Takisha Clark, founder and C.E.O of Capital Postal & Mailbox Service, is the first black woman to franchise a postal and shipping business.
With over 19 years of entrepreneurial experience Clark has endured a series of professional and personal ups and downs. Life is now a far cry from her extremely humble beginnings. Raised by her grandmother as her mother suffered from drug addiction, Clarks exposure to the effects of substance abuse encouraged her to aspire to more. “My childhood motivated me to want better and do better for myself because of the things I saw with my mom being on drugs.” Says, Clark.
Her determination and persistent resolve paid off as she found success at an early age. At the age of 22, she owned a flourishing daycare center and at 23 years old she owned 3 homes. However, things took a drastic turn for the worse a few years laters.
During this time, her sister passed away in a car accident and shortly after the Great Recession occurred. Unable to recover from her emotional and financial losses, Clark suffered from anxiety and depression ultimately forcing her to close down her business, and subsequent homelessness. “Being homeless-losing all of my homes, it was the biggest obstacle I’ve ever faced. I lost everything.” shares, Takisha Clark
Homeless for over a year, Takisha Clark, herself a child of a parent who suffered from drug addiction, took a job as a receptionist for a nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of child and drug abuse. Seeing people work hard to overcome the unfortunate events in their lives, helped her reclaim her confidence, strengthened her resolve and renewed her career aspirations. Quickly rising to a leadership position in the organization, Clark was promoted to a social worker and administered a program that assisted families in solving and coping with their struggles from alcohol and drug addiction.
As a way to earn extra money, Clark began working a part-time job in credit repair. Promptly learning the ropes of accounting, a year later she opened a franchised Liberty Tax Service location. Ascertaining the particulars of the franchising industry through this experience, she was able to build the foundation infrastructure for her next business enterprise, Good Faith Tax Services.
Choosing to focus on her next business venture, Clark closed Good Faith Tax Services last year. Fulfilling a desire to be a part of a mail industry, she committed to creating a successful postal and shipping business, Capital Postal and Mailbox Service. “I always wanted to work for the post office. I always wanted to be a part of the mail and shipping industry so I decided to open my postal shipping retail store.” Stated, Clark
With her entrepreneurial ambition, the thriving company has already increased sales 30% this year and recently opened a second location in Long Beach, California. Making Takisha Clark the first black woman to own a franchise in the postal shipping industry.
Capital Postal & Mailbox Service,offers mailbox rentals, mail drop-off and pick-up, virtual mailbox rentals, live scan, notary, auto-registration, DMV service, courier service, document laminate, passport photos, copies and faxes, document scanning, full printing services, and many more. Their mail carriers are USPS, FedEx, and DHL.
Clark has no intentions of slowing down just yet, “ My business goals this year are to continue to grow and expand my brand. I want to open more franchises all over the world.” Shares, Clark.
Passionate about the youth, Clark is very active in her community. Last year she completed her 2nd Annual Toy Giveaway providing and distributing thousands of toys to hundreds of families in need and looks forward to next year’s drive. She hopes her story can inspire others to pursue their entrepreneurial goals, “I want to be known for giving hope to the youth. I want them to see me as an inspiration. I want to educate people on how to become your own boss. If I can do it, you can do it! That’s my motto.”
Find more about Capital Postal & Mailbox Service here.