From Unit Secretary to Licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist
This week’s launch story highlights EmployedPreneur Brandy Jackson.
EmployedPreneur Business: CEO and Founder of Dolled Up Lash & Wax Boutique.
Day Job: Unit Secretary at Baylor Medical Center.
Brandy’s Elevator Pitch: I am a licensed esthetician, makeup artist, and lash extensionist. My business is a Lash and Wax Boutique which provides services such as lash extensions, full body waxing and makeup art.
Why she loves it: I have a passion for the beauty industry and I love to transform someone’s look by adding eyelash extentions and applying makeup. The funnest part is the transformation. One of my favorite things to do is waxing and sculpting eyebrows; they are the frame of the face.
Biggest challenge to getting started: My biggest challenge to get started was finding the time and energy. I work overnight at the hospital so mixing my schedule is not easy especially while being a wife and a mother too.
Advice to other EmployedPreneurs: One thing that I am glad I did was join a mastermind group. I would advise anyone to do this because it is not only an investment for your business but an investment in yourself.
2 -3 resources or tools that have helped your business: Launch While Working has been a tremendous inspiration for me. The emails and articles helped motivate me to keep going.
As for organization, Schedulicity is a great tool to invest in. It helps to keep track and set a specific schedule for marketing and events. You can go to schedulicity.com for more information.
How did you/do you manage work/business/family? Managing work, business and family is no easy task. I work three twelve hour shifts a week at the hospital and will be working four days a week at the boutique. I make sure to set at least one day per week as a family day only, usually doing something that’s fun even if we just go to dinner. I make sure to have date nights with my husband also. And everyday while making dinner I will be helping with homework at the same time. I try to make every little thing a family project so no one feels neglected.
What motivated you to start your business? I have always wanted to start my own business. I knew this was what I wanted to do since I was a young girl. When the hospital cut everyone’s hours, everyone started looking for second jobs including me. When I was unsuccessful, I then made the decision to do what I always wanted to do, which was open a lash and wax boutique. I was so scared but after praying and meditating about it, I gained the courage to do it.