Bridget Is our mumpreneur feature for today; please make her feel welcome and say hi 🙂
Who are you?
I am Bridget Wilson Hall. I live in Newcastle upon Tyne with my partner. We have a 17 year old daughter with Worster-Drought Syndrome, a 21 year old son and a cat and a dog! As well as running my business, I am also a Liberal Catholic Priest and work at supporting people pastorally and sacramentally.
What do you do?
I am an Independent Consultant with Arbonne International, a 30 year old skincare and cosmetics company who began working in the UK about 3 years ago. We also work in Canada and Australia and there is talk of expanding into other parts of Europe soon too. We sell skincare that is as pure, safe and beneficial as possible with a highlight being the re-launch this year of our anti-ageing range now called Re9 Advanced, as well as an impressive range of cosmetics. We also sell skincare for younger women, for men and for babies. I am particularly fond myself of our SeaSource Spa range which allows anyone to have a personalised spa experience at home.
When did you establish your business?
I began my business in the January after the company moved into the UK. This followed my looking for a new skincare range to use myself after a friend of mine received a chemical burn from the alcohol-based toner we both used…
What made you start your own business?
I fell in love with the product and found myself telling people about how good it was, so selling it myself was a natural progression, especially as it is only available through Arbonne Consultants. I thought Why not get the 35% discount for myself?!
Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could?
I wish I had done this earlier! When I see mumpreneurs with young children busy working for themselves and I look back at how I struggled, sometimes fighting just to go to my ante-natal appointments, I wish I had had the courage to leave those situations and get control of my own life!
Finally If there is 1 thing that you could tell other Mums who want to start there own business; what would it be?
It sounds corny but it’s true:
If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail…
You must plan – short, medium and long term goals and your weekly timetable is the most important – mark in any other income raising activity you do (ie a job), then family commitments, especially fun together, and me-time – and then plan how you will use all the gaps – even a spare 15 minutes can be used to make phone calls or send e-mails…
Never Give UP!!
Bridget is kindly giving 10% OFF on all Orders made via http://www.arbonnebybridget.co.uk/ before 31st December 2010.