Boss Lady Mia Plecic on her entrepreneurial highs and lows

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Mia Plecic always knew she was destined for success – she was just 23 years old when she started her first business where she quickly turned $1000 into $1 million and has successfully founded 6 companies since venturing into the world of business.

When asked if Mia comes from an entrepreneurial family and if that is what drove her to the world of business, she says she’s asked that same question quite often, but in her situation, that’s just not the case.

“Although my family do run small micro sized businesses, they are all very much ‘comfort zone’ enterprises, nothing to the extent that I dream to run. Growing up in a small coastal town generally means small mind mentalities. I still wonder to this day where the fire inside me started, but from such a young age I always had such a fascination for business, money and what it can buy,” says Mia.

Mia’s first start-up was in 2015, Pearly Whites Australia – a teeth whitening company that would turn over millions in revenue.

The idea started simply as a thought one night while scrolling through her Instagram feed.

“In-home teeth whitening kits were a new trend and I jumped on the idea instantly, in fact, I had my first sale within 12 hours, before I even had any stock in hand,” she says.

“I’m the first to admit that I am no innovator. I don’t create products, I simply see new products that are trending in the market, I re-brand them and sell them through the Ecommerce platform. I know how to use Social Media to sell and know how to brand a product which is the most important part in my eyes.”

Mia says her life was flipped upside down when she was misled by a business partner amidst the success of Pearly White Australia and within a day was selling her shares of the business.

At the time, it could not have been more devastating, but when reflecting on that time in her life, Mia says that it was an integral part of how she would conduct herself and her businesses moving forward.

“I look back now, and I am beyond grateful for that challenging experience. It grew me as a businesswoman like nothing else could,” she says.

“I grew resilience, strength and courage I didn’t even know I had in me. I have also grown credibility, people respect my vulnerability, my courage to pick myself up, brush myself off and move on.”

“Business is never smooth sailing, nor is life. Any business person who tells you that it is, is lying to you. I learnt that giving up is not an option and that continually learning along every step of the way is crucial.”

Mia doesn’t believe in failure, only lessons to be learnt, a quality you will see from some of the most successful people.

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This was just a bump in the road for her and Mia has since founded 5 other very successful companies, runs a YouTube channel and is very active social media influencer.

It takes a lot of dedication and strength to back yourself within your own business and that is what Mia does, backs herself without fear or hesitation.

“You have to be fearless, 100%. Scared in business isn’t even in my dictionary, I pride myself in being courageous. I love the challenge, I love the excitement, business is a game to me and the highest number wins.”

“I don’t let success define me. I’ve learnt to be tough in business, resilient. It’s a rat eat rat, dog eat dog world and I’ve had to grow that mentality over the course of my business growth. It sounds harsh, but it’s a harsh world in business – I have learnt to back myself, believe in myself, even when nobody else believes in me.”

Mia’s mission is to inspire other women to have a go, create a dream life, find a purpose and walk right when everyone else is walking left.

Her advice to others who have thought about becoming an entrepreneur, but have been afraid to take the leap, is to defy all odds and not care what others think or say.

“Chances are the people with big opinions are simply too scared to take the chances in which you are courageous enough to take. Small minds have big opinions. Don’t let those voices stop you from creating your dream life.”

“Remind yourself daily that you are good enough, tell yourself in the mirror first thing each morning, that’s what I do! Tell yourself you are worthy, you are a champion and you are successful.”

Mia announced yesterday that she will be launching her new venture – The Startup School – on November 15th.

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“The Startup School is a course for anyone wanting to start their own online business. I’ve created this 35 module course which will guide you step-by-step through the entire start-up grind. From coming up with your idea, branding, sourcing suppliers, marketing and so much more.”

You can follow Mia on Instagram and keep up to date with all things Mia Plecic by subscribing to her YouTube channel.

Meet the girls making fitness relatable

Sadly, a staggering 89 per cent of Australian women hate the way the look and lack any form of confidence.

A statistic that has only grown since the powerful world of social media made its impression on today’s society.

Too many young woman, and men, compare themselves to the ‘models’ they see on their instagram feeds – with their posed photos, perfect lighting and photoshopped bodies.

So it has been a breath of fresh air to see two Geelong based girls sharing their fitness journey in the realest and most relatable way over social media.

Lauren and Sharee co-manage an instagram account called @freshkinicomp, a page they started to show others what it was like during the good days and the bad days of a fitness journey.

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“For me, it’s all about helping females feel confident again and loving themselves, not someone they aspire to be on their phone wallpaper,” says Lauren.

Lauren has been a personal trainer since the age of 19 and now owns her own gym, Toning Fitness, and Sharee is a nutritionist and trainer who used to suffer with an eating disorder.

Sharee describes herself as “a body-positive warrior who is learning to love my body no matter what stage it’s at, I find that a huge deal since I use to battle with an eating disorder,” – an attribute she is trying to teach her clients and those who follow their journey on instagram.

While maintaining their own healthy lifestyles, they are both incredibly passionate about helping other woman to reach their fitness goals and empowering them no matter what size or shape they may be.

“From 16 to 23 my fitness habits went up and down like a yo-yo – gain weight, lose weight – and it wasn’t until I got engaged that I really worked hard at my fitness and kept it a lifestyle! It takes a lot of starting and stopping until you get sick of starting before it becomes a true lifestyle,” says Sharee.

“I was actually a school teacher before this and struggled with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and when I changed my diet my whole fitness excelled, I want to help others who are struggling to lose weight from exercise alone,” she says.

Lauren and Sharee had only been working together for a few weeks when Sharee asked her if she wanted to do a “Bikini Competition” with her, a fitness and physique competition for women.

Instead of just training without others knowing and keeping it to themselves, they decided to start their instagram page, which has gained nearly 700 followers since late March.

“We train females together at Toning Fitness and we share everything with our clients, we did this for them and for anyone else thinking of starting a Bikini Comp for the first time,” says Lauren.

“We wanted to show them what it was like during the good days and the bad days and how dedicated you have to be, because let’s be honest, no one knows how hard it actually is just by seeing posed photos on instagram,” says Sharee.

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So far the girls have been doing 5 weight sessions per week; they run for about 2hours (including 15min booty activation warm up and a 15min walk at the end).

They have a coach who sets a meal plan that has only slightly changed since they started.

“We are moving into the last 9 weeks which will change drastically, but we are blissfully unaware just how much. We know we have some interval training cardio soon and carbs will decrease as well,” say the girls.

Going through such a gruelling process that takes a lot of physical and mental strength can be difficult on your own, so both the girls are extremely grateful to have the other to lean on during their preparation. 

“We get along so well and see each other for about 2-3hrs every day. I couldn’t imagine doing this without her, we keep each other extremely motivated which has been the real award. I have someone that understands everything I am going through to get  stage ready,” says Lauren.

Both Lauren and Sharee did not expect the amount of support and praise they have received since starting Freshkinicomp and they love that others appreciate their vision of empowering themselves and others to love their bodies.

“We are so overwhelmed by the love we are getting from Instagram, we are just being ourselves and the followers just keep coming. We don’t wear makeup, we don’t try make ourselves look pretty before gym or during weight lifting, we just film, be ourselves 24/7 and hope that everyone likes it,” says Lauren.

“Yes, sometimes people think we are robots, we are just human and it is just as hard for us,” says Sharee.

Lauren and Sharee hope that after they finish their competition they they can continue to motivate others and maybe go into the coaching world themselves.

Their parting words for those who want to make a change or are really struggling with where they’re at physically and mentally in their fitness journey are:

“Stay consistent! Motivation will come and go but if you make a plan, when you do have motivation and stick to it no matter what, then you can achieve your goals.”

Follow the girls on Instagram to keep up to date with the final weeks of their preparation!

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