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Life and Work with Jessica Fields

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Fields.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Originally, I did not intend to start a business. I started making skin care products specifically for myself while I was attending Howard University located in Washington, D.C., back in 2004. I have extremely dry skin, so I was looking for relief for my own skin during the harsh winter months. I started making products that my friends and family enjoyed. I was encouraged to start selling these products.

I began to research more and more on how to properly care for your skin. During this process, my skin care line grew along with my customer base. I participated in Farmers Markets, Pop-Up Shops, and Bazaars to sell my products.

It never failed every event I attended, people would ask, “Are you a licensed Esthetician?” or “Can you take a look at my skin and tell me what I should do or use?” In 2018, I decided to go ahead and step further into my business by becoming a Licensed Esthetician. I must admit, it was not an easy task, but I am beyond grateful for all that I learned during my time in school.

I am now running my own spa called J Fields Co & Spa. We offer natural and organic facials, luxury skin care products, waxing, and specialty body services. My goal is to help you look and feel your best while reaching your skin care goals.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, it has not always been an easy road. I built my business from scratch when I was just 18 years old. I made mistakes and I learned a lot along the way. I would say my biggest challenges were funding my business, creating a reliable team, and comparing myself to other businesses or other people.

I wanted to build my business debt free so I self-funded the business through a day job. I had to learn how and when was the best time to spend money and what to spend money on for the business. I learned this through creating a vision and developing a business plan. I set goals and steadily worked towards those goals.

My second biggest challenge was creating a reliable business team. I participated in many different events over the years and needed help to package products, process orders, and answer client questions. I found my biggest help was in my sister. She was willing to work with me in my business like this was her very own passion.

The last challenge I had to deal with was always comparing myself to other people and other businesses. For example, I could look at social media and say he or she looks so successful and then I would doubt myself. I had to learn that everything is not as it seems on social media or even in person. I had to learn to focus on me and my business. I had to ask for that sale, I had to promote myself, and I had to believe in myself!

My biggest advice to other women, particularly younger women is to believe in yourself no matter what and surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed. I finally have an awesome team and encourage everyone to get a team too.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a licensed esthetician who has been crafting luxury skin care products for nearly 15 years. I am the founder and owner of J Fields Co & Spa. We offer natural and organic facials, waxing and specialty services.

I am most proud of the longevity of my business. I am proud to say over the last 15 years, I have had some very loyal clients who were just as excited about the growth of my business as I was! My clients supported me through words and continued to support by purchasing products and booking services.

I believe what sets me apart from others is that I truly have a passion for skin. I want to help you look and feel your best while reaching your skin goals!

Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
I feel like there are many women who sometimes don’t want to recommend other businesses in our industry because they are concerned you may be taking money out of their pocket. The beauty industry is huge. In 2018, 17.5 billion dollars was spent in the Beauty and Spa industry worldwide. Of that amount, 7.77 billion was spent in the Beauty and Spa industry in the United States. Trust me, there are enough clients and money to go around.

I believe in networking and referring to other spas and spa professionals as necessary. If I am booked and a client needs a service I should be able to call a colleague and say please take care of this client. As women business owners, we need to be able to support one another and lift each other up. It is not a competition, we can all reach the top!

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