We had the good fortune of connecting with Dana D’Oench and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dana, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
First off knowing myself played a big part in this. I knew I was a hard worker and appreciate clients trusting my work. I am obsessed with social media marketing it is fun to me. I knew I had two strong fundamentals that come into play. I always put my all into any job I have ever had so working for myself has been super rewarding. I am a person that is always overthinking and it can actually come in handy while owning your own business. I am always thinking of how can I grow more, learn more and constantly get better. Keeping yourself on your toes and constantly be evolving makes it exciting to me. After working at different salons and gaining a following, it was time for me to grow. I have always wanted to own my own business and knew I had to make my own dreams happen. Don’t get me wrong you will always be scared at first but getting out of your comfort zone is when you grow. Opening up my studio suite business one day before we got shut down definitely put my determination to the test. I absolutely love what I do so fighting for your passions in life are imperative.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I specialize in blonde and balayage lived in color. Meaning I make your color last longer and to still look great even after a few months of growth. Clients feel like they can trust me as a color professional to help them achieve their hair goals. It is a complete trusting partnership, and this is why I always refer to them as my friends instead of clients. I love that I make people feel good about themselves and I love my conversations with them. I really have a wonderful clientele and I appreciate them all. My biggest challenge was I was only open one day before we got shut down this past year. I was shut down for two and a half months wondering how this would all pan out. So many businesses did not make it through this so I am beyond grateful I was able to. I am grateful for the health of my family and friends through this. I feel like I was so ready to finally own my own business that I wasn’t going out without a fight.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s all about our stunning views here and we have so many great spots like Coconuts on the beach. Yot on the Intercoastal or simply relaxing on the beach with a drink in hand. Local spots like Invasive Species brewery, amazing Wells Coffee Shop or shopping at my favorite boutique The Wonder Shop. I always support local small business that are loved by the locals.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Dad CBS Miami news reporter Peter D’Oench for showing me how to use your work and heart to help others. He is always looking to help people in the community not just report on what is happening. “You have to love what you do and it is important to help others” he has always taught me. My mother Connie D’Oench for always pushing me to follow my gut and believe in myself. These two people made me who I am today and guided me to be the best person I can.
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