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The Vanity Van Tans, LLC

Name: Holly Freeman

Location: bell canyon, CA 

Type of Business:
Mobile salon specializing in organic airbrush tans

What does your business do?
Organic airbrush tanning, we bring the salon to you. All of the equipment that makes for a flawless tan in a mobile salon. Specializing in house calls, events, and weddings.

When and why did you start the biz?
I am very fair and I always felt better with a spray tan. Then after 12 years of a career I did not like, I was laid off. I decided to go for my idea of a mobile salon where I could make other people feel beautiful with a healthy glow. The salon took me 8 months of hard work, old vendor donations of materials, and friends help.

How Many People are in your Company?

Where's your office?
I am mobile. I go where there is a need.

What's the toughest part of running your biz?
So far it has been completing the van (salon). Custom fabrication and marketing.

What's the most fun part?
I love to make my clients happy. When they tell me they love their tan it makes me happy.

Anything you would have done differently?
I would have researched the van more before buying it. It is brand new $33k vehicle and has had so many issues that I had to hire an attorney for the lemon law.

What's next on the horizon for your biz?
I want to finish my van (custom generator box and alarm system) and pay for some google ads. I am starting to get some work through networking and my flyers.

What advice do you have for others?
Never give up. I have had so many obstacles but if you want something bad enough, keep trying and working hard for it. Do a lot of research. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Don't listen to negativity

How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I am not sure yet. I just signed up for this site but I look forward to using it as a resource for my biz.

School (where, still in school, degree)?
I obtained certification for airbrush tanning

Prior jobs or business?
I was in property management for 12 years. My last position was Director of Operations and I had 50 employees.

Favorite Food?
Sushi or anything spicy

Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?
I was laid off and it pushed me to do something that I always wanted to do. Now I love everyday. I wake up and get to do two things I truly enjoy: Nanny for babies while I build my biz.

Anyone you publicly want to thank?
Vito Montagna who took me into his lovely home and has supported me in many ways and treats me like I am his daughter. And my friends Kasey & Evan for being there for me at my lowest point and also for taking me in. There are a few more but I could not have done this without them.

Contact Info:
Holly Freeman
234 bell canyon rd
bell canyon, CA 91307



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