Where Are They Now? Interview with Dominique from Living Parisienne

Tell us a bit about you?

My name is Dominique Mion. I am 40 years old, a single mother of one gorgeous little boy, Louis (2 years old). Recently relocated back to Australia after having lived 9 years in Paris, I now live in the beautiful Blue Mountains of NSW with my little boy.

Tell me a bit about what you were doing before you got in contact with Business Jump?

Teaching, writing a thesis and translating a book on Frida Kahlo (which I am still doing!!)

Tell us about your business?

My business is called Living Parisienne. I am quite obsessed with anything French, interior design as well as handmade homewares and creative lifestyle products. I know all the design trends happening in Paris and my website sources the best of what Paris has to offer right here in Australia and NZ. I not only am showcasing Paris inspired homewares and lifestyle products through my website but I am also giving interior design tips, tricks and ideas about home-styling the parisienne way.

Why did you want to start your own business, what is your why?

As a single mother, I feel the weight of responsibility of being the sole provider for my son but at the same time did not like the idea of working every day away from him. As much as I like teaching, I am no longer passionate about it and wanted to be able to create something I am passionate about and earn a living from it. I want to be able to create a freedom where I can be with my son and work with passion in my career every day.

How long had you wanted to start a business before you actually took action and took the jump?

Before even having my son, I had thought about from time to time about going into business for myself but all my ideas seemed too big or daunting to make the leap. I have no business background so didn’t even really know how to begin or get the ball rolling.

If you hadn’t of started your own business what do you think you’d be doing right now?

I would be looking for full time work outside of teaching, trying something different but working for someone else, in an office somewhere.

What have you done differently because of Business Jump that you wouldn’t have done if DIY’ing?

Business Jump gave me the foundations to actually get my business off the ground. They have also given me support so I have never felt alone and contacts to go further in educating myself and moving my business forward in ways I could never have done on my own.

How did it feel when you got the reins to your business to take out into the world?

It felt right! It’s just the beginning for me and I’m still learning so much about setting up all my systems and procedures but Business Jump has given me the confidence to believe that anything is possible. It’s certainly hard work but it’s also exciting work. Even at handover, I still didn’t feel alone and I know the usiness Jump community are there for me should I feel stuck or need extra support. Everything has felt possible and like I can actually do this thanks to the Business Jump team and community!

How many hours a week do you work on your business?

I work every day! Sometimes it might just be an hour or so after I have finished my “day job” as I am still working as a teacher a couple days a week while I grow my business. Sometimes it is all day. But, it never feels like work. I absolutely love what I do and love learning all about growing my business that I could spend even more time on it than I actually do! I feel I don’t have enough hours in the day! It’s not work, it is a lifestyle now and I’m hooked!

What are 3 of your most special ‘business wins’ you’ve had to date?

While I was tweaking my website in May and it wasn’t officially live, a French homewares boutique saw my site and contacted me wanting to become a listed vendor!

I signed up for a Facebook ads course with one of the Business Jump members who runs it and in one week of doing the first module of the course, my Facebook likes went from 167 to over 1000!

I had someone who follows my Facebook page contact me about the price of the couch on my Facebook page. It’s from a stock photo but after contacting my vendors, they are now getting quotes to replicate the couch for this person who enquired!

Where do you want to be in 5 years?

Definitely working solely on my website which will have evolved. I will be actively involved with the creative-interior design community in Australia and Paris and will also be splitting my time between Paris and Sydney, working a couple months of the year in Paris to get more exposure, inspiration and bringing all this back home.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone thinking about starting their business?

Just do it! If you have an idea, go for it! One thing leads to another so all you need is your one idea and the rest flows.

Where can we find you?

Check me out at:

www.livingparisienne.com

www.facebook.com/LivingParisienne/

www.instagram.com/living_parisienne/

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