Girls Talk Business started as a simple little Facebook Group. I created the group to empower women who run their businesses from home. Now, four years on and with over 8500 members, our Facebook Group Community continues to grow. Throughout this time, we have encountered our fair share of challenges. One of our biggest challenges was; understanding how not to turn our Facebook Group into just another promotional platform and continue to offer valuable information for women in business to grow their businesses.
In 2019 we launched our first Girls Talk Business website. Then in 2021, I joined forces with the incredibly creative human Eloise Condron from The Bespoke Designer. Through our collaboration, we rebuilt the website to where it is right now. I am very proud of what we have achieved together, and I hope you feel the same.
Our challenge for the website was to build an online platform that would run as smoothly and effortlessly as possible. Where visitors to our site will find value in what we have created and hang out.
Our goal is to provide an online platform that caters to businesswomen exploring and transitioning to owning a business, creating a new business, or growing their existing brand, with a space to emerge from behind the scenes and shine. A space where they can promote their brand, build their reach and grow in confidence. While at the same time connecting with members and industry experts to help them in their business journey.
While we continue to focus on providing real value in our Girls Talk Business Facebook Group by encouraging women in business to have honest conversations about their business. We are excited to offer women a platform where they can share their business information so it doesn't get lost in the online world.
Thanks for joining me on this business journey. I look forward to meeting you in the Members Lounge.
My entrepreneurial journey began at the age of thirteen! My parents were hard-working immigrants who taught me that to achieve any success, You needed to "work hard". My mother was a seamstress, so designing and creating clothing seemed like the best solution for a couple that had just moved from another country to start a new life. I spent my teenage years selling mum's creations at the Local Markets, and this was where I learned the ins and outs of running a business. On weekends I was at the Markets working. It was an unusual upbringing for a thirteen-year-old, and I grew up pretty quickly. Much later in life, I learned to value this experience.
At the age of twenty-two, I decided to enrol myself in a fashion course. By the time I reached twenty-seven, I had accumulated some fashion industry knowledge, so I set out to build my first business from scratch. While six months earlier, I married my sweetheart. This was the beginning of our future together. I created Barracuda, a Surf & Streetwear store, and I gave it my all for seventeen years. I poured my heart and soul into my business, and the hard work paid off. I had created a successful business at a time when many people said it couldn't be done.
Then in 2012, I decided to close the doors on Barracuda.
I had burnt out, and I realised it was time to stop and take a deep breath.
I felt guilty taking time out but knew it was important to reconnect with myself. I learned to slow down and I discovered a whole lot of things I didn't have time for before because I was far too busy.
Now I am ready for the next chapter in my life, Girls Talk Business. I can't wait!