Inspirational Women Series: Natalie Arakelian
From the moment you walk into Euphoria Skin in North Rocks, you feel like you are a part of a family that you can trust.
The team of skincare professionals go "above and beyond" not because they are trying to up-sell you on a product or treatment, but because they are truly passionate and excited about the results they deliver and ensuring their clients are confident in their own skin...literally.
The woman behind this strong business model, the young matriarch if you will, is Natalie Arakelian.
An early-starter to the career game, Natalie left school at the age of 15 to follow her dream of becoming a beauty therapist. Fully qualified at 17 and suffering from incessant, stubborn acne, her desire to find a solution to a problem affecting herself and so many other women like her, found her drawn to educating herself on the latest cosmeceutical advancements in the industry. Using herself as a guinea pig and astounded by the results she was able to achieve, her passion for improving people's skin was ignited.
At the age of 18, Natalie opened Euphoria Skin and...15 years later...the salon is still going strong.
Biz Gals: What is your greatest achievement?
Natalie: At 18 I had opened my first clinic and now, 15 years on, I am still in
business. During this time, I have also married my beautiful husband had
twin girls, whilst still running my business.
Biz Gals: What is the greatest lesson you have learnt?
Natalie: Important in business is culture and how it can drive a business to success.
Biz Gals: What is the best bit of advice you have been given?
Natalie: The best advice I have been given is the importance of cashflow and profitability in business. Also, as times change you must also be adaptable to change especially in the a digital world.
Biz Gals: What or who inspires you?
Natalie: My clients inspire me, the results that my team achieve with their skin and the confidence we can give them is so amazing.
Biz Gals: What is your biggest hope for women in the future?
Natalie: My biggest hope is that when my little girls grow up, the gap between men and women has been bridged, that it is no longer a discussion and will only be something learnt in history class. My hope is that all they will need to worry about is working to succeed and achieve their goals and visions.
Words: Natalie Kessell