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Rising Stars: Meet Etta Young

Today we’d like to introduce you to Etta Young.

Hi Etta, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My story starts with my love of people while growing up in Ghana, West Africa. I am the daughter of a Nigerian-Ghanaian father and a Liberian mother. In 1995, I moved to charming Baltimore, Maryland, and have established my life here. I have always desired to be an employer (entrepreneur), working for myself. My career goal has always been to own a business that serves others (customer relations). This career objective led me to work as a beautician. Besides doing hair and makeup, I found interacting with my clients most rewarding. Eventually, I became a salon manager. Managing the Salon gave me the confidence to branch off and start my own business.

I have always had a love for real estate. I would drive around to new constructions and pretend to be a buyer. I would then come home dreaming of becoming a real estate investor. In 2019, I decided that Real Estate is what I wanted to do, and I became a licensed realtor in Maryland. Being a realtor allows me to continue serving people while enjoying the interactions that being a service producer brings. I love the flexibility of making my schedule, allowing me to travel the world and continue my love for working/supporting nonprofit organizations and serving my community when needed.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
The biggest challenge that I’ve experienced is being a small business owner. It is hard not to get the support you need to manage home life while growing your business. It is challenging being a small business owner and solely depending on oneself. My past challenges prepared me for my new journey and career path as a realtor. It can be tricky in the real estate market’s ups and downs, with different buyers, sellers, and investors. Being a successful entrepreneur takes a lot of hard work. It doesn’t matter what industry; starting a business will mean long hours and lots of blood, sweat, and tears. As a Realtor, uncertainty about your income, a lack of benefits, a decline in housing values, and the risks of meeting strangers in vacant homes can make real estate a stressful and dangerous occupation.

Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I have always wanted to work for myself. And in 2019, I took a leap of faith to become a realtor and started my nonprofit organization. Without knowing, COVID-19 was around the corner. COVID-19 placed me in a risky position of not having a regular income for two and half years. Once a creative entrepreneur, the idea of finding multiple streams of revenue plays a role. Real estate is a person-to-person service, and being unable to work and serve my clients was very difficult. But I persevered by taking time to educate myself more about real estate and how I can build a successful business. My perspective on how I think about risk is that one must take a chance to find the true purpose and call in life. A life of safety is boring for entrepreneurs who want to excel and grow their businesses.

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Judah avenue photography the first photograph.

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