A mum has won a national award for starting her own business, as well as having a full-time job and a toddler.
Tess O’Hare, from Kingsthorpe in Northampton, has been named New Achiever Of The Year by beauty and cosmetics company, Avon, after growing her business as an independent representative.
Mrs O’Hare, aged 34, joined the company in October 2012 as a sales leader after coming across it on Facebook and, after making £50 on her first ever sales campaign, was soon recognised by the company as a top seller.
She now serves more than 100 customers and mentors members of her team of reps interested in starting their own businesses.
Mrs O’Hare said: “I’ve always been looking for extra ways to make money for my family, but nothing turned out to be fruitful.
“It’s partly because we had our three-year-old daughter, Eibhlin, through IVF and want to make the most of opportunities to do things together as much as possible without having to worry about affording things.
“But starting my own business has also given me a huge sense of achievement.”
The entrepreneurial mum said: “I have a management role at an IT company which gave me important skills to guide and encourage my team and help them do their best.
“Avon were also very supportive and easy to work with.”
By starting her own Avon business, Mrs O’Hare has been able to renovate her family home with a two-storey extension, but juggling two jobs and a young family was not always easy.
Mrs O’Hare said: “The hardest part was definitely the time management and I am lucky to have a supportive husband who helped share the work at home so that I could build a balanced routine of work and family.”
A spokesperson for the global company referred to Mrs O’Hare as a ‘supermum’ and said: “In just over a year, Tess has successfully grown her business to great heights.
“Her sales of Avon products in 2013 were so outstanding that she earned membership to the prestigious President’s Club; an exclusive club for the highest achieving seven percent of UK representatives.
“Based on the growth of her independent Avon business, Tess has been named one of the top 200 sales leaders in the country, and was recently recognised for being the number one seller for her area within Northampton.”