A 20-year-old woman started a fake nails business when she was just 13 and now, she runs a million-pound property furnishing firm.
Liv Conlon, who was bullied at school for getting good grades, started selling fake nails on eBay when she was just 13.
She would import fake nails from China and sell them on eBay.
When she was 16, Conlon set up her second business – a property furnishing firm ‘The Property Stagers’.
The Property Stagers temporarily furnishes empty properties before they’re sold or rented. She made her first million six years after setting up her company.
Conlon said: “Lying by the pool in Marbella, it felt good to relax. To the outside world I looked like any 20 year old on holiday, but I’d actually been busy all day running the million-pound company I set up at 16. From a working-class background, I’ve earned every penny I have.”
When she started her second business at 16, her teachers told her she was ruining her life by not applying to university and starting her business.
But, her mother was supportive and she decided to start the property furnishing firm ‘The Property Stagers’ in 2015.
She said: “I found my first client in 2015 through networking at property events. I was worried my age would be a hurdle so I cut my hair short to look older.”
“I had zero funds to begin with, but with the upfront £1,000 fee I was paid for my first job, I bought second-hand and Ikea furniture, and began building up my stock.”
She transformed 25 properties, mostly in Glasgow and Edinburgh in the first year. She was working alone. From carrying and building furniture to making up beds to hanging artwork, she did everything on her own.
She was working 18-hours a day and it was exhausting. However, within a year, her business turned over £30,000.
She said: “The business turned over £30,000 in year one and I was able to pay myself a salary as well as re-investing in new furniture and soft furnishings.”
Her mother left her job as a training consultant to work for her and the next year, her business turned over £1million.
Conlon now has a team of ten people in Glasgow and Manchester. She now works for 10 hours.
She says people assume she’s a millionaire but she is paying to people and is reinvesting the investment.
She says her mother has been her biggest support and she couldn’t do it without her.
Conlon also works with homeless charities and styles temporary accommodation for them. Last year, she was named UK Young Entrepreneur Of The Year.
She advises young people that if you have a great idea, age isn’t a barrier. She said: “If you believe in yourself, anything is possible.”
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