My name is Shakeerah Tompkins Wonnum and I am the owner of The $5 Style Maven boutique, which features Paparazzi Accessories, a line of trendy, yet affordable jewelry and accessories.
What inspired you to go into this business?
Paparazzi Accessories is a direct sales company, so at the root of my decision was the fact that it just made good business sense. Women love affordable accessories! Additionally, I was looking for a business that would allow to do something good and it doesn’t get any better than reminding women to take time for themselves and how awesome we are!
What motivates you when you are faced with adversity?
I remember why I started this business. I want my children to learn the value of being entrepreneurs. I also want them to learn the value of hard work and to never give up.
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
I absolutely love introducing this business and these products to people. I constantly hear, “Are you sure this is only $5?” No one can believe that you can get such a well made product for such an inexpensive price! It also makes me happy to see women light up and their moods change when they put on the jewelry because it makes them feel and look good!
What would you like to share with anyone who is thinking about becoming an entrepreneur?
Being an entrepreneur is hard work but when you are doing something you love, you don’t mind putting in long hours. Just be prepared to work harder than you have ever worked before! Also, learn to delegate!