Meet The Lady Behind Tiannia Barnes Luxury Shoes
Tiannia Barnes had a dream, and she didn’t let the corporate world stop her from following it.. She left her job in IT and launched a successful luxury shoe brand in which she says she is very proud.
“I am beyond proud to be here, launching my signature footwear brand (Tiannia Barnes). My hope is these shoes thrive on strong women – those who walk with a purpose every day, and take advantage of moments in her life that may be expected or not.
Like many others trying to start or maintain a successful business, finding funding (especially for African Americans) is always a factor. In a recent interview with Madam Noire Tiannia says it was no different for her.
“The biggest obstacle for me is money/funding. My business is self-funded which means that resources, planning, and timing is very critical to my progress and growth. You have to stay focused, have faith and really believe in your vision to keep going. The biggest business lessons are with the financials. It is key that you know how to create a budget, read a P&L, understand your margins, etc. You need to know what to spend your money on, when and how much should be allocated. It is very easy to overspend on services in this industry because everything and every detail has a price tag. You have to be judicious with your money and really do your research on business associates and organizations that you do business with. This is where having a mentor in the business is of great benefit.”
Tiannia’s advice to others hoping to take their passions and turn them into entrepreneurship is this:
“My advice to anyone looking to take the leap into being an entrepreneur is to just do it, take the first step, and keep going– go for it. I didn’t know everything, but I was smart enough to understand that and had enough tenacity to find out how or find the person that could help me. It’s good to do your research, take a class(es), speak to people in the field of interest, but don’t get overwhelmed or be too prepared because it could prevent you from taking the next steps. For example, if I knew upfront how much money in detail that it would cost to start my business I may have been fearful and would not have started or would have delayed my start.”