Cape Cod Nail Company is a mobile nail salon providing manicures and pedicures for groups and parties. They specialize in weddings, birthdays, and events; bringing people together one manicure at a time! Sarah Mason, the owner told us all about them in an interview and what they provide. The company provides only natural nail manicures and pedicures and strive for an experience that will leave you confident, beautiful, and inspired! Cape Cod Nail Co. is most recently recognized for our polish line! The polish is "9 Free", made in USA, hand bottled, cruelty free, and boasts a high shine, quick dry, long lasting wear. We are Cape inspired with names including "Did the rotary confuschia?", "Stay off the dunes", and "Lifeguard on duty"!
You recently responded to our CC entrepreneur post, what is your big picture for yourself for your entrepreneurial endeavors?
"My big picture is creating a business that gives back to our clients, nail techs, and the community. I want to change the way people experience the nail salon by creating a social outlet that brings people together as they check that beauty task off their list. My big dream is to have teams of techs servicing all corners of the state!
What kind of education and training did you have to undergo?
"I have held a nail license for about 12 years. I have zero background or education in business. I learn as I go through trial and error and trust my instinct! When in doubt, I reach out to my tribe..go straight to the source to feel out my next moves!"
What initially motivated you to want to become a business owner?
"The idea of going mobile evolved organically when all of my friends started getting married, asking me to do their nails for their weddings. It was a lot of fun! Going to their house, hanging out, painting nails...and getting paid! When the state board officially passed mobile services, I knew this is what I wanted to do. Originally I planned on this being something fun I could do on the side while raising my two boys. I quickly realized there is a huge gap in this industry. No one was doing exactly what I wanted to do. I had all these ideas, becoming a business owner was my only option! Thus, Cape Cod Nail Company was born!"
What would you say sets you apart from other Nail Salons- that you will always offer?
"The thing that sets us apart is that we are completely mobile! We are not a brick and mortar salon. Cape Cod Nail Company is the only mobile nail salon operating in the greater Cape Cod area. We get calls from Boston, Rhode Island, North of Boston, and Western Mass. Our nail polish line is also one of a kind. We're the only Cape Cod locally themed nail polish!"
Why are you so passionate about what you do?
"I love being on the road, working in different places all the time. I have met some amazing people and seen parts of the Cape I didn't know existed. It makes me appreciate the Cape even more (maybe the traffic a little less but hey, it comes with the territory!). I'm also very invested in what the future could mean for nail techs in general. I think being mobile is a huge opportunity for techs to be their own boss, work independently, and have a flexible schedule that allows them to pursue their passions and commitments while earning a living. And its just fun! All of our clients are celebrating something, everyone is happy and having a good time. It's really amazing."
What do you see as your biggest challenge?
"My biggest challenge is going to be about getting out of my own way. Sometimes it's really scary putting yourself out there, it's the only way to grow. I like to procrastinate to avoid being uncomfortable. I have to remind myself that building a brand and a business takes time, and to enjoy the little successes along the way. Balancing how much time I spend behind the scenes and on site is also very challenging. I love working events but realize I can't do it all."
What do you see as your biggest success?
"My biggest success...I want to say the polish line. It's really crazy going into a store and seeing your product on the shelves. Then I think about my team and how much this has grown in such a short period of time. I couldn't do this without my team. But on a more personal level and this still hasn't sunk in yet...I just won a pitch contest which is hugely amazing. I stood in front of a panel of judges (their motto is "shark tank without the teeth", still terrifying haha), pitched my business as the wild card draw out of a hat, and ended up winning the first place prize. Biggest personal success so far!"
What is one piece of advice or helpful hint that you would give individuals who want to get started as an entrepreneur in the future?
"A piece of advice I would give to a future entrepreneur would be...don't be afraid to start your adventure! Take it one step at a time, learn from your mistakes, you will make them big and/or small, it's going to happen! Stay true to your vision but be flexible. If something isn't working, come up with a new plan. Surround yourself with people who are a couple steps ahead of you. When you are always looking up, it's impossible to fall behind!"
So now the real question is....where will you be going for your next mani pedi appointment? ;)
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