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In this special column called the “TLC x Fempreneurs Series”, we will be featuring inspiring Female Entrepreneurs (Fempreneurs) in short. You will be able to have a sneak peek at their mindsets and their daily habits.
Meet Margaret Wu (For Beloved One)
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! My name is Margaret Wu and I love freedom. Owning my own business gives me a sense of freedom and accomplishment. I love to run the projects in my own way and to further build my kingdom. I’m also a goal-oriented person, I would manage to achieve the goal by any methods. Furthermore, I love traveling. When I need inspiration, I’d travel around and switch away from my routines.
What got you started on your business?
Before starting my own business, I’d been in the beauty industry for over 15 years. At the age of 35, I began to think about what else I could do. Then I decided to switch my personal runway into an entrepreneur. As a beauty magazine editor with over 15-year experience, I knew the beauty industry very well – that’s why I was determined to start my own skincare brand.
Before you started on your business, what did you do on a full time basis?
What were some difficulties you faced in your life and how did you overcome them?
The company’s beginning stage was the most difficult. I encountered many obstacles during the entrepreneurial period, but I will make every effort to minimize the duration of the difficulties. Instead of focusing on the difficulties themselves, I would focus more on searching for solutions so that it wouldn’t be that painful.
During this period, I also made a lot of effort. For instance, I took many business management courses and read many relevant books. Meanwhile, I learned from my entrepreneur friends how to develop and implement company policies and procedures, and eventually integrated them into my own version. At the same time, I started to dig deeper into product design and skincare ingredients to make sure that we’re making the best products for our audience.
For the financial business, besides hiring a professional team, I also learned how to read the statements.
What excites you most about your industry?
What is your vision / personal motto?
1. The Master said: “If you are virtuous, you will not be lonely. You will always have friends.”
2. Positive energy makes you charming. As a woman, as long as you keep immense positive enthusiasm toward life, you’d be naturally attractive from the inside out, and this true beauty doesn’t need any makeup.
Do you have any word of advice for other ladies who are starting their business / starting to pursue their dream?
The first and the most practical suggestion is that you must fully understand the distribution and sources of venture capital, analyze the rate of return on investment, and learn about business management.
In terms of the inner part, that’s your body and mind, you must make sure that you’re strong enough to take any possible challenges. Being an entrepreneur is not the same as being an employee. You need to be strong-willed and not afraid of failure. Meanwhile, you’d have to take every frustration as a trial of life and manage to get through it.
How do you think you can help ladies to feel confident and empowered?
What have you learned recently that you hope the other ladies can take back?
The experience of founding a company did inspire me a lot. In the process, I began the journey of discovering myself and learning to know who truly I am. In this adventure, I’ve been facing numerous challenges, but at the same time, I also learned that I’m strong-minded enough to stay focused on my intentions and further to overcome the hurdles. So, if you have a dream, don’t hesitate, go get it!
What do you do in your free time as self-care? How do you unwind?
I rarely have free time; I always keep myself busy (laughs). However, I like to read and participate in various training courses, e.g. I’m currently studying for an EMBA degree. Last year I also went to the U.S. to study language school to improve my language skills, and now I’m a Podcaster. Also, I like high-intensity sports, like boxing, body combat, qigong, cycling, running, etc.
Let us know more about what you do!
Introducing the world’s first A-Grade Thickness Bio-Cellulose Mask in 2004, For Beloved One is a pioneer cosmeceutical skincare brand from Taiwan, carrying comprehensive product ranges that are suitable for all skin types. The brand has gained vast popularity worldwide with support and recommendations from celebrities, beauty experts, and dermatologists.
You can find us in all major magazines you can think of all over Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore!
Connect with For Beloved One!
One winner can stand a chance to win a Set of For Beloved Girl – Vitamins Mask (A to E) – Total 5 sheets worth over $40! Head over to The Ladies Cue Instagram to participate!
Are you a Fempreneur too?
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Read TLC x Fempreneur Series:
- Jesq Lee, Jogalove SG
- Denise Lim, FLO Aroma
- Kristin Chen, IRÉN Skin
- Delphine Lefay, OnTheList
- Johanna Monange, Maison 21G
- Hong Choy Yin, Tots Society
- Pearline Foo, Spring Breeze Marketing
- Maddy Barber, Madly Gems
- Ezza Yusof, 2morrow Official (Malaysia)
- Julie Yim, Lilin+Co (Malaysia)
- Nadia, HelloBello (Malaysia)
The rest of the Fempreneur interviews can be found here.