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Conversations with the Inspiring Brytwauna Tang

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brytwauna Tang.

Brytwauna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have many hats. I come from a single-parent household. Oldest of three. I was laid off from my youth services job after eight years and was lost in the sauce as they say. I stumbled upon a franchisee tax firm that was looking for a manager… I fell in love with the hustle and bustle and also loved helping my clients. I help them by educating them and keeping them on track. After seven years, I took the leap and branched out on my own to be my own tax preparation service. From then on, I soared. I have always been a pillar in the community so the support was tremendous. My brand is Tangmade the tax lady because my last name is Tang and I made myself “Tangmade”. I was always a fan of Bob Marley and his words always stick with me. He says there was no meaning until the Marley name until I made it. That’s inspired me to brand ME, Myself tang! I still am able to run a successful business, teach my crown up girls group, and work with youth mentorship, I can give you a list of what I do and you’d be amazed. I’m went to a local high school “Maryvale” that does not hold such a good reputation. Still rose.

When you hear Tang, you think about the fruit flavored drink. Tang is more than just a drink! Most people are not aware of the Tang Dynasty. The Tang Dynasty was involved in the first printing of paper money and some of the first notes were also created by the Tang Dynasty. At the end of the Tang Dynasty, traders deposited their values with corporations. I am a Tang and I would like you to consider letting me handle your finances. I am a Financial Management Specialist with a master’s degree in management. I have been in the accounting industry for over eight years. I have worked with individuals one on one, businesses, and franchises around the US. My goal is to keep you on track with finances. Whether you need assistant with taxes, credit restoration, employees, research or a jump start to your business, I can help you coordinate as I am diverse in multiple areas. Please contact me so I can make all your financial nightmares turn into dreams.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Struggles.

I think the biggest challenge is to rise up again after a major failure. You dream… the whole life and creation is full of alternating happiness and misery. I started my journey with a mobile app called jail stamp. The first go around, the creator stole thousands of dollars without creating. The second issue was after the app launched ther was no contract with my business partner and since it was his idea, he wanted it back. So, a business lesson learned is not to do business with handshakes, promises and no business plan.

Corporate America. I am a young black woman with a master’s and found myself settling for less.

Mindset is my biggest struggle. I consider myself to be a teacher of motivation but lacked motivating myself, I was complacent but not happy. We are always in a rush, rush, rush when starting a business, but they take time. The average business takes three years to actually make a profit. Once I took that leap, I soared. I had much support from friends, family and community because I have always given good energy out to the universe and now it was repaying me.

Another elephant in the room is not just being a woman, but being a young black woman. “An entrepreneur is someone who will jump off a cliff and assemble an airplane on the way down.”

But for black women entrepreneurs, “they do it with only a toothpick and a napkin.” Black women entrepreneurs lack the resources and capital to launch, yet we rise. I’m still a one man show but in the near future, I will grow my brand into a storefront. I’m always in research mode because I don’t know who to go to, where to go and what organizations are out there that can support me. I have a few but they are limited.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I am known for just being me. Come in and let’s just talk. I’m a tax counselor and educator. I make my clients feel comfortable and as well as educate them on what I am doing. I turn around my screen and give them breakdowns so they understand why

I’m known for Tang the lady who does everything. I am a student, a legal shield associate, photographer, movie producer, youth coordinator all while still working in corporate America at the children’s hospital. If you need something and I don’t know a resource I know someone who has a resource. I know someone who knows someone.

What sets me apart. I’m just me. I don’t portray to be anything else but myself. I am her and she is me. I am an open book. I love to travel, do open mics, attend arch wood marketplace, mentor and be an aunt to my niece. People see me everywhere networking and that helps build trust in my community. Trust is a big issue with tax preparation because someone will run off with your refund or even personal information. If you see me out all the time, you know where to find me.

You don’t have to be scared of the IRS. Just respond.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Be who you are. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone. Schools no for everyone, corporate America not for everyone. Move at your pace and don’t let anyone give you advice on your path as it’s your path. Their chapter may not have started like yours, so your page turns differently. Appreciate your small steps. Have a plan and be comfortable to move at your pace. I sue to be upset, it took so long to leap to entrepreneurship but realized the universe spins and my speed. It’s not a race. Educate yourself and READ, READ, READ.

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Brytwauna tang, liberty tax

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