BBBY: What words best describe you?
BBBY: Who is one of the most inspirational women in your life? And why?
I don’t have any single woman that inspires me, also there's so many women to recognize! The idea of women's empowerment is so important, is to why I LOVE sharing my ideas, and things I learned as an entrepreneur, an owner, and being a woman is important to share.
BBBY: What was the inspiration for starting your own business?
JODY: Working in a barbershop/salon as a front desk receptionist. I helped clients select hair; shopping local beauty supplies and various websites for quality hair that best suited clients wants. As the client base grew. I knew then that I wanted to provide luxury hair that lasts.
BBBY: What is the mission behind your business?
JODY: PASSION! It is what really shows in your work and what drives me to want to provide excellent product and excellent customer service. Behind my passion is where I found my company name "Jai"...it's named after my son and translates to "heart" in my Laotian/Thai language.
BBBY: What challenges did you face when starting your own business?
JODY: I chose a very overly saturated industry, also chose to enter an industry that isn't new. Niche and my target audience, I knew was that where I'd have to get creative. After spending a year and a half writing my business plan I thought that would be the most challenging part...boy was I wrong! Getting someone...ANYONE to hear me out was the most challenging hurdle. Of course I overcame that and MANY more challenges. The thing about obstacles and challenges is remembering your basics ABCs and 123s... asking myself, why did I start this in the first place? What was the core part of my ideas and company?
BBBY: Do you have a life mission or inspirational quote that you live by?
JODY: "LOVE what you do and you will never "work" a day in your LIFE!"
BBBY: What inspires you to do what you do?
JODY: Lets just be honest, I don’t make money off of inner beauty... BUT my job is to ENHANCE all of her beauty... I am "extending" her beauty. She already has hair, and with Jai Hair Extensions I am just extending length and volume. If she beats her face, I am just enhancing her look with Jai Hair Extensions 100% Mink Eyelashes.
The inspiration I get is the reveal and the reaction when she looks in the mirror and smiles, then a hair fluff and flip or a extra batting of her eyes. I get to give woman THAT feeling!
BBBY: Tell us about a time in your life, where you felt most powerful as a woman.
JODY: Hitting that LAUNCH button, when my website went LIVE! That right there, was a powerful moment in my living room wearing my pajamas. I am on the WORLD WIDE WEB!
BBBY: What has made you most proud and why?
JODY: One of my target audiences is the pageant world, and I get so much joy from sponsoring and seeing young woman wearing my product on the big stage.
BBBY: What's the most important lesson you've learned as an entrepreneur?
JODY: The most important lesson I learned was networking with EVERYONE AND ANYONE! You never know who you'll meet!
BBBY: What are 3 tips you can share with aspiring entrepreneurs or someone ready to go after their dreams?
1. Do everything in threes. 3 price points, 3 options, 3 payment avenues etc..
2. Always remain PROFESSIONAL... you never know who will meet... live and breathe your brand!
3. Write it down: your ideas, your thoughts, your contacts. Once its written in black and white; its like its out in the universe... also it’s a great way to keep a time capsule and looking back at your progess.
BBBY: Fill in the blank: I feel most empowered when I_____:
JODY: wear heels! "The higher the heel the better you feel!"