Interview with Stephanie McCurdy
Stephanie McCurdy is a successful global business owner of Forever Living products. Stephanie has an Honours degree in Sport Science, Health & Nutrition and started her business 3.5 years ago, while on maternity leave helping others with their gut health. Read here how Stephanie changed her career from a successful Human Resources professional in the gold mining industry to her passion of helping others with their health and starting their own wellness business.
1. What is your Why? What motivated you to get into business?
My why is my family. My background is in Human Resources and I was working in the goldmines in regional WA. I didn’t like the long hours working 6am-6pm and being away from my baby daughter Alanna with no family support. I was already a customer of gut health products when I realised there was a business behind it. I saw this as a lifeline and decided to jump in and build a wellness business from home.
2. What are some of the challenges/obstacles you have had to overcome?
The biggest obstacle is prejudice of the Network Marketing industry and others judging me with preconceived ideas of the industry and my intentions to improve their health and quality of life. Those that know me, know that I’m passionate about natural health, wellbeing and helping others.
3. What did you worry about most when you started your business?
Peoples opinions of me and if I could actually make an income from the business as you hear of so many start ups and other businesses that fail.
4. How do you find the juggle of kids and a business?
At first, I literally worked with Alanna was napping and in the evening when I put her to bed. Now, I put everything in my diary and schedule my days when I’m working and when I have family time, so I have a balance.
5. How do you prioritise/ block out work time when working from home?
Again, I put everything in my diary and prioritise the must do activities that are income producing and am strict with my time. I have all notifications turned off on my phone so I don’t get distracted.
6. What has been a game changer for you in your business?
Mindset and self belief. If you don’t believe in yourself and your product, service or industry then you will take no action and have no business.
7. What do you think is the biggest barrier most ambitious mums face?
Other people judging them and their choices, time and mum guilt if we are doing the right thing for our family.
8. What tips do you have for other mums wanting to start a business?
Just do it. Life is going to pass anyway. Do you want to be in the same place 1 year from now? Don’t live with regrets, give it 100% and learn from your failings. Keep moving forward.