Sooke local Heather Cochrane owners and operates Star Mobile Aesthetics, and as her business name suggest, she is ready and willing to travel. She’s got you covered, whether you’re in Victoria to Port Renfrew. She also has a home spa. Services include spa parties and couples treatments, as well as individual waxing, pedicures and facials. Ear piercing is also available. And her facials use the locally made and harvested Seaflora Skin Care products, which are 100% certified organic.
What is clear is that Heather very client-centric. She’ll come to you, or if you want to get away from your home, you can go to her.
“From all body waxing, tinting, hand and foot care, body treatments even facial care, all made convenient so you don’t have to waste time going anywhere even booking a babysitter.” And her spa parties are a great way to get some friends together and “have some laughs and feel great.”
“Everyone deserves to feel as pretty on the inside as well as on the outside,” she states on her website. “This is a way to hopefully make your life easier and help you save in your wallet as well.”
Heather is also a cofounder of the very successful women networking group, Sooke Women in Business, which operates through a group on Facebook. The link to this is in the Resources section below.
Most recently, Heather received the Home-based Business Excellence Award from the Sooke Chamber of Commerce.
When did you first know that you wanted to be self employed?
Thirteen years ago, when I started at aesthetic college, I knew one day I would love to have my own spa where I could pick my own offered services and self-determine the products I would use. Becoming an entrepreneur just fell into place once I moved to Sooke… just like so many other things in my life.
What support systems did you have in place when you started?
My mother naturally was a huge supporter, along with other family members. My brother and father gave me more structured business advice; my mom was just always there to hear my complaints and tears, and was at my side during successful moments.
I couldn’t have gone without the support of my clients and community. Without them I wouldn’t have even tried starting a business.
What advice would you offer other potential entrepreneurs?
Take real pride in what you choose to do.
Do not cheapen your product and/or time: you are valuable and so are your efforts.
What keeps you motivated?
My new mortgage definitely keeps me motivated! Haha. Then there’s my pride along with my love for what I do. And, always, there are my clients: having my clients happy, relaxed and wanting to rebook and recommend me is the biggest reward.
My biggest challenge is balancing time and priorities. Not having a reception or someone to book appointments for me is tricky. I don’t want I miss phone calls or emails but when I am with my clients I am focused on them.
Looking back, knowing what you now know, what would you have done differently?
I don’t think I would do anything differently and I couldn’t imagine not doing it! I love it!
At what point should an entrepreneur take the “leap of faith” and start up their business?
Whenever it feels right! All you can do is try.
Any financial management advice or tips you’d like to offer?
Organize your bills and receipts for tax season constantly. This will make your professional life easier!
- Heather Cochrane, owner of Star Mobile Aesthetics
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- Phone Number: 250-882-1695
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- Sooke Women in Business
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