Meet Leah Wafful and how she gives customers their glow back at Bronze515. Leah noticed a gap in the Des Moines ‘tanning’ marketplace and started her thriving airbrush tanning salon and she has been committed to local success ever since! Let’s learn more about her entrepreneur journey.
Bronze515 Custom Airbrush Tanning. We opened in July 2016.
I started this side hustle not because it was a passion, but because I saw an opening in the market. There weren’t many custom airbrush tanning only salons in Des Moines. I knew that as time went on and more research and statistics were published, this would become a trend. I also was lacking something professionally. I wanted something to call my own. I could have easily worked with other companies to start something but I knew I wanted to build a brand from the ground up. If I was going to do this I was going to do it the way I wanted.
Not there yet but I’ve played around with the idea of being a substitute teacher among a few other things! I am excited for the possibilities.
This transition happened in September of this year. I’ve worked in a corporate environment my whole professional career. It is scary, but extremely awesome at the same time. I am ready for a change.
I think the hardest part of this transition is losing that daily interaction with my current friends at work. Having that consistency of an 8-5 job. Part of me will miss the drama!
Not being told what to do or how to do it. I get to set my own rules. My own time. When I want to go on vacation and when I want to work 60+ hour weeks or 20 hour weeks.
Start small. Don’t rush into it. Get your ducks in a row. Talk to others around you about your plans. Get advice. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Save your money. Don’t use credit cards (unless of course you points for travel☺). Figure out your goals. Where you want to be in 1 year and so on.
Absolutely! I think when you start a business like mine you have to keep in mind the possibility of opening it in other locations. Right now my focus is Des Moines and figuring out how to manage this full-time. My story isn’t over. More to come.
I have a huge personality! Much bigger than me! I am obsessed with anything Halloween. I actually went to Salem, Massachusetts this fall which has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. Obviously my favorite movie is Hocus Pocus.
My name is Emily Steele and I teach local business owners how to be the legends they are and build an irresistible and profitable local brand.