League of Extraordinary Women – Megan Love

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Megan Love


Megan Love

What was the catalyst for you launching your business?
Being made redundant in my corporate position gave me the time and the opportunity to start my business. I always had a passion for style and fashion and this opened the door to take the leap in my stilettos.

What does a typical day at work involve for you?
It is varied everyday as different clients could request a different service – wardrobe reviews, special event styling, shopping sessions, wardrobe integrations, researching and marketing. The fun part is researching – who does not want to say they are paid to shop and find the latest fashions that will suit a client’s needs.

What are your guiding principles?

Helping my clients make that first impression the right one, and stand out for all the right reasons. I want every client to ‘Create Their Personal Style’ and to have them feel confident in who they are and how they look. Our ultimate aim is to educate our clients on how to make intelligent design choices, because style is as much about knowledge and state of mind as it is clothing. Having each client feel comfortable, stylish and confident.
How do you make yourself more productive?
Being organised, goals set each day on what I need to achieve and then ticking them off as they are done. Not being too caught up in social media – scheduling time to manage review and research online. Currently looking into more automation of the back end process so that more time can be dedicated working on the business instead of within it.

What was the catalyst for you launching your business?

Being made redundant in my corporate position gave me the time and the opportunity to start my business. I always had a passion for style and fashion and this opened the door to take the leap in my stilettos.

What does a typical day at work involve for you?

It is varied everyday as different clients could request a different service – wardrobe reviews, special event styling, shopping sessions, wardrobe integrations, researching and marketing. The fun part is researching – who does not want to say they are paid to shop and find the latest fashions that will suit a client’s needs.

What are your guiding principles?

Helping my clients make that first impression the right one, and stand out for all the right reasons. I want every client to ‘Create Their Personal Style’ and to have them feel confident in who they are and how they look.

Our ultimate aim is to educate our clients on how to make intelligent design choices, because style is as much about knowledge and state of mind as it is clothing. Having each client feel comfortable, stylish and confident.

How do you make yourself more productive?

Being organised, goals set each day on what I need to achieve and then ticking them off as they are done. Not being too caught up in social media – scheduling time to manage review and research online. Currently looking into more automation of the back end process so that more time can be dedicated working on the business instead of within it.

What are your top resources when you’re in a need of creative inspiration?

My world is fashion and style – style.com; whowhatwear.com; refinery29.com; all fashion magazines and retailers. Inspiration can also be taken from the world around us – art, books, exhibitions and nature.

What mindsets helped make you successful?

No surprise it is the ability to stay positive and believe this leap was worth it. My study was completed with the Australian Style Institute and we have a wonderful community of stylists around Australia who we can connect with and share any questions or challenges we may have – knowing we are not alone.

Acknowledge the small wins and you have to share those successes and put your ego aside. No one else can promote your business if you are not willing too.

What do you do to challenge your underlying beliefs, paradigms and assumptions?

Constant learning and development – through different means. Challenging what I know and how I have done things. That is why certain networking groups can be very valuable where you can learn from others about what they do and how they have created success.

If you wanted to create an environment where motivation can thrive, what’s the first thing you would do.

It is healthy body – healthy mind. Exercise and mindfulness are part of every day for me. You need ‘YOU’ time and this is the best way to kick start your day. Refreshed and ready to to achieve.

Which person of influence, dead or alive, would you like to have as a mentor and why?

Grace Kelly – style icon who then embraced her new role within the royal family and changed how they viewed the world and the society they operated within. This came about through relationships and education. Two critical components to being able to operate a successful business.

What book would you most recommend and why?

Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg – it made me stop and think about the way I act at home and in my professional life. You need to lean in and take every opportunity – be proud of what you can do and also willingly accept help when it is needed.

Did you have any ‘entrepreneurial experiences’ as a child?

Growing up we watched my parents work many jobs to get ahead and this was instilled early on to have a strong work ethic – from a paper round, through to a home spray tanning business and now onto a styling business.

What do you find most exciting about being an entrepreneur?
Love the creative control you have with your own business – delivering consistent customer service, marketing that you believe in and knowing each success is your doing.

What things about entrepreneurship do you struggle to understand?
My biggest struggle has been eliminating self-doubt and fear about moving out of a well paid corporate position to setting up a start up business in a regional area. Finding the right networks to connect with and then making the best connections to continue to learn and develop myself.

What three pieces of advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today?
1.Surround yourself with like minded people – who will support you and want you to be successful

2. Do something you love – we only have one life – you need to LOVE it.

3. Know what your personal brand is and commit to it.

What has been your biggest sacrifice or challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?

My greatest challenge has been the negativity I received about taking this leap – not everyone has been supportive, that is when the self doubt creeps in. Once you put that aside – it just makes you want to work harder so you can show them, they are wrong.

What has been your most effective marketing tactic or strategy?
Taking the learnings from my study and then from connecting with a marketing company (who I met through LOEW) to create the right strategy for my business has been my best investment. In my previous life I avoided social media for privacy reasons – my business today could not survive without it.

How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
It is about the service that I deliver and ensuring their objectives are met each and every time.

What systems/apps/organisational tools have you used to automate your business to give you more time for planning & development?

This is still underway for me being so new to the technology space for my business – using MailChimp although reviewing Infusion Soft

What is the most courageous thing you’ve done in business?
Putting myself out there – knowing the answer could be Yes or No, if it is No do not take it personally move onto the next opportunity. Anytime I see a potential connection with my business I reach out with a proposal.

How do you deal with failure?

I like to review and reflect over the 24 hour period following the failure although I am very capable now to move on and stop looking back. Take the learnings and implement changes if needed.

Looking back, what would you do differently?
Sometimes you do not need to do anything different, it could be timing was not right. Otherwise as mentioned above I note down what could be done better. We should always be looking for ways to improve.

What do you love the most about what you do now?
The reaction on someone’s face when you make them look and feel the best version of themselves. We all have to wear clothes so why not love how you look in them. Unfortunately personality is not the first thing people see when they meet you.

What does female empowerment mean to you and why is it important?
A study was released where 86% of the household decisions are made by women yet we continue to be underrepresented in so areas in the workforce and political arena. I am passionate about seeing women succeed and empowering us with the knowledge and the attitude to move away from many of the discussions that occur today about equality.

Do you follow any health and wellness routines you would recommend to other female entrepreneurs?
Do what you enjoy – if running is no fun and a chore – don’t do it. Today there are so many different classes – suspend, barre, dancing, zumba, the list goes on. Have fun and make it part of every day.

Words of Wisdom / Personal Quote:

Create Your Personal Style

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