Today we’d like to introduce you to Yvany Hernandez.
Hi Yvan, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I emigrated from Venezuela for around three and a half years. Back in my country, I made myself a Nail Tech when I was 15 years old, my mom used to have Beauty Salon and Nails Spa Businesses and with a lot of hands-on self-training, I learned the goods of the nail word. With the money I started earning, I paid for my associate’s degree in Electronics Technology. Later on, I continued helping customers just as an art escape and for the loyal ones. More than once, I had to start a new business. My mom trusted in my hands to build a clientele. So I played the manager and the nail tech at the same time for quite a long time. For Political reasons, I had to leave my country, things started getting dangerous and I came here to avoid getting in trouble. Without family and a few family friends, I decided to stay here and started a new life. Mom got breast cancer and soon I had to help her. I worked as a housekeeper, bartender/server, and seasonal associate in stores like Hugo Boss and sold luggage in Wrentham, MA. During these years, I tried looking for positions related to my degrees; I’m also an Electronic Engineer. I got desperate, and I started feeling kind of depressed since I couldn’t find anything where not being a citizen were not a limitation. But the budget was getting stretched and I decided to look for a Job in the Orlando Premium Outlets. At about the same time, I heard about a Venezuelan lady looking for Nail techs for her new Nail Bar.
I decided to walk to the interview with old pics from my portfolio. She liked me, and she guided me about the steps needed for a license. I saved money and work towards that so I could work in this field here. While I did that, I had to start working by myself and did some mobile services. I decided to open an IG account, and I started posting pics from manicures and pedicures that I did for friends and even roommates. My first client was a Brazilian Hairstylist that actually did my hair, she was in need of a manicure on the go and I offered my services to her! Surprisingly she asked me to help the other three customers, and that day she posted me on her 10k Followers IG account which helped me get noticed in the Orlando area. Since that moment, I’d been learning about the market, social networking, photography, nail trends, etc. I invested in education with Russian nail masters and with my favorite brand Valentino Beauty Pure and Luminary Nails Systems. I’ve improved my cuticle work, my acrylic application, nail structures and I continue in my learning process. Today I’m a successful entrepreneur! I started my new business with very short money and a small bag with some gel polish and basic nail tools yo provide mobile and now I have my own space with plenty of nail goods and I continue the hustle, working long shifts to grow and be able to offer the very best I can.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It wasn’t smooth at all! One of the toughest moments took place when I had to switch from home to mobile service. I had problems with my roommates, and I had to endure very hard times. I had to work from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm in my primary work and then go to provide the service needed wherever was needed, usually coming back around 12:00 am for around six months. I used to visit Kissimmee, Mineola, Altamonte Springs, East Orlando, Lake Nona. I had some people in Chuloata, but I understood that was a difficulty. There’s also an opportunity, and I didn’t surrender, but I grow stronger.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I provide nail care services. I’m a natural and artificial nail specialist. People know me more for my work over natural nails. I do dip powder manicure, gel manicures: structured and regular, pedicures (deep cleaning), acrylics: overlay, tips and sculptured nails, fiberglass nails. I also do hand-painted nail art. I’m very proud of my clean cuticle work. This year was focused on that particular and is being noticed not just by my clients but also by other nail industry professionals. What sets me apart from others is that I’m living my passion!! Is not just the money but the pleasure of being able to make a change in somebody’s life!! I love to empower others, so they leave my seat with a better attitude and a big smile on their face!
Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
I believe we are all set!! Thanks for the opportunity to tell my story and, by doing that, to help other entrepreneurs to believe they can!
- Email: Nailsbycarolinarod@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nailsbycarolinarod