Welcome to the momstown moments mom entrepreneur profile! In this ongoing feature, we bring you some of the best and brightest mompreneurs - and find out what really makes them tick. We hope to inspire mompreneurs-to-be and support mom-based businesses across Canada and around the world.
Today's profile is a member of the Ontario Mompreneur Group. Grace Stillo owns iLash. me, an innovative cosmetic company.
1. Why did you become a mom entrepreneur?
Life was challenging raising three small children with a husband recovering from a serious car accident. I needed to do something! Four years ago I went with a friend to a spa show in Toronto and immediately recognized the new hot trend was individual eyelash extensions. For the past three years my little business has managed to become quite successful. During the years I had the opportunity to meet women ages 20-75 years old and hear their eyelash related stories about how some have sparse lashes, fine lashes, wanting thicker and longer lashes, etc. I decided that I would strive to create my own line of products to solve many of the concerns experienced by women.
Since I have manged to become successful on my own I designed iLash.me to create flexible work-from-home business opportunities for entrepreneurial women everywhere. Providing unique products that can only be sold through a Lashionista. I am pleased to say I have become successful that I have now opened my own Training/Distribution head office were we monthly have Lashionista's Meeting and help these entrepreneurial women become successful like me but still able to mange their personal life. I love to empower women and being a role model for them. I always say "If I can do it.....So can you".!
2. What’s your biggest challenge working for yourself?
The biggest challenge working for myself is having so many ideas in creating new products and bring in new services to help everyday women look and feel their best and only having one of me to deliver. Starting my own empire means working around the clock but stopping once my kids come from school until bedtime and then spending quality time with my hubby. Then its back to work! But I always find one day out of the week to be "ME" day!!
3. What advice would you give other mom entrepreneurs?
My advice to other mom entrepreneurs is never give up your dream and passion!
We are all women who have a crazy lifestyles of taking care of our kids, house and business.
If I have manged to become successful..... so you can you!
About iLash.me: Nothing frames a face like lush, beautiful eyelashes – and now you can enjoy longer, thicker and fuller lashes with iLash.meTM products and services. Established in 2010 by entrepreneur Grace Stillo, iLash.meTM is a ground-breaking and empowering cosmetic brand that combines top-quality products with an innovative social shopping concept that incorporates the best of ecommerce, social media, and personal service. The result is a passionate business that empowers every woman to be bold and style her own life – all while batting gorgeous, enviable eyelashes! In addition to providing amazing products and services, iLash.meTM creates flexible work-from-home business opportunities for entrepreneurial women everywhere.