We had the good fortune of connecting with Roma Singh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roma, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve always been obsessed with fragrance(my perfume collection is always growing) I wanted to create my own signature fragrance line but I knew labs would cost a lot of money – that I didn’t have. One day when I was at my retail job, a lightbulb went off. I thought “ I could make candles!!!” That evening I went home and watched a lot of videos so I started to google all of my questions and I felt ready! I then ordered supplies and never looked back
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
ROMAASINGH began six years ago in NYC. I was working part time on my buisness at the time. I was working full time as an assistant store manager doing retail in Manhattan. I always dreamt and made a goal that one day I will work for myself and be my own boss. I decided to take a big risk with my partner and we moved to Charlotte, NC. Charlotte is known for small businesses so I was very excited to be a part of a community that thrives supporting its fellow neighbors. When Covid hit in 2020, I was laid off from my Retail job until further notice. I used that opportunity to hustle harder than I ever before and put everything into my business. I viewed this opportunity as a “blessing in disguse.” I thought when would I have an opportunity like this again … where I am able to be fully dedicated. That is when I stuck to my core and said no more. I then dediced I wasn’t going to go back to work for someone. I was going to do whatever it took to be my own boss. I have been full time as of March 2020, finally living one of my biggest goals!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I absolutely love living in Charlotte, NC. It is such a beautiful city. I love the southern hospitality, the food, the manicured trees, and the beautiful skies. Our family comes to stay with us at least once a year. One of my favorite restaurants is Hawkers Asian Street Food. It is so delicious. For an outdoor bar and games, I love going to Pins Mechanical. The atmosphere is great and the cocktails are great! For outdoor activities, we enjoy going on hikes. We are so close to the mountains and North Carolina has some beautiful mountains to hike all year round. Another great outdoor activity we’ve done recently for the first time is tubing. We tube from the top of the dam in the Catawba River which took us about 3.5 hours to float. This experience has been so relaxing and peaceful. You are truly one with the river.
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My support system has been incredible. When ROMAASINGH began, I started to make candles in my parent’s kitchen when I lived at home. My family supported me from day one. In 2017 my Fiance Brandon and I moved to Charlotte, NC to begin our adult life, together. Brandon has been one of my biggest supporters thus far. He helps me when I am in need of lifting heavy boxes, packing orders, labeling, dropping off packages, you name it- I can always count on him.