My name is Tamika Lowe, I was born and raised in Newark. I graduated from Weequahic High School class of 93. I don’t have children, but I’ve been married since 12/12/12. My childhood was not bad at all, but I’ve had many health challenges and many surgeries from the day I was born. I was born with Hirshsprung disease. I wore a colostomy until about 2 years old. As an adult I live with Endometriosis. I had a traumatic life experience during a surgery in 2009, but I’m here today to live to my full potential. I followed many of Dr. Sebi’s beliefs which inspired me to change my eating habits. I never was a horrible eater, because of Hirshsprung, but the changes allow me to live with little to no pain from Endometriosis.
In 2009 I opened a boutique I named after my family name Lowe, named Lowe Key Fashion Finds. I ran the boutique as a brick and mortar until 2014. After closing my boutique, I went to school for real estate where I became a realtor with Weichert Realtors. In 2015, I started investing in real estate. I fixed and flipped homes in Union County, NJ. By 2017 I became a licensed contractor and built a team to renovate properties for home owners. Today in 2020, I wear 2 hats of being a full-time realtor and licensed general contractor.
My mother inspired me to start by business. At the age of 23 years old, I became a home owner. My mother was a real estate investor whom wholesaled properties and did clean-outs for banks. At the age of 23 years old my mother would always tell me how she felt I would be good for real estate, but I focused trying to build a career in accounting, but deep down inside I knew being entrepreneur was my focus as well. After getting married real estate was our focus. We tried using agents, but were not satisfied. We purchased a investment property, but was not happy with the contractor. After seeing poor work ethics in the people I hired, I felt it was a sign to build my own businesses.
I’m married and my husband has always been very supportive with anything I do and is very much involved in real estate. My professional life has never been a problem in my marriage. My husband promote me and send me lots of business.
Owning a business and being a license realtor go hand and hand, but not having a strong team can be and has been a big problem in the past. I’ve always told myself, “I will not take on ore than I can handle”. There are times where I may not be able to take a job or start a job right away, because I’m working with another job. I’m always able to stop work to show houses, but one of my challenges is paperwork. Doing paperwork for real estate and the contracting company is a full-time job within itself. I get it done and because I’m territorial due to me trying to grow my business hiring help for paperwork is almost impossible at this time.
I would advise anyone looking to start their own business to stay focused, don’t get discouraged and if or once your business start to grow don’t start spending fast. Always be prepared for raining days, create a emergency fund and always look to expand your business.
6. Right now business is great for me and especially as a woman. I took a carpentry class in 2019-20 where I learned a lot, because working with wood was not something I did. I’m adding more certifications to my business in the future and working on my own CBD company to launch at the end of 2020. I’ve become a bit of a serial entrepreneur. I make time for what I want, but traveling is my happy place.