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Inspiring Conversations with Jesseca Spearmon of Jess Beauty Bar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jesseca Spearmon. 

Hi Jesseca, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I grew up watching my grandmother braid and eventually took on the skill. As a kid, I would practice on dolls’ heads and etc. Once I got to high school, I met a friend who did hair and learned a few different skills from her. I started doing my own hair and close family and friends. Once I graduated high school in 2016, I did hair on the side of working as a CNA. Over the years I always thought about going to school for cosmetology but I was indecisive because I was always set on going into the medical field. After 5 years of working in the medical field, I realized it wasn’t my passion. I took a leap out and decided to create my own business and brand. It was scary going from a 9-5 to being self-employed. It has been a long and challenging road. The hardest part is getting my name out to the world. It’s crazy how many posts or social groups I’m in promoting myself. During this journey, I learned that I am my biggest supporter. When you create a business, you always think family/friends will jump to support you but that is not the reality. Strangers give me the most support. I have about 10 regular clients who have been supporting me for years and I have many new clients whose support is appreciated as well. It has now been a year since I started my business and a little over 6 months since I’ve done it full time and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I make my own schedule, doing what I enjoy to do while making money & I also get to spend more time with my daughter. I am happy that I am able to live to do what I want and am taking the steps to being bigger and more successful. I plan on attending school for cosmetology later in the fall. After I finish school, I plan to continue work in a salon suite and save money and create a business plan to own and operate my own shop. I have come so far within a small amount of time and am excited to see what the future holds. My biggest goal is creating something to leave behind for my children/grandchildren. I have to leave my mark and I can’t stop until that happens. 

Alright, 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?
Some things I struggled with were the days or weeks when business would be slow. Especially when I stopped working, I was depending on appointments to be made since that was my income. I felt down because I started to worry about bills being paid on time. At times I felt like I wanted to give up but eventually, things started to pick up once I started promoting more and created a business page. I knew the more professional I was as in creating a booking site, business page would make people more comfortable with booking my services. I also would give out my business cards when I would be out at stores & etc. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Jess Beauty Bar is my business where I sell bonnets, lashes, and offer hair braiding/styling services. I have a braider license and most of my styles are braids. I also do quick weaves and sew-ins. I do both adult and children’s hair. I think my specialty may be Senegalese twist because it’s my most requested service. But all of my work leaves my clients satisfied. Some of the braids I offer are Senegalese, knotless/box braids, bobs, ponytails, and etc. I think what sets me apart is I care about my client’s satisfaction and how they feel. If my clients have any issues, I am quick to get anything resolved. I am also a perfectionist and will do a braid-over if there’s anything wrong. I also keep my prices reasonable in a range that I would pay for the style. I believe having your hair done should be affordable for everyone while also getting great quality for the service done. I am most proud of my feedback from my clients. I get a lot of new clients because they are recommended. I want people to know that I am a driven business owner and I not only care about my business growth but my clients as well because without them I would have not come this far. 

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
In 5-10 years, I expect to have my shop open and running. I want to offer positions to females who have a similar story and goal to myself. Also offering barbers a position as well. I want to have more than one location and eventually moved out of state and see my business grow. 

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