Tell us a bit about you?
I’m a wife and mum to three beautiful kids aged almost 2, 7 and 10. I am a beauty therapist turned registered nurse who loves coffee, cheese and the odd glass of prosecco (actually who am I kidding? Several glasses of prosecco)! Hailing from Byron Bay and growing up in the Byron Shire I have a passion for natural living and believe that it does have a positive impact on your overall health.
Tell me a bit about what you were doing before you got in contact with Business Jump?
I was taking time out from nursing to be at home with the kids. Shift work certainly takes its toll on family life and I was craving a lifestyle and career change.
Why did you want to start your own business, what is your why?
I love to be challenged and I get a lot of satisfaction when I achieve something that I have worked hard for. I need a creative outlet and had begun to question my career choice. I needed something more. Ultimately though my ‘why’ was my family…my husband and children. They are the reason I finally made that decision to go for it.
How long had you wanted to start a business before you actually took action and took the jump?
I had looked into a lot of different avenues where I could work around my family whilst using the previous knowledge that I had gained as a beauty therapist and registered nurse. I followed BJ on Facebook for a few months and one day decided I needed to know more. I was intrigued by what BJ had to offer. I finally made the decision to call and haven’t looked back since.
How did it feel when you decided to take the jump and signed up with Business Jump?
I was so excited and found it liberating. I was finally doing something that I was passionate about that would challenge me and fit in with family life. Of course, I was nervous but I had faith in Nat.
Tell us about your business?
I believe that in this hectic world we live in taking time out for self-care is essential. By creating a ritual to nourish your body you also nurture the soul. The Natural Skin Collective is a handpicked collection of natural skincare and makeup. I bring together creators of beautiful, clean, toxin-free products and display them under one virtual roof. It makes it easy for the consumer to know what they are buying is truly natural, cruelty-free and eco-friendly. It’s also a great platform for these wonderful businesses to get in front of my audience to share their products and is a resource where you can find natural beauty and skin care information.
How did it feel when you got the reins to your business to take out into the world?
It was overwhelming and stressful but it was amazing! I felt extremely proud to share my beautiful website and the amazing businesses I have onboard. The technical side of the business was extremely foreign to me so I had to learn to master that quite quickly. The support from Nat and BJ team has been ongoing which has made the transition easier.
How many hours a week do you work on your business?
A lot, but it’s because love it and want to spend time on it. I think I’m a tad obsessed, it gets quite addictive. I’m trying to train myself to have time where I completely switch off and pack the laptop and phone away!!
What are 3 of your most special ‘business wins’ you’ve had to date?
I think the biggest win is when a business signs up. They are putting their faith and their business image in your hands and that is a real privilege. It’s always lovely to hear the positive feedback regarding my business concept and website. Another win was when The Natural Parent Magazine contacted me to collaborate with them to share The Natural Skin Collective and the businesses it represents with their audience.
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
The Natural Skin Collective will be the go-to place for all things relating to natural skincare and makeup. A hub of information, advice and collection of the best natural products on the market. I want to raise awareness about the importance of taking that little bit of time out for you whether you are a busy mum, career woman or going through a stressful time. Creating these self-care rituals at home and taking time to connect with yourself is essential.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone thinking about starting their business?
Just do it and don’t overthink it. Visualise your goals, believe in yourself and know that you can do this.
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