Name: Camille Wilde
Family members: Camille, Colin, Charlotte and Connor & Millie the Dog. We are not all C on purpose just the way it happened.
Previous career: In Durban, South Africa I owned a Event Management and Decor company called Evolution Events which I sold before I moved to the UK. I LOVED Eventing a Decor.
Name & description of your business: I have started 2 small business here, Beauty Works that has been up and running for 2 years and my new little venture: The Secret Wardrobe – a small boutique clothing business. I am hoping to combine the two by offering beauty workshops – The first is for The CSG Playgroup on 29 November at the CSG Cricket Club. Tickets £3, please come join us.
Beauty Works – for all your beauty needs: Make-up, Eyelash Extensions, Fake Bake Tanning, Waxing and Nails call 07565 705 796
The Secret Wardrobe – A capsule collection of gorgeous boutique style clothes. Glamwear and really good quality wardrobe basic. Excellent quality and brilliant prices £30 – £40. Pieces that are easy to wear and you know you going to look great in. The Secret Wardrobe hosts parties, workshops and coffee mornings. Contact me on 07565 705796 if you would like to be on our invite list to future events and newsletters.
What gave you the inspiration to start your own business: I work for myself because I can not work for other people, I have an Entrepreneurial spirit and a bad attitude towards bosses.
How did you go from having an idea to getting the business up and running: Two words: Hard work, businesses always start at the beginning. The start is always a slow burn. You need to offer a really good service at a good price. Make it worth peoples while choosing to spend their money with you. I always give more than I get and ensure it is a win-win for everyone. Not too sure if I am a great business person. I really care about what I do.
How do you juggle running a business and family life: I have a great husband and I only do what I can. The flexibility of owning your own business is super.
What’s the best & worst thing about having your own business: Best – being passionate about something that’s yours and loving what you do. It’s a big plus and keeps you going. Worst – having to reinvest all your hard earned cash back into the business. Blah….
Where would you like to be in 5 years time: I would like to be doing lots of beauty workshops having earned a reputation to help women make the most of themselves. I think beauty and fashion is very empowering. If you look good, you feel good, you get treated differently, you act differently. Small positive changes have big knock effects in peoples lives.
What one piece of advice would you give to other mothers hoping to start up their own business: Do what you love and find a niche market. Think big, work hard and do it better than anyone else around you.