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.

Healthy Lifestyle tips from Personal Trainer and Fitness Model Kate Collins

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I spoke to Geelong based personal trainer and all-round boss babe Kate Collins about her background in the fitness community and what some of her tips are for those wanting to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Tell our readers a little bit about yourself

  • Kate Collins 27

  • Twin.

  • Grew up on property just outside Winchelsea (Geelong)

  • Played every sport at school I could possibly sign up to

  • I have been a personal trainer for 8 years – it’s a passion not just a job.

  • Worked on the Gold Coast for 3 years at one of the biggest gyms in QLD as a personal trainer

  • I have also competed in several IFBB figure comps

How did you first get into PT/fitness?

“Well always been surrounded by sport,  I mean having having a twin is one of the most competitive aspects of wanting to improve or be good at everything I tried.

I played tennis and rode horses from a very young age and always made up games in the paddock, so in terms of fitness, I was always running around.

In primary school I loved hanging with the boys playing footy, soccer and anything to do with being tough and competitive!

With PT, it was something  I was very fascinated by, you don’t need much equipment,  just your hands and an eye for detail and the passion to want to succeed – that was me from a very young age.

I thought I wanted to get into outdoor education after leaving school and soon realised you had to go to uni for many years. That was definitely not me!

So I was working at Anaconda and Bended Elbow (a bar in Geelong) and across the road was the VFA leaning (an educational institute for sports fitness). I constantly looked at it and thought, I need to go there ASAP.

Who wants to spend all day inside, pouring beer, when I could be outside helping people make the most of their lives whilst enjoying the sun. So I walked across the road and signed up!

I could confidently say I was a nerd when it came to the teaching part, I would sit at the front of the room and even study… me + study is probably the biggest oxymoron! But I loved it. I would study in advance it was just perfect for me!

As soon as I got my diploma I walked into Goodlife Geelong and said: yo yo yo. I’m new. I’m excited. Do you need a pt? And Walah I got a job! I was pumped and have been every day since I started.”

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Top 5 tips for starting a healthier lifestyle

  • Drink Water

  • Get a good night Sleep

  • Get away from toxic people and people that don’t support you

  • Get off your bloody phone and look up

  • Train and sweat daily!

  • Food is 80% of your results. So keep it ‘clean’ and lean

Top tips for maintaining once you’ve hit goals.

  • Keep consitent.

  • Don’t stop making new goals

  • Keep it healthy

  • Follow the tips above

Any parting words of wisdom?

 The time is going to pass anyway so make it worthwhile and start now.

You can follow Kate’s personal training Instagram here to keep up to date with all things KCPT!