Melanie Phillips is the Jane of All Trades! She is unapologetically showing up in her greatness in every area of her life! A serial entrepreneuress by all definitions. Salon owner, hair distributor, author, mentor and coach are just a few names that are associated with this beauty! We were happy to chip it up with her and learn why people can’t get enough of this phenomenon!
Please introduce yourself to our reading audience
My name is Melanie D. Phillips. I am the mother of 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter and the grandmother of 4 grandchildren, 3 boys and a girl. I am an author, entrepreneur, visionary, and CEO of Destiny Discovered Publishing. Also, I’m a member of the National Association of Professional Women, a licensed cosmetologist and I’m the owner-operator of a hair salon.
How many businesses do you have and what are they?
I have two businesses and two foundations.
The first business is Dvine Hair & Extensions Hair Salon and Boutique where we take care of all your haircare needs. The second business is Destiny Discovered Publishing Company, the company turns a manuscript into a book and then it makes the book a reality by introducing it to the public. Also, I have two Foundations. One is Strengthen The Bond – Strengthen The Bond is an organization that offers opportunities and outlets for mothers and daughters to connect, grow, heal and celebrate each other while strengthening their bond. The other foundation is The Mouth of Babes. The Mouth Of Babes is a two-fold organization: The Mouth Of Babes is comprised of The Mouth Of Babes Books which is a series of books penned by Author Melanie D. Phillips. Also, the organization is designed to bring youth ages 13-18 together to share their experiences, display their artistic and entrepreneurial gifts and to cultivate positive connections amongst their peers.
What made you want to become an entrepreneur?
I became an entrepreneur to be in control of my own destiny and to help serve others while at the same time create a legacy for my family.
What has been one of your greatest challenge as an entrepreneur?
My greatest challenge is finding dependable talent to fit in with our already established culture. Most of the stylists that work for Dvine Hair are general contractors with a clientele. But new stylists that are looking to expand their business want to create their own hours. In order to expand one must be at the salon and advertise their services as if they were working a nine to five. The customers may call in and/or walk in to be serviced. However, if the stylist hours are not aligned with the customers then there’s no way the stylist can grow their customer base. Therefore, in order to get new clients, one must be at work to service the clients.
What direction do you feel that we as women in business can do to continue to trailblaze for the next generation of women in business?
I would say as an entrepreneur and/or a woman in business start inspiring and mentoring young ladies as early as middle or high school. Impart words of wisdom into their lives and don’t be scared to share your struggles, failures, as well as your success stories. Because mistakes are inevitable and failing at some point will happen. Allow the young ladies to shadow you at your business and give them as much insight as possible. Teach them as much as you can.
Do you have any final words that you would like to share with the reading audience?
I would like to say to all future entrepreneurs that starting a business is rewarding but it can be challenging. It requires motivation, hard work, and commitment. Also, consider choosing a business that you’re passionate about so that you will enjoy what you do. Lastly, I would say to network as much as you can and surround yourself with like-minded individuals.
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