Juggling it all can be difficult, but not necessarily impossible.
Two best friends and mothers, who released their product Face Halo last year, have managed to turn over more than $1 million in just six months.
FEMAIL spoke to the brains behind the business, Rebecca Williamson and Lizzy Pike from Sydney, about the secrets to their success.
FEMAIL spoke to the brains behind the Face Halo business, Rebecca Williamson and Lizzy Pike (both pictured), to find out how they managed to turn over AUD $6M in less than six months
‘Bec and I invested $25k each and six months later we turned over in excess of a million dollars – it’s been a crazy ride,’ Lizzy told FEMAIL.
Face Halo is a make-up remover pad that has been dubbed a ‘game changer’ in the industry by no less than Naomi Watts herself but it took a lot of work to get it there.
‘Owning my own business was something that I was always working towards, I wanted the flexibility and freedom to make my own choices,’ Lizzy explained.
‘To start with, working for others is a good learning platform for the good and the bad. I learnt what I want and definitely what I don’t want.
‘Believe me I have worked with some real doozies, but they all taught me valuable lessons.’
The brand is loved by countless celebrities, including their ambassador, Chloe Morello (pictured with the founders)
Face Halo (pictured) is a make up remover pad that has been dubbed a ‘game changer’ in the industry
To be successful when starting your own business Lizzy believes you need to start with an end in mind
To be successful when starting your own business, Lizzy believes you need to start with an end in mind.
She explained that it’s important to think about where you see your business, or where you want your business to be in five years time and then you work backwards from there.
‘Go big picture first with your vision then break it down into steps of what you need to do to get there,’ she said.
‘In the beginning of any new business you need to be prepared to roll your sleeves up and work 24/7 if necessary.’
Naomi Watts (pictured) is just one of the brand’s high profile fans
This is a sentiment that Rebecca agrees with as the believes you need to have a clear vision, a great product, belief in your business and the ability to be able to devote everything to it.
‘Having a team that has a combination of different skills and working out who can do what best is crucial,’ she explained.
REBECCA’S BUSINESS SUCCESS SECRETS
1. Make lists! Think of a great idea – a gap in the market, a service that isn’t working and write them down.
2. Get out there – everything you do in life is experience that you can use.
3. Work hard at all jobs, so you get more opportunities.
4. Find something you love to do– but at the same time, realize that won’t always happen in every job as you work your way up.
5. Think outside the box. I see so many interesting jobs I never thought of.
LIZZY’S BUSINESS SUCCESS SECRETS
1. Work hard, but remember to have fun along the way.
2. Be grateful – Everyday I stop and say thankyou for what I have in my life – even if its been a bad day there is always good in everything bad that happens (sometimes you just have to dig a little deeper to find it).
3. There is no such thing as failure only feedback – what did you learn and what would you do differently.
4. Take calculated risks.
5. Surround yourself with great people.
Speaking about her tips, Rebecca said: ‘Having a team that has a combination of different skills and working out who can do what best is crucial’
Both women have had determination and business lives their whole lives and now they have truly been able to let them shine (pictured: Chloe Morello)
Both women have had determination and business lives their whole lives and now they have truly been able to let them shine.
‘I have always been a go getter as long as I can remember,’ Lizzy said.
‘Being idle has never been on my agenda. When I set my mind on something I go for it, I left school early and started my first job the week I turned 16 I have never been afraid to work hard.’
After Lizzy had her children, she went back to study, which gave her the business acumen to start her own business.
The businesswomen advise going ‘big picture’ first, and then breaking things down
Rebecca explained that she took a back seat to her ex husband’s career and raised their four children but she always wanted to do something for herself.
‘Having four kids in four years certainly helped me learn to never waste one second and as they have grown up I started to get some more time and was determined to pursue something that used some of my other skills,’ she said.
‘My next husband helped give me the confidence to do that as well as the family and work support to make it happen. I was determined to work as hard as I could.’
Both women explained that doing something that you’re passionate about and love means you never feel like it’s work
Lizzy explained that one of her influences growing up that helped contribute to her business sense was her father, who was an entrepreneur himself.
She said that during her life he was always starting a business, building it up and then selling it:
‘He had many fails in business as well, I was 17 the first time my parents went bankrupt, I remember watching very closely the actions of my father when the creditors came and took our furniture and wondering what my Dad would do.
‘It didn’t take long until he came up with his next venture, what was more important for me was I saw his attitude, he never stayed down for too long, he picked himself up but a smile on his face and kept moving forward believing in himself and learning from his mistakes and working even harder.
‘He would always say to me “don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something” all in all he taught me to take risks and never give up.’
The business owners said it isn’t always ‘smooth sailing’ in business – but you need to learn to appreciate the ride and stop for the good moments
On the other side of the coin Rebecca hasn’t had set business ideas, which she thinks has helped with their business.
‘So much has changed recently with the growth of e-commerce and social media marketing, that is requires adaptability and flexibility to react to what the market is telling you,’ she said.
‘I was so keen to learn and grow in my 40s and I was able to think outside the box because I hadn’t run a business in a more traditional way in the past.
‘I love to meet people who are doing great things and ask and learn. I would have had more fear of that when I was younger.’
Both women explained that doing something that you’re passionate about and love means you never feel like it’s work.
‘It isn’t always smooth sailing, however because it’s important to you, you appreciate the ride and learn to stop and celebrate the good moments,’ Lizzy said.