Raising kids while also pursuing a career can be a tough gig for anyone. For mum of two Rebecca, living in the Darling Downs rural town of Pittsworth (a population of just 3,300), it was particularly tough. There were very little opportunities for work that fitted in with the schedules of her young children.
When she came to BUSY At Work’s Toowoomba office for support to find work through the Workforce Australia Employment Services program, Rebecca spoke about her desire to start her own business. A qualified beauty technician, Rebecca had also recently completed a nail technician course. This inspired her to explore starting a ‘nail artistry’ business, offering unique nail designs for potential clients. This she believed could fit in with her children’s school hours.
Her Mentor at BUSY At Work referred Rebecca to the Self Employment Assistance (SEA) program which supports jobseekers and small startup owners to turn their business idea into a reality. The program offers workshops, business training and coaching for up to twelve months. Rebecca completed her business plan and commenced the program in March 2023.
Rebecca said, “I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the support I’ve received in my business. At first, I worked from home, getting the word out about my business. I had my car signed and drove around town a lot as it was a moving advertisement.”
After a few months Rebecca’s business had grown so she rented a small shop in Pittsworth. Within six months, she had moved to bigger premises and expanded her capacity to take on more business.
“I just can’t believe how quickly it all happened, especially when I’ve been trying to get something happening for what seemed like, forever!”
A real-life success story, Rebecca loves being a nail technician, particularly the unique nail artwork she does, and her signature ‘pink scrubs’ that has helped build her reputation in the area. Her artistic flair recently won her several awards through ‘Cut the Crap’ nail supply company. Business is doing extremely well and Rebecca loves working her own hours while building upon her professional success.
Trading as Beccalicious Nails, her mentor at BUSY At Work recently visited her salon. After only six months, Rebecca proudly said, “If you want an appointment, you better line up as I am now booked out a month ahead!”
Rebecca is about to add an additional staff member – and BUSY At Work are now helping her to find the right person!
Looking for work or want to start a new business? Find out more about BUSY At Work’s support for job seekers.