Tell us a bit about you?
I’m an Australian, thirty something mum of twin’s, southpaw living in Dubai. I’m organized obsessed and often referred to as a cool cucumber. I’ve always been an Ocean lover and jet plane addict! After a decade of traveling the world as cabin crew on a private airline now my feet are now firmly on the ground as a Subscription Box Guru and Business Owner.
Creativity sings to my soul, inspired by new places, people and things. Self-confessed online shopper symptomatic of years of dragging my twins through shops and malls. It was often an unpredictable showdown of negotiating, hiding, running and bribing, resulting in a random and mismatched bag of items. Enough to make anyone avoid malls forever! All my shopping is done online, as a time poor mum it was a life changing alternative and hence Halston & River was born – a ONE STOP PLACE for every fabulous subscription box out there. Simple!
Tell me a bit about what you were doing before you got in contact with Business Jump?
Before Business Jump, I was working in Aviation for Virgin at Sydney Domestic Airport, its an industry I’ve been in for over a decade.
Why did you want to start your own business, what is your why?
The main reason was wanting the flexibility so that i could both work and be there for my children. owning my own business was a dream of mine and i thought would be an amazing opportunity to use my creative skills, entrepreneurial talent and drive. All my effort would be for my family and I and not someones else’s business. My dad was an entrepreneur so I was fully aware of the amount of work going into your own business, but on the flip side the rewards can be so satisfying.
How long had you wanted to start a business before you actually took action and took the jump?
I’d been thinking about it for quite a while. But then we decided to move abroad and I wanted to be able to work flexibly so I took the plunge and went ahead with Business Jump. Then setting my family up in two foreign countries meant that i didn’t actually launch till over a year later.
If you hadn’t of started your own business what do you think you’d be doing right now?
It’s funny as now I do so much with my time and continue to work a full time job. My evenings would probably involve watching a lot more TV! I’d be up to date with Game of Thrones! Whereas now I work and listen to courses, podcasts, read and learn what I can.
.What have you done differently because of Business Jump that you wouldn’t have done if DIY’ing?
I knew I didn’t want to start from the very scratch of designing logos and building websites. I wanted to hit the ground running. The design and concept was mine I just had Business Jump wrap it all up for me in a gorgeous bow.
Tell us about your business?
I run Halston & River which is a directory for subscription boxes. Our markets are Australia, UK, US and Dubai. We have cool blogs, reviews and an amazing collection of subscription boxes.
The subscription box industry stormed onto the scene a number of years ago. There are now subscription box services for almost everything imaginable, with new services starting every day.
Today, the subscription box industry is thriving with thousands of entrepreneurs running many small, and some much larger, subscription box services, catering for everyone from pet owners to stationery fanatics.
How did it feel when you got the reins to your business to take out into the world?
It felt amazing and still does.
How many hours a week do you work on your business?
Over 15 hours and if I wasn’t working full time I could do a whole lot more.
What are 4 of your most special ‘business wins’ you’ve had to date?
Positive feedback means so much when it’s your own business I had so much from friends and family it was completely empowering.
I’ve had businesses sign up with hundreds of thousands of followers!
Huge businesses asking for my media kit is very cool!
Doing my first podcast! (Listen here)
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
Running a successful Halston & River and able to travel and have financial freedom
What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone thinking about starting their business?
Where can we find you?