Start small and be true to yourself and your aesthetic, don’t try to be like anyone else. Stay focused, grounded and remember the people that helped you in the early days. - Ingrid Bonnor
When I first started out I wanted to try and keep up with what everyone else was doing. But as I have progressed, I would say the image & brand identity of my business has grown stronger and I am more confident with portraying a look that I feel so strongly about. - Sophie Westley
I think sometimes it’s important to listen to other people’s stories of how they got to where they are or are going. In a world where we are flooded with smoke and mirrors, it’s nice to hear that we’re all just really going through the same thing, and wherever you’re at in life is a perfectly fine place to be! - Aimee Kendall
I wear many different hats; marketer, creative director, web designer, warehouse, sales, business development and so on. I think most small businesses face this, however it’s exciting too as you really understand what your business needs to get things done. - Almira Armstrong
Determination pays off – when you find your purpose, it doesn’t mean it’ll be less hard, but the reward will be worth more than anything you can ever ask for.
- Alex Saba
I might have changed the timing. I started this business when I was working, then I fell pregnant, renovated a house, sold it, moved countries, fell pregnant again, had a baby while living overseas, all the trying to run Dylan Kain. I just had to get on with it. - Bonnie Davis
10 years ago I envisaged I would be spending all weekend cooking for the family and finally be fluent in French. I never envisaged I would be selling to China and learning Mandarin, running workshops across Asia and so on. - Catherine Cervasio
I am a big believer in collaborating and that a rising tide lifts all boats. I truly believe there is more than enough room for everyone so why not encourage and support each other? We know empowering women across the board - but specifically through education and economically - makes for a more productive society. - Jennifer Luby
Work hard, always be grateful and polite. Be prepared for a million ‘no's’ for one ‘yes’. Don't be concerned with what others are doing, focus on your own shit! - Lara Lupish
It took me a while to learn that it’s okay to let people help you. In fact, it is essential. Now, I’m all about – ‘if someone can do it better than you, get them on board!’ - Sally Burgess
But business is a learning curve – even for charities - and I’ll never make that mistake again. I cried and went for a run and then sat down and kept going with our new project with renewed vigour. Learn from it; onwards and upwards. - Lilli Boisselet
Two hearts and minds are definitely stronger than one and means that one of us is always “on”. This helps to lift the other up and kicks their arse into gear when you’d rather be on the couch watching Netflix. - Taegan and Carly Reid
Remember to pay your dues. Nothing comes easily and thinking that a career will be handed to you is out of the question. Be polite, listen, be respectful and stick to a tribe that encourages you to do better every day. - Priscila Martinez
The idea that we’re alone in our struggles really keeps a lot of people trapped and I’m a super warrior against this idea - Robin Lee
Sometimes you feel as though you have worked so hard, (the crazy hours, sleepless nights) and still aren’t getting ahead. And the other frustration is that every time I meet someone new in business they seem to be confused by my age – I don’t think age matters, it’s the experience and dedication to your work that matters. - Olivia Zarantonello
A few years ago I was fired from my job as a financial advisor at a creative agency. Soon after that, I went through a rough divorce. I was depressed, I was disheartened and I knew that I needed a serious change....
I have often questioned my decision to pursue art full-time, but never once considered quitting... If it is a slow month I question all of my life choices but once things pick up again (which they always do) my confidence comes back and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. - Deanna First
I think putting a little bit of pressure on yourself is a good thing but I do suffer from octopus arms (trying to grab everything and do everything all at once.) - Leila Stead
I honestly believe looking back that maybe my millinery passion saved my life and that without my beautiful family and friends to support and encourage me, it would be a very different story.
I honestly felt like I had failed when I had to walk away from my swimwear brand. I had no one to relate to, no stories from anyone on this subject - who wants to talk about failure?
I MET BEE ABOUT 9 YEARS AGO, in New York City. It was one of my very first trips to NY before I made the move over, & a mutual friend of ours was hosting an intimate dinner for me in New Yorks hip Lower East Side at a restaurant called Gemma on the Bowery, to introduce me to media & social girls. The goal to introduce them all to the SAMANTHA WILLS Brand. I felt like I’d been invited to sit at the cool girls table, among the 12 guests were Lindsay Lohan, Chrissie Miller… and Bee Shapiro.
Over time I developed a strong desire to create something that would help and support working women. It grew within me. I wanted to build a business of service solutions for working women, to help them save time.
We tend to pile so much on the to-do list, and with a long term vision it feels like that list just gets longer and longer.
I think even if people don’t have a plan, they need to know enough about what they are doing to know whether the view is worth the climb.
'I am the WRONG person to look to for balance. I haven’t found it so if you do, please call me right away!'
I take people’s jumbled up thoughts, feelings, concerns, wants and needs about their home and garden out of their head, package it up and give it back to them in a design concept that they can execute.
'I opened an Instagram account, and off we went, full speed ahead, trying to keep up with the bookings, enquires, shoot requests, magazines, etc., we were on an unexpectedly fast train.'
'At university, I was almost through completing my design degree at UWS, when I saw Samantha Wills + Russh Magazine was hosting an opportunity to design a piece of jewellery for the SW brand.'
"I was busy, stressed and working extremely long hours in the corporate world as a Marketing Manager. It wasn’t too long until I was in a very committed relationship with the chocolate and cookie jars on our floor"
'After a fleeting relationship I found myself to be 10 weeks pregnant….. And single...
Sometimes when you are forced to make life changes, and get out of your comfort zone wonderful things happen.'