Author Serena Holmes has been through a lot in her life, as portrayed in THE ACCIDENTAL ENTREPRENEUR: Turning Tragedy into Triumph to Embrace my Destiny in Entrepreneurship which reads as part-memoir, part-nuts and bolts business book. Beginning with childhood abuse, some mentally unstable parenting, and the awful death of a brother, Holmes outlines the many jobs she took on in order to leave the struggles of early life behind en route to becoming a self-styled, private enterprise, thriving entrepreneur. While still in high school, Holmes initially took a job as receptionist at a swanky gym, which led to meeting tons of new people. Then she became a promotional model, handing out product samples at events. This led to “working stags,” selling things like Joker Poker and raffle tickets to raise money for grooms in the process of getting married. All of which eventually headed her career trajectory towards partnering and later taking over Tigris Personnel, an event staffing agency.
Encouraging readers who may also be embarking upon some form of self-employed adventure, the author pays close attention to mistakes made, outlining valuable lessons learned by trial and error along the way. Lessons such as: it turns out having employees is nothing like having a well-working business partner where it feels like you are two halves of the same whole. In contrast, when one is the boss, while they may maintain friendly relationships with staff, it is important to realize most employees have their own personal stuff along with career goals going on, and thus won’t ever necessarily be able to become genuine, loyal friends to the person holding the purse strings. And also that knowing what might be the right time to sell a once-thriving company because later on down the line, circumstances might entail possibly having to sell at a substantial loss, if one can sell at all. Also, how vital it is to not only work hard towards entrepreneurial success, but also to make sure and set up streams of passive income that will be able to carry you through if unexpected circumstances occur, like a pandemic that winds up shuttering many in-person businesses indefinitely. Most touching are the tales told of leaving the dating life behind to eventually create a close-knit family that includes husband, child, and beloved dogs.
THE ACCIDENTAL ENTREPRENEUR: Turning Tragedy into Triumph to Embrace my Destiny in Entrepreneurship by Serena Holmes is an introspective, hopeful self-help tome offering detailed facts and figures regarding one woman’s journey towards creating a self-sufficient, self-actualized life.
~C.S. Holmes for IndieReader