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Desired Nails and Massage - Client Profile

August 15, 2018

  • LaShawnda Johnson greets SBLC students at Desired Nails and Massage Spa.
    Nina Johnson

LaShawnda Johnson, the owner of Desired Nails and Massage began down the path towards owning her own small business after renting space in a nail salon. She had dreamed of becoming a massage therapist, and after practicing her craft for several years, she not only learned a lot about massage therapy & nails, but came to discover that she loved the work and wanted to start her own business.

LaShawnda’s favorite part about being a small business owner is the flexibility that it provides, and the opportunities that have opened up to her through getting connected with her community. In becoming a business owner, she felt many of the same organizational, financial, and legal challenges that most small businesses face. Her advice to new business owners is to reach out to other owners and to not be afraid to break the barrier of your comfort zone.

The SBLC Intern Program worked with Desired Nails and Massage this summer. Interns helped LaShawnda establish the LLC properly and reviewed her independent contractor agreement. She expressed gratitude to the clinic for helping her gain a better understanding of the legal responsibilities she has as a small business owner.

LaShawnda’s current goals are to continue to build her client list and she is looking forward to becoming even more involved in community events. If you get a chance, stop by Desired Nails and Massage for nail or massage services. It is located at 1710 N Lombard St, a few blocks from I-5.