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.

Time to polish that resume!

If you’ve just finished your degree or you’re looking for work, there’s a good chance you’ll need to update your resume. There’s an even higher chance some of you reading this haven’t done it in years.

Your resume is your introduction to potential future employers – and first impressions count. Here are some tips to help you give your resume the update it deserves.

1. Check for god damn spelling mistakes
I’m that one friend everyone sends their resume to for feedback. I can’t tell you the amount of times someone has spelled something as simple as their own email address incorrectly, put down the wrong phone number or made mistakes that would have been picked up on if they’d taken the extra five minutes to do a final edit themselves.
My best advice is to leave it for an hour or two (or overnight, if you can) then do your final check before sending off to a potential employer.

First, triple-check that your contact information is absolutely correct. Then, spell check using the spell checker on Word or whatever program you’re using. Last of all, do a final check yourself to be sure nothing was missed by the spell checker.

2. Make a generic copy, then tailor it to suit the position you’re applying for
You should ideally have two versions of your resume: a generic copy with all of the key details in it, and then a copy that you’ve made specifically for the position you’re applying, making sure to addresses all of the criteria in the job description that is relevant to you and your skill set. The resume you submit shouldn’t copy the requirements of the job verbatim, but the recruiter should be able to pick yours out of the pile and say ‘yep, they can do what we need them to’. Copying the exact wording of the job description is sloppy, and won’t be the best impression for a future employer.

3. Your high school probably doesn’t matter 
Once you’ve made your tailored resume for the job you’re applying for, make sure the ‘stuff’ on your resume is actually relevant. If you have a degree or higher education qualification, your high school probably doesn’t matter. If you’re applying for a job in your field of expertise and you have tonnes of experience, your first job in fast food isn’t relevant anymore. Although, if you don’t have a lot of experience, I’d leave it on there. Your early jobs are a great way to showcase your problem solving and people skills!

Essentially, keep it simple and prioritise quality over quantity. You want to hone in on the experience you have that will give you the edge in the new role, rather than focus on the small stuff and make it a painstakingly long read for the recruiter. Don’t go overboard with the amount of pages. If you’re resume is over four pages long, you especially need to take this advice. Less is more!

 

4. Don’t go overboard with pie charts or graphics
There’s a trend at the moment where people are adding pie charts to their resumes. I urge you not to jump on the trend – someone is going to take one look at it and wonder why you’re only 18% proficient in Microsoft Office. Graphics do add a nice and personalised touch to a resume, but don’t go overboard. You don’t want to stand out in a bad way. Don’t pick colours that are too bright, stick to a readable font like Arial and ensure there is plenty of white space.

5. Back yourself
Under your work experience, don’t just say ‘worked on a project’. Say something like, ‘I worked on a communications project that reached an audience of 800 people and was 90% successful’ or ‘social media engagement grew by 40%’. You want to tell the employer what you did and what it meant for the business or customer to show that you have the skills and the stats to back yourself up.

Now, I’m not a recruiter. But if you can polish your resume and go into each application with confidence and a good attitude, you’re bound to go far.

Written by Amanda Louise

Amanda Louise is a writer and photographer based on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. You can view more of her work at http://amandalouise.squarespace.com/

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