We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Baker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve always wanted to be a boss, I just didn’t know what lane I wanted to be in. The pandemic put my creativity to the test. I have always been into crafts, so Glam Luxe Designs was birthed on Juneteenth of 2020. Glam Luxe Designs specialized in custom tumblers, shirts, badge reels, etc, If I could add epoxy or vinyl I could customize it for you. My business thrived for a while but it wasn’t my passion. In August of last year the real estate industry caught my attention. I started doing research and started looking more into the Airbnb world. I was so intrigued with everything I was researching I was yearning to learn more. One day on TikTok I ran across this young lady from Atlanta who had over 40 Airbnb properties in the time span of 7 months, and she was hosting a masterclass. That same day I bought my ticket and booked my flight. Needless to say, after the class in my hotel room that night Glam Luxe Properties was birthed and I had a well thought out business plan. I was ready to dominate the industry.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the founder and owner of Glam Luxe Properties. I don’t have the cliche story of growing up in a hard lifestyle and finding my way out to success, My parents worked hard to make sure me and my siblings had. We may have not have everything we wanted growing up but we had everything we needed. Seeing how hard my parents worked made me want to be successful even more. I wanted to show them by my success how much I am grateful for the sacrifices they made for me. What sets me apart from others in this business is that I am young in this industry, I am very headstrong and goal driven. If I can see it and believe it, then I can have it. The only thing stopping me from reaching my goals is myself. I have straight tunnel vision when it comes to my goals and life aspirations, I am most proud of myself for completing this goal in such a short time span. Once I created the business plan for Glam Luxe Properties I knew I needed to stand apart from the others. I gave myself 3 months to get everything I needed together for my first property. In a month and a half I had everything I needed to furnish my first property. After returning back home to Houston from Atlanta after the masterclass I had secured my first property in my name in two weeks, I was so determined. It seemed as if everything was moving so fast but it was all coming together like puzzle pieces so I knew God had me on the right path. Not only does Glam Luxe Properties come with a luxury living experience but it also provides a full experience including a personal chef (Good 3ats). The way that I got to where I am now as a business owner is I am a risk taker . I firmly believe scared money don’t make no money. I am very good at saving money and utilizing my finances to support my dreams and aspirations, and having this mindset has put me in rooms with so many people I’ve learned from and networked with. The process wasn’t easy at all, it was a lot of sweat put into building this business, a lot of me having to put my pride to the side and ask for help. One thing I’ve learned through growing my business is it takes a team. My friends, assistant Prechaus Harris and financial consultant Corwin Arceneaux has helped me with so much. I’ve rented so many U hauls I think they know me by heart now. The dedication and determination was there from the beginning to bring my vision to life, and with the help of God, friends and my team I got it done and succeeded. When it came to challenges, there was no challenge that would break me or make me think that I couldn’t do it. I’m a person that is always going to find a way around something. It’s just a hump not a blockage, the challenges that I faced during this process was a learning lesson for my future mentees and myself as I grow. Along with Glam Luxe Properties, Glam Luxe Designs has transitioned from crafts to interior decor. This is something I’ve always loved to do, but never thought about bringing into business. When posting the process of my personal home I received great feedback and people were asking me to help them with their homes as well, Glam Luxe Properties interior decor was done by Glam Luxe Designs. I would like the world to know that this is not the end of what you will be seeing from Ms. Taylor Baker and the Glam Luxe Properties team we are only getting started. We are looking to add to the team so make sure to follow us on social media and look out for what is next to come.
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?
One of my best friends actually stays in Houston, so if we were to plan a day we would start off with brunch at Bar 2200, my fav dish from their brunch menu is catfish and grits. (I am a seafood lover so most of the places will include seafood.) After brunch we would go to a cute selfie museum or a fun escape room in downtown Houston. For lunch we would go to the Famous Turkey Leg Hut, Crafty Crab or my fav 88 boiling on Wilcrest Dr who has the best juiciest and biggest snow crabs you can imagine, After lunch We’ll go to a hookah lounge, one of my favorite spots is Mawal which is right across the street from Prospect Park on Richmond, I enjoy chill vibes and Mawal gives you just that, they have a BYOB option and a private room that can be reserved that has a speaker that plays throughout the room and you can just relax and chill. If you were to visit Mawal during the week you would see college students there doing homework and smoking hookah. After hookah and fun day, we would go home shower and nap and get ready for the night. That night we would go out to a section we had booked at Space or if we are looking for a more chill spot Nomad who also has a BYOB option. Houston has a ton of things to get into and do for all ages and genders. When you visit with you and your bestie make sure to not stay anywhere other than one of the Glam Luxe Rental Properties:)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Number one shoutout would have to be to God, my lord and savior. Last year I’ve learned to accept his path for my life and not my own. Before making a decision, I pray and ask if I am making the right decision if it’s the right decision let it go through if not let it fall and I trust your will is what I always believe. Secondly, I would like to shoutout my parents and siblings, my family is so supportive of all of my dreams. I’m a person who’s always throwing ideas out and they support every single one. My little brother is a photographer and he is always available to help my visions come to life. I would also like to thank my friends for being so supportive in everything I do. They’re always there to lend a helping hand when needed.
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