Arrrrghhh, the dreaded first post. Where do I begin? I am Jo, a freelance beauty therapist,former salon owner and mum of 3. I have 2 girls ages 12 & 5, and a baby boy who has just turned 1.
I currently work from home and do mobile visits part time (part time is a total lie when you run a business, I will go into this further at a later date), the rest of the time I spend picking wotsits and mouldy apples out of my handbag, while trying to stop my youngest eating the dog biscuits and sticking his fingers in the plug sockets.
I have 2 passions in life: my children and my work. I started in the beauty industry, and incidentally my motherhood journey at the ripe old age of 17. Both coincided with each other. My passion as a mother and a beauty therapist have grown and blossomed simultaneously. I continually get asked how I manage. Hopefully this gives you an insight into what it is like to be a busy working mum of 3 in the beauty industry.
This blog is primarily aimed at beauty professionals, but if your a working mum, a busy mum, or just love everything beauty related then it is also for you. In further posts I will cover all aspects of the beauty business, including treatment, training and product reviews, aswell as advice I have learned over the years of being self employed, and balancing beauty work with childcare. I’m one of these people who generally learns by making mistakes, so please don’t expect an ‘I’m a Mrs perfect’, style of writing. I’m quite fly by night and honest.
At the minute I work from home and do mobile work. Originally I had a salon, but after a flood at the end of December 2015 that devastated our poor wee town I decided I needed a Plan B. The surveyor who came into the salon afterwards described it as ‘a murder scene’. The survey uncovered various issues with the building including dry rot, not to mention the place was soaked through. I just cried and cried at first. It was awful. But being the hard (wo)man that I am I made a plan. What’s for you won’t go past you, my Great Gran always used to say. I had to find a different path and quickly.
So here I am. Now working from home and doing mobile treatments. My clients have been so supportive, patient and amazing. They have kept me going, and they don’t mind that my home salon is ‘not quite finished yet’. Without them there would be no plan B. Thanks to them I have survived floodgate and I am slowly moving on, still sporting crisp crumbs in my hair, and random bits of food in my apron pocket, but still managing to give them the most fabulous treatments & service that I can.
This weekend I am off to Edinburgh for the Scottish Hair & Beauty Show. It is a yearly trade show held at the Royal Highland Centre, where hair and beauty brands can showcase new products. I will get to see what is up & coming and shall report back (once I get over the hangover from the night before.It may last a few days as since having baby no.3 I just cannot drink. I’m the 2 drink wonder, any more than that and I think I’m Beyonce when I hit the dance floor).
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Until next time,
p.s I randomly found a squished up mouldy banana in my peg basket. I can’t work out if I, in a sleep deprived haze, missed the recycling box, or if one of my kids have left me a present.Either way its pretty gross! #mummyproblems
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4 thoughts on “About me: my beauty beginnings”
The life and times of a busy mum/therapist/business owner/blogger! Don’t know how we manage either but it’s worth it- at least life is exciting! Great first post and looking forward to reading more especially some beauty business hints and tips! Xxx
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Thank you Aisha. There is never a dull moment when there is kids involved that’s for sure xx
Wow! Your treatment room looks so chic and welcoming. Love that dresser!
Thank you! The dresser is completely up cycled by a local lady 🙂