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Passion to succeed

Filipe Naigulevu
Friday, November 24, 2017

IT all started with a passion for what she loved doing best — nail art.

And with much tenacity for success, thirty-six-year-old local beautician Roshika Kumar today owns an established nail salon in Nadi known as The Nail Shop, a dream she had strived towards achieving.

With humble beginnings, Mrs Kumar started off as a nail technician some years back for a reputable nail salon in the Jet Set town.

Over time, with experience and gaining much needed exposure to clients and customers, she took the daring decision to branch off and start working from her home in 2011.

With not much marketing staying away from the usual business tactics, Mrs Kumar's clientele grew purely by word of mouth and so did her popularity with new customers.

"I think the reason I was able to succeed was purely because I genuinely love what I do," she said.

"I really make a point to ensure each client leaves my table with nothing but the best.

"I also am a strong believer in God, and believe that it was through him that I was able to have the courage to take the chance in running my own business."

After her flourishing stint operating from home, Mrs Kumar decided it was time to take her business to another level by renting a table at a local salon in Nadi.

From there she provided her nail services such as acrylic, gel, manicures, and pedicures including her venture towards eyebrow threading and waxing to her list of services provided.

This eventually exposed her to even more clients and customers who were local media personalities, businesswomen and national athletes to mention a few.

And not too long, Mrs Kumar's business was at a stage where she could not single-handedly operate on her own because of the unprecedented demands and customer base.

True love stepped in as a saving grace when her husband, Shelvin, a taxidriver, sacrificed his own job at one point to help her with operating the business.

Not a usual career twist for many men, Mrs Kumar trained her husband to also do nail treatments.

And after a few sacrifices and continued determination, Mrs Kumar rented out the entire salon, the same one she started operating at a single table.

This soon led to her first employee hired within the first few months of sole operation.

Using funds saved from her fairly smooth operations, Mrs Kumar expanded her business by building a separate room for waxing and facial treatments.

This was nicely painted with added lighting and mirrors along with a salon standard remote operated chair, tables, airconditioning and proper signage was installed outside the salon.

And with more hired and trained nail technicians along with an administrator to help with the influx of clients, Mrs Kumar still remains true to her passion as she still does most of the nail work.

"For me, training, and passion are the two traits needed to succeed at this business, so I train my employees for at least three months before allowing them to touch a client," Mrs Kumar.

"It ensures my standard of treatment is the only standard that is given to my clients.

"I find it difficult to run the business side of things as we continue to grow, and to still keep treating my clients, however I feel strongly that a huge reason behind my success has been the relationships I've made over the years with my them, and that relationship along with the quality of the services we provide is the reason we have been successful."

Apart from her nail salon business, Mrs Kumar was asked to train potential technicians and therapists at the Spa Academy Fiji, where she ironically ended up doing most of her hiring.

She is also a brand ambassador for LAKME, a make-up and cosmetics brand out of India.

As she looks back at her journey years after taking a chance, Mrs Kumar said she continued to genuinely love what she did — making people feel beautiful.

"If you seek to do what you love, you will never work a day in your life," she said.

"I love knowing that when a client leaves my shop they feel like the best version of themselves, and that is what I would say to someone looking to start something of their own.

"If you really love doing whatever it is, you can succeed."

The Nail Shop is located in the Sen Tai building shop 5, Nadi Town.

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