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 girl boss, Maddison Osburn

Meet Maddison Osburn , an Australian Expert Skin Clinician and the mind behind Geelong based skin clinic, The Aesthetic Skin Clinic. 

The Aesthetic Skin Clinic is a boutique medical cosmetic clinic combing expertise with state of the art treatments, delivered in a high-end boutique practice, at an affordable price point.

Maddison first started in the beauty industry when she was 17, she was working long days and nights travelling all over Melbourne doing spray tanning and skin treatments but always wanted to be her own #girlboss one day.

“I graduated and landed a role working with lasers fresh out of school, so I had an early start in the industry and have now been working with skin and laser therapies for close to 10 years. I always knew I wanted my own brand that inspired and educated women about their skin,” says Maddison.

Since opening the doors in September of 2016, the clinic has gained monumental amounts of #TASCSQUAD members as well as one hell of a social media following.

Currently the TASC girls see over 40-50 patients a day, with a mix of laser treatments, skin therapies and injectables.

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“I had always wanted to have my own business, I loved the idea of being my own boss, inspiring staff and clients and really having a passion for treating people with modalities that I know work. It was about a 6-month process from the planning to the open stage, it happened quite fast and has never slowed down since,” she says.

Opening TASC didn’t come without its obstacles for Maddison, but failure to launch TASC and follow her dreams was not on the cards.

“I was declined finance for start up from 2 different companies as I was young and a high risk with no financial backing behind me. Failure with TASC was not an option for me so I kept trying and asking different companies for their support until I was granted finance to get the ball rolling,” says Maddison.

TASC had already generated so much buzz that Maddison had a months’ worth of clients even before opening the doors.

“I had appointments booked in 1 month ahead before even opening the clinic, so I had a major deadline to meet with the builders and contractors. I remember working in the clinic back to back all day, by myself, doing 60hour weeks until I was brave enough/realised I need to start hiring and expand,” she says.

Maddison attributes the overwhelming amount of support her and the clinic have received to the fact that they are result driven and won’t let any client leave without feeling satisfied with their treatment.

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“I think we have filled the gap for providing treatments that women and men desire but potentially couldn’t afford. We trial all treatments and products for a period to ensure we all truly are 100% are on board and believe in them,” she says.

“We WANT for our clients to see results, to change lives and to be as affordable as we can make it as well as being a place where people WANT to be seen, WANT to snapshot and talk about.”

The way that Maddison handles TASC as a young entrepreneur has been shaped by her mistreatment in the industry.

“The beauty and dermal industry can be so hard on females at times. All my girls have come from roles in the industry where there is a big presence of bullying from other employees, managers and clinic owners,” she says.

“When I started TASC, my biggest policy was an absolute zero tolerance to bullying and this is reiterated in my interviews with girls also. I simply treat my girls exactly how I want to be treated and exactly how I wasn’t treated when I was working in clinic… I ensure all of my girls are comfortable with their roster/hours, having two days off in a row, team bonding nights, trips away and only a flow of positivity for each other is present.”

As well as having only positive vibes and a love for her staff, Maddison is also incredibly passionate about helping women and men reach their skin goals, and so the TASC movement was started.

“The TASC movement is a program we run, where we take on women or men who have suffered from severe acne throughout their life, have tried everything and have been unable to find a solution. We take them under our wing and treat complimentary and provide complimentary product, ongoing, to help them achieve their ultimate skin goals and to feel beautiful again. All photos and throughout the process is filmed on our social media,” says Maddison.

Screen Shot 2018-07-30 at 6.28.30 pm.pngThe movement is just one of many things that makes The Aesthetic Skin Clinic a leader in the beauty industry and why Maddison has succeeded in her business – so much so that she is about to open a second clinic in Melbourne, a major milestone for any business owner.

Maddison’s ultimate goals for TASC is to go global.

“I would love for TASC to be worldwide, not a franchise as I like to be completely involved however I would love to have a few more boutique clinics in some key locations. LA, London and New York,” she says.

Maddison’s tips for anyone who may be thinking of venturing out into the world of business and entrepreneurship are to just go for it.

“Just do it! Get out of a job you hate and do what you really love. If you love it, you’re passionate about it and don’t believe in failure, then you will succeed. You need to set yourself apart from the rest and be willing to face challenges at all stages throughout your business venture. There is always ups and downs and that’s the excitement of business,” she says.

Check out TASC on their Instagram and book in with one of their lovely clinicians today for a treatment that will help you reach your skin goals!