activities in school and work. But it hasn't been until I became an entrepreneur that prioritizing is very important. Making a daily list on what needs to be accomplished with the has been a life saver.
My biggest fear is . . . Failing. I have had fantastic support from my spouse, my family, and my friends and it has made me realize that I am truly blessed to have these people in my life. I do not want to fail for not just myself but for them as well. They have been my backbone and I want to make them proud.
My greatest accomplishment is . . . My greatest accomplishment is before I started a business, and that was the day I graduated from Graduate school. Those 2 years were the toughest I had ever experienced. I had to move out of my very familiar home, I lost my job, and my mother got sick all while I was trying to finish up school. I wanted to go home and drop out so many times. But the ladies that were in my classes encouraged me to stick with it and push along. Luckily I did, and I am very grateful to have such great support or I would have never been able to finish.
When I grow up I want to be . . . No matter how many times someone asks me this or I ask myself, and I still do not know...One day I will maybe grow up and find out.
In 2050 I hope military spouses are/can/have/achieve . . . I hope military spouses are seen as women who are fully capable of being successful. So often companies will not hire a military spouse because companies do not like the unknown of the longevity of the person. Because of this is makes it complicated to find jobs and turn what you love into a career. I hope that in 2050 women will be able to prove that they deserve that opportunity to be successful.
Why do military spouses make great entrepreneurs? Military Spouses make great entrepreneurs because we are strong individuals and very independent. As a military spouse I have learned it is important to be independent and take on challenges at times on your own. By doing so you are able to gain more confidence and become proud of your achievements.
What is your legacy? My legacy...my legacy would have to be helping people feel like the best version of themselves. I want to make sure that throughout my life I am encouraging and building up others to feel confident and beautiful inside and out.
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