We had the good fortune of connecting with Carly Frei and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carly, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As a spray tan customer, I know first hand how difficult it can be to find a company that you trust and love. I decided to start Glow Boss because I know what our market is looking for. Convenience being the big attraction, I wanted to start a company that is solely mobile so that our clients can feel comfortable in their own homes. I knew that this would separate us from other spray tanning companies and this was what motivated me the most, knowing that I had something unique that our clients would fall in love with.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started Glow Boss when I was 19 years old and a student at the College of Charleston. I have always been obsessed with skin care and could never tan naturally! Spray tanning made me feel confident and healthy because I always had a natural glow but was saving my skin at the same time! I was shocked when I discovered the first mobile spray tan service and knew that I had to open my own in Charleston. In my first year, I completed over 300 tans. They are organic, vegan, doctor-formulated and extremely natural looking. People were HOOKED and couldn’t believe how real they looked and how non-sticky or smelly they were. Right away, I knew I was onto something. Girls from all over began reaching out about how they wanted to offer this service to men and women at their college campuses. From there I rebranded the company to Glow Boss. An all-organic, vegan, mobile spray tanning service located on college campuses all across the country. We now have over 50 Glow Bosses at over 20 colleges and 5 cities! Starting any business is scary and there is so much room for error especially when you have so much responsibility. So far, it has been smooth and there haven’t been any major issues, however, there are definitely many struggles that I face along the way. One thing that can get overwhelming is managing all of my employees and keeping that personal relationship with each and every one. Our team is growing like crazy and a personal relationship with each Glow Boss is extremely important to me and I will never lose that no matter how big our team gets, even if it means having to be on my phone all day!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I love having friends visit me so I have an excuse to act like a tourist! Anytime I have friends visit we always start with a hike to show them the city views and the amazing sunsets Los Angeles has to offer. Being from the east coast, the weather makes me wanna be outside as much as I can so I always take my friends to rooftop bars and restaurants. I love how you can be in the city surrounded my skyscrapers one minute and then staring out at the ocean the next. It’s so different from the east coast so I try and show my friends all the amazing things California has to offer.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to dedicate this shoutout to my parents! My parents have helped me every step of the way and there is no way that Glow Boss would exist without their continued support. My mom helped me come up with the idea and my dads entrepreneurship skills helped me deal with the business side. They are such a power couple and keep me motivated every single day!
Instagram: @glowboss.co @carlyjfrei