"Who's Hot?" Interview
By: Omar Cook
This week’s “Who’s Hot?” Entrepreneur of the Week is Lexus Thomas, owner of Allure Bundles and InspirHER Life Coaching! Lexus hails from Louisiana where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Southern University A&M College (Baton Rouge) and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Walden University (Minneapolis, MN).
After finishing school, she decided to further her knowledge by getting a certification in Life Coaching (MBCT). Lexus spends a lot of time on personal and professional development for herself and others. Her goal is to assist in changing someone’s life for the betterment of their future. She also strives to assist with self-examination and exploration formulating action plans and setting goals in all aspects of their lives.
We talked with Lexus Thomas in an exclusive interview, check it out below!
QUESTION: What sparked you to start your business? How did the idea come about?
Lexus Thomas: The many different passions in my life are the reasons I started my own businesses. I turned a few of my favorite hobbies into generated incomes. I love hair extensions, so Allure Bundles was born; I love thrift shopping, then came Something Thrift’d Online Thift Store; and my love for helping others sparked up InspirHER Life Coaching (along with a host of other professions that I do).
QUESTION: What advice would you give to young people looking to start their own business?
Lexus Thomas: To all young people looking to start your own business, YOU CAN DO IT! To do it successfully, you will need a game plan. First, find a mentor, someone that can give you business advice. Second, do your research! Third, focus on your product, execution, building your brand and customer service. Finally, step out on faith! Don’t let any negative energy deter you from following your dreams and try not to tell a lot of people until you’re done with preparation.
QUESTION: What are some of the necessary skills that you've seen are needed to run a successful business?
Lexus Thomas: Communication, professionalism, customer service, determination, lack of procrastination and a firm attitude.
QUESTION: What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them?
Lexus Thomas: One specific failure I’ve encountered was paying so much for postage at the beginning, I was being overcharged by FedEx for almost a year before I realized that I didn’t have to ship thru them and that USPS would be my best friend. Also, I think consulting with more business mentors would’ve helped me a little more but in all, it’s been an amazing journey.
QUESTION: How do you define success and what motivates you?
Lexus Thomas: Success is defined by how bad you want it, simply put. Your success is defined by you and you only. God, my family, my drive and determination is what motivates me everyday to succeed. I want to be the BEST Lexus that I can be in life and show others that they can do it too!
QUESTION: What are the overall goals for your business and what purpose do you want it to serve?
Lexus Thomas: Honestly, my overall business goals are to generate as much income as possible, become an expert at everything I do, and inspire others to do the same!
QUESTION: How do you build a successful customer base and how do you go about marketing your business??
Lexus Thomas: I am building a successful customer base by selling quality products and possessing great customer service. I market my business on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (FREE FREE FREE). I also pay celebrities for promo and do paid promotions through social media and host pop up shops.
QUESTION: What makes your brand stand out from others in your niche?
Lexus Thomas: My brand stands out because I work very hard to engage with my customers and I always have a sale! My prices are low, and my quality is great, so it keeps them coming back.
QUESTION: Do you believe there is a formula to being a successful entrepreneur?
Lexus Thomas: The formula is simply stepping out on faith, believing in yourself, knowing that every small victory is just like a big one when you’re an entrepreneur. It’s a step up your ladder to success and it’s all what you make of it. Don’t be afraid to fail, that’s the only way you’ll fly.
QUESTION: What is your favorite aspect of being a business owner?
Lexus Thomas: My favorite aspect is the creative part! I love coming up with sales and ideas for pop up shops or new ways to engage new and existing customers. I get all excited when I show others what I’ve come up with. I got skills lol.
QUESTION: What sacrifices have you had to make to keep your business running?
Lexus Thomas: Missing out on a lot of sleep, mental breaks, taking risks and not knowing the outcome and money but that’s a part of the process.
QUESTION: What company or business do you admire most other than yours and why?
Lexus Thomas: I have a few; Kay & Co, KAlexis, Kouture, Kaleidoscope by Judy, and The Crayon Case by Supa Cent. All 4 of these young black women entrepreneurs are from Louisiana that set the standard for a lot of us and proved that now we all can make it happen! I also admire singer/songwriter Kissie Lee’s (Atlanta) work ethic! She is a true hustler and she doesn’t give up no matter what!
QUESTION: Where do you see yourself and your business in 10 years?
Lexus Thomas: In 10 years I see my businesses steadily growing and thriving with God on my side!