Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal care but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Tess Souvlos, Founder of FOS, located in Montreal, QC, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I own a slow-made luxury home fragrance business. My customers are fragrance and candle lovers who appreciate quality products that are handmade and non-toxic.

Tell us about yourself

My business started as a pandemic passion project. After nearly a decade working in marketing and design, I started FOS from my apartment as a way to express my different inspirations and convey a passion for creating sensory experiences that are familiar, spark delight, and enhance every space. Being able to express the full depth of my creativity is what motivates me every day.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Growing my wholesale strategy and getting into a major Canadian retailer this year. That was a big win!

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Work-life balance is tough. When you're working for yourself, it's hard to set boundaries and know when to shut off. I think it gets easier with time, though. I have found that time blocking specifically really helps with productivity and allows me to manage my schedule more efficiently.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

Stop thinking; just do it! "Analysis paralysis" is what held me back for years. You never know what will happen unless you try. Put together a business plan, it doesn't have to be long and robust but just something to have as your foundation. Lean on your community and the people around you for support. They can help more than you know.

Where can people find you and your business?


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