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Behind the scenes secrets of successful businesses helping you the entrepreneur improve and take your business to the next level.
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MBA 040: Having an eye for the Beauty Industry with KERRYNE NEUFELDT
5 days ago
Kerryne Neufeldt, CEO of EyeSlices, high tech “cucumber slices”.
After finishing her B.Com degree Kerryne had the opportunity to work in London at a sandwich shop. Their rigorous screening process fascinated her. It turned out that they were looking for managerial qualities in the candidates. A backpacking company offered Kerryne a job in South Africa, for which she returned within three months of her departure for the UK. Working in a corporate environment wasn’t for Kerryne and she left that job a few weeks later. Luckily the experience the gained in the UK gave her the confidence to start her own business. The fact that she was young and could live with her parents whilst building her business also counted in her favour. By doing this she could keep her overheads to a minimum.
Making Mistakes and Learning from Them
In her first business, which was importing a cosmetic product from Switzerland, Kerryn’s business partners and sales reps hoodwinked her out of her own business. From that experience she has learned so much and it ultimately formed the foundation of her current business.
As a result of that encounter, Kerryne urges entrepreneurs to consider two things: contracts and staff management. Read and understand each and every contract before you sign it. Unfortunately you cannot take everybody’s word at face value. Kerryne suggests you take the time to contact a person’s references on their CV. If you fail to do so you run the risk of investing your time and effort into the wrong person for the job.
Had you implemented the same methodology at the very beginning, would your company be different today?
Absolutely. If I knew this ten years ago, I would have been able to sell my company to a very large company by now. As an entrepreneur you need to keep in mind that the opportunity will present itself at the right time, only once you are open to it. You need to trust in the timing of life.
Differentiate Yourself from your Competitors
EyeSlices offers globally unique patented technology in their products. They also add value to the customer’s experience by guaranteeing the results.
Finding Your Ideal Customer
Through online channels they did research on their specific target market. Kerryne created a Facebook advertisement for “human guinea pigs” to test the products and complete a quick survey using SurveyMonk