I quit a teaching job to start a beauty business– I made six figures in 6 weeks

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A woman has revealed how she quit her teaching job during lockdown to start a beauty business – and claims she made six figures in six weeks.

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London-based Maria Wilkes founded Candidate Beauty in the pandemic, and business has boomed.

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Beauty CEO Maria Wilkes shares how she started her own beauty business in lockdown and has already made six figurescredit: tiktok/@mariawilkes
Maria sets up Candidate Beauty in the pandemic and shows off her orders

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Maria sets up Candidate Beauty in the pandemic and shows off her orderscredit: tiktok/@mariawilkes
Her most popular product is her £25.99 Powerbrow Clear Balm

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Her most popular product is her £25.99 Powerbrow Clear Balmcredit: tiktok/@mariawilkes

The beauty entrepreneur has attracted thousands of fans following the journey of her young business.

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As well as selling lashes and a beauty blower, her most popular products are her £25.99 . Is powerbro Clear balm.

On the website it says that the beauty item “not only keeps brows in place, but will also give a piecey and finished effect to the illusion of thicker, bolder brows.”

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In one video, she asked fans to “chase your dreams and never give up”.

Maria, who A. I had claimed clip “Started my business during lockdown and made my first six figures” also gave her top tips for starting a company.

The former Spanish teacher said she started doing product and market research through Google Trends and Answer the Public.

Then she researched the ingredients, designed the packing, and surveyed friends and family.

Thereafter, he contacted suppliers and manufacturers and asked them for lead times.

She recommends setting a realistic budget for product development and marketing costs.

Her fifth step was to register her business name, and her sixth step was to create social media accounts for it and develop a following.


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Maria then bought a domain and created a Shopify store.

After this he took courses in marketing and Facebook ads and learned email copywriting.

In another video she revealed that she had saved £10,000 to start her own beauty company, but had no prior business experience.

Maria gives her top tips for starting a company

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Maria gives her top tips for starting a company
The former Spanish teacher said she started doing product and market research through Google Trends and AnswerThePublic and worked out the cost

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The former Spanish teacher said she started doing product and market research through Google Trends and AnswerThePublic and worked out the costcredit: tiktok/@mariawilkes

Meanwhile, a teenager has revealed how he started a business with £25 in lockdown when he was 18 – now it’s his full-time job and he’ll have enough for a house.

And here are 10 things you need to know before starting your own business.

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