Unemployed Entrepreneur  or CEO?

Unemployed Entrepreneur or CEO?

Navigating the world as an unemployed entrepreneur sounds like a riddle, doesn't it? Yet, that's precisely where I find myself. Let me walk you through my journey. Back in 2021, I embarked on the adventure of starting my own company called More Than A Minority. The mission was clear: to offer vital college and career services to my community, especially during the challenging times of the pandemic. Simultaneously, I was deeply involved as a public health expert, battling the pandemic on the front lines. My therapist jokingly (or maybe not so jokingly) labeled me a workaholic, and honestly, she might have a point.

 More Than A Minority wasn't just a business venture; it was a passion project born out of a desire to empower and uplift those around me. The convergence of public health and education seemed like the perfect avenue to make a meaningful impact. However, as noble as the intentions were, reality hit hard. Love and passion don't pay the bills, as they say.

Despite successfully assisting hundreds of individuals in accessing college and career opportunities, I often find myself feeling like a paradoxical figure—an unemployed entrepreneur. In the early days, I funded the venture with my own resources, but it became glaringly evident that this wasn't a sustainable model. So, I rolled up my sleeves and overhauled the business strategy, albeit with gradual progress.

Yet, the harsh truth remains: More Than A Minority hasn't yet reached the point where it can support me full-time. Thus, my days blur into 12 to 16-hour marathons, split between managing the company and scouring for job opportunities. It's exhausting, to say the least. But amidst the fatigue, I've learned to cherish the small victories.

Recently, there have been some significant milestones to celebrate. More Than A Minority officially earned its 501(c)(3) non-profit status—an achievement that signifies progress, even when it feels like nothing is moving. Additionally, we unveiled our revamped website at morethanaminority.org, a testament to our commitment to growth and accessibility.

These wins, though modest in the grand scheme, fill me with pride and renewed determination. Looking ahead, I'm eager to forge partnerships and solidify More Than A Minority's sustainability. Quitting has never been an option for me. Every milestone reached chips away at that label of "unemployed entrepreneur," reaffirming my role as the CEO of a venture driven by purpose and resilience.

Thanks For Reading, 

Jasmine Walker  | Chief Executive Officer | More Than A Minority 


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