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Conversations with the Inspiring Candace Peterson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Candace Peterson.

Candace, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
If you asked me four years ago where I would be today, my answer would certainly not have included owning my own business. I began doing nails as a hobby because I, as a single mom of three, couldn’t afford to get my nails done. I fell in love with the creative freedom it granted me and decided to turn my new found passion into a career. With the encouragement of a close friend, off to school, I went. Almost a year later, I was looking into places to start working, and now, I can’t imagine doing anything else!

Has it been a smooth road?
To say this was smooth road would be a lie, but if you stay strong, then you won’t regret it. I come close to giving up because I felt like I had hit a wall halfway through my journey to becoming licensed. So, I look towards other avenues and found a mentor who helped me work through my struggles. My advice would be, prepare yourself for struggle and don’t let it defeat you. You can accomplish your dreams if you can just hang on. And, never be afraid to seek help if you find yourself fighting to stay afloat. You can do this.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Aren’t You Polished story. Tell us more about the business.
I offer a wide variety of nail services, but Aren’t You Polished is proud to say, we care about your nail health and the integrity of our services. We always strive to use quality products and stand behind our services. We stay up to date on trends and techniques that may not make it to some nail salons. You will always be treated like family here and will have the best experience I can provide.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
Social media, social media, and social media! Always reach out to others in the industry because you never know what connections can be made. Always remember “closed mouths don’t get fed.”

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