Hey, I'm Mary-Antonia Taylor and I run Pretty Dolls Bespoke.
Tell us all about your business...
My business is Make-up, beauty, hair and most importantly, well-being. I believe beauty shines from within so that’s where I start, not just the physical. I care about my clients and thats my business superpower.
What's your background and motivation to get into the solopreneur life?
I started my business after having my second daughter. There is an 11-year gap between her and her older sister. I’ve always been creative but also so fascinated by people and their behaviours. After a low time personally, I started my business by travelling to new mums, people that couldn’t get to me, cancer patients etc to make them feel better about themselves with my treatments. That was it! I was so touched by the feedback and people’s stories! Some people made me cry by how they had overcome the worst and were smiling right to tell the story. So I kept training and working, providing a bespoke service that encompasses well being too. We are the creators of our reality.
As a solopreneur, what does success ultimately mean to you?
Having a positive impact on someone's life and also inspiring the next generation. I work in education too. That is very important to me.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Sometimes juggling everything and just remembering everything will happen when it’s meant to be.
What are the top 3 tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run or grow a business today?
- Read up about entrepreneurs because it good to understand that you have to take the rough with the smooth
- Be patient
- Don’t compare yourself to others—be unique
If there was one thing you could do repeatedly to help grow your business, what would it be?
Educate businesses on the value of a support network rather than rivalry.
What are some of the things you put in place to maintain a healthy work/life balance and to keep it all together?
Allowing for mistakes
Having a break
Who are some of your favorite entrepreneurs and best business resources/books?
Steve Jobs because without his mistakes he wouldn’t have succeeded as well.
And Dr Joe Dispenza, he is a genius.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I believe mental health is important and we need to be educating young people more about it.
Where can people find you online?
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