With today’s economy, jobs are scarce. No matter what the news reports as the number jobs available, you and I know it’s different when you walk outside your door. You can’t help but think, ‘Really? Where’s that at?’ Over the past few years, I have heard and seen countless numbers of friends who have lost their jobs due to company downsizing, budget cuts, and various other reasons. They have had to fight for unemployment and take jobs with major pay cuts in order to make ends meet. Or worse, if they still have a job, the amount of hours worked is cut drastically, reducing the amount of their take-home pay.
Let’s be real: having skills outside of just having a degree is what it takes to make it today.
Being able to make a living performing services no one thinks about and owning your own business while doing so is how many people are finding a way to pay their bills. Skills such as auto mechanics, auto glass technicians, artists, musicians, landscapers, maintenance, you name it, there’s probably a very talented and traditionally unemployed person who has the skill, could not find work with a big company anymore, and decided to open their own business.
Entrepreneurship is nothing new. Women have been entrepreneurs in jobs you may not have thought of: beauticians, cosmetologist, seamstresses, daycare providers, caterers, party planners, beauty consultants (Mary Kay, Avon), the list goes one.
And, in the case of Yasmine Phillips, Fashion Consultant.
Yasmine comes from a family of entrepreneurs. Her parents have owned a Bed and Breakfast Hotel for several years. They put her through college to get her Business Degree in the hope of having her take over the business when they retire. For the past three years, she’s been in charge of the second Phillips’ Family Inn, and has been responsible for training her brother, Brandon, to manage the third location that will be opening soon. She’s good at her job and loves working for her family.
But, hotel management is not what she wants to do with the rest of her life.
Like most of use, she aspires to do more than follow in her families footsteps. She has goals of owning her own business and helping women dress to look their best, no matter what the occasion. She gives back to her community by participating in the Dress for Success program for underprivileged woman looking to enter the job market, as well as private consultations for clients of the hotel where she works.
When Yasmine approaches her family with the idea of starting her own business, the results are not what she expects. Their lack of support leads her to having to rely on herself to see her dream to fruition. The choices she makes introduce the possibility of a future she’d given up on.
Jaded, Book Two of the Butterfly Memoirs, Available March 2013 from 5 Prince Publishing
A devastating breakup leaves Yasmine Phillips in shambles. Unable to trust another man with her heart, she focuses on the one thing she can control—starting her own business.
When her computer crashes, taking months of hard work with it, she must rely on computer genius Zachariah Givens to save her. A complete opposite of men from her past, she doesn’t expect the passion that ensues. But just as she finds happiness, she learns the truth about the other women in Zachariah’s life.
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