My name is Ash, I am 22 years old, mother of two and wife to one. After never really fitting into the 'academic' persona in highschool, I felt that my determination and creativity in life meant nothing and that I was doomed to a life of being average. After finishing Highschool I worked as a nanny for a successful entrepreneurial couple who taught me that my 'street-smart' attitude was a massive blessing that that I was meant for greater things.
Since this time, I have been working tirelessly at developing a range of eco-friendly skincare products which increase blood flow and thus firm skin, provide a bit of extra colour (a glorified self tanner if you will), moisturise, exfoliate and increase the look and feel of the skin without containing any harmful substances- all my products are 100% organic and AFFORDABLE!
With the help of my entrepreneurial friends and my husband who just so happens to be a marketing agent, I have developed a highly structured business plan, 12 week brand launch and marketing plan, used my own web developing and design skills to build an online store, began working on building a following through instagram (which already has 700+ followers despite not having revealed what the product is) and have designed some eco-friendly, visually appealing packaging.
The only catch is that due to the fact that I have a young family, money is very tight and we are heavily focused on making mortgage and car repayments and providing for our two children. I only need a small amount to purchase my organic ingredients in bulk and purchase enough packaging to account for my first month in sales. Luckily the return on these products is very high so once I have started selling the products I can use my own profits to purchase a second round of ingredients and packaging- its just that first one I need help with.
Originally I was told that there was a lot of government grant money available to young entrepreneurs and startup businesses, however after spending weeks of ringing around I have discovered that due to the fact that I do not recieve any kind of government benefits due to being a low income family- I do not qualify for any of this funding which seems to be very backwards that those attempting to make something of themselves find it the hardest to obtain funding and assistance.
So this is what brings me here, with the hope that the public will be able to help a young mother make something of herself so there is less pressure on her husband to work two jobs, to provide for her children and to prove that young women can be resourceful, business saavy and achieve their dreams.