My name is Angela Watson. I am a mother, a wife, a business owner and a Midtown community member. I have owned a body piercing studio in Midtown for 20 years and have been piercing for even a few more years than that.
2. What motivated you to work for yourself and start your business?
Well, I credit the witch doctor I met on a Boonanoonoo in Jamaica when I was just 19 years old. He told me I would have my own business by the time I was 25 and I bought Black Hole when I was 24. I guess it was destiny. But truth be told, I believe it takes a special kind of individual to strike out on their own and create a successful business. They are risk takers, idea makers and dream casters.
3. What is your greatest “game-changing” moment (positive or negative)?
Between the power of the younger generations engagement in social media and the organic growth in Midtown, Black Hole Body Piercing has reached an all new level of excellence. We offer our clients a great selection of quality body jewelry, as well as, handcrafted ear jewelry for all styles.
4. How do you define success?
While everyone knows to be a success you must be able to make money, I think it is more than that. For me it is “Do you have a business you can be proud of?” Yes! I am so proud of my employees for all their hard work and making sure my customer is always treated to great service. I am proud of my customers for the commitment to my business for 20 years and counting. I also am proud of myself for triumphing through my own personal struggles and those of the economy. And I am proud of my community for gathering around me in this place called Midtown.
5. What tips can you give to others who want to go into business for themselves?
Stick to what you are good at, hire someone to do the things you are not. In hindsight, it will always be worth the money. And just JUMP!
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Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.