Single mum Kate forges a new career as a successful entrepreneur
Back in 2012 Kate Davies, who lives with her three children in Whiston, found herself at a crossroads in her life. She had previously worked as a barmaid and a waitress but knew she was capable of more.
Single mum Kate Davies has gone from employee to successful beauty entrepreneur – thanks to her own determination and the help of Liverpool-based The Women’s Organisation.
Back in 2012 Kate, who lives with her three children in Whiston, found herself at a crossroad in her life. She had previously worked as a barmaid and a waitress but knew she was capable of more.
She said: “I never really knew what I wanted as a career, but I always knew that I wanted to be successful and I wanted a job that I enjoyed doing.
“I decided to start a college course as beauty therapist – more out of general interest at first.”
Science & creativity
As soon as Kate began her studies, it was clear to her that she had found her passion.
She completed her Level 2 and 3 Beauty Therapy at Knowsley Community College and undertook further studies at Riverside College.
Kate found that she loved the science of the course mixed with the creativity of it.
She explained: “I knew when I started studying straightaway that this was what I wanted to do as a profession.
“It was my two passions rolled into one. So I knew early on when I was starting my Level 2 Beauty Therapy course that I was planning on being a mobile beauty therapist.”
Once Kate had decided that she would be setting up her own business, she began to build her kit making sure she had everything that she would need to be a freelance.
She then heard about The Women’s Organisation and when she was in a position to launch I got in touch with them.
And although she admits she was nervous at first she soon got the ball rolling after she was paired up with business adviser, Francine Taylor.
“The support I’ve been given has been amazing, and because of that my confidence grew massively and it didn’t feel so scary. It felt exciting,” added Kate.
She attended three courses at The Women’s Organisation; Planning for Success, Understanding Tax and National Insurance and Basic Bookkeeping and worked with Francine to put together a solid business plan.
Kate said: “Francine has been absolutely amazing. She’s given me some great ideas about expanding my business and has put me in touch with some great connections – I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Freedom & passion
Now, Kate’s business, Hello You Beauty, is going from strength to strength. As a mobile beauty Therapist she offers a range of beauty, make-up and massage treatments for clients in the comfort of their own homes, all across her local area.
Things are going really well so far,” she said. “I have almost doubled sales projections for the past two months and I’m excited for the future of the business as there are so many different directions I want to explore.
“I had always been employed before, meaning someone else was in charge of my shifts and the days I worked. Now I can fit my workload around my children.
“But the best thing about running my own business is that it gives me the freedom to do a job that I love. It’s a passion and doesn’t feel like work at all.”
To to find out more about Kate’s business, call 07519 753035.