What beauty guru Kate Somerville wants you to know about starting your own business

What beauty guru Kate Somerville wants you to know about starting your own business

What beauty guru Kate Somerville wants you to know about starting your own business

And actually turning it into a success.

Image: Instagram @katesomervilleskincare

She’s the LA-based aesthetician with a client list that boasts the likes of Ruby Rose, Vanessa Hudgens, Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick, who all put their skin in her very capable hands. What’s truly put Kate Somerville on the map (beyond Hollywood’s elite endorsing her) is her eponymous skincare range that works as hard as she does.

The therapist and entrepreneur famously suffers from with eczema – it’s she often cites the inspiration to get into her line of work – and with products that line shelves in the world’s most exclusive cosmetics and department stores – locally, that’s Mecca – Somerville has some wise words about success – as well as skincare – that we should all take heed of.

First up, according to the entrepreneur, if you want to ‘do your own thing’, you have to “have the courage to take the path,” which means “there is a 'no' or a slammed door go – the other way.

“Don’t give up and keep going. There are so many incredibly successful people who failed before they made it,” she says, and emphasizes that wherever you are in your journey, “don’t lose sight of what you’re trying to do.

“A business will take you over – the sales, the cash flow and so on, If you lose sight of why you’re doing it, it’s not fun anymore. For me, it’s important to connect with clients and stay close to what motivated me to start this – to heal people. Keeping your focus on the mission of what you’re doing,” she advises – regardless of the industry you’re in.

You can’t do everything is another lesson Somerville has learnt over the years – “delegation is key,” she says, and it’s important to “know what your strengths and weaknesses are and hire the people you need to. I am an aesthetician first and business woman second, so it’s important to have the right team in place,” that said, the one lesson she wishes she knew when she started out was to let people who don’t align with your business’ culture and vision quickly.

“If you hire someone and it’s not a fit don’t let it linger too long,” she advises, and admits her “biggest challenge was becoming a business person when I was a creator and a healer.

“I didn’t go to business school and I had to learn how to run a business. As the business grew I continued to learn more; everything from how to manage cash flow to product development,” which – as anyone who has seen the results of her range will tell you – is a skill she’s totally nailed.

It’s not all work and no wellness for the beauty industry juggernaut, who sticks to a healthy, balanced lifestyle from the minute she wakes up in the morning.

“I love starting my day with a green juice or smoothie, incorporating ingredients like aloe juice, celery, spinach and cucumber – all great ingredients for your skin,” and follows it up with a workout when she has time to fit it in.

“My favourite exercise is going for a hike or walking on the beach with my dogs. Being outside in nature is another way I like to reduce stress,” she says, and like many of us struggles to find that elusive work/life balance.

“I try to focus wherever I am at the moment. If I’m in a meeting at the office, I’m only thinking about work. If I’m home with my family, I put away my phone and make sure all my attention is on my family,” which is a lesson in mindfulness that’s difficult to master.

Her ultimate ‘hack’ – if there were such a thing – to staying on top of it all, though, is simple: “take time for yourself!

“I love being a wife and a mother and a business woman, but with so much going on it’s important to take time for yourself in order to be able to be your best. Small luxuries like relaxing in a beautiful bath with candles lit allow me to recharge so I can continue to give to my family and my business,” and even if you don’t have either… it’s simple things like that that can have a transformative effect on your day – however challenging things might be.

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