What’s your business called?
The Success Stylist
Can you describe it in one sentence?
I help people create their own business and future, by offering support, guidance and development through sharing a network marketing opportunity.
When did you start it and what inspired you?
I started in August 2015. Working full time in a successful corporate career for the last 10 years, and after having my little boy Jack who is now 3, I came to realise that my work life balance was completely unbalanced. Often rushing from place to place, just literally getting through each day, exhausted, and feeling like I wasn’t achieving anything. Plus ask my little boy got older, I started to feel as though I was missing all the good stuff. The amount of quality family time we all had together seemed limited to the weekends. I guess something just clicked and I thought, right, what am I going to do about this?
How did you find your start up?
In the most random of places! To be honest, it found me!
My partner and I got married in April this year and we travelled as a family to Dubai as our honeymoon. It was 7.30am in the morning at Manchester airport and we were stood at the gate boarding the plane and I got chatting to another mum who had a little boy the same age as Jack, as you do. Anyway, long story short, she told me she was off to Singapore with her family with her business. We bumped into each other later on the plane and she offered to share the business opportunity with me about what she did, so we exchanged details. We caught up over coffee 4 weeks later and that was it – I decided to take the plunge.
How do you manage working around your children?
To be honest it’s totally do-able! The beauty of the business is that it fits into pockets of time through my week. I tend to plan my business a week at a time, working around other plans and arrangements I have, that way it works for me. I tend to talk to people via social media, but have spoken to lots of mums over coffee whilst our little ones are playing together!
Can you describe a typical day?
I’m still working full-time in my Corporate job at the moment, but I don’t see this being the case in the next 6 months as the business has started to get some real momentum now and I’ll be able to leave the corporate world and focus more on my own business.
But, a typical day at the moment looks something like this…
6.00am: Wake up, get ready for work
7.00am: Wake my little boy and get him ready for nursery
8.00am: In the car to drop off at nursery, then into my corporate job for 8.30am.
12.00pm – 1.00pm: Lunch, whilst speaking to people about my business. This is usually over a coffee close to where I work, over the phone, Skype… I’m happy to communicate however works for them!! I also have a team within my business now – these are people who have decided to go for the business opportunity themselves also, so I support and guide them through how to build their business too. So I will also schedule in time to catch up with them too and see how their week is going, and if they need any of my support.
5.00pm: leave work and pick up my little boy, head home to make dinner and spend time with the family.
8.00pm – 10.30pm: Once the little one is down, I will pick up anything that needs following up from my business that day, have 1-2-1 calls with the team, brush up on some training or personal development, schedule events etc.
What have you found hardest?
The hardest thing I think for anyone in a new venture is self-confidence. There will be times when doubt will creep in and you may lose sight of what you’re meant to be doing. The key is remembering and understanding why you decided to take the leap in the first place. I make sure I invest time in my self-development, and listen to motivational, inspiring people. Also, if it was super easy, everyone would be doing it! But to be successful takes hard work, focus, guts and determination!
What’s the best thing about being self employed?
I know that I can pick and choose who I want to work with and build a business that delivers for me and my family, without compromising relationships or time in the process.
In my business I get to meet and talk to lots of people, so I don’t feel like I’m ever on my own! I also have a great support network within my business which makes all the difference.
What are your plans for the future?
Continue to build an amazing business, support the team in building theirs and working with more people to build the life that they want!
On a personal level – spending more time with my family, creating amazing memories!
What advice would you give for someone just starting out?
Before you start doing anything, sit down and write down why you want to do what you are thinking about. What would it mean to you? What are your reasons ‘why’? Create a goal board with what you want to achieve and set dates against each goal. The goals may be in 6 months or 6 years – it does’t matter! And when you have days that don’t go to plan, you can look at this and remember why you started.
Also, be consistent – don’t jump from one great idea to the next, otherwise you’ll be a busy fool! Success is achieved by doing simple things consistently over time.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Everyone has the capability to be successful. You’ve just got to find what it is that sets your world on fire!