We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittani Balint and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittani, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve always known That I wanted to have my own business just wasn’t sure exactly what. I worked at a large waxing chain for 6 years and while I was pregnant with our second child I started thinking about how I stayed home with our first child for 3 years and how I knew after our daughter was born that would become a possibility in my mind. After she was born I got extremely sick and everything changed, she became very colicky, she had digestion issues, reflux etc. cried non stop and hardly slept. At this time I was on maternity leave and knew I would struggle putting her in daycare with how much she cried and didn’t trust anyone to care for her or handle the crying the way I could, also going back to work part time just wouldn’t be worth my while because again I would have to put her in daycare. I decided to give my notice and be a full time stay at home mom. After a couple months I really missed my career and told my husband that I wanted to start my own business and he was completely supportive. I decided I wanted to stick with waxing because I was really good at it and had been doing it for so long and very soon after The Wax Pot was born. I knew doing this it would allow me to make my own schedule to work around my husband and my parents schedule which were basically the only people who could really handle the crying the way we could and helped make this all work.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I feel what sets me apart from other businesses that are similar is the fact that I don’t carry a product line, every person is different, have different skin issues and budgets. I use this as an advantage to give a custom skin care routine based on what they need and what fits into their budget. If they already have a skincare routine that works then it leaves the client feeling as if they weren’t pressured into purchasing anything that wasn’t necessary. When I worked at a large waxing chain we were very much under pressure to sell their products and it started to effect the way I felt at my job, I was there to provide a service and recommend a product(s) if they were needed and those specific products didn’t always work for every person and I felt like I was being pressured to be a sales person and not a caring esthetician. I am most excited to see how The Wax Pot grows and where it’s headed, when my youngest attends preschool in October of 2021 I’ll be available full time and can really focus on my business and it’s growth! Starting a business is never really easy and there is a lot of planning and stress that goes into it before you start to see the result of your vision and it continues that way as you grow, I’m very passionate about being an esthetician and I love what I do so to me growing something from love and dedication and continuing to love every step has definitely helped aid in low stress, I enjoy going to work 5 days a week and never dread a day, my clients also aid in me looking forward to going into work as well, you develop great relationships with them and can’t wait to see them again. Some lessons I’ve learned along the way is to take it serious, always educate yourself in your craft and in business, make sure to stay on top of your taxes, inventory, taking continuing education classes etc. you can’t over educate yourself and it will only help in the long run. I would like the world to know that at The Wax Pot they will always feel special and made comfortable whether it’s your first time or 500th time. By getting a customized skincare plan whether it’s for face or body I want them leaving feeling as if they have been educated and confident they are going to get the results they are trying to achieve.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the mountains and nature so I would definitely recommend taking a day trip up there, showing them the beauty and serenity, I would definitely show my friends the amazing small towns and all the cool small business that are there. Boulder is close to where I live so that would be another great place to take a friend and show them the performers on pearl street and all the great places to eat, maybe even a short hike at Chautauqua Park! I also live close to downtown Denver so showing them the city, all the great breweries and shops on the 16th street mall. If there was time we could go to aspen or Estes park and check out everything they have to offer as well, I can literally think of so many things to do that a week long trip is just not enough time!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe a shoutout to my husband Jimmy for being so supportive and as a business owner himself he helped walk me through the process of how to get started and what to do next, he also gave me a loan to started. My family also deserves credit for helping with our kids so I could make this happen, watching our screaming baby so I could get a break, work on my business and helping pick up our older son from school when both of us were working. To this day they are still so supportive and with the help of my mom working from home I am now able to be more flexible in my schedule!