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It’s more than eight years since I made a crazy now-or-never leap into the world of running my own business. To this day, I still can’t quite believe I did it.
I had pretty much worked for the same company my entire life. I was very much used to a weekly pay cheque. I was very much used to paid holidays and sick leave. All of this was comfortable, safe and secure (relatively – HAH, I was working in media).
Something in me though decided that comfortable, safe and secure wasn’t enough. I loved what I did but increasingly doing that job wasn’t on my terms. I was part of a bigger picture that I didn’t have any input on.
My husband had just taken a job that would see him commuting about four hours a day and the reality of that was sinking in. Essentially the non-commuting parent becomes the primary parent during the week.
That was a lot of emotional and physical responsibility. If there was an emergency with any of the three kids, then I’d have to be in a position to drop everything and be there because my husband couldn’t be.
Ironically that worst-case scenario played out only two months before we moved to Brisbane and our commuting family life came to an end. Our youngest was knocked unconscious on the tennis courts at his school – and was out for eight minutes. If you have or have had school-aged kids, you know when school phones you they usually start the conversation with “don’t worry there’s nothing wrong with …”. When they didn’t start with that, I knew it wasn’t good. That drive to school was one of the longest I’ve ever had to do. But I could do it. Because I had the flexibility of working for myself.
Everything worked out ok that afternoon/evening but I didn’t need this playground incident to bring home to me why that choice I made to work for myself was the best choice ever. Every day, there is a reason why it’s something that just works for me. And that something always comes back to flexibility.
Working for yourself isn’t for everyone. I certainly didn’t think it was something I’d ever do. But whenever I’m asked about the best things about my business, flexibility is one of the key motivators for me.
I guess one of the biggest stumbling blocks to starting your own business is fear. Fear about not knowing what to do. Fear about how to make an income to replace that what you may have brought in while working for someone else.
When The Body Shop At Home asked me to work with them on a campaign to make women aware of this way to start a business, I jumped at it because so much of that fear around starting a business can be removed if you are starting with a set structure and an awesome, globally loved brand like The Body Shop.
As a The Body Shop At Home consultant you have the flexibility to create a business that fits in with your lifestyle. You choose your hours. You choose your rewards.
A big, big thing that I see as being such a bonus to starting this kind of business is that you get ongoing support and training. You don’t need any experience. You don’t need to be a beauty expert.
You just need to step out of your comfort zone and back yourself.
The Body Shop products
I want to talk about The Body Shop products because these products are the reason why becoming a The Body Shop At Home consultant will feel like being a part of something greater – and a force for good.
I test and trial hundreds of beauty products every year. The Body Shop products always stack up. Always. I’ve been buying them since the 1980s, when I was enticed into a store while on a trip to Europe during my uni years. I’ve bought many, many more products since.
In 1976 The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick disrupted the beauty industry (long before business disruption was a thing), showing that you could make a business about beauty but also about GOOD.
Today, The Body Shop’s commitment to Enrich, not Exploit has never been stronger. When you buy (or sell) product from The Body Shop, you are making a positive difference to our planet and communities around the world. The never test on animals and never make false promises.
A starter kit for The Body Shop At Home costs $155 and includes $600 worth of products and business tools to get you on your way. All the favourites are included.
Find out more about becoming a The Body Shop At Home consultant HERE.
Want to buy The Body Shop products in a more personal way?
So, the idea of starting a The Body Shop At Home business isn’t for you but you want get to experience the products in a more personal way?
It’s possible to do that by hosting your own party with a The Body Shop At Home – there are also great offers, discounts and free products available by shopping this way.
Find out more about booking a The Body Shop At Home party HERE.
So, tell me, is this an idea that interests you? Have you hosted a The Body Shop At Home party?
Thanks to The Body Shop At Home, one lucky Styling You reader will win a $200 voucher to spend at a their next party. Entering is easy.
Answer the question below in the comments.
What’s your favourite The Body Shop product and why?
Entries open Wednesday, November 2 at 4.30am (AEST) and close Wednesday, November 16 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be judged on originality and creativity (photos can be included and uploaded with the comment). The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Voucher must be redeemed at a The Body Shop At Home party. Full terms and conditions here.