We had the good fortune of connecting with Yasmin Rosales and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yasmin, how do you think about risk?
I’m very comfortable with risk. I think all entrepreneurs need to feel some degree of comfort with calculated risk in order to succeed. Though it’s worth noting that all risks are not created equal. There’s a big difference between a foolish and calculated risk. The key is learning how to decipher one from the other before making any final decisions.
The decision to start a small business is inherently risky, with about 20% failing in their first year of business and 50% failing by their fifth year. While those certainly sound like scary statistics—the best time to start your business is now and when you are NOT ready. I feel that the fear of failure holds too many people back from seeing their dreams through. If it doesn’t work out, at least the idea will never be lost and can come back in a new form later on down the road. Many people have ideas they think about but don’t act upon because of fear, and as a result, miss opportunities before they even happen!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Stir It Up Mobile Bartending was founded mid-pandemic with the goal of providing cocktail catering for local events in the tri-county region. What sets us apart is our focus on elevating both aspects of bar service: great-tasting, visually appealing cocktails and service excellence. When you have an event to plan, you can give your guests the very best. We’ll work with you to ensure a memorable bar experience and connect with your event in a way that few care to. We’ll put our heart and soul into tending to your guests, serving fun in each glass!
As I mentioned earlier, my business started in the middle of the pandemic. It was a seed God sown into me, but I didn’t quite have the courage to take the leap of faith to start it. The fear of the unknown and wanting to wait until I was ready held me back for some time. So I prayed for direction because buried underneath all those scary feelings was actually a nagging desire. I truly attribute my success to God for opening doors and sending the right people to help me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The best way to connect to a new place is to try the food and immerse yourself in the culture.
We’d start off the week by touching down in FLL, then whisk them away to a charming Airbnb on the Intercoastal Waterway with breathtaking views of the water and sunsets. We’d grab lunch at GGs Waterfront, indulging in the cauliflower roast and harissa spiced octopus, enjoy a day on the water at the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, have dinner at Etaru (one of my favorite Japanese spots), and crown things off with a trip to Brickell to check out Sugar. A chic cocktail rooftop bar for drinks before ending our night with a stroll through Miami’s Art District (MiMo) district or Wynwood Arts District before turning in at your luxe, waterfront Airbnb for the night.
The rest of the week would have days filled with exploration and fine dining. Finding ourselves collecting shells from all the beaches: Light House Point, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, and even kayaking on the Oleta River. We’d wine and dine at the best restaurants on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale like Louie Bossi’s, El Camino, and Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar.
We’d spend another day being cruised and catered right on the Intracoastal Waterway, staying close to home-away-from-home and ending the night at Tiki Tiki.
I’d take my guest to hear the local talent at the Comedy Club, spend an afternoon at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to visit DAER’s day club, and reserve a cabana.
To be honest, a week might not be enough to show a person all that we have to offer, but we’d sure try to squeeze it all in!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It’s no secret that business owners are notorious for treating their businesses like a baby because really, it takes a village. I’m so grateful for the ‘village’ that helped me build my business, and today I want to shout them out!
I cannot thank my spiritual mentor enough for all the effort and support they have given me during both the good times and difficult ones. My assistant Jamie has been invaluable throughout my journey, along with other mobile bartenders who inspire me to always do better, who offer their guidance on their way up—especially my good friends over at @liquidcouragela—without these people Stir It Up Mobile Bartending would not be where it is today.