Name: Jane Osborn
Businesses: Image Potential/Colour Me Beautiful
Mum to: Libby (16) studying A Levels at Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School and Zak (13) at Cranbrook School
What is that you do, and how long have you been in business? I’m an Image Consultant. I work with individuals to ensure the first impression they give is how they wish to be perceived. I show them how to wear clothes that suit both their colouring and body shape. I make shopping simple, wardrobes work and confidence soar.
What did you do before you started your business and what led you to setting up My background is in Finance, I traded Japanese Equity Derivatives for 16 years. I worked in the City, Japan and New York. When I left the City I set up and ran a Nanny Agency locally which I sold as a going concern.
My best friend treated me to a Colour Me Beautiful session for my birthday and I loved the difference it made to me so I trained. I love the confidence it gives women who feel they have lost their way. I also love giving talks, working with all ages, different professions, men and women.
When did you start coming to TW MIBs and how do you benefit from it? I started with TW MIB last year and have enjoyed meeting like minded women. I love the different talks at the monthly meetings.
What have been your greatest achievements so far? Personally my kids, professionally: I am very proud to say that with the Nanny Agency I was the first agency in the country to be allowed to police check the girls; As an Image Consultant I have written and worked with journalists on articles for local and national press for Colour Me Beautiful and worked at London Fashion Week.
What have been your biggest challenges and learning curves? Honestly, explaining what I do…. People want a makeover but they are only good for press and TV. What I do is show people how it all works taking into account their personality and ensure it is appropriate to their environment. I give them the tools to make their own decisions. I can work as a stylist, and often do, but as an Image Consultant it is much more in depth. We also deal with body language, presentation skills etc.
And how do you find balancing motherhood and a business? How does it compare to your “previous life”? Things are getting easier for me as my two are both teenagers, however, it seems there are still dramas just different types. My son is at boarding school so that has helped free up evenings for me too. When they were little I had full time nannies (perk of having the agency!).
What are your goals for the next year? I have just set up another company with a partner and we are going to be running workshops for women who want to get back into the workplace, set up their own businesses or change career. We have women giving workshops on everything from writing a CV to Tax specialists.
Where would you like to be in 5 years’ time? I would like my Image Potential and Think Success to be keeping me busy full time. Running the workshops all over the country and continuing to help women.
Your top tips for other mums considering starting a business?
- Love what you do
- Believe in yourself
- Make sure you take good advice
- Network wherever you can
- Listen to people around you who have been in similar positions
And finally, tell us something about yourself that we might not know I have danced with Darren from Strictly…..
And a special offer from Jane! I am happy to offer 10% discount on Full Colour Consultations in June
Find out more about Jane and Image Potential…
Interview date: June 2013