We’re back with another of our monthly spotlights on our incredible tribe bosses. This month we’re taking a peek into what life is like for Hayley, who is the founder of Simple Joy and Pretty Little Aroma plus Tribe Boss at our amazing Newcastle tribe.
We caught up with her to ask her about what life is like as a female business owner and her thoughts on life as part of Girl Tribe Gang…
1. What’s the name and nature of your business?
I am a multi passionate person and actually have two businesses right now! I like to keep myself busy….
My first business is called Simple Joy where I am a Professional Organiser and Stress Management Coach. Within this I work with individuals who are feeling overwhelmed and anxious about their day to day life and surroundings. I support them to overcome that primarily through household decluttering/organising and lifestyle changes. I also do group and corporate workshop on the subject of ‘Decluttering Your Life’ and ‘Less is More’ with Kate Ibbotson a fellow Professional Organiser and Tribe Boss in Ilkley!
My second business is Pretty Little Aroma where I am a Fragrance Consultant. Within this I work with a range of product based businesses who are looking to use fragrance within their products, ranging from small independent brands up to global corporate organisations. I have even just collaborated with a Perfumer and we have started our own YouTube and Podcast to bring fragrance talk to the masses!
2. Why did you decide to become a GTG Tribe Boss?
Girl Tribe Gang was such a huge help to me when I first started on my entrepreneurial journey. It can be a very lonely path and I had not long lived in West Yorkshire at the time, so knowing women in business that lived locally was not really possible!
I joined the Leeds Tribe and things really started to pick up for me. My confidence and networking skills shot up knowing that I wasn’t alone! But by far the biggest thing for me was collaborating with my fellow GTG ladies on a few projects; not only did this increase my exposure but also helped me find some fellow business women who were on the same wavelength and journey as me – which is priceless.
I am originally from Northumberland and was very aware of the lack of support for female entrepreneurs in the North East region, so I was very keen on taking the leap to be a Tribe Boss and taking it to my home counties and giving them the support and network I knew they so badly needed!
3. What’s your advice for someone thinking of joining Girl Tribe Gang?
Just do it!
I was intimidated at first as I expected everyone to be ‘ahead’ of me in their skills and experience. But guess what? There is a huge range of skills, abilities and experience in the group – and that is the best part of it!
All the ladies are there to support and cheer on one another nor matter what we do or where we are on our path. We have an amazing sense of community and it is growing day by day.
4. Share a moment you’re most proud of in life or business
Having the confidence to set up my own businesses and putting myself out there after my corporate career. I felt very vulnerable as I have always hid behind a corporate company or brand, but now I am my own brand and that was very daunting (and still is as times!)
The easiest thing for me to do would have been to get a job elsewhere, but I have wanted to work for myself for so many years, it seemed the right time to get going with it. I won’t look back!
5. What’s your favourite thing to do to relax when you’re not working?
I love walking my Golden Doodle dog called Duggee who is 11 months old. I am lucky enough to live in an area with lots of beautiful fields and woods to walk him in. Nothing relaxes me more than going out in the fresh air and either listening to some relaxing music or some of my favourite podcasts.
6. Name someone who inspires you and tell us why
It has to be Michelle Obama! She is so real and authentic. All women should look to her for inspiration. Not only is she incredibly charismatic and intelligent but she is so down to earth with it. That is what I aspire to be – an inspirational intelligent woman who is successful in her own right but maintains the raw reality of themselves front and centre.
7. What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?
Personally, I really want to take my family to Lapland for Christmas before my children get out of the ‘believing’ stage!
On a professional level I want to start an interview series ‘Talking Scents with the Stars’ on my podcast/Youtube channel. This is starting in the New Year with perfumer Karen Quinn. We will interview people in the public eye about fragrance to really make the fragrance world more accessible and relatable.
I want people to understand the power of scent and inspire the next generation of young children to follow my footsteps into the industry.
If you’re a woman running your own business, or who aspires to work for herself in the Newcastle area and would like to join Hayley at a Tribe meet up, check out all the information the TRIBE pages of the website.
We’d love to see you at our next Newcastle meet up!