Welcome to my new blog post series…..MEET GIRL BOSS. This is a blog post series that features ten of my absolute favourite girl bosses in Ireland. I have already met with five of them back in December. We sat chatting over cocktails and cupcakes in the Westbury hotel in Dublin and I am set to meet with the other five next month. I met with them to discuss life as a girl boss, the pressures, their businesses and what made them so successful. A lot of connections these days are made online but I wanted to meet face to face with these women to talk & find out their real secret to becoming a GIRL BOSS.
The last post with Lisa Kavanagh from Cari’s Closet was such a hit and I was thrilled so many of you enjoyed it. If you haven’t read it yet, you can get it HERE.
Next up we have the stunning Katie-Jane Goldin from LanaiBLO & Instyler Ireland. Katie-Jane won Ireland’s Young Business Woman of the Year back 2013 and has grown as a businesswoman so much since then launching her very own hairdryer, LanaiBLO last year which sold out in just 6 weeks. So when I caught up with Katie-Jane about running her empire and life, this is what she had to say….
How did you first get into the beauty industry?
When I left school I didn’t think I would ever work in the beauty industry. I worked in my dad’s clinic with him and then in 2008 my dad passed away. We were running the business together and I took it over when he passed. It wasn’t the best part of my life. I was only 24 so I was very young but I was still in college at the time too. I did that for a while and learned that I loved running a business. The rest of my family where in the hair extension business at the time. At the time there wasn’t a great range of extensions here in Ireland. I saw their was a gap in the market for luxury extensions and I wanted to bring the business to Ireland. In 2012, I decided to do it and began to work all on my own. I packed hair, I was on the road and I was selling to salons…EVERYTHING! It was a one woman show at the beginning going from a turnover of 30K a year to 1.2 million euro. That’s how it all began.
What did you do in college?
I was in Dublin Business School and done a diploma in Marketing but I went on to study Psychology. There is so much pressure these days to do a degree and when I left school I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Everyone seemed to be doing Arts. It’s ok at 17 to not know what you want to do. The most successful people in the world, didn’t have a degree. If you want something so much, you will get there no matter what. If you work hard enough there is no reason why you can’t. Mind your own business is my saying. Don’t worry about others, don’t let anything effect me, keep my business close and actually mind my own business. Don’t try. Do IT! Don’t try to do something just DO IT.
What is the key to running a successful business?
Drive, passion and you have to be ok with failure. At some stage, things will fail but if you don’t try you will never know. Some risks can pay off and some don’t. I still take risks now all the time. Something I done a few weeks back didn’t pay off but that’s ok. I move onto the next thing. Having that passion to keep going is key.
You won Ireland’s Young Business Woman of the Year back 2013. Describe that feeling. Do you have any tips for any women out there looking to start their own business?
It was an incredible feeling. I remember thinking how amazing it was to be recognised for the work I was doing. This professional industry was telling me, I was doing a great job. It allowed me to do new things and grow even further. For someone starting their own business, you need to think about your product or service, how is it going to be different? You need to stand out from the crowd. Keep going no matter what, have that ambition that you know you will succeed and YOU WILL!
Who is your role model and why?
I actually don’t have one role model. I have a few people that I look up to and admire. You can pick one but I don’t have one individual. I look at a lot of people who are successful in what they do. I look at people who have succeed and I look at people who have failed but I do adore Tony Robbins.
What is your favourite beauty product?
Can I say my own? 😀 No really it has to be La Roche Posay. I have quite bad skin since I had Spencer so this is so important to me. I genuinely could not live without this brand anymore.
Tell us about your typical day…
No day is the same. I start my day the same everyday with Spencer. We have a full-time nanny for him as he is still so young. I give him this bottle, have breakfast and we play together. Then after that it is completely chaotic. Two places have actually asked me can they come in and film me for a week because genuinely as I am so busy, it would be ridiculous. They would think I am mental. I have just so many things going on. I might be in the warehouse or ordering stock, in meetings, doing marketing plans or working on the website. I have a home office now too which helps me. I always end my day with dinner, bathing Spencer and spending time with him before he goes to bed. Then it’s back to work for the evening.
What is the one thing you are most proud of?
My LanaiBLO hairdryer. I put my heart and soul into it. It is totally our own and we have made this from scratch. The response has just been amazing for myself and my husband Barry. I ran out of the hairdryer before Christmas which was something we just didn’t anticipate at all. I am GOOD at ordering stock but the reaction has been out of this world. We are just so proud of it.
Do you take on interns?
Yes we do. I always have. When I take on interns, I normally put it up on my social media. I keep on my interns after their internship and employ them full-time. I think thats important and I love seeing people grow.
If you could have a dinner part with only four people, who would they be and why?
My first person would definitely be my dad. I would think about him every single day. He was such a big presence in my life. My next would be Micheal Mc Intyre just because he is absolutely hilarious. Tony Robbins would be next 🙂 and lastly it would have to be Huda Kattan, the girl who owns Huda Beauty.
How does 2017 look for Katie-Jane Goldin? What is new and exciting?
A lot of things happened a lot sooner with LanaiBLO than we thought so 2017 is going to be huge. We will be running a big collaboration with someone also this year so watch out for that. We are launching a new technology company for the beauty industry very soon too. Both of us are very excited about.
Love Aoibhe xxx
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