But it was only when she came across her old henna design book that she considered branching out on her own.
Carly, of Bath Terrace, Stoke, said: “I worked as a store manager and then as a sales team manager for Phones 4u.
“I went into work and was told to go home until further notice and then I was told they were making everyone redundant.
“I was surprised and nervous. I had worked there since I was a teenager.
“I instantly applied for a new job. In fact I applied for 25 in the first week and I had to apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance for the first time.”
Coming across her old design book which she thought she had lost two years ago inspired Carly to go into business.
She has now launched Hippy Henna and is looking forward to being in charge of her own destiny.
Carly said: “Finding the book was weird because I had lost it for so long.
“It gave me some direction. I have always loved art and design and it just seemed like it was meant to be.
“Six weeks after losing my job, I had set up my own website.
“I am trying to specialise in prenatal henna. I want women to embrace natural beauty and the change they go through.
“At Phones 4u, I was so caught up in everyday life, working and paying bills.
“I thought I was secure but I am more secure running my own business knowing where it is going – I will not get any nasty surprises.”
David Akahum, of London Road, Stoke, who has known Carly for three years, said his friend has blossomed since launching her business.
He said: “Carly had a fairly high position and a fairly predictable life – she had a job and holidays and then it was pulled away from under her feet.
“Now, she is nowhere near as stressed as she was and she looks healthier.”