Submitted by Maria Janotta, Associate Director of Career Services
Erin Alama has always had a passion for helping others feel better through massage, and she likes interacting with people. Erin and her sister had always wanted to open their own business together, so Erin decided to enroll at Minnesota School of Business to earn her massage therapy degree. They decided to open a salon and spa business where Erin would do massage and her sister would do hair.
Erin and her sister opened up Tangles Salon and Spa in Annandale, Minn., this past summer. Erin said that she couldn’t have gotten to where she is today without the knowledge and skills she learned at MSB, as well as help from all of her family, as it was a time-consuming process.
She didn’t expect to become her own boss so soon after school. She thought she would work in a chiropractic office or some kind of wellness center first. She says she would have enjoyed that as well, but she really enjoys being able to make her own schedule and being able to make her own decisions.
Erin plans on being a part of Tangles Salon and Spa for a long time and growing the business as a team together. She wants to eventually expand the business and have a variety of services so that everyone can experience their calm and inviting atmosphere. Her goal is to keep building a strong clientele for years to come.
Erin has great advice for MSB massage students. She says, “Study and really pay attention in all of your classes.” She also recommends having flashcards for Anatomy and Physiology classes and Medical Terminology. She adds, “Overall, don’t stress out too much about tests. As long as you study, you’re okay.”